Image from the film Casablanca

Real-life ‘Casablanca’ story is even more dramatic than the Hollywood classic

The Times of Israel quoted Alma Rachel Heckman, the Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies and assistant professor of history and Jewish studies, in an article about a new book that explores the story of the many Jewish refugees in the Vichy Moroccan port of Casablanca fleeing the Holocaust. Heckman states that what might have befallen Casablanca’s Jews had […]

Kristallnacht flyer

November 9, 2017 – Rescue in Latin America: Refuge From The Holocaust

CVHEN & KOH Library & Cultural Center are proud to present Kristallnacht Rescue in Latin America: Refuge From The Holocaust with honored guest speakers Dr. Murray Baumgarten Hillel Salomon November 9, 2017 at 6:30pm KOH Library and Cultural Center 2300 Sierra Boulevard Sacramento, CA 95825

Najat Abdulhaq

November 1, 2017 @ 12pm – Najat Abdulhaq, “Unconventional Revision of Narratives: The Emergence of the ‘Arab Jew’ in Contemporary Arabic Literature”

For decades, two official nationalist narratives, Arab-Egyptian & Israeli, dominated the discourse on the history of Egypt’s Jews. Recently, a different narrative is emerging in the Arabic speaking sphere, with documentaries, films & novels taking a cardinal role in this process. How and why is this emergence taking place? Najat Abulhaq is the author of […]

Freedom, Justice, Difference: The Merchant of Venice Now

November 7, 2017 @ 6pm – Freedom, Justice, & Difference: The Merchant of Venice Now

  Karin Coonrod, the Founding Director of Compagnia de’ Colombari, will join Nathaniel Deutsch and Sean Keilen for a public discussion of her path-breaking production of The Merchant of Venice in the Venice Ghetto (2016). Join us to discover why Shakespeare’s play about Jews and Christians in Renaissance Italy is a key text for deciding […]

Alma Heckman

History professor Alma Heckman named Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies

August 03, 2017 By Scott Rappaport. Assistant professor of history and Jewish Studies Alma Rachel Heckman has been appointed as the new holder of the Neufeld-Levin Holocaust Endowed Chair at UC Santa Cruz. The interdisciplinary endowed chair was established in 1995 by Anne Neufeld-Levin, a former president of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board of Trustees, […]