Jewish Studies - Cornell University

Jewish Studies - Cornell University Founded on the conviction that the record contained in the languages, literature, & history of the Jewish people, is an integral part of human heritage.

The Jewish Studies Program offers a minor, and provides instruction and specialization in the fields of Semitic languages; the Hebrew Bible; medieval and modern Hebrew literature and film; ancient, medieval and modern Jewish history, Holocaust Studies, Jewish ethnography, world Jewish literature, Diaspora Studies, and Yiddish culture.

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Roxane Gay, Commencement Speech: “Be fiercely committed and fiercely kind,” she said. “Be relentless. Find your true nor...
05/31/2021
Roxane Gay dares Class of ’21 to nurture big dreams | Cornell Chronicle

Roxane Gay, Commencement Speech: “Be fiercely committed and fiercely kind,” she said. “Be relentless. Find your true north – that thing that makes your world make sense. Always follow your true north, wherever it may lead.”

In her Convocation address, author and social commentator Roxane Gay challenged the Cornell Class of 2021 to be true to themselves and to their dreams, however wild they may be.

Congratulations graduates! Enjoy this weekend. It's been a pleasure having you in our classes and at our events.
05/28/2021

Congratulations graduates! Enjoy this weekend. It's been a pleasure having you in our classes and at our events.

Commencement weekend is about to begin! We're so proud of the Class of #cornell2021! To find out more about commencement weekend events, visit https://commencement.cornell.edu/

Shout out to all of our seniors! Check out some of their extraordinary journeys here.

https://as.cornell.edu/extraordinary-journeys-2021

Ezra & Friends
05/27/2021

Ezra & Friends

Ezra & Friends

Getting ready to start congratulating the Class of 2021!🎂🎂🎉🎉
05/26/2021

Getting ready to start congratulating the Class of 2021!🎂🎂🎉🎉

Getting ready to start congratulating the Class of 2021!🎂🎂🎉🎉

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Jewish Studies and Research Travel Grant, funded by the Pearl and Otto ...
05/19/2021
Funding | Jewish Studies Program Cornell Arts & Sciences

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Jewish Studies and Research Travel Grant, funded by the Pearl and Otto Delikat Holocaust Memorial Fund. https://jewishstudies.cornell.edu/funding

Re’ee Hagay (PhD student in Near Eastern studies)
Itamar Haritan (PhD student in Anthropology)
Vivian Ludford (MFA student in Creative Writing program)
Jaimie Luria (PhD student in Anthropology)
Alec Pollak (PhD student in English language and literature)
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The Cornell Jewish Studies Research and Travel Grant, funded by the Pearl and Otto Delikat Holocaust Memorial Fund, supports graduate students seeking to do archival or field research or to take advantage of learning opportunities not otherwise available on the Cornell campus. With the approval of t...

05/19/2021

Jay Branegan ’72 and Joe Connolly ’72 had the kind of college friendship that doesn’t end at graduation. They were fraternity brothers, traveled Europe by Eurail one summer and lived together their senior year in college and again after college when they both worked in Chicago.

“We were good friends sophomore year, but best friends after that summer in Europe,” Branegan said. The relationship continued throughout their lives, with one flying off to visit the other in their newest city and the pair staying in touch through letters.

So, when Connolly died suddenly last June, Branegan knew he wanted to honor his friend in some way at Cornell. He worked with Connolly’s friends and family around the world to develop the Joseph E. Connolly ’72 Memorial Prizes, which will be awarded to students starting in the spring of 2022. The prizes support students who want to look at the intersection of religion, politics and society.

https://as.cornell.edu/news/new-humanities-prize-honors-cornell-friendships

"Boyarin’s book seeks to demystify the experience of Jewish learning in an Orthodox kollel (an academy for the study of ...
05/17/2021
Adventures Among the Orthodox

"Boyarin’s book seeks to demystify the experience of Jewish learning in an Orthodox kollel (an academy for the study of Jewish texts)..."

