Jewish Studies Center

Public Programs

Some of the biggest issues and challenges facing Jewish communities today include philanthropy, business ethics, politics, identity and continuity, the changing face of American Jewry, and many others. The JSC address these issues through a series of lectures, panel discussions, symposia, and specials events that are available to the Baruch community and general public.

                                                                     SPRING 2016

                                                       Wednesday, February 24th
The Wasserman Jewish Studies Center Film Series Presents:

A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Jerichow). Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.

Location: Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave.Entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.
Time: 5:30 -7:30 PM
Reserve your seat via our Eventbrite page

                                                           Thursday, March 17th
                  The Wasserman Jewish Studies Center Film Series Presents:
                                                                         "The Flat"

The flat, on the third floor of a Bauhaus building in Tel Aviv, was where Arnon Goldfinger's grandparents lived since they immigrated to Palestine. Were it not for the view from the windows, one might have thought that the flat was in Berlin . . . furnished with heavy European pieces and bookcases filled with the best of German literature. Then, at age ninety-eight, his grandmother died. Objects, pictures, letters, and documents awaited, revealing the complex lives of his grandparents Gerda and Kurt Tuchler, as well as clues to a troubled and painful past.                   

Location: Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch College, 55 Lexington Ave.Entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Reserve your seat via our Eventbrite page


                                                               Tuesday March 22nd
          David Engel, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University       "              "The Ideological Roots of the Holocaust: Ancient, Medieval, or Modern?”
                    Lecture to be followed by comments from artist Mark Podwahl.

Location: 55 Lexington Ave, Room 14-270
Time: 5:30 – 7 PM        

The Queens College Center for Jewish Studies is co-sponsoring the Podwal Exhibition Events with the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. This event Isco-sponsored with the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.

                                                               Monday, April 4th
           Avi Tchamni, Professor of Music, University of California, Santa Cruz
                      “Babylonian Roots: The Musical Heritage of Iraqi Jews”

The first half of the 20th century saw a flourish of popular songs in Iraq, much of it created by Jewish musicians and composers. Perhaps most famous among them were the Al-Kuwaity brothers, who revolutionized the genre and contributed hundreds of songs still heard to this day throughout the Arab world. With the mass immigration to Israel in beginning of the 1950s, this extensive repertoire of songs was brought to the now-new homeland, together with the rich tradition of sacred synagogue music.

Location: 55 Lexington Ave, Room 14-270
Time: 5:30 PM

                                                                  Thursday, April 7th
            Dovid Katz, Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture,
                      Independent Author, Researcher, Lecturer, Scholar
                                          “25 Years on the Road in Eastern Europe:
                                  Search for Yiddish Mohicans in the Old Country”;

Yiddish as a Toy of Far-Right Holocaust Revisionists in 21st Century Vilnius
The 21st Century; Incarnation of Holocaust Denial: “Double Genocide”
21st Century (Western) “Useful Jewish Idiots” (UJIs) in Eastern Europe

Location: 55 Lexington Ave, Room 11-150
Time: 12:30 – 2 PM


                                                           Tuesday, April 19th
                               The Wasserman Jewish Studies Center presents:
              “Dissent and Dissension:Approaching Ultra-Orthodoxy”

 Panel I – 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
“Unpacking 'Ultra-Orthodoxy':
Historical and Sociological Perspectives on Haredi Jewry"
Chaya Rachel Nove, City University of New York
Nancy Sinkoff, Rutgers University
Samuel Heilman, City University of New York

Moderator: Zalman Newfield, New York University

Panel II – 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
“The Body and Selfhood: Gender, Identity and Ultra-Orthodoxy”

Ayala Fader, Fordham University
Fraidy Reiss, Unchained at Last
Lynn Davidman, The University of Kansas
Mordechai Levovitz, JQY

Moderator: Lani Santo

Panel III – 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
“Public vs. Private: Education, Governance and Ultra-Orthodox Communities”

Matty Lichtenstein, University of California, Berkeley
Naftuli Moster, YAFFED
Matthew Williams, Stanford University
Richard Hull, New York Universit

Moderator: Miriam Lipsius, Ramapo College

Panel IV – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
“Go and Tell: Leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy and Storytelling”

A Panel Discussion with Former Ultra-Orthodox Authors and Memoirists
Featuring Judy Brown, Shulem Deen, and Leah Vincent
Thanks to Footsteps for their help with this panel

Moderator: Jeffrey Schandler, Rutgers University

Keynote Address - 8:00 PM-9:00 PM
Nathan Englander, Author and Novelist

Interviewed by Ezra Cappell, University of Texas

Location: Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Avenue, NYC
Audience entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.
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                                                                 Tuesday, May 3rd
     Eugene Marlow, Professor, Department of Journalism & The Writing Professions
                                  "Reflections on Zikkaron/Kristallnacht”

Location: VC 14-285
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM







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