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The Burden of Memory: Thane Rosenbaum Reading from "The Golems of Gotham"

The Judaic Studies Department and the Rabbi Moses Margolis Fund presents the award-winning author, Thane Rosenbaum, who will read from and discuss The Golems of Gotham, a Post Holocaust novel, on Tuesday, 10 April, in Fine Arts 258 at 6:30 PM. 
This event is free and open to the public. There will be a book signing and an informal reception following the reading.

Rosenbaum, a second-generation Holocaust survivor, is an essayist, law professor, and author of several novels including Second Hand Smoke, Elijah Visible, and The Golems of Gotham. His articles, reviews, and essays appear frequently in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Haaretz, Huffington Post, and Daily Beast. He is a Distinguished Fellow at New York University School of Law where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society. He also moderates The Talk Show, an annual series of discussions on culture, world events, and politics at the 92nd Street Y.


Community Internships and Honors Theses

Congratulations to Madison Jackson and Wade Melnick who completed two Internships. Madi put together the Hanukah House exhibition on Jewish Food from Around the World, and Wade sorted, catalogued, digitized parts of the Temple Concord Archive.

And congrats to Arly Mintz researched, wrote, and defended and received honors for her Pell Thesis on globalization and religious nationalism in Israel.

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"Jewish Food from Around the World"hhouse

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.


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

Lecture by Ronit Stahl, Postdoctoral Fellow at UPenn

Thursday, November 9 at 7pm

Science Library 206


"Race, Ethnicity, and being Jewish in America"

Associate Professor John Cheng
Binghamton University
Department of Asian and Asian American Studies
M.A./Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkeley
A.B., History and Science, Harvard

Wednesday 18 October at noon
Judaic Studies Conference Room LT 1310 (Library Tower 13th Floor)

Funded by the Bernard Lasky Endowment Fund

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: 4/20/18