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April 8, 2019

America’s Jewish Women: A History From Colonial Times to Today

Pamela S. Nadell,

Professor and Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s & Gender History, American University

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

7:30 PM

Knight Library Browsing Room

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies is delighted to announce that Dr. Pamela S. Nadell, Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History in the Department of History at American University will be speaking at the University of Oregon on Tuesday evening, April 16, at 7:30 PM, in the Knight Library Browsing Room.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Professor Nadell will be addressing her major new book, AMERICA’S JEWISH WOMEN: A History from Colonial Times to Today.  The book was reviewed in the New York Times Sunday Book Review on March 29, 2019 New York Times.

Professor Nadell, who served as president of the Association for Jewish Studies between 2015-17, also chairs American University’s Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative and is Director of the Jewish Studies Program. Her 1998 study, Women Who Would Be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination, 1889-1985, was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist.


January 30, 2019

The Golem at War: Animation in an Age of Destruction

Lecture by Maya Barzilai, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Thursday, March 7th, 20196

6:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Singer Family and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.

January 22, 2019

“Jews as Fences in Early Modern Europe”

Lecture by Dr. Shaul Stampfer

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

358 Susan Campbell Hall

Please join us at 2:00pm this Thursday (January 24th) in SCH 358 for a lecture by Dr. Shaul Stampfer, Sandrow Professor of Soviet and East European Jewish History (emeritus) at Hebrew University. Dr. Stampfer will speak on “Jews as Fences in Early Modern Europe.”

“Fences are an interesting topic to study. It is certainly not a respectable profession and some people may be uncomfortable with the fact that there were Jews who made a living this way. What interested me was why ‘fences’ could operate openly for centuries and what was the impact of the activity of fences on society. The answers are not so simple!”

October 16, 2018

Lectures by Dr. Noa Hazan

The Mount, the Dome, and the Gaze

Dr. Noa Hazan, Tel Aviv University/New York University

Monday, November 5, 2018


Knight Library Browsing Room

Race and Class in American Photographs of the Israeli State in the Making

Dr. Noa Hazan, Tel Aviv University/New York University

Tuesday, November 6


Temple Beth Israel

1175 E. 29th Ave., Eugene


October 15, 2018

Justice and Poverty in the Ancient Near East

Erica Mongé-Greer, University of Oregon, Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies

Friday, October 26

4:00 PM

Room 111 Susan Campbell Hall

Ethical reflections on language and attitudes toward the poor in religious texts from ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine with particular focus on the Book of Psalms.


July 31, 2018

Museum Exhibition: Upon Thy Gates

Upon Thy Gates: The Elaine K. and Norman Winik Mezuzah Collection

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

724 NW Davis St. Portland, OR 97209

June 7, 2018 – September 23, 2018

Exhibition Gallery Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday 11am-5pm

Friday 11am-4pm

Saturday-Sunday 12pm-5pm

Placing a mezuzah on the doorpost is among the most ancient of Jewish traditions. Elaine and Norman Winik collected mezuzahs throughout their numerous visits to Israle and other Jewish communities. Their collection, bequeathed to OJMCHE in 2017, reflects a wide range of styles and materials and is on public exhibition for the first time.


February 7, 2018

“Sirens in the Synagogue”

2018 Singer Family Lecture

Galit Hasan-Rokem, Max and Margarethe Grunwald Professor of Folklore and Professor of Hebrew Literature (emerita) at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

5:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room


Join us as Dr. Hasan-Rokem discusses the exegetical imagination in rabbinic literature by exploring the role of the fatal Siren as a metaphor of interpretation itself.


This event is sponsored by the Singer Family and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.

Free and open to the public.  Refreshments provided.

February 6, 2018

“Kafka’s Theatre: According to Benjamin and Brecht”

Freddie Rokem, Professor Emeritus from Tel Aviv University

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

5:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room


This event is sponsored by the Singer Family and the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.

Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments will be provided.

April 25, 2017

Events honoring Judith Baskin

Scroll down for the conference program


Program – PDF Version

Alterity and Its Alternatives:

A Conference on Gender and Judaism in Honor of Judith Baskin


Tuesday, May 23

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art


9:00-10:30                  In Her Voice: Female Jewish Writers

                                    Moderator: Anne Kreps – University of Oregon


Gantt Gurley – University of Oregon

“The Other Goldschmidt: Ragnhild and Alleotheta”

Naomi Sokoloff – University of Washington

“Modern Women Poets and the Kaddish: Teaching Jewish Literature as World Literature”

Monique Balbuena – University of Oregon

“From tHEiR mouths: Contemporary Women Poets Write in Ladino”


11:00-12:30                Gender, Transition, and Sexual Ambiguity

                                    Moderator: Federica Francesconi – College of Idaho


Kevin Osterloh – Oregon State University

“The Diplomatic Discourse of Judean Masculinity: Intra-Jewish Relations in the Days of Hyrcanus I”

David Hollenberg – University of Oregon

“Gender Anxiety or Intellectual Virtuosity?  Discussions of the khunthā mushkil (sexually ambiguous adult) in classical Islamic jurisprudence.”