Two new books explore the richness and strangeness of life among Orthodox Jews....

Deborah Starr in an interview with Jadaliyya about her book "Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema"
05/05/2021
Deborah Starr, Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema (New Texts Out Now)

Deborah Starr in an interview with Jadaliyya about her book "Togo Mizrahi and the Making of Egyptian Cinema"

I find Togo Mizrahi’s story to be very compelling. Mizrahi was an Egyptian Jew with Italian nationality. One of the pioneers of the Egyptian film industry, he founded a studio and a production company in Alexandria in 1929.

What does a puppy have in common with a Cornell Conference on Di Linke (the Yiddish speaking Left)? A lot it turns out i...
05/04/2021
Lessons From a Dog About Communism

What does a puppy have in common with a Cornell Conference on Di Linke (the Yiddish speaking Left)? A lot it turns out if it's a puppy named Labzik who lived with a Yiddish speaking immigrant family in the Bronx.

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Rokhl’s Golden City: What a dog named Labzik can teach us about communism

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05/03/2021

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CELEBRATE JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE!

Jewish American Heritage Month began in 1980 with the passage of Pub. L. 96-237, which requested that the president designate a week in April or May as 'Jewish Heritage Week.' In 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed the month of May as #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth to celebrate the history of Jewish Americans and provide opportunities to educate the public about Jewish culture. Follow us for posts highlighting Jewish culture and heritage in Tompkins County.

Explore our website for lesson plans, archival collections, educational materials, and historic highlights from Tompkins County: https://thehistorycenter.net/Jewish-Heritage-Month
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In recognition of May Day, the workers' holiday, today Cornell Jewish Studies is launching the digital archive of our De...
05/01/2021

In recognition of May Day, the workers' holiday, today Cornell Jewish Studies is launching the digital archive of our December 2020 conference, "Di Linke: the Yiddish Immigrant Left from Popular Front to Cold War." https://jewishstudies.cornell.edu/new-digital-resources-now-available-history-jewish-left
Stay tuned for more exciting updates about new digital and educational resources!

Image courtesy of the Cornell University Library. Der Hammer cover, May 1931, Jewish Section of the IWO.

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In recognition of May Day, the workers' holiday, today Cornell Jewish Studies is launching the digital archive of our December 2020 conference, "Di Linke: the Yiddish Immigrant Left from Popular Front to Cold War." https://jewishstudies.cornell.edu/new-digital-resources-now-available-history-jewish-left
Stay tuned for more exciting updates about new digital and educational resources!

Image courtesy of the Cornell University Library. Der Hammer cover, May 1931, Jewish Section of the IWO.

Catherwood Library , Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives , Society for the Humanities - Cornell University , Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences , Kheel Center for Archives, Centro documental y biblioteca Pinie Katz, Cornell Center for Social Sciences, Catherwood Library, Cornell University ILR School, Jewish Studies Program at Syracuse University, Cornell History Department, Cornell University Anthropology, Cornell University, American Studies Program,

Lag B'Omer is Here. Countdown: We're halfway between Pesach and Shevuot and get to take a break, enjoy bonfires and eat ...
04/29/2021
What Is Lag B'omer? | My Jewish Learning

Lag B'Omer is Here. Countdown: We're halfway between Pesach and Shevuot and get to take a break, enjoy bonfires and eat outside among other things. The origins of the holiday are obscure but the story told involves the miraculous end of a plague, a good reason to celebrate.
Update: Tragedy as some took celebration too far on Mt. Meron Thursday night. See https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/world/middleeast/israel-mount-meron-stampede.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Lag Ba'Omer. Counting the Omer. Shavuot in the Community. Shavuot, Receiving the Torah. Featured Articles on Shavuot. Jewish Holidays.

Yiddish will fulfill the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences language requirements.
04/21/2021
Yiddish to fulfill A&S language requirement | Jewish Studies Program Cornell Arts & Sciences

Yiddish will fulfill the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences language requirements.

