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Upcoming Events

 Fall 2018

Ruth Gavison's Campus visit

Wednesday, 3 October, 3pm - 4.30pm
This event is free and open to the public

The Judaic Studies Department presents Ruth Gavison, who will give a public lecture on the new Nationality Law.

Ruth Gavison is an Israeli Law professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her areas of research include Ethnic Conflict, the Protection of Minorities, Human Rights, Political Theory, Judiciary Law, Religion and Politics, and Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
She is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. 

Gavison was a founding member of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) where she served for many years as Chairperson and as President from 1996 to 1999. Professor Gavison was a member of the International Commission of Jurists 1998-2008. In 2005 she founded Metzilah and is serving as it chair and founding president.


Homecoming Weekend Reception

Friday, 5 October, Library Tower 13th floor, 3 - 5pm  
Please join us for an Open House and Reception. Light refreshments will be served.


 Screening of Ran Tal's film "The Museum"

Tuesday, 16 October, AM 189, 7 - 9pm 

The Judaic Studies Department and Center for Israel Studies present public screening of Ran Tal's latest documentary The Museum  about the Israel Museum.
Q&A session with the director.

The Museum
Israel 2017 | 74 minutes | Hebrew, English | Hebrew, English subtitles
The Museum is a film that observes, examines and ponders Israel's most important cultural institution, the Israel Museum. The film follows the visitors, observes the observers, listens to the speakers and descends to the storerooms, labs and conference rooms.
The American museum director, the singing security guard, the Jerusalemite curator, the Haredi kashrut inspector, the Palestinian guide and the visitor who lost her vision are some of the characters that take part in a chain of activities which add up to the museum. For about 18 months director Ran Tal collected footage of the daily routine of the museum that seeks to both reflect and mold the Israeli legacy and culture.

Ran Tal, born in 1963, graduated the Tel Aviv University Department of Film in 1994. Tal is an independent director whose documentaries focus on Israeli reality through an historic social perspective. Tal's main focus is on documentary films, in addition to which he directs diverse television projects and is editor of artistic social endeavors.

Tal is the recipient of the Ophir Prize, the Jerusalem Film Festival Volgin Award, the DocAviv Film Festival Award, the Forum for the Preservation of Audio Visual award and the Documentary Forum award. Tal also won the Ministry of Culture Cinema Art prize and the Mifal Hapayis Landau Award for Stage Art.

Tal teaches cinema at the Film Departments at Sapir College and Tel Aviv University.
He is the founder and editor of Takriv (Close Up) online magazine for discussion and critique of documentary film (together with Anat Even) and one of the founders of the Keshet Broadcasting and Mifal HaPayis "Looking Forward" social project.


Two-day Symposium on Early Modern Jewish History Oct 28-29

The Judaic Studies Department present this year's Rabbi Moses Margolis Memorial Lecture: Symposium on Early Modern Jewish History with contributors and editors of the The Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 7, The Early Modern World, 1500-1815.

Sunday, 28 October, UU215, 7 - 9pm
Lecture, key note speaker is Yair Mintzker from Princeton University.

Monday, 29 October, LT1106, 9am - 1.30pm
Discussion Panel -
 Guest Participants are: Yair Mintzker (Princeton University), Adam Sutcliffe (King's College London, UK), David Ruderman (UPenn - Philadelphia), Lawrence Fine (Holyoke - Amherst), Francesca Bregoli (Queens College - NYC), Glenn Dynner (Sarah Lawrence - Westchester), Elisheva Carlebach (Columbia - NY), Todd Endelman (University of Michigan) - hosted by Jonathan Karp (Binghamton University).


Halloween Movie Night

Tuesday, 30 October, AM 189, 7.30 - 9.30 pm
The Judaic Studies Department and Center for Israel Studies present Screening of a Israeli horror film (details to follow).


Past Events

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

Tuesday, 10 April, in Fine Arts 258 at 6:30pm
This event is free and open to the public 
There will be a book signing and an informal reception following the reading

The Judaic Studies Department and the Rabbi Moses Margolis Fund present the award-winning author, Thane Rosenbaum, who will read from and discuss The Golems of Gotham, a Post Holocaust novel. 

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, cathalogued, 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.

mintz madi


"Jewish Food from Around the World"hhouse

Friday, 8 December 2017 at 1:30pm
Temple Concord
9 Riverside Dr, Binghamton, NY 13905

The Department of Judaic Studies Community Internships Project

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

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 Boyarin

Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 pm
Library Tower, Rm 2207 (second floor)
The lecture is free and open to the general public


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."

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.


Thursday, 9 November 2017 at 7pm
Science Library 206


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

Lecture by Ronit Stahl, Postdoctoral Fellow at UPenn




 "Race, Ethnicity, and being Jewish in America"

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

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

Funded by the Bernard Lasky Endowment Fund 

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: 8/13/18