Rice University Program in Jewish Studies

Past Events

2016 Spring

March 12, 2016: HUM 117. Jewish Studies Student Association (JSSA) Deli Night.

March 19 - 20, 2016: HUM 117. Inside/Outside Yiddish Conference. Please click here for more details. 

March 29, 2016 at 12:05 PM: HUM 118. Lunch & Learn with Shayna Sheinfeld entitled, "Jewish Apocalyptic Visions of the End." Dr. Sheinfeld will also give an afternoon seminar for graduate students and faculty.

February 24, 2016: HUM 117. Sayed Kashua lecture and discussion, "Writing as Activism."

February 23, 2016: Lecture held at the ERJCC"On Truth and Fiction: An Evening with Sayed Kashua."

February 14, 2016: Yom Limmud, or Day of Jewish Learning. Drs. Matthias Henze and Joshua Furman among the presenters.

February 8, 2016: Lunch & Learn with Emmanuel Navon, "Israel as a Jewish State: Compatible with Democracy and Minority Rights?

January 27, 2016: Lunch & Learn with Yossi Chajes entitled, "The Old New Age: Jewish and Christian Kabbalah in the Seventeenth Century."

January 25, 2016: Lecture by Yehuda Sharim, "H in Motion." 

January 24, 2016 (San Antonio)Dr. Joshua Furman presents a lecture entitled, "Justice Shall You Pursue," at the Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio.


December 3- Final meeting of Houston Area Seminar in History, featuring a discussion of Joshua Furman's paper entitled,"Dissecting the 'December Dilemma': Post-WWII Rabbinical Opinions on Jewish Participation in Christmas Celebrations.

November 15- JSSA visit to Museum of Fine Aets Houston to tour the exhibit, "Roman Vishniac Rediscovered"

November 9- Lunch & Learn with Jonathan Eig, "The Birth of the Pill"

November 1- On-stage interview of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks by Matthias Henze

October 29- JSSA film screening, "The Dybbuk," and discussion with Dr. Melissa Weininger

October 29- JSSA Lunch Break, featuring a discussion with Dr. Joshua Furman on the 1950s American Jewish comic, "Joey and His Friends"

October 27- Lunch & Learn with Paula Eisenstein Baker, "A Musical Mystery"

October 18, 21, and 25- 7th Annual Rice/ERJCC Lecture Series, "After War: Dynamics of Jewish Christian Relations"

October 19- Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Adam M. Allenberg, "Lighting Lamps in the Darkness: Processing the Violence of 2015."

September 18- JSSA Lunch Break, featuring a discussion with Dr. Melissa Weininger on the poem, "Yom Kippur 1967"

April 7- Lunchtime lecture, "Between Ritual and Redemption: Considering the Passover Seder in a Time of Jewish sovereignty," by Rabbi Jason Rubenstein

February 12- "Paper Dolls," film and discussion with Dr. Yehuda Sharim at the ERJCC.

February 5- Lunch lecture, "How Culture Crosses Boundaries," by Shaanan Streett

February 4- Lunch lecture, "The Sense of Torah," by Talya Fishman

January 21- Lunch workshop, "Orolam Workshop," by Lior Ben-Hur


November 7-  Program in Jewish Studies reception for Rice University's Homecoming. 

November 6- Lunch lecture, "A Brief Tour of Yiddishland," by Maurice Wolfthal

October 29- "Iraq n'Roll," taught by Dr. Yehuda Sharim. Part of the Jewish Living and Learning Classes and Programs at the ERJCC

October 23-  "Iraq N' Roll, The Politics of Music in Israeli Culture." Film viewing and discussion of modern Israeli culture led by Dr. Yehuda Sharim. 

October 7, 14, 19- Rice/JCC Annual Lecture Series 2014: Authentic Judaism? Questions of Culture, Language, and History   

September 18- Lunch lecture, "Language, Longing, and Belonging," by Ayelet Tsabari.

May 6-  Lecture given by Melissa Weininger at the JCC as part of their Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Celebration titled, "What is the Promised Land? Diaspora, Jewish Nationalism, and the State of Israel."  

