Spring Schedule 2014

Recent and Upcoming Events


Sunday, January 26

Film “To Take A Wife” (2004)

Directors: Ronit and Shlomi Elkabatz 

Eliyahu wants to preserve customs of traditional Morocco but his wife Vivian wants to live a new life in modern Israel of the 1970s. Vivian’s brothers gather to persuade her not to divorce her husband. David Mendelsson of Hebrew University will discuss the film connected with his course “New Jews, New Israelis: Contemporary Israeli Voices.”

7:00 pm, 339 Case Hall

Wednesday, February 12  

Hollander Jewish Music and Art Event

Omer Avital

Co-sponsored with the College of Music and the Jazz Program. Avital’s latest CD, “Suite of the East,” was voted one of best recordings of 2012 and the top jazz recording in France. Of Moroccan and Yemeni background, Israeli musician Omer Avital has been experimenting with the motifs, themes, sounds, and rhythms of Yemenite, Moroccan, and other Middle East music combined with the structures and practices of American jazz.  Tickets are available at the Wharton Center ticket office.

7:30 pm, Wharton Center, Pasant Theatre



Monday, February 17

Yiddishkeit Lecture

“The Most Jewish City in the Soviet Union: Minsk Before the Holocaust”

Elissa Bemporad, Queens College, CUNY

The Jerry and William Ungar Assistant Professor in East European Jewish History at Queens College CUNY, Elissa Bemporad will speak about her studies of Soviet Jews in interwar Minsk. Co-sponsored by James Madison College.

6:308:00 pm, James Madison Library, Case Hall, 3rd Floor



Tuesday, March 18

Between the Private and the Collective: Writing Fiction about Social and Political Issues in Israel”

Savyon Liebrecht, Israeli writer/playwright

Born in West Germany in 1948 to Holocaust survivor parents, Liebrecht grew up in Israel. One of Israeli’s top writers, her writing focuses on the milieu of survivors, women and gender, and Jewish-Arab individual relations in Israel. Her books include Apples from the Desert: Selected Stories (2000), A Man and a Woman and a Man: A Novel (2003), A Good Place for the Night: Stories (2006), and The Women My Father Knew: A Novel (2010).

7:00 pm, Wells Hall B-342



Thursday, March 20

“And They Shall Become One Flesh: The History of Traditional Jewish Sexual Guidance”

Evyatar Marienberg, UNC Chapel Hill

This religious studies professor, who is a Visiting Fellow at the UM Frankel Center, will speak on the traditional Jewish guidance about marital sexuality. This is a joint event co-sponsored by MSU’s Religious Studies Department and the Jewish Studies Program.

4:00–6:00 pm, Wells Hall B-122

SundayMonday, March 2324

9th Annual Israeli Film Festival

The films this year will include:

Hunting Elephants (2013)

by director Reshef Levi;

Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (2013)

by director Richard Trank; and

Fill the Void (2012)

by director Ramah Burshtein.

Two episodes of the popular TV sitcom Arab Labor will also be shown.

Catered on Sunday by Woody’s Oasis Mediterranean Deli; meal tickets for

sale at door.  Event is coordinated by Ellen Rothfeld.

147 Comm Arts Building



Wednesday, April 9

“Using Testimonies in the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide 

Wendy Lower, Henry Greenspan, and Ken Waltzer

The John K. Roth Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College, Wendy Lower, along with Henry Greenspan (University of Michigan) and Ken Waltzer, will talk about the use of testimonies as evidence and as constructed narratives in the study of the Nazi Holocaust and recent genocides.

12:00–1:30 pm, Case Hall, Club Spartan, 3rd Floor



Wednesday, April 9

22nd David and Sarah Rabin Lecture of the Holocaust

Gender and Genocide: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields”

Wendy Lower, Clarement McKenna College

A finalist for the National Book Award for her recent book Hitler’s Furies, Wendy Lower will speak on the roles of German women in the Nazi Holocaust. The Rabin Lecture is made possible this year by the Rabin Fund and also by a gift from the Michael Brill Fund for Holocaust Education. The Rabin Lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of History, James Madison College, German Studies, the Center for Gender in a Global Context, and the Peace and Justice Studies Program.

7:00–9:00 pm, Kellogg Center, Lincoln Room