Congratulations, Prof Joskowicz!
Congratulations, Prof Schachter!
Another new article from Prof Wasserstein
Congrats to Prof Schachter!
New Article by Prof Wasserstein – The pope and the Jews
Congrats to Judy Klass!
New Publication from Amy-Jill Levine!
Congrats to Prof Cohen and Prof Klass!
Our JS interim director and professor, Julia Cohen, has recently published a short article titled “American Days, Turkish Nights” about Turkish Jews in the US. Congratulations Julia! Read more here at: http://www.sephardiclosangeles.org/portfolios/american-days-turkish-nights/ Professor Judy Klass currently has three of her…
Published – Prof Allison Schachter’s Translations of Fradl Shtok’s Short Stories
From the Jewish Provinces: Selected Stories by Fradl Shtok, translated by Jewish Studies Professor Allison Schachter and rare book librarian at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati Jordan Finkin, has been published by Northwestern University Press. Congratulations, Allison!…
Virtual Sermon by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine
Amy-Jill Levine on “The Bible for Normal People Podcast”
Piece by Allison Schachter published by De Gruyter
Article by Ari Joskowicz in American Historical Review
New piece by David Wasserstein for University of Chicago’s Divinity School
Play published by Judy Klass, plus one staged and one to watch
Article by David Price appears in the Jewish Quarterly Review
New online piece for “The Conversation” by Phil Lieberman
Phil Lieberman has written a new online piece for The Conversation entitled “When religion sided with science: Medieval lessons for surviving COVID-19.” Ackerman-Lieberman is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, and Affiliated Assistant Professor of Islamic…
New faculty publication – Lenn Goodman
“Untethered” written by our Professor Judy Klass wins first prize
Amy-Jill Levine on Podcast “The Bible for Normal People”
Allison Schachter writes review of translated Yiddish book “On the Landing”
Amy-Jill Levine presents her book “The Jewish Annotated New Testament” to Pope Francis
David Wasserstein Writes “Fragment of the Month” for Cambridge University Library
Adam Meyer Writes Article for Journal of Ethnic American Literature
David Wasserstein Writes Article for The Conversation on Iran Mummy Discovery
David Wasserstein Reviews Book for The Tablet (UK)
New Article by Shaul Kelner on the 1968 American Soviet Jewry Movement
Robert Barsky edits volume of AmeriQuests: “Border Crossing in Law and Literature”
New Book by Jay Geller: Bestiarium Judaicum
New Book by Professor David Wasserstein explores the roots of ISIS
Professor Ari Joskowicz: New Article and Special Review
Robert Barksy contributes chapter on Zellig Harris to Oxford Bibliographies
Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times
Lenn E. Goodman: Judaism, Humanity, and Nature
Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700-1950
By Julia Phillips Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein. (Stanford University Press, 2014)
This ground-breaking documentary history contains over 150 primary sources originally written in 15 languages by or about Sephardi Jews. Designed for use in the classroom, these documents offer students an intimate view of how Sephardim experienced the major regional and world events of the modern era. They also provide a vivid exploration of the quotidian lives of Sephardi women, men, boys, and girls in the Judeo-Spanish heartland of the Ottoman Balkans and Middle East, as well as the émigré centers which Sephardim settled throughout the twentieth century, including North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt
By Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman. (Stanford University Press, 2014)
The Cairo Geniza is the largest and richest store of documentary evidence for the medieval Islamic world. This book seeks to revolutionize the way scholars use that treasure trove. Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman draws on legal documents from the Geniza to reconceive of life in the medieval Islamic marketplace.
Cohen Publishes New Book on Sephardi Jews in the Ottoman Empire
Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era
By Julia Phillips Cohen. (Oxford University Press, 2014)
The Ottoman-Jewish story has long been told as a romance between Jews and the empire. The prevailing view is that Ottoman Jews were protected and privileged by imperial policies and in return offered their unflagging devotion to the imperial government over many centuries. In this book, Julia Phillips Cohen offers a corrective, arguing that Jewish leaders who promoted this vision were doing so in response to a series of reforms enacted by the nineteenth-century Ottoman state: the new equality they gained came with a new set of expectations. Ottoman subjects were suddenly to become imperial citizens, to consider their neighbors as brothers and their empire as a homeland.
