Events

Did Adam Fall, Stumble, or Stub His Toe in the Garden of Eden? A New Look at an Ancient Story

Free

This seminar will examine a few salient features of the Garden of Eden story after reconsidering its vocabulary and grammar. The examination yields new insights into the story’s plot that have broad implications for correcting contemporary notions about what it meant and its significance in the context of ancient Israel’s civilization. ZIONY ZEVIT (American Jewish […]

At 12:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

Why Study Jewish History?

Free

This event will focus on two recently published books: the first, Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2017), offers a concise account of the entire course of Jewish history in 100 pages; the second, The Stakes of History: On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History (Yale, 2018), is an argument for the study […]

At 12:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

Women, Weddings, and Reversals: Hebrew Comedies of the Renaissance and Baroque Dramatic Readings with Commentary – Cosponsored Event

Free

In anticipation of Purim, this program offers an examination and celebration of the Hebrew dramas of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy, including Leone de’ Sommi’s talmudic Comedy of Betrothal, originally written as entertainment for this carnivalesque Jewish festival. ARIANE HELOU (UCLA) ERITH JAFFE-BERG (UC Riverside) and DANIEL STEIN KOKIN (UCLA & Universität Greifswald) Sponsored by the […]

At 5:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

What Does the Word Lesbian Mean in Palestine in 1923?

Free

This seminar is based on an unpublished MS of a novel, written in 1923 by Sara Rappeport (1890-1980) member of kibbutz Beit Alpha, entitled: “The Wives of Sheikh Husseini.” This exceptional novel describes a love affair between a kibbutz member and an Arab Sheikh that ends in marriage, a baby boy named Ishamel, and membership […]

At 12:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life (Cosponsored Event)

Free

This exhibition is based on the journal written by Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman, whose promising future was brutally cut short by the Vichy Government’s laws and the extermination plan of the Nazis. Studying English Literature at Sorbonne University, Berr was 21 years old when she began her journal. We follow her steps […]

At 7:00 pm
Hillel at UCLA

Preservation and Innovation: The Tracks of the Master Scribe

Free

When we encounter a text, whether ancient or modern, we typically start at the beginning and work our way toward the end. For biblical and Mesopotamian literature, however, this habit can lead to misinterpretation. In the ancient Near East, “master scribes”—those who held the authority to produce and revise texts—regularly introduced changes in the course […]

At 12:00 pm
314 Royce Hall

In the Birch Grove and The Forgotten Jew in the City of Youth

Free

Screening of two 30-min. research films that adopt a contemporary perspective to exploring Auschwitz-Birkenau (In the Birch Grove, 2012) and Landsberg-am-Lech (The Forgotten Jew in the City of Youth, 2016). The films pose questions about the discomforting mismatch of beauty and trauma, the banal and the sacred, and contrasting testimonies involving an unlikely perpetrator and […]

At 4:00 pm
314 Royce Hall