Archive of Events

Events and Programs Spring 2013

A Jewish Journey Between Genders
Dr. Joy Ladin, author of Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders, and the first openly transgender professor at Yeshiva University in New York City, spoke at Ithaca College. At noon in the Handwerker Gallery, she read from her latest book of poetry, The Definition of Joy, and in the evening, at 7:30, she spoke about her transgender Jewish identity.

April 9, 7:30 PM, Textor 101
Jewish Studies and Hillel brought the Israeli film NUMBERED to campus. This film, released in 2012 by KNOW Productions, is about the meanings of the numbers that were tattooed on prisoners at the Auschwitz death camp upon arrival - to the survivors, their families, and their communities.

Judaism through a Feminist Lens: Feminism in a Post-Feminist era
April 23, 7:30 PM, Textor 103
Dr. Judith Plaskow, the noted Jewish feminist theologian, spoke on the past and future of Jewish feminism.

Events and Programs Fall 2010

The Unknown Black Book: The Holocaust in the Soviet Union
September 21, 4:00 p.m., Clark Lounge.
Joshua Rubenstein, the Northeast Director of Amnesty International, spoke about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. Rubenstein's book by the same name provides a revelatory compilation of testimonies from Jews who survived open-air massacres and other atrocities carried out by the Germans and their allies in the occupied Soviet territories during World War II—Ukraine, Belorussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Crimea.

Steve Stern, reading from The Frozen Rabbi
October 7, 7:30 p.m., Klingenstein Lounge.
Steve Stern, the acclaimed author of novels and stories with a deep grounding in Yiddish folklore, read from his latest book. Stern’s newest novel — “The Frozen Rabbi” — is about a rabbi who has literally been frozen alive in a block of ice that travels from Poland to Manhattan to a Jewish community in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is accidentally defrosted.

Keep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires
A reading by Miryam Kabakov, Mara Benjamin, and Elaine Chapnick.
October 28, 7:30 p.m., Clark Lounge
Keep Your Wives Away from Them (edited by Miryam Kabakov) gives voice to genderqueer Jewish women who were once silenced—and effectively rendered invisible—by their faith. It tells the story of Orthodox Jewish women who have come out, who are still closeted, living double lives, or struggling to maintain an integrated “single life” in relationship to traditional Judaism—personal stories that are both enlightening and edifying. Cosponsored by the LGBT Center, Women's Studies, Hillel, and Sociology. For more information on the book, see

Annual Holocaust Lecture
Susannah Heschel: The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theology and Nazi Racism
November 9, 7:30 p.m., Emerson Suites
Dr. Heschel (Dartmouth College) will speak on the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the Nazi pogrom against the Jews of Germany and Austria in November 9-10, 1938) about Christian responses to the Nazi persecution of the Jews and the attraction of some Christian theologians of the time to Nazi racial theory.

Dr. Heschel's latest book, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany, discusses German Protestant theologians who, motivated by racism, and tapping into traditional Christian anti-Semitism, redefined Jesus as an Aryan and Christianity as a religion at war with Judaism. In 1939, these theologians established the Institute for the Study and Eradication of Jewish Influence on German Religious Life. In The Aryan Jesus, Susannah Heschel shows that during the Third Reich, the Institute became the most important propaganda organ of German Protestantism, exerting a widespread influence and producing a nazified Christianity that placed anti-Semitism at its theological center.

FALL 2009

Thursday, October 29, 7 p.m., Emerson A

Holocaust Lecture: Jewish Studies' annual lecture  featured Gordon Horwitz, Associate Professor of History at Illinois Wesleyan University, speaking on "Ghettostadt: Łódź and the Making of a Nazi City."
Thursday, November 5, 12:10 p.m., Handwerker Gallery

A reading by Marjorie Agosin, Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College, on her work about her Chilean Jewish identity. Agosin is a well known spokesperson for the plight and priorities of women in Third World countries. She has also written extensively on her family's experiences as Jews in Chile and on struggles for human rights in South America.


April 2, 2009
"Jerusalem is Proud to Present," a film on the Jerusalem gay pride march, co-sponsored with the LGBT Center.

March 23, 2009, 7 p.m., Clark Lounge
Lecture by Rabbi Steven Greenberg: "Gayness and God"
The first openly gay Orthodox rabbi and author of Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition speaks on life as a gay man in a religious  tradition that has traditionally condemned homosexuality for both men and women. He will share his radical and pragmatic solutions to the conflict between traditional religion (Judaism in particular) and homosexuality.  All are welcome to join him in an honest conversation about what it means to be gay, bisexual, lesbian, or transgender and religious. Co-sponsored with the LGBT Center.

February 22, 2009, 4 p.m., Emerson Suites
The 6th Annual Klezmer Gala featuring great music from the IC Klezmorim, dancing and food. Roey Mendel will lead a dance workshop at 3:30 p.m. in the North Foyer. Come one and all to this joyous event!

February 14, 2009, 7 p.m., Cinemapolis
Screening of Waltz with Bashir, Academy-Award nominated animated Israeli film on memories of the Lebanon War in 1982. Followed by panel discussion including Rebecca Lesses, Beth Harris, and Deborah Starr. Sponsored by FLEFF.

October 28, 2008
Dr. Peter Fritzsche, author of "Life and Death in the Third Reich," spoke on October 28, 7:30 p.m., in Klingenstein Lounge, on "Becoming Nazi: Moral Choice in Everyday Life in the Third Reich."


April 1, 2008
Film Screening and Forum Discussion of "Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School" at 7:00 PM in Park Auditorium. "HINEINI" (Hebrew for 'Here I am') chronicles the story of one student's courageous fight to establish a gay-straight alliance at a Jewish high school in the Boston area and the transformative impact of her campaign on her entire community. Sponsored with LGBT Center and Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF).

