A historic anniversary: 1516-2016 Beit Venezia for the Ghetto Quincentennial

For eight years now BEIT VENEZIA (previously known as The Venice Center for International Jewish Studies) has honored and continued the legacy of the Ghetto of Venice as a center of Jewish life, art, and learning. We are proud to have been the first to highlight the historic significance of the Ghetto Quincentennial (1516-2016) and […]

Call For Applications: Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

The Jewish Studies Program invites submissions for the 2015-2016 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards. To encourage and reward outstanding research and writing on Jewish themes by undergraduates at UCSC, the Awards Committee will select four outstanding essays or senior theses that represent distinguished examples of undergraduate scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies.

Submissions: Students should submit their papers to the Department of History via e-mail attachment to historyundergrad@ucsc.edu by Monday, June 6th, 5:00pm. A letter of support from a faculty sponsor is recommended, but not required.

Questions: Direct any questions to the Jewish Studies Academic Advising Coordinator, Bruce Thompson at brunet@ucsc.edu.

‘Venice Ghetto at 500’ explores its legacy on Jewish life

by patricia corrigan , j. correspondent “Il Ghetto: The Venice Ghetto at 500,” a new exhibit at the Jewish Community Library, explores the history of the Venice ghetto and the centuries of Jewish life inside it. The exhibit, a joint presentation with the Museo Italo Americano of San Francisco, offers two sets of photos of […]

Tony Michels: “Soviet America: The Russian Revolution in Jewish Life”

Tony Michels: “Soviet America: The Russian Revolution in Jewish Life”

Thursday, April 21, 2016 Humanities Room 210, UCSC 10am-11:45am Directions and Parking The Russian Revolution of 1917 radically altered American Jewish politics. Whereas most Americans viewed the revolution as a threat to western civilization, Jews wished for the success of the Bolsheviks, who offered the only possibility of rescue from the mass slaughter carried out […]

Moran Arad

ISRAELI MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA!

Featuring award-winning singer Moran Arad with members of Brazilian Band SambaDá! DRUMS: Gary Kehoe GUITARS: Nelsen Hutchison BASS: Etienne David Franc SAXOPHONES: Anne Stafford KEYBOARD: Avi Tchamni PERCUSSION: Noam Harel Monday, March 7 at 8:30pm UCSC Porter/Kresge Dining Hall The show is FREE for all Doors open at 8:00pm For more information, contact atchamni@ucsc.edu.

The Diarna Project

Call for Applications: UCSC Center for Jewish Studies Summer Fellowship at Diarna

Organization: Digital Heritage Mapping (DHM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, specializes in virtual documentation of global cultural heritage sites. DHM is partnered with the American Sephardi Federation at The Center for Jewish History to advance Diarna. Project: DHM’s flagship initiative, Diarna: Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life, pioneers the use of digital mapping […]

Venice Ghetto at 500 and the Future of Memory

Jewish Studies Conference to Examine Venice Ghetto and the Future of Memory

By Scott Rappaport The Center for Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz will present a one-day conference, The Venice Ghetto at 500 and the Future of Memory, on campus February 23, at the Humanities 1 Building. The conference will address the complexity of the Ghetto of Venice as it marks its 500th anniversary–both as an actual physical […]

Hedwig Rose at the IHR

Holocaust Survivor and Scholar Hedwig Rose to Give Public Talk at UCSC on Jan. 21

By Scott Rappaport. Following her father’s arrest by the Nazis in 1942, six-year-old Hedwig Rose, her mother, and sister spent three years hidden in an Amsterdam cellar by a Christian friend until the country was liberated on May 5, 1945. Today Rose is a well-known speaker, a frequent visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a […]