If you are having any difficulty using this website, please contact the Help Desk at Help@nullHofstra.edu or 516-463-7777 or Student Access Services at SAS@nullhofstra.edu or 516-463-7075. Please identify the webpage address or URL and the specific problems you have encountered and we will address the issue.

Issues in Judaism Lecture Series

Spring 2017


Wednesday, March 29, 7 p.m.
According to the Customs of Moses and Shinto

The mystery of the Lost Tribes of Israel, exiled by the Assyrians in the 8th century B.C., and their whereabouts, dates back centuries, and still remains a mystery today. A significant group of people in Japan claim to be the descendants of the Israelites. Certain rituals are performed in Shinto shrines that resemble Jewish traditions, and there are other similar customs, ideological principles and structures. Research by Israeli rabbis and discoveries by Japanese scientists indicate that this theory might be true. We will follow the eastward route in which the exiled tribes were taken in the 8th century B.C. and again in 586 B.C., heightening the probability of them ending up in Japan. The lecture will be accompanied by ancient drawings, scripts, sketches and photos.

Speaker: Michael Tuchfeld
Political analyst and columnist, Makor Rishon Magazine
Host of Radio Galey Israel
Host of Israel Radio, IBA and Channel 2 News, The Knesset Channel in Jerusalem, Israel
and former parlimentary correspondent

Shinto rabbi



Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Exploring Cuba: Its Once and Future Jews

Three visits by Andrée Brooks to Cuba in recent years, plus additional research that has been built upon her scholarly research concerning the Conversos of Central and South America, find a community in flux. (Conversos were Jews who had been forcibly converted to Catholicism late in 15th century Spain, but often kept their Jewish heritage alive in secret.) Later migrations brought Jews from the Ottoman Empire and Eastern Europe. In recent months, the relaxation of restrictions, both by the Americans and the Cubans themselves, has resulted in more and more of Cuba's Jews, and descendants of Jews, coming forward to reclaim their Jewish heritage and receive delegations from Jewish groups from the United States. This lecture explores the challenges and opportunities these changes are now raising, including some historical background that focuses on the earliest Converso/Jewish arrivals from Spain — and how and why they went there.

Speaker: Andrée Aelion Brooks
Associate Fellow, Yale University
Former contributing columnist, The New York Times
Author, The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Doña Gracia Nasi (A Jewish Leader During the Renaissance)
Journalst and lecturer, Westport, CT

Location for all lectures: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Funding for these lectures has been provided by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment Fund for the Hofstra Cultural Center.

Tickets:
$8 general public
$7 senior citizen (over 65 with ID) or matriculated non-Hofstra student

Two free tickets with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard (must present HofstraCard at Box Office)

For tickets for these events, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

Patronato synagogue in Cuba

GLOBAL JUDAISM LECTURE

Networks of Jewish Diaspora: Sephardic Worlds

Join us for this lecture delivered by two experts in the field who explore the networks of Sephardim of Arab-Jews through the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The speakers unveil hidden stories of intercultural encounters, struggles for identity, and religious creativity.

Speakers:
Ronnie Perelis, Rabbi Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies, Yeshiva University
Francesca Bregoli, Acting Director, Center for Jewish Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and Jewish Studies Program in collaboration with the Hofstra Department of Religion and Hofstra Hillel: The Center for Jewish Life on Campus.

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

  • Fall 2016

    Fall 2016

    THE GHETTOS OF EUROPE

    Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m.
    500 Years of the Ghetto of Venice

    The ghetto of Venice was established in 1516 and existed until opened by the forces of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1797. In defiance of its supposedly closed status, the Venetian ghetto was an important locus of learning, commerce and culture, not just for the Jews but for the larger Italian and European society as well. Typical of the paradoxical nature of the ghetto in Venice (and Italy in general), the Ghetto Nuovo (new ghetto) is older than the Ghetto Vecchio (old ghetto). Join us as we untangle these contradictions.