Yiddish to fulfill A&S language requirement Share this story on Facebook Share this story on Twitter By: Ayla Cline, College of Arts & Sciences,  April 20, 2021 This fall, Cornell's new Yiddish program is setting its sights higher, riding a generational trend in interest and changing attitudes towa...

On the anniversary of the April 19th, 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a booklet from August 1943 detailing the Ghetto in Se...
04/19/2021
Lest We Forget: The Massacre of the Warsaw Ghetto, A Compilation of Reports - Cornell University Library Digital Collections

On the anniversary of the April 19th, 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a booklet from August 1943 detailing the Ghetto in September 1942 and its subsequent "Liquidation." It includes a smuggled map of Treblinka.

The booklet was digitized from Cornell's Catherwood Library Kheel Center archives on the International Workers’ Order (IWO) and Jewish People's Fraternal Order (JPFO). https://digital.library.cornell.edu/catalog/ss:21072956

Digitized content from the collections of Cornell University Library

Be sure to reserve your FREE ticket to see "The Spy Behind Home Plate" April 27-29: an engrossing documentary about Moe ...
04/16/2021
The Spy Behind Home Plate | Cornell Cinema Cornell Arts & Sciences

Be sure to reserve your FREE ticket to see "The Spy Behind Home Plate" April 27-29: an engrossing documentary about Moe Berg, a Jewish baseball catcher in the golden age of the major leagues who joins the OSS in WWII to spy on the Nazis’ atomic bomb program.

A Q&A with director Aviva Kempner will be held on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. moderated by Elliot Shapiro (Jewish Studies).

An engrossing documentary about the enigmatic, charming and brilliant Moe Berg, a Jewish baseball catcher behind the plate in the golden age of the major leagues who joins the OSS in WWII to spy on the Nazis’ atomic bomb program. “Berg grew up in Newark, N.J., the son of Jewish immigrants, and m...

Learn how and why Afro-Asian #Jews in #Israel became associated and engaged with Global Black thought throughout the 20t...
04/15/2021

Learn how and why Afro-Asian #Jews in #Israel became associated and engaged with Global Black thought throughout the 20th century in a virtual talk by Professor Bryan K. Roby on Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Registration is required. https://jewishstudies.cornell.edu/israel-black-and-white
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Learn how and why Afro-Asian #Jews in #Israel became associated and engaged with Global Black thought throughout the 20th century in a virtual talk by Professor Bryan K. Roby on Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Registration is required. https://jewishstudies.cornell.edu/israel-black-and-white
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Students, are you making plans for this summer? Be sure to consider the Summer Experience Grants offered by A&S. The gra...
04/06/2021

Students, are you making plans for this summer? Be sure to consider the Summer Experience Grants offered by A&S.
The grants can help you pay for up to $5,000 of living expenses or travel if you're looking into a low-paid or unpaid summer experience this year.
Find out more and apply by April 19

Students, are you making plans for this summer? Be sure to consider the Summer Experience Grants offered by A&S.

The grants can help you pay for up to $5,000 of living expenses or travel if you're looking into a low-paid or unpaid summer experience this year.

Find out more and apply by April 19!

https://as.cornell.edu/news/summer-experience-grant-removes-barriers-access-students

Yiddish Makes its Debut on DuoLingo:
04/06/2021
Yiddish Classes Are Now Available on Duolingo! – Kveller

Yiddish Makes its Debut on DuoLingo:

“Mame, a ber!” That’s how you say, “Mom, a bear!” in Yiddish — a phrase that I imagine must be very useful in very particular situations. Now, if you didn’t know this essential phrase until just now, that’s OK! I actually just learned it myself — courtesy of the popular language-le...

