ucLADINO – La Boz del Pueblo: The Voices of Sephardic Jews (Cosponsored Event)

ucLadino’s 8th annual symposium will be held February 25-26, 2019 titled La Boz del Pueblo: Voices of Sephardic Jews. Now in its eighth year, ucLadino is a diverse group of UCLA students who meet weekly to read, discuss, and translate texts in Judeo-Spanish, the critically endangered language of the Sephardic Jewish diaspora. Building on our […]

The Matter of the Neighbor: Budd Schulberg, James Baldwin, and the Watts Writers Workshop

Lecture on Jewish Los Angeles Series This lecture will explore the Watts Writers Workshop, founded in the heart of Watts by Jewish American writer Budd Schulberg immediately after the Watts Rebellion of 1965 . Franco will explore how the success and final demise of the project tracks Schulberg’s shift from prose to property. Drawing on […]

From India to Indiana – Concert & Pre-Concert Lecture (Cosponsored Event)

The melding of classical western music with that of India – what does it sound like? This 7:30 p.m. concert shares such music, performed by the Grammy nominated ARC Ensemble. The evening features the work of a Jewish composer from Czechoslovakia, Walter Kaufmann, who fled to Bombay with the rise of National Socialism. The discovery […]

How Moses Became a Levite

The Bible presents Moses as Israel’s prophet par excellence and among the most prominent members of the Israelite tribe of Levi. But how does this picture of Moses square with actual history? How did the memory of an early Transjordanian holy man become part of a priestly tradition in ancient Israel? Answering these (and other) […]

Thought Crimes: Politics in Art Made for Medieval Jews

Marc Michael Epstein will explore issues of temporality (the way in which the passing of time is indicated or implied) in illuminated manuscripts made for Jews in the fourteenth century. What happens when, viewing images as a frozen snapshots in time, we consider the potentially politically subversive implications of the implied action that will ensue […]

Unexpected Itineraries: Holocaust Testimony beyond Borders

This talk will discuss the trajectories of three women who survived the Holocaust and went on to bear witness to their experiences in various media: from oral and written testimonies to film and music. Charlotte Delbo, Marceline Loridan-Ivens, and Esther Bejarano came from different backgrounds and led very different lives, but they all followed “unexpected […]

Hannah Arendt’s Message of Ill-Tidings

The 1939 Society Lecture in Holocaust Studies ‘It was not only their own misfortunes that the refugees carried with them from land to land, from continent to continent,’ Hannah Arendt wrote, ‘but the great misfortune of the whole world.’ Shortly before her death, Arendt said that the real story of her generation of Jewish refugees […]

Feeding the Gods in Ancient Israel

Bread and other grain-based foods were not only staples in the ancient Israelite diet; they were also staples in the ritual acts that accompanied the worship of several deities in ancient Israel. In addition to the state god YHWH, who required regular offerings of lechem hapanim (“bread of the presence”) in the Tabernacle and the […]

The Bund in the Borderlands

Lecture on Jewish Los Angeles Series   Caroline Luce (UCLA) In this lecture, Dr. Caroline Luce will offer a preview of her book-in-progress, Yiddish in the Land of Sunshine: Jewish Radicalism, Labor and Culture in Los Angeles, 1900-1950. The book follows a group of young Jewish radicals – most veterans of the Russian Revolution of […]

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo

Lukas will be reading from his second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo. A multigenerational novel centered around Cairo’s Ibn Ezra Synagogue, the book knits together the disparate experiences of three different narrators—an eleventh century Muslim watchman, a pair of Victorian-era linguists, and a contemporary Comparative Literature graduate student—as each “discovers” a trove of […]

Global Itineraries of Holocaust Memory: The Jewish Caribbean and Nazi Persecution in Literature and Art

During World War II, the Caribbean provided safe haven to Jewish refugees from the Nazis. Meanwhile, Caribbean expatriates living in Europe found themselves caught up in the war and, in some cases, imprisoned. This talk revisits these entangled wartime histories through the lens of art and literature. Caribbean artists and writers trace wartime journeys between […]

The Jewish Thread: The Hidden History of Costume Design in Hollywood

Co-organized by UCLA’s Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and David C. Copley Center for Costume Design, and their Directors, Professors Sarah Abrevaya Stein and Deborah Nadoolman Landis, this innovative evening explores a forgotten dimension of Jewish and costume design history—the extraordinary prominence of eminent, Jewish costume designers, whose paths to the profession have […]

South African Jews, the Holocaust, and Apartheid

South Africa’s system of Apartheid (‘apartness’ in Afrikaans) was formalized in 1948, just three years after the end of the Holocaust. For South African Jews, the recent genocide served as powerful currency in the debate about how to relate to local racist practices and ideas. In this talk, Shirli Gilbert will explore the diverse and […]