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The Department of Judaic Studies Community Internships Project

You are cordially invited to hear Madison Jackson present on her Internship project

Friday 8 December at 1:30pm
Temple Concord
9 Riverside Dr, Binghamton, NY 13905

Light refreshments (from Wegmans) will be served as we congratulate Madison Jackson and Wade Melnick on the completion of their Internship projects.

Video of Madison Jackson's Exhibition at the Hannukah House Museum, November 2017

"Genealogies of the Future" with Jonathan Boyarinboyarin

Jonathan Boyarin, Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University, will present this year's Rabbi Moses Margolis Memorial Lecture, entitled "Genealogies of the Future" on Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 pm in the Library Tower, Rm 2207 (second floor). The lecture is free and open to the general public.

Drawing on documents ranging from the stories of Grace Paley, to the ethnography of Yiddish philanthropy, to artistic re-imaginings of a lost family album, Professor Boyarin discusses what happens when we start to think of Jewish genealogy and 'blood ties' as oriented towards the future rather than the past.

Professor Boyarin's many books include Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul: A Summer on the Lower East Side and Jewish Families (Key Words in Jewish Studies)

For more information, contact the Judaic Studies Department, 777-3070.

Lecture by Ronit Stahl, Postdoctoral Fellow at UPennchaplain

"Fighting with Faith: Jewish Chaplains and the American State"

Thursday, November 9 at 7pm

Science Library 206

Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching

GlasmanCongratulations to Gina Glasman, who has received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching! This award is given to one BU Professor each year, and recognizes excellence and innovation in teaching.


Stained Glass Windows Recovered from Local Synagogue

Now the caretaker of pieces from Binghamton’s past, the Judaic Studies Department will both preserve and display windowpanes from Temple Beth El. Read more from Inside Binghamton.

Upcoming Talks

Department faculty are featured at two College of Jewish Studies events in town. For more information, visit our CJS page.

Judaic Studies Student Commencement Speech

BU’s Danon has personal connection to Sephardic studies

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman (orig. published in "The Reporter")

A family connection sparked Dina Danon’s interest in Sephardic studies: her paternal grandmother spoke Ladino, a Judeo-Spanish dialect. When she was young, the assistant professor in the Judaic Studies Department at Binghamton University “thought it was cool that my grandmother spoke a different language” and loved listening to Ladino folktales. However, it was only during her undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania that Danon really became excited about studying history.

Her specialty is history with a focus on Sephardic Jewry. When she was at Stanford University, her doctoral research centered on the Jewish community of Izmir, because of yet another family connection: her father’s family originally came from that area.

Link to the full story in The Reporter.

Religious Studies in the News

"Binghamton University's religious studies program focuses on the academic study of religion as a significant social force in all cultures and in all ages."

Read about the program in the Press-Sun Bulletin.

Combined (Fast Track) JUST-MPA Program

An MPA degree is a professional degree for those interested in public service careers in management. It is ideal for individuals who are committed to public service and would like to be a leader in a public or nonprofit organization.
Binghamton University's MPA program:
*prepares students for management careers in public and nonprofit organizations,
*provides students with opportunities to gain real world experience while making a difference in the community,
*has an energetic faculty committed to students, teaching, and community service, and
*offers combined (fast-track) BA-MPA programs in Asian and Asian American Studies, Political Science, Romance Languages, Theatre, Environmental Studies, Judaic Studies, and PPL.
Please feel free to contact Kristina Lambright at with any questions regarding the information session.

Last Updated: 12/13/17