From the  Association for Jewish Studies:Apply now! AJS Summer 2021 Writing GroupDeadline: April 21Designed for womxn, t...
04/02/2021
Summer Writing Group

From the Association for Jewish Studies:
Apply now! AJS Summer 2021 Writing Group
Deadline: April 21
Designed for womxn, transmen & non-binary individuals, with the goal of boosting publication submission rates
Apply now: https://associationforjewishstudies.org/professional-development/workshops-and-programs/summer-writing-group

The Association for Jewish Studies is a learned society and professional organization whose mission is to advance research and teaching in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, and to foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the....

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell Information SessionThematic and Regional Minors, Monday April ...
03/29/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Info Session: Einaudi Center Regional and Thematic Minors. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell Information Session
Thematic and Regional Minors, Monday April 5, 4:30 p.m.
Register: https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUodemvqTsqGdWc8kIVBb_aeZyhKhRXpSnW
Take your learning to the next level with a minor in International Relations, Migration Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies or Asian Studies.

Take your learning to the next level with regional and thematic minors from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and our programs. Whatever your major and career goals, our wide geographical reach and interdisciplinary focus provide opportunities for you to expand your global knowledge...

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Cornell Jewish Studies is founded on the conviction that the record contained in the languages, literature and history of the Jewish people is an integral part of our human heritage. The Jewish Studies Program provides instruction and specialization in the fields of modern, medieval and ancient Jewish history and geography, Holocaust Studies, Jewish ethnography, world Jewish literature, Diaspora Studies, Yiddish culture, as well as Semitic languages, the Hebrew Bible, medieval and modern Hebrew literature and film.

