Helen Diller (Photo: Jim MacKenzie)

UCSC to receive $500,000 in support of endowed chair in Jewish Studies

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has announced a major new gift to support the campus’s Jewish Studies Program. By Scott Rappaport. The Helen Diller Family will contribute $500,000 toward the establishment of a new Baumgarten Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies. A previous gift from the Dillers in 1997 established the Helen Diller Family Endowment […]

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2013 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

It is with great enthusiasm that the Center for Jewish Studies announces that the following undergraduates have received Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards for the 2012-2013 year. Jessica Gala, “Creation and Love: Where They Meet in the Hidden World of Women”: This comparative study of Rebecca Goldstein’s Mazel and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The Slave uncovers […]

Ari Y. Kelman

Ari Kelman: “Learning to be Jewish”

For most Americans, the phrase “Jewish education” summons images of Hebrew School. But, Hebrew School, or even what we might call “formal Jewish education” amounts to only a very small percentage of where and how people learn to be Jewish.


Leviathan Celebrates a Gargantuan Feat

The student-run Jewish journal, which turns 40 this year, ranks among the longest-running Jewish-themed campus publications in the country.   Imagine how hard it would be to publish a respected quarterly magazine with a 100 percent turnover rate every three or four years, and keep it going for four decades. The students of UC Santa […]


Leviathan: Celebrating 40 Years of Jewish Journalism at UCSC

  Sunday, April 28, 2013 | 3:00-4:30 PM | Free & Open to the Public Stevenson College, Fireside Lounge, UC Santa Cruz Questions? ihr@ucsc.edu or (831) 459-5655 Please join former and current staff members of Leviathan in a celebration of the student publication’s 40th anniversary. Leviathan is one of the longest-running university student publications devoted […]

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Israeli Filmmaker to Screen Acclaimed Documentary about Famed Architect

Award-winning documentarian Duki Dror in-residence at UCSC this winter as visiting artist   By Scott Rappaport. UCSC’s Film and Digital Media Department will present a free public screening of award-winning Israeli documentarian Duki Dror’s acclaimed film Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions on February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Media Theater. The screening will be followed by a Q&A […]

“Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions” Screening and Q&A with Director Duki Dror

  February 25, 2013 | 7:30-9:30 PM | Free & Open to the Public Theater Arts Center, Media Theater (M110), UC Santa Cruz Directions and Parking Information Watch the Trailer Synopsis: This film is a cinematic mediation about the untold story of Erich Mendelsohn,  whose life and career were as enigmatic and tragic as the […]

James Young

James Young: "Stages of Memory: In Berlin & New York"

  March 8, 2013 | 9:30-10:40 AM | Free & Open to the Public Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206, UC Santa Cruz Directions and Parking Information Reception following lecture. James E. Young is Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has taught since 1988, and currently Chair of […]

Dora Sorell

Dora Sorell: "Tell the Children"

  February 13, 2013 | 9:30-10:40 AM | Free & Open to the Public Humanities Lecture Hall, Room 206, UC Santa Cruz Directions and Parking Information Reception following lecture. Dora Sorell grew up in the small town of Sighet in Northern Romania between the two World Wars. In May 1944 she was deported to Auschwitz […]