March 2017

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Fall 2017 Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Fall 2017 Courses in
Hebrew and Judaic Studies


Find fall courses that fit your schedule and fulfill the content areas you're missing! Course topics in Hebrew and Judaic Studies (HEJS) include Jewish Humor, the Black Death, Modern Jewish Thought, Literature and Civilization of the Jewish People, and the Jewish Middle Ages. A graduate section is available for the Sociology of Anti-Semitism (SOCI 2509W), and the Bible is offered as an Interdepartmental course (INTD). Biblical and modern Hebrew language courses are also available.

Visit our website for full course descriptions, dates, and times!

Want to learn more? Visit the Student Union (room 303) today, March 7, from 3:00-5:00 pm and meet our professors during our Faculty Meet and Greet. We hope you will join us during this casual walk-in event, get to know some of our faculty, and find out about our upcoming events and courses! We will have pizza available to all students who stop in. Question? Call our office at 860-486-2271.
Adrianne Greenbaum

Thurs. March 23, 7:00 pm: Connecticut native Adrianne Greenbaum and her klezmer ensemble FleytMuzik will perform “Farewell to the Homeland: Polyn” at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT). 
A highly acclaimed musician with degrees from Yale School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory, Professor Greenbaum is a sought after flutist who has performed worldwide and is the leading pioneer revivalist of the klezmer flute tradition. Klezmer music, the traditional music of eastern European Jewry, is known for the beautiful, soulful, and joyous sounds of flute, violin, cimbalom, and bass.  
FleytMuzik is a unique and charismatic ensemble that has brought klezmer music to the world stage; and their concerts, performed on the historic instruments of the 19th century, bring to life the music of eastern European Jewry and its shtetl bands. <Learn more>
Gili Getz

The Forbidden Conversation: April 4

Tues. April 4, 7:00 pm: Next month, Gili Getz will perform The Forbidden Conversation, an autobiographical one-man performance exploring the difficulty of having a conversation about Israel in the American Jewish community. This event, rescheduled because of February's winter storm, will now take place on Storrs campus in Laurel Hall, room 101. The performance qualifies for honors credit and is free and open to the public!
In The Forbidden Conversation, Gili Getz presents a deeply personal one-man performance that is based on his own journey.  The play will be followed by an open discussion about the challenging conversations we have with family, friends, and our community concerning the future of Israel, the American Jewish community, and ways to process fundamental differences and disagreements. Visit our website to learn more about Gili Getz and his show.
Warsaw Ghetto

Professor Samuel D. Kassow to Speak at Annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust

Mon. April 24, 7:00 pm: Please join us for the annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust when Trinity College history Professor Samuel D. Kassow will present "Time Capsules in the Rubble: the Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto." The Convocation will be held in the Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Research Center on the Storrs campus and is sponsored by the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life I. Martin and Janet M. Fierberg Lecture, the Human Rights Institute, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. A reception will immediately follow. Attending this event counts toward sophomore honors credit.

Professor Kassow 
is the author of Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archives in which he documents the efforts taken by Dr. Ringelblum and Oyneg Shabes to preserve Jewish history and resist Nazi oppression. 
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The Innocents
The 2016 volume of the American Jewish Year Bookco-edited by Professor Arnold Dashefsky, former director of the Center for Judaic Studies, and Professor Ira Sheskin of the University of Miami, has been recently published by Springer. Included in this volume of the Year Book is the 2015 Pew Report on Orthodox Jews, “A Portrait of American Orthodox Jews.”  
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The Center is pleased to announce our annual call, jointly with Middle East Studies and the Office of Global Affairs, for applications from undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking funds for academic-related travel to Israel over the coming summer. Awards of $1500 may be used to defray expenses such as airfare and registration fees.  The deadline to apply is April 3, 2017.  For more information contact the Center for Judaic Studies program assistant Aaron Rosman at

Stay up-to-date on study abroad opportunities in Judaic studies and academic travel to Israel by visiting our website!
The Innocents

We would like to call your attention to the upcoming Fourth Annual Interfaith Film Series being held by the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding. The series will take place at the Wadsworth Atheneum on March 19 & 26 and April 2. The films to be screened are The Innocents, Divided We Fall, and Bombay. Find full details on their website.

 Julia DePalermo
Visit our newly established "Student Corner" where we feature news and interviews by or about our student community. Most recently featured are Julia DePalermo, a junior political science major with minors in human rights and French, who is studying abroad in Israel this semester at the University of Haifa and recording her unique experiences.
Nathan Schachter
Nathan Schachter,  a UConn sophomore majoring in communications and minoring in dramatic arts is in UConn's Fast-Track program pursuing a master's degree in public administration. He recently wrote “Why Jewish Nonprofit Matters: I Believe in Giving Back” for the Times of Israel
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