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The program presented by Professor Deborah A. Starr is one of the most significant programs presented and sponsored by the Ithaca wide Jewish Community. Thus as per the following link promoted within local social media channels I have developed. Especially The Israel Information Center Ithaca page. What she is about to introduce is the central key factor of a deeper conflict within those who were Non - Muslims living in territories controlled by the Turks then shifted to the Arabs after the Europeans colonial mismanagement. None the less its an introduction into a wider area of written and oral histories - which - someone who can be trusted and knows Arabic is needed to document evidence in various academic archives of their collections of Arab popular media publications since 1928. This also includes The Congressional Library Washington DC. The additional aspects such sources indicate the centrality of the Tafsir which is the Islamic Talmud The Dhimmi and its similarities with the Jim Crow Laws of the South. Then the commonality of Lynchings of both the Mizrachi in Muslim controlled Middle East and Blacks in the South - along with Jews who supported their cause - for their efforts to obtain their full Civil Rights. Thus its highly advised that every effort should be made to promote this event to Ithaca;s Black Community as well. For them the topic is more important. May you and yours have every happiness. .. " B.H. " Roger As per posted support of your very important program link . https://www.facebook.com/israelinformationcenter/posts/2649055991999445
The program presented by Professor Deborah A. Starr is one of the most significant programs presented and sponsored by the Ithaca wide Jewish Community. Thus as per the following link promoted within local social media channels I have developed. Especially The Israel Information Center Ithaca page. What she is about to introduce is the central key factor of a deeper conflict within those who were Non - Muslims living in territories controlled by the Turks then shifted to the Arabs after the Europeans colonial mismanagement. None the less its an introduction into a wider area of written and oral histories - which - someone who can be trusted and knows Arabic is needed to document evidence in various academic archives of their collections of Arab popular media publications since 1928. This also includes The Congressional Library Washington DC. The additional aspects such sources indicate the centrality of the Tafsir which is the Islamic Talmud The Dhimmi and its similarities with the Jim Crow Laws of the South. Then the commonality of Lynchings of both the Mizrachi in Muslim controlled Middle East and Blacks in the South - along with Jews who supported their cause - for their efforts to obtain their full Civil Rights. Thus its highly advised that every effort should be made to promote this event to Ithaca;s Black Community as well. For them the topic is more important. May you and yours have every happiness. .. " B.H. " Roger As per posted support of your very important program link . https://www.facebook.com/israelinformationcenter/posts/2649055991999445
The program presented by Professor Deborah A. Starr is one of the most significant programs presented and sponsored by the Ithaca wide Jewish Community. Thus as per the following link promoted within local social media channels I have developed. Especially The Israel Information Center Ithaca page. What she is about to introduce is the central key factor of a deeper conflict within those who were Non - Muslims living in territories controlled by the Turks then shifted to the Arabs after the Europeans colonial mismanagement. None the less its an introduction into a wider area of written and oral histories - which - someone who can be trusted and knows Arabic is needed to document evidence in various academic archives of their collections of Arab popular media publications since 1928. This also includes The Congressional Library Washington DC. The additional aspects such sources indicate the centrality of the Tafsir which is the Islamic Talmud The Dhimmi and its similarities with the Jim Crow Laws of the South. Then the commonality of Lynchings of both the Mizrachi in Muslim controlled Middle East and Blacks in the South - along with Jews who supported their cause - for their efforts to obtain their full Civil Rights. Thus its highly advised that every effort should be made to promote this event to Ithaca;s Black Community as well. For them the topic is more important. May you and yours have every happiness. .. " B.H. " Roger As per posted support of your very important program link . https://www.facebook.com/israelinformationcenter/posts/2649055991999445
Dear Friends and Colleagues. A new **Jewish Music Forum launches** next Tuesday, 23 June, with **‘Conversations on Zoom’ **(COZ) where scholars, practitioners and archivists engage in dialogue on their work, interests and approaches. Read the First Newsletter here https:https://jewishmusic.hcommons.org/ **23 June 2020** **Dr Naomi Cohn Zentner** with **Professor Eliyahu Schleifer** **30 June 2020 Cantor Matt Austerklein **with **Cantor Abraham Lubin** **Conversations on Zoom take place on Tuesday’s **(09:00 Los Angeles/ 12.00 New York/ 17:00 UK/ 18:00 Hannover/ 19:00 Jerusalem time) More details of their conversations here. https://jewishmusic.hcommons.org/2020/05/26/ifjms/ **To join the conversation with the log-in details** go to https://hcommons.org/groups/jewish-music-1255310724/events/conversation-on-zoom/ To book your own ‘Conversation’, **pick a date, and a partner** and get in touch. Contact me [email protected] to fit this in to the weekly Tuesday COZ programme. (You do not already have to be a Member of the Forum to participate in this programme, but we hope you will join soon) To join the International Forum for Jewish Music Studies, see the details at: https://jewishmusic.hcommons.org/ We look forward to ‘seeing’ you at COZ Mark Kligman, Martha Stellmacher and Geraldine Auerbach International Forum for Jewish Music Studies
Don't miss this unique opportunity: The Workers Circle Yiddish program is offering a 50% discount on Spring 2020 registration to full-time college students worldwide! If you are interested in taking a Yiddish language and culture course with us, email proof that you are a full-time student to our Director of Yiddish Programming, Kolya Borodulin, at [email protected], and enjoy studying Yiddish online or in-person. Our in-person and online classes are designed for everyone, from onheybers (beginners) to mevinim (experts). No matter your experience, take your Yiddish skills to the next level in 2020.
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NEW DOCUMENTARY REVEALS A HIDDEN SHOAH STORY Please join us with a son of Holocaust survivors on a journey to trace his inherited trauma in The Presence of Their Absence. Armed with only scant clues, Fred Zaidman ventures into the unknown to tell his story for this first time. With helpers in Poland and Israel, and an unusual source – a Baptist minister in Atlanta - Fred finds his roots in the ashes of the Shoah and reconstructs his future in our new Digital HD film on your cable platforms and VOD (ITunes, Amazon, Vimeo, Vudu; in Europe: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/presenceoftheirabsence With gratitude and L'Shana Tovah! #thepresenceoftheirabsence; #virgilfilms; #childrenofsurvivors; #SecondGenerationHolocaust; #shoahlegacy; #Holocaustfilms; #Holocausteducation