    Speaker: Stanislao G. Pugliese PhD
    Professor of History, Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian-American Studies, Hofstra University

    Venice Ghetto

    Thursday, December 1, 8 p.m.
    Life and Death in the Ghettos of Eastern Europe

    By discussing the different responses to persecution and annihilation by the Jews of Eastern Europe during the Holocaust, this talk explores questions of life and death in two of the largest ghettos established by the Germans in Poland and the Soviet Union, namely Warsaw and Minsk. The talk examines, in particular, instances of spiritual and armed resistance in the two ghettos.

    Speaker: Elissa Bemporad, PhD
    Jerry and William Ungar Chair in Eastern European Jewish History and the Holocaust
    Associate Professor of History at Queens College/CUNY
    NEH Senior Fellow at the Center for Jewish History 2015-16
    Fellow, Mandel Center for Advanced Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
    Author, Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk

    Tickets:
    $8 general public
    $7 senior citizen (over 65 with ID) or matriculated non-Hofstra student
    Two free tickets with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard (must present HofstraCard at Box Office)

    For tickets for these events, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

    For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

    Elissa Bemporad

    Monday, November 14, 7 p.m.
    Jennifer Teege
    My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me:
    A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

    My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me is a book born of a shocking discovery for speaker Jennifer Teege. She picked up a book by chance at Hamburg's main library and discovered that her grandfather was the brutal Nazi commandant of the Plaszow concentration camp, portrayed so memorably by Ralph Fiennes in the film Schindler's List. Ms. Teege's mother was German; her father was Nigerian. Raised in a loving home by her adopted German family, Ms. Teege struggled with depression as she coped with the trauma of rejection by her birth mother. She went to college in Israel, where she learned fluent Hebrew and earned degrees in Middle Eastern and African Studies. She later returned to Germany and now had to learn about her biological family's secret from a book; and that a monstrous man, Amon Goeth, reviled for decades as "the butcher of Plaszow," was her biological grandfather. After her emotional pilgrimage, Ms. Teege says, "I'm no longer a prisoner of the past. I know now that I am not to blame, and the guilt no longer weighs heavily on my shoulders. There is no Nazi gene: We can decide for ourselves who and what we want to be."

    Admission: Free

    Location for all lectures: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

    Jennifer Teege

    Funding for these lectures has been provided by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment Fund for the Hofstra Cultural Center.
    For more information on these events, please the Hofstra Cultural Center, Monday-Friday at 516-463-5669. 

    • Spring 2016

      Spring 2016

      New Perspectives on the Holocaust:
      Roman Gold, The Vatican and Soviet Women

      Monday, March 21, 7 p.m.
      Oro Macht Frei (Gold Will Set You Free)

      Oro Macht FreiThis film tells the story of a Roman Jewish community that, two and a half weeks into the German occupation of Rome, was ordered by SS Colonel Herbert Kappler to produce 50 kilos of gold within 36 hours, or he would deport 200 Jewish heads of family. Over a feverish day and a half, this already poor, working class community managed to come up with the 50 kilos of gold in order to save one another. Oro Macht Frei reveals the sad delusion of a community that – believing they had paid their ransom and would be left alone – did not go into hiding.

      Speaker: Catherine Campbell, Writer and Producer


      Stanislao G. PuglieseMonday, April 18, 7 p.m.
      The Vatican and the Holocaust


      A spate of new books and scholarship has re-opened the debate on the role of Pope Pius XII and the Vatican as the Holocaust unfolded in Italy. This lecture examines the historical context of anti-Semitism in Italy, the rise of fascism, internment camps, the anti-fascist Jewish Resistance and the Holocaust in the shadow of the Vatican.

      Speaker: Stanislao G. Pugliese, PhD, Professor of History, Hofstra University


      Elissa BemporadTuesday, May 3, 7 p.m.
      Through the Eyes of Soviet Women:
      The Holocaust in the Soviet Union


      Speaker: Elissa Bemporad, Jerry and William Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust Associate Professor of History at Queens College of the City University of New York/CUNY; NEH Senior Fellow at the Center for Jewish History; Author, Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk.

      Funding for these lectures has been provided by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment Fund for the Hofstra Cultural Center.

      Location for all lectures: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

      Tickets:
      $8 general public
      $7 senior citizen (over 65 with ID) or matriculated non-Hofstra student
      Two free tickets with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard (must present HofstraCard at Box Office)

      For tickets for these events, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

      For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.