March 18, 2008
Marjorie Agosin presented on "The Weavings of Justice: The Arpillera Movement in Chile" at 7:00 PM in the Emerson Suites, Campus Center. Agosin (Professor of Spanish, Wellesley College) is a well known spokesperson for the plight and priorities of women in Third World countries. She has also written extensively on her family's experiences as Jews in Chile and on struggles for human rights in South America.

February 24, 2008
The 5th Annual Klezmer Gala featuring great music from the IC Klezmorim, presentations (by Max Buckholtz and violinists playing music he had gathered on a recent trip to Romania), and dancing (led by Roey Mendel), took place in the Emerson Suites. View photos.

February 24, 2008
"Preserving Jewish Greece" - Adina Mindick '08 (Journalism Major and Jewish Studies minor) presented on her experiences studying the Jewish communities of Rhodes and Crete in the summer of 2007.

December 9, 2007
Director Arno Selco and Professor Kirsten Wasson (English), together with members of the cast, conducted a "Talkback" after the final performance of "Last Night of Ballyhoo."

November 12, 2007
David Tal  presented on the topic: "I am in the East But my Heart is in the West: Israel and Its Identity as a 'Western' Society."

October 25, 2007
Deborah Lipstadt presented on: “Holocaust Denial: A New Form of Anti-Semitism."


April 2007
Latin American Jewish author Nora Strejilevich talked about “History, Memory, Testimony” in relation to the Argentine Dirty War (1976-83), during which she survived kidnapping and torture and her brother and other family members and friends disappeared at the hands of the military junta.

March 2007
With “The Arts of Jewish India: Explorations in Painting, Architecture and Music” Jewish Studies brought a month long series of art exhibits, lectures, and performances to the Handwerker Gallery and to many IC classrooms.

  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors from the Ithaca area filled the gallery at the Opening Reception for two simultaneous exhibits: "Blue Like Me" and "Indian Synagogue Architecture." View photos
  • Architect and scholar Jay Waronker exhibited and discussed his watercolor studies of India’s Synagogues. View photos
  • Zipporah (Venus) Lane from Israel performed traditional South Indian Jewish folk songs, with background and commentary by Barbara Johnson. Born and raised in the Jewish community of Cochin, Kerala, Venus is a song translator and a member of the Nirit Singers in Israel. View photos
  • Artist Siona Benjamin’s exhibit “Blue Like Me” featured dramatic and brilliantly colored paintings exploring her identity as an Indian-Jewish-American woman.  Bangladeshi-American dancer Ishrat Hoque joined her in a lecture/performance aptly titled “Color Me Blue.” View photos

February 2007
A quintet of alumni “all-stars” performed with the Ithaca College Klezmorim at the Fourth Annual Klezmer Gala, a concert and dance party attracting an enthusiastic audience of students, faculty and Ithaca area residents. The IC Klezmorim is a School of Music-supported student ensemble, under the direction of Professor Peter Rothbart that explores klezmer, the secular music of the Eastern European Jews. The Alumni All-Stars were Adam Berkowitz ’01 and Steve Solook ‘03 (from the original IC Klezmer Ensemble), Ryan Zawel MM’05, and Calman (C. J.) Glass ’05. View photos.

November 2006
“On a Narrow Bridge: Journey of a Gay Jewish Writer” was the subject of a lecture by prize-winning author Lev Raphael. The son of Holocaust survivors, Raphael came out twice, once as a proud Jew, a second time as a gay man, and he has been integrating those two identities for two decades in his life and his writing. View photos

October 2006
Middle Eastern Jewish (Mizrachi) music energized the IC campus and the Ithaca community through a dynamic three-day series of musical performances and lectures by musician/scholar-in-residence Galeet Dardashti and the Divahn ensemble. Daughter and granddaughter of well-known Jewish musicians from Iran, Galeet performed and discussed music from Iran, Iraq, Israel and Morocco. She is an anthropologist, cantor, founder and the lead vocalist of “Divahn." View photos.


April 5, 2006
Lecture: Professor Mauro Perani of the University of Bologna, Italy, speaking on the Italian Geniza documents.

March 27, 2006
Student bus trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with IC Hillel.

March 22, 2006
Alicia Steimberg, noted Argentinean Jewish writer, will be speaking.

February 28, 2006
Annual Holocaust Lecture: Professor Edward Linenthal of Indiana University, speaking on "Contested Memories: The Making of the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum." Professor Linenthal is the author of Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum.

February 13, 2006
Paperclips screening in Handwerker Gallery.

February 8, 2006
Paragraph 175 screening in Handwerker Gallery.

February 4, 2006
Annual Klezmer Concert and Dance Party, featuring the famed klezmer clarinetist, Joel Rubin, Ryan Zawel, and the IC Klezmorim.

January 26, 2006
Opening reception for Handwerker Gallery exhibit with curator's talk by Ted Phillips.

January 26 - February 26, 2006
Handwerker Gallery exhibit: "The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945," a traveling exhibition organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

January 10, 2006
Alumni Jewish Studies Reception in New York City

December 20, 2005
Alumni Jewish Studies Reception in Rockville, Maryland

November 16, 2005
"Orthodox, Outspoken and Out of the Closet?"
Lecture by Rabbi Steven Greenberg, author of Wrestling with God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition

November 15, 2005
"Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe?"
Lecture by author Ruth Ellen Gruber

September 15 - 17, 2005
"The Afro-Semitic Experience," musical residency, with three days of concerts, workshops, and meetings.

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