Events

The Essence of Jewish Music from a Composer’s Perspective

Free

From whichever viewpoint we wish to examine Jewish music, we always come back to its role in transforming the mundane into the spiritual. In this lecture, Ben Amots will share his adventures and experiences from the time he served as Artistic Director of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity through the many years of […]

At 4:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

Trauma, Privilege, and Adventure in Transit: German Jewish Refugees in Iran and India

Free

This lecture examines the intensely ambivalent and paradoxical experiences of bourgeois Jews who found refuge in the “Orient” of India and Iran after 1933. On the margins of their collapsing and devastated Jewish European world, they lived as hybrids, themselves on the margins, expat, emigré, enemy alien, and refugee, caught uneasily, more or less comfortably, […]

At 4:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center

Is the Wandering Jew in Contemporary Israeli Literature a Paradox?

Free

Various ideologies of the early 20th century foresaw an end for the journey of the Wandering Jew in the near future: Communists suggested that he would disappear with the dissolution of nations, Zionists believed that he would return home and no longer be a wanderer. The Wandering Jew has not disappeared from contemporary literature, among […]

At 4:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center

Primo Levi for the Public

Free

This half-day symposium brings together an array of international scholars and writers engaged with the history, literature, and impact of Primo Levi, a chemist, writer, and humanist who survived Auschwitz and, through his writing, provided generations of students and scholars with the philosophical language to understand the Shoah—and the modern condition. The symposium celebrates the […]

At 11:00 am
UCLA Faculty Center

Colonial Tunisia from the Gutter Up: ‘Ninette of Sin Street.’ Jews, Translation, and Franco-Tunisian Literature

Free

Book launch of the first English-language translation of Vitalis Danon’s Ninette of Sin Street. Originally published in Tunis in 1938, this novella is Danon’s best-known work, and one of the first Tunisian fictions written in French. Ninette is an unlikely protagonist, compelled by poverty to work as a prostitute, she dreams of a better life […]

At 12:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

Maimonides and the Merchants

Free

The advent of Islam in the seventh century brought profound economic changes to the Middle East and to the Jews living there. The Talmud, written in and for an agrarian society, was in many ways ill-equipped for the new economy. In the early Islamic period, the Babylonian Geonim made accommodations through their responsa, through occasional taqqanot, […]

At 4:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

Abel Beth Ma’acah: Uncovering the Secrets of a Biblical City

Free

Abel Beth Ma’acah is a city of major biblical and historical importance on the northern border of present-day Israel. It is mentioned several times in the Hebrew Bible, most notably in the time of King David when a “wise woman” surrendered the severed head of Sheba ben Bichri to Joab who had been sent from […]

At 4:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

(Cosponsored Event) Between Equal Citizenship and the Promise of Redemption: Iranian Jewish Identity ant the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Free

Early in the twentieth century, Iranian-Jewish communities experienced two different pressures from two different developments, each pulling them in another direction. First came the Constitutional Revolution in Iran (1906-911), which promised equal citizenship, and then the Balfour Declaration (1917) and the emergence of Zionism, which stirred thoughts of redemption in the holy land. Iranian Jews […]

At 5:00 pm
1314 UCLA School of Law
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