      Hofstra Hillel

      and the
      Hofstra Cultural Center
      present

      Monday, April 4
      FROM THE ASHES: THE REBIRTH OF POLISH JEWRY
      CONFERENCE

      For centuries Poland represented a vibrant center of Jewish life. This world was destroyed by the Holocaust. Today, Polish Jewry is experiencing an unexpected revival thanks to the work of dedicated members of young pluralistic Jewish communities, as well as non-Jewish allies and the support of the Polish government. There is a major shift occurring in how we understand the history of Polish Jewry. Instead of focusing solely on the destruction, today’s students will understand the full history of this important community. Symposium participants have the opportunity to hear from individuals, educators and scholars working in Poland to overcome all the odds and re-establish Jewish life. The discussions and lectures will be designed to engage participants on different educational levels.

      Tuesday, April 12, 8 p.m.
      Hofstra Hillel Community Education Series

      Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m.
      Hofstra Hillel Chai Notes
      Spring Concert

      For more information, and to register, please contact Hofstra Hillel at 516-463-6922 or visit Polish Conference Registration.

    • Fall 2015

      Fall 2015

      Sunday, October 25, 11:30 a.m.
      Lecture and Brunch with Author Alisa Solomon

      Fiddler on the Roof

      Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof, traces how and why the story of Tevye the milkman — the creation of the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem — was reborn as a blockbuster musical and a cultural touchstone. She discusses how the songs have been incorporated into sacred ceremonies and hip-hop hits and how the story has inspired religious conversion and secular satire. It has been lauded as one of the most finely wrought works for the Broadway stage and treated as an authentic historical document. Since its blockbuster debut in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has been seized for an astonishing range of cultural purposes. 

      Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, 10th Floor Axinn Library, South Campus
      Ticket Prices:

      $22 General Public
      $20 Senior Citizen (Over 65)
      $12 Faculty/staff/student with current HofstraCard

      Advance reservations required.
      For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669. Tickets for performances of Fiddler on the Roof are sold separately.

      Lecture and Brunch with Author Alisa Solomon

      Sunday, October 25, 2 p.m.
      Performance: Fiddler on the Roof
      book by Joseph Stein
      music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
      directed by Cindy Rosenthal

      John Cranford Adams Playhouse
      Admission: Fee
      For tickets, please call the John Cranford Adams Playhouse
      Box Office at
      516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.


      Tuesday, December 1, 4:30 p.m.
      From Cabaret to the Camps:
      One Woman's Journey into the Music of the Holocaust
      Speaker: Lynn Torgove

      Singer, director and cantor Lynn Torgove opens doors to a deeper understanding of the world of Holocaust music in her presentation, which draws on women's experiences at the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. Torgove presents her research on seven women musicians in the camp and performs selections from an original cabaret program she conceived and directed in 2010-11, which was based on these women's lives.

      Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library
      Ticket Prices:

      $8 General Public
      $7 Senior Citizen (over 65)
      Two free tickets with current faculty/staff/student with current HofstraCard

      Funding for both lectures has been provided by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment Fund for the Hofstra Cultural Center

      For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

      One Woman's Journey into the Music of the Holocaust
      FOR MORE INFORMATION

      For more information please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669.

      LECTURE SERIES DIRECTOR

      Natalie Datlof
      Director Emerita
      Hofstra Cultural Center

      Printable PDF and Registration Form »
    • 2014/2015 Academic Year

      SPRING 2015
      Issues in Judaism Lecture Series

       

      For more information on Spring 2015 lectures, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

      Issues in Judaism Lectures

      HOFSTRA CULTURAL CENTER
      and
      HOFSTRA HILLEL:
      THE CENTER FOR JEWISH LIFE ON CAMPUS
      present
      ISSUES IN JUDAISM LECTURE SERIES

      Fall 2014

      Issues in Judaism Lecture Series
      The Unknown Jewish Experience in the Far East

      Speaker: Rabbi Marvin Tokayer is a renowned scholar and lecturer on the remote Jewish communities of the world. He served for many years as the only English-speaking, university trained Rabbi in the Far East, officiating at Jewish communities from India to Japan.