Howard Tzvi Adelman – Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

“Concerning a Woman Who Became a Man and a Man who Became a Woman”


2:00-3:30                    Women and the Law

            Moderator: Jeffrey Librett – University of Oregon


Tal Ilan – Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Judaistik

“A Feminist Commentary on Esther in Tractate Hullin”

Rena Lauer – Oregon State University

“Real and Imagined Jewish Women in Late Medieval Crete”

Federica Francesconi – College of Idaho

“Women’s Life, Rabbinical Attitudes and Gendered Spaces in Early Modern Italy”


Wednesday, May 24

Knight Library Browsing Room


9:00-10:30                  Re-Depicting the Bible: Gardens, Women, and Representation

                                    Moderator: Evlyn Gould – University of Oregon


Deborah Green – University of Oregon

“Stuck in the Middle: The Motif of the Vulnerable Female in the Garden”

Kenneth Helphand – University of Oregon

“My garden, my sister, my bride.”

Susan Niditch – Amherst College

“The Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove: Jael, Judith, and Beyond”


11:00-12:30                The Feminist Lens: Using the Methods of Judith Baskin

                                    Moderator: David Hollenberg – University of Oregon


Gail Labovitz – American Jewish University, Los Angeles

“Lest Someone Else Precede Him: Bavli Mo’ed Qatan 18b and Rabbinic Discourse on the Divine Role in Marital Matches”

Rebecca Winer – Villanova University

“Wet nurses, Gender, and Judaism in Medieval Spain and Southern France”

Anne Kreps – University of Oregon

“Midrashic Women, Gnostic Women: Some Biological Considerations”


2:00-3:30                    Witnessing the 20th Century

                                    Moderator: Evlyn Gould – University of Oregon


Mark Raider – University of Cincinnati

“The Political Theology of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise”

Gina Hermann – University of Oregon

“Jewish women at Ravensbruck through the eyes of political prisoners”

Sara Horowitz – York University, Toronto

“Midrash and Gender in Holocaust Testimony”

Jeffrey Librett – University of Oregon

“Remarks on Freud’s ‘The Moses of Michelangelo’”  


7:30 p.m.        Judith Baskin – University of Oregon

Ford Alumni Ballroom

“Distinguishing Egg White from Semen: Rabbinic Forensics and the Medieval Afterlives of a Talmudic Passage”

A passage in Babylonian Talmud Gittin 57a discusses a scientific test the Rabbis used to clear a woman falsely accused of adultery. This talk reveals the larger context of that accusation and explores references to this forensic technique in medieval Jewish and Muslim sources.

April 13, 2017

Oregon State University to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events April

Oregon State University to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events April  

By Michelle Klampe, 541-737-0784,

Contact: Paul Kopperman, 541-737-1265,

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lucille Eichengreen, a Holocaust survivor who endured the Lodz Ghetto and the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, will speak at Oregon State University April 25 as part of the university’s annual Holocaust Memorial Week.

Eichengreen was born as Cecilia Landau in Hamburg, Germany, in 1925. Her father and sister were murdered in the concentration camps and her mother died of starvation in Lodz. After liberation, Lucille assisted the British in identifying and bringing to justice more than 40 people who had oppressed prisoners in the Nazi camps. Her work drew death threats and she later moved to the U.S.

Eichengreen has spoken widely of what she saw and experienced during the war and has been much honored for this educational work, particularly in Germany. Her memoir, “From Ashes to Life,” tells her story in detail.

The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public but attendees are encouraged to obtain free tickets in advance to ensure a seat. Tickets are available online at: A book-signing will follow.

Holocaust Memorial Week is presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. All events are free and open to the public. The program will include a theme of genocide and a focus on human rights.

Other Holocaust Memorial Week events are:

  • Monday, April 24: A public talk Sarhang Hamasaeed, “The Wars in Iraq and Syria – National, Regional and Global Implications,” 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Hamasaeed, director of Middle East Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, will examine the complexities of the wars in Iraq and Syria and discuss their implications for the region and the wider world.
  • Wednesday, April 26: Discussion, “Religious Prejudice on the Contemporary Scene: How Great is the Threat?,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Milam Auditorium. Hilary Bernstein, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss recent indicators regarding the level and intensity of anti-semitism, while Amarah Khan, associate director of global diversity initiatives at OSU, will speak to the issue of Islamophobia, both locally and more generally. Weather permitting, a candlelight vigil affirming religious and cultural understanding will follow in the MU Quad from 9:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: A public talk by Anne Kelly Knowles, “The Transformative Power of the Holocaust,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Knowles, a professor of history at the University of Maine, is among the foremost proponents of geographic information systems, a methodology that bridges geography and history. In her talk at OSU, Knowles will draw on survivor testimony and her extensive research on concentration camps and ghettos in order to explore “the power of confinement, relocation, forced labor, and the constant threat of violence to change the everyday worlds of Jews throughout Eastern Europe.” The talk is co-sponsored by the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college’s research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

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