Joskowicz Publishes New Book on Jewish Anti-Catholicism
The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France
By Ari Joskowicz. (Stanford University Press, 2013)
The most prominent story of nineteenth-century German and French Jewry has focused on Jewish adoption of liberal middle-class values. The Modernity of Others points to an equally powerful but largely unexplored aspect of modern Jewish history: the extent to which German and French Jews sought to become modern by criticizing the anti-modern positions of the Catholic Church.
A Jew's Best Friend? The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History
Edited by Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman and Rakefet Zalashik. (Sussex Academic Press, 2013).
A Jew’s Best Friend discusses specific cultural manifestations of the relationship between dogs and Jews, from ancient times to the present, highlighting the constant tension between domination/control and partnership which underpins the relationship of humans to animals, as well as the connection between Jewish societies and their broader host cultures.
Lieberman Publishes New Book on Jews and Dogs
Diasporic Modernisms: Hebrew and Yiddish Literature in the Twentieth Century
By Allison Schachter. (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Spanning from 1894 to 1974, Diasporic Modernisms traces the development of a diasporic aesthetic in the shifting centers of Hebrew and Yiddish literature, including Odessa, Jerusalem, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and New York. Through an analysis of Jewish writing, Schachter theorizes how modernist literary networks operate outside national borders in minor and non-national languages.
The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us
By Douglas Knight and Amy-Jill Levine. (Harper Collins Publishers, 2011).
Passed down for generations, compiled between 500 and 100 BCE, and finalized around the time of Jesus, the various accounts in the Hebrew Bible took shape under a variety of cultures. Knight and Levine explore this diverse history and equip us with the critical tools necessary to understand what the ancient texts originally meant.
The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity
By Jay Geller. (Fordham University Press, 2011).
Mapping the dissemination of and interrelationships among corporeal signifiers in German-speaking cultures between the Enlightenment and the Shoah, The Other Jewish Question will appeal to readers interested in psychoanalysis, in Jewish studies, in cultural studies, and in the whole question of “the body.”
The Jewish Annotated New Testament
Edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler. (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Although major New Testament figures were Jews, living in a culture steeped in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture from which it grew–until now. In The Jewish Annotated New Testament, eminent experts put these writings back into the context of their original authors and audiences, and explain how these writings have affected the relations of Jews and Christians over the past two thousand years.
Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli Birthright Tourism
By Shaul Kelner. (New York University Press, 2010).
Since 1999 hundreds of thousands of young American Jews have visited Israel on an all-expense-paid 10-day pilgrimage-tour known as Birthright Israel. This ethnographic analysis provides an on-the-ground look at this hotly debated and widely emulated use of tourism to forge transnational ties.
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone World
By Nathalie Debrauwere-Miller. (Routledge, 2009).
With interdisciplinary analyses of texts whose origins span the diversity of the Jewish and Muslim traditions, the provocative essays collected in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone World offer startling insights into the meaning of the volatile history of this conflict in the Francophone world.
Maimonides and His Heritage
Edited by Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Lenn E. Goodman, and James Allen Grady. (SUNY Press, 2008).
This volume celebrates the depth and breadth of Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides’ (1138–1204) achievements. The essays gathered here explore the rich diversity of a heritage that extends over eight hundred years.
On Freud’s Jewish Body: Mitigating Circumcisions
By Jay Geller. (Fordham Unviersity Press, 2007).
Through a symptomatic reading of Freud’s corpus, from his letters to Fliess through the case of Little Hans to Moses and Montheism, this book demonstrates how “circumcision”—the fetishized signifier of Jewish difference and source of knowledge about Jewish identity—is central to Freud’s construction of psychoanalysis.
The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus
By Amy-Jill Levine. (Harper Collins Publishers, 2007).
Amy-Jill Levine helps Christians and Jews understand the “Jewishness” of Jesus so that their appreciation of him deepens and a greater interfaith dialogue can take place. Levine’s humor and informed truth-telling provokes honest conversation and debate about how Christians and Jews should understand Jesus, the New Testament, and each other.