      He is the author of over 20 books, in Japanese, on Judaica and Japan including the well received The Fugu Plan, the untold story of the Japanese and the Jews during World War II, which became an award – winning PBS documentary on Sugihara (Japan's unsung Schindler), describing the heroic escape of European Jews to Japan and China during the Holocaust.

      His most recent book, Pepper, Silk & Ivory, containing amazing stories about Jews and the Far East, was published recently and will be a featured PBS documentary.

      From the Occupation of Japan to the Raj in India:
      Jewish Influences in the Orient

      Date: Thursday, October 23

      The Far Edge of the Diaspora: Burma, Mongolia, Singapore and Manchuria

      Date: Thursday, October 30
      Location for both Lectures:
      Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
      Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

      Tickets:
      $8 general public
      $7 senior citizen (over 65 with ID) or PIER member
      $5 Matriculated non-Hofstra student
      Student under 18 receives one free ticket.
      Two free tickets with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard (must present HofstraCard at Box Office)
      On Sale beginning September 24.

      Supported in part by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment for the Hofstra Cultural Center.

      For tickets for these events, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box
      Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

      For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

    • 2013/2014 Academic Year

      Spring 2014

      The Jewish Diaspora in the Far East--POSTPONED

      Please note: The Jewish Diaspora in the Far East on April 3 and April 7, which were scheduled to take place in the Cultural Center Theater have been postponed til the fall semester due to scheduling conflicts.

      Renowned lecturer on the remote Jewish communities of the world, Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, will discuss the The Jewish Diaspora in the Far East. He is author of The Fugu Plan and 40 other books. Historical consultant for the award-winning PBS documentary, Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness (about Japan’s “unsung Schindler”).

      Issues in Judaism Lecture Series is presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and Hofstra Hillel: The Center for Jewish Life on Campus.

      Dates: Thursday, April 3, 2014 and Monday, April 7, 2014


      Middle East Update With Michael Tuchfeld--CANCELLED

      Please note: this event, Middle East Update with Michael Tuchfeld has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts.
      Political Analyst and Columnist, Michael Tuchfeld, will share his insights on the Middle East. He is a columnist for Makor Rishon magazine, and host for Radio Galey Israel. He is former Parliamentary Correspondent and News Editor at TV2, The Knesset Channel and IBA (Israel Broadcasting Authority).

      Issues in Judaism Lecture Series is presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and Hofstra Hillel:
      The Center for Jewish Life on Campus.

      Dates: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

      For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture.


      Fall 2013

      From Ancient Babylon to America:
      The History and Culture of Iranian Jews
      Speaker:    Houman Sarshar
      Member, University Seminar Series, Columbia University
      Director of Publications, Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History
      Editor, The History of Contemporary Iranian Jews, Vols. 2-4, 1997-2000;
      Esther’s Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews, 2002;
      Jewish Communities of Iran: Entries on Judeo-Persian Communities
      Published by the Encyclopædia Iranica, 2011
      Thursday, October 17, 7 p.m.
      The Jews of Iran Throughout the Ages
      Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m.
      The Role of Iranian Jews in the Preservation, Proliferation, and
      Development of Persian Music

      Location for both Lectures:
      Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater
      Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
      Supported in part by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment for the Hofstra Cultural Center.

      Tickets: On sale beginning September 17.
      $8 (for each lecture)
      $7 senior citizen (over 65)
      Two free tickets (for each lecture) with current
      faculty/staff/student HofstraCard (must present HofstraCard at Box Office)


      Sunday, October 27, 7 p.m.
      Klezmer Concert:
      Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi: Hot and Spicy (Hays un Scharf)!
      Yale Strom, violin; Elizabeth Schwartz, vocals; David Licht, percussion;
      Sprocket, bass; Lou Fanucchi and Peter Stan, accordion; Norbert Stachel, reeds
      Location:
      The Helene Fortunoff Theater
      Monroe Lecture Center
      California Avenue, South Campus
      Tickets: On Sale beginning September 24.
      $10 general public
      $8 senior citizen (over 65 with ID)
      Student under 18 receives one free ticket.
      Two free tickets with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard (must present HofstraCard at Box Office)
      Tickets are on sale For tickets for these events, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box
      Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.