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The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently

Please click here to register. Click here to purchase a copy of The Bible With and Without Jesus from Afikomen Judaica. Why do Jews and Christians interpret the same texts differently? In their new book, The Bible With and Without Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler examine such famous biblical…...

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Creating Moscow’s New Jewish Museum: A View from the Inside

Please click here to register. In 2012, the Federation of Jewish Communities, the umbrella organization for Chabad-Lubavitch in Russia, opened a state-of-the-art Jewish museum in Moscow with the support of the Putin regime. The museum, called “Russia’s first interactive museum of history,” has been both praised for its innovative approach…...

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Juda and the New Jew: Undead Jewish Israeli Identities

This 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). What happens when a Jewish Israeli television series appropriates antisemitic tropes about…...

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The Rise of Religious Cinema in Israel

This 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). For decades, Israeli cinema has told and shown the Jewish national story…...

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Tiberian Hasidic Responses to Plagues and Riots

Please click here to register for this event. Click here to purchase the first volume of From Tiberias, with Love: A Collection of Tiberian Hasidism from Afikomen Judaica. In the year 1777, a group of Jewish spiritual seekers from Eastern Europe set sail in search of a promised land. Weathering challenges…...

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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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