Please read a review of Dina Danon's recent book, The Jews of Ottoman Izmir: A Modern History, in H-Judaic daily digest.

Center for Israel studies and Judaic Studies Department are welcoming Hebatalla Taha who will serve as Assistant Professor of Israel Studies and Associate Director of the Center for Israel Studies this fall. She is coming to Binghamton from Cairo, Egypt, and we are very excited for her to become a part of our department. More in our Fall 2022 newsletter issue — and welcome to Heba!

Shay Rabineau's "Walking the Land": New book explores the history of Israel’s hiking trails

Love thy neighbor: Michael Kelly's Research in Ireland to explore links between Judaism and Catholicism

"The Resurgence of Memory: The Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire"
Dr. Elissa Sampson, Cornell University

March 25th, 2021 | 7 p.m.
Organizer and Sponsor: Judaic Studies Dept. Binghamton University

Meeting Recording

This March 25th marked the 110th anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire when 146 garment workers, mainly young immigrant women, died in less than 18 minutes.
Dr. Elissa Sampson of Cornell University will deliver the Margolis Family Lecture via Zoom, focusing on the tragedy and how its growing commemoration today in a new age of global sweatshops represents a compelling broadening of the collective memory of the descendants of Jewish and Italian immigrants and the labor movement.
Dr. Sampson is an urban geographer and Visiting Scholar in Cornell's Jewish Studies Program. This presentation is cosponsored by Cornell Jewish Studies, the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP).


A brand new podcast from the Tel Aviv Review, interviewing Professor Jonathan Karp about blacks and Jews in the US music business:

 "Outsiders United: Blacks, Jews and the American Experience."

Professor Jonathan Karp's upcoming lecture at Cornell "Overrepresented Minorities? Asians and Jews in the Modern US"

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Goldwin Smith Hall, 132 Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium (232 East Ave, Central Campus)

Students in the News: Summer Internships

Zoe Shannon at the Jewish Women's Archive: "How Hannah Gadsby Helped Me Reclaim my Omi's Story"
Savoy Curry at the Jewish Women's Archive: "The (Jewish) Madonna Complex"

Congratulations to our faculty recognized at the Harpur reception for AY 17/18!

  • Jonathan Karp - Major Publication
  • Dina Danon - Major Grant
  • Lior Libman - Professional Leadership

"Campus Speech: What are the limits?" with Professor Jonathan Karp

April 11, 2018
Anderson Center's Chamber Hall
Binghamton University

Freedom of speech is a fundamental constitutional value that lies at the core of academic freedom: the freedom to inquire, discover, express ideas and opinions, and debate. Sometimes individuals will express ideas that others consider offensive, hurtful, demeaning and without merit. In some cases, people exercising their right to speak can create a climate that makes others feel marginalized, even threatened. Across the country, campuses have grappled with the tensions between protecting freedom of speech and creating an inclusive, welcoming campus community.

Join us for "Campus speech: What are the limits?" from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the AC-Chamber Hall, featuring Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America, the leading voice of writers in the US; Jonathan Karp, associate professor of history and Judaic studies and chair of the Faculty Senate; and Jermel McClure, a senior majoring in sociology and politics, philosophy and Law, and president of the Student Association.

Sponsored by the Faculty Senate and the Provost's Office, this convocation will explore the role of freedom of speech on our campus; our efforts to create a diverse, inclusive community; and what, if any, limits there are to campus speech.

"WWI and the Making of the Modern Middle East" by Kent Schull

BYU Kennedy Center
Published on May 18, 2015

Kent F. Schull, Associate professor of Ottoman and modern Middle East history, SUNY Binghamton

Lecture on Mordecai Kaplan by Professor Randy Friedman

CJC Media
Published on Mar 21, 2014

Moshe Halbertal and Ruth Wisse on Jews and Power, moderated by Professor Allan Arkush

Tikvah Fund
Filming took place on July 28, 2014.

What is the proper relationship between Jews and political power? To what extent should Jews eschew worldly power for the sake of piety? How Machiavellian can Jews allow themselves to be? Two of the Jewish world's most esteemed intellectuals, Ruth Wisse and Moshe Halbertal, examined these questions for participants in the Tikvah Fund's Summer Fellowship and Advanced Institutes. Wisse, an American expert on Yiddish literature generally associated with the right, and Halbertal, an Israeli expert in Jewish philosophy and ethics generally associated with the left, engaged in a discussion marked by passion, wit, nerve, and collegiality. About halfway through the panel, the moderator, Allan Arkush, opened the floor to audience questions on everything from the possibility of anti-Semitism in America to the Israeli Defense Forces' Code of Ethics.

Interview with Anita Diamant, moderated by Professor Ami Bar-On

Binghamton University
Published on May 2, 2011.

Best-selling author Anita Diamant, who earned a master's degree in English from Binghamton in 1975, returned to campus for the first time since she graduated.

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.

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.

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.

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.