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Jewish Studies

Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program continues the legacy of Jewish adult education courses offered for nearly nine decades through the Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies and its predecessor institutions. Offerings include courses in basic to advanced Hebrew language instruction, Bible study, Jewish thought, history, culture, and literature. The Distinguished Lecture Series brings world-renowned experts in Jewish studies to engage our community. Film screenings and cultural programs explore contemporary Jewish life in America and abroad.

Jewish Studies Events + Lectures

Sunday, October 8 | 10 a.m.

Ori Soltes, Professor, Georgetown University

 

The interpenetration of sports and religion is as old as history and as wide as geography. The angles of interpenetration have been diverse - from the Bible to the Iliad and the Aeneid, from gladiatorial contests to the Crusades to chess, from the Mayan game pok-a-pok to Lacrosse to contemporary NBA championship games. Moreover, the sports/religion matrix has always been interwoven with politics (from which religion has rarely strayed), war (for which sports has always offered a surrogate) and art (which captures so much of this in words and images, from Greek vase paintings to contemporary films). Give this subject an hour and you will never watch a game the same way again.


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Wednesday, October 18 | 7 p.m.

 

Alex Jassen, Associate Professor of Hebrew andJ udaic Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University

 

Have you ever wondered what the Dead Sea Scrolls are and why there is so much controversy surrounding them? In this lecture, Professor Alex Jassen reveals what they are, where they come from, when they were composed and why they have become scandalous.


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Thursday, October 19 | 10 a.m.

 

Alex Jassen, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Director of Graduate Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University

 

In this lecture, Professor Alex Jassen examines the exciting insights that the Dead Sea Scrolls continue to offer 70 years after their discovery. This lecture explores how the Dead Sea Scrolls contribute to our understanding of the Bible's origins, the growth of Judaism and emergence of Christianity.

 

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Sunday, October 22 | 2-3:30 p.m.

 

Diane F. Afoumado, Chief of the Research and Reference Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

Learn about one of the largest Holocaust archives in the world, the International Tracing Service, (ITS), located in the Bad Arolsen, Germany. Dr. Afoumado will share how to use the ITS collection, housed in the United States at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, (USHMM) in Washington, D.C. Opened in 2007, the ITS digital collection contains about 200 million digital images of documentation such as: camp arrival lists, grave locations, transport lists, prisoner cards, forced labor lists, death lists, displaced person applications for assistance, deportation lists, emigration applications/questionnaires, registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs. The archive was established by the Allied powers after World War II to help reunited separated families and to trace missing family members. Dr. Afoumado will be available for a limited number of individual appointments to search ITS.

 

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Diane Afoumado’s appearance is co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland, Kol Israel Foundation, Laurel School, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 

Monday, October 23 | 7 p.m.

 

Jonathan Schneer, Professor of History, Georgia Tech-Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts 

 

Exactly 100 years ago, Great Britain issued the Balfour Declaration, which promised to support the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. Professor Jonathan Schneer will explain why the British government made this vow and the historical impact of this commitment. British motives were not so straightforward as one might think.

 

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Tuesday, October 24 | 10 a.m.

 

Jonathan Schneer, Professor of History, Georgia Tech-Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts 

 

During World War II, Winston Churchill put together in his War Cabinet an extraordinary team of high-powered, ambitious, disputatious men. It was his own “team of rivals,” and he barely managed to keep it working together — and barely long enough. Professor Schneer will explain how the War Cabinet worked, and why it fell apart, and how that dissolution presaged Churchill’s startling defeat in the General Election of 1945.

 

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Monday, November 13 | 7 p.m.

 

Oren Gutfeld, Archaeologist and Researcher at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology

 

The Dead Sea scrolls found in the 1940s offered groundbreaking new information about the history of the Hebrew Bible and the origins of Christianity. This past winter, archaeologist Oren Gutfeld discovered a new scroll cave. Although the contents were looted, jug-shards, textiles, and parchments that were left behind shed new light on an old and intriguing history.

 

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Tuesday, November 14 | 10 a.m.

 

Oren Gutfeld, Archaeologist and Researcher at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology

 

When Jordan occupied Jerusalem’s Old City in 1948, the Hurvah Synagogue and Tiferet Israel Synagogue were bombed, leaving behind only rubble. In recent years, both sites have been excavated and rebuilt. Archaeologist Oren Gutfeld, who directed the dig at Tiferet Israel, presents the rich finds discovered on location, dating back to the Second Temple era.

 

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Sunday, December 3 | 4 p.m.

 

Ruta Vanagaite, Author and Journalist

 

When best-selling author and journalist Ruta Vanagaite discovered that her own relatives were complicit in the murder of Lithuanian Jews, she became determined to awaken the consciousness of her fellow country-men. Joining up with Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the two coauthored Musiskiai (Our People: Journey with an Enemy) which uncovers Lithuanians' war-time atrocities. Vanagaite discusses the controversy her work has stirred and the search for truth that it has inspired among many young Lithuanians.

 

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