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“And for the groom a sardine”: Sephardi Women’s Songs

Click here to register. Most of the Judeo-Spanish or Ladino Sephardi song repertoire was traditionally sung by women. This presentation will explore the main genres of these songs in the Sephardi cultures of the old Ottoman region (Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans) and the western Mediterranean, specifically Morocco. Romances (narrative…...

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“Perhaps Redeemed”: Literature, the Holocaust, and the Survivor’s Need for a Radical Humanism

This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). Through an examination of the works of Ruth Klüger, Imre Kertesz,…...

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Karaite Judaism: An Alternative to the Religion of the Rabbis

This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). In the Middle Ages a religious movement emerged that posed a…...

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Jews and Moneylending in the Middle Ages

This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). Anxieties and accusations concerning Jewish “usury” play a prominent role in…...

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Women of the Book: Biblical Women in History, Memory, and Ritual Life

This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). The phenomenon of women interpreting the Bible and applying it to…...

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The Talmud Walks Into a Bar: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature

This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). Though classical rabbinic texts are fundamental to understanding the history and…...

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