Since its inception in sixteenth century Venice, the term “ghetto” has been applied to Jewish urban spaces in Europe and the United States. Over the last half century, it has also become associated with African American inner city neighborhoods. Highly regulated and surveilled by the state, Jewish and African American ghettos have also been marked by a high degree of social autonomy.
Naomi Seidman is the Koret Professor of Jewish Culture and Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
One of the most important achievements of Jewish studies at UC-Santa Cruz is the remarkable number of alumni who have become distinguished scholars of Jewish studies in their own right. This conference brought these alumni together with their former teachers from a variety of disciplines to discuss the impact of Santa Cruz on their intellectual development and research, as well as to explore the question of whether there is a distinctly Santa Cruz approach to Jewish Studies.
The selection of a design for the Berlin Memorial to Europe’s murdered Jews was a contentious one. After September 11th, the memorial for those who died in the World Trade Center was compared by some to holocaust memorials before it, and by one reporter specifically to the Berlin Memorial. How did it come to pass that the memorial at Ground Zero would evoke Berlin’s Memorial to Europe’s murdered Jews?
Galia Benziman will inaugurate the 2009 Jewish Studies Research Colloquium with a talk Sholem Aleichem’s Motl, the Cantor’s Son: “Try Not to Love Such a Country’: The Americanization of Sholem Aleichem’s Yiddish Text,” on Tuesday, February 10, 4:00 PM in Humanities 1, Room 245.
Modern identity was forged, in large part, through a self-conscious distancing from a past construed as magical. Until the late nineteenth-century, to be modern meant to have “faith” in “reason & materialist science.” We will explore the ways this identity project worked in Jewish culture, as expressed by figures including the Italians Leone Modena (1571-1648) & Tobias Cohen (1652-1729), as well as in later eastern European Jewish debates on the border between the newly emerging realms of the “natural” and “supernatural.”
This exciting conference was organized by the Mediterranean Seminar at UC-Santa Cruz. Many of the talks will explore aspects of the Jewish experience in the Mediterranean region, including the construction of a pan-Sephardi identity, the creation of the Donmeh community, and the emergence of diasporic Andalusian musical traditions.
Join an international gathering of scholars on Italian Jewish history and culture for a weekend of events. Italian Jewish Culture in the Age of the Ghetto presented in association with the exhibit Il Ghetto: Forging Italian Jewish Identities, 1516 – 1870.
UC Santa Cruz has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the David B. Gold Foundation to support a new project in the campus’s Jewish Studies Program. Titled “Crossing Boundaries and Building Bridges,” the project will integrate contemporary issues that are most important to students, faculty, and the community—including the environment, science and technology, the arts, […]
This series carried forward some of Prof. Murray Baumgarten’s work on the Venetian Jewish Anthology. Prof. Baumgarten would be glad to take any questions or walk through the exhibition with colleagues and friends.