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
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.
$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.
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.
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