April 27-  Conference,  "The Rest is Commentary: New Work on Ancient Jewish Texts 2"  

March 19-  Watch the National Geographic film Inside Jerusalem's Holiest Places,  followed by dinner and conversation. Moderated by Dr. Maher Awad, Dr. Melissa Weininger, and Dr. Yehuda Sharim

 February 26 Lunch Lecture: Guy Cohen, "The Connection of Israeli Arts & Culture to the American Southwest"

January 28 Lunch Lecture: Professor Jeffrey Woolf, "And I Shall Dwell in their Midst: God's Presence and Sacred Space Among Medieval Franco-German Jews"  



November 18 Eyal Shecter Acoustic Solo Performance 

November 15 Rice Jewish Studies Homecoming Reception

November 7 "The Scribes of the Dead Sea Scrolls" presentation by Emanuel Tov J. L. Magnes Professor Emeritus of Bible Hebrew University of Jerusalem

November 4 Shelley Wachsmann Lunchtime Lecture 

November 4-5 Rockwell Religious Studies Symposium "Eternity, Epoch, and Soul: Jewish Mystical Notions of Time 

November 3 Professor Jonathan Garb of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem presents: "The Way of Pleasure and the Way of Doubt: Hasidic Inner Work"

October 27 Jewish Women's University for a day

October 8, 22, and 29 "Monsters of the Jewish Imagination" lecture series at Beth Israel Synagogue

October 6, 13, and 20 The Jewish Art of War: A Historical Survey lecture series

October 3 Michael Marmur Lunchtime Lecture 

June 20, July 25, August 22 Summer Israeli Film Series Presented by the Evelyn Reubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, in collaboration with the Consolate General of Israel to the Southwest. 

May 19 Matthias Henze- Lecture on the Cyrus Cylinder in the Brown Auditorium of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

January 31 "Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin between the Struggles of the Cole War and the Pains of Reunification" by Paul Jaskot, professor of Art History at DePaul University and Visiting Autrey Professor in the Humaities Research Center of Rice University.


November 2012

November 6 "The Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service" with Michael Bar Zohar at the 40th Annual Jewish Book & Arts Fair at the JCC.

November 7 "Music as a Universal Language" with David Broza. Humanities Room 119. Open to the public.

November 11 "The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and its Relationship with the United States" with Stuart Eizenstat at the 40th Annual Jewish Book & Arts Fair at the JCC.

Every Monday October 8-November 12 Jesus and Judaism at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, with lectures by Matthias Henze, April DeConick, Rachel Havrelock, Shira Lander, Melissa Weininger, and Zev Garber.

Every Tuesday October 16-November 13 Israeli Literature as a Window into Israeli Society, a JCC-Melton course taught by Melissa Weininger.

October 2012

October 8  Rice/JCC Annual Lecture Series 2012: "Three Views of Philip Roth: Portnoy's Complaint, The Ghost Writer, and The Plot Against America" by Terrence Doody. More information can be found here. 

October 11 Centennial Reception featuring the exhibit "A Century of Jewish Life at Rice" from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM in the 2nd Floor foyer of the Humanities Building at Rice University. 

October 17 Rice/JCC Lecture Series 2012: "Neither Here Nor There: Gender in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature" by Melissa Weininger. More information can be found here.

October 24 Rice/JCC Lecture Series 2012: "Biographies of Moses in German Exile Literature" by Klaus Weissenberger. More information can be found here.

September 2012 

September 6 "From Jesus to Adler and Beyond: Rollo May and the Interpenetration of Religion and Psychology in American Culture" by Robert Abzug, Radkey Regents Professor and Director of Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas

September 12 "The Last Address: Traces of Family and History in Memory and Montage" by Leslie Starobin, Professor of Photography and Photo-History at Framingham State University

April 2012

April 13 "Spinoza on Emotions and Ethics" by Dr. Emilio De Tommaso, Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Calabira (Italy) Humanities Building 118. Open to the public. 

April 2 "Recovering the Soul: Psychology of Religion and Modern Kabbalah" by Jonathan Garb, Herring Hall Room 100. Free and open to the public.  

March 2012

March 19-April 16 "The Book was Better: Jewish Literature from Page to Screen" taught by Melissa Weininger at the JCC Houston

January 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012 12:00 PM "Women in Israel: A discussion with Deputy Consul General Maya Kadosh" Lunch provided.  Humanities Building, Room 120.  Reservations required by Jan. 27.  Send an email with your name and Kadosh Event in the subject line to jewishstudies@rice.edu  Click here to see a flyer with more information.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7:00 PM Tolle Lege Series "Jewish Apocalypticism in Late First Century Israel: Reading Second Baruch in Context" by Matthias Henze.  Kyle Morrow Room, 3rd Floor, Fondren Library

Thursday, January 19, 2012 8:30 PM Study Break with free pizza, soda, and cookies! All students welcome!  Lovett Lounge, 3rd Floor, Fondren Library


September 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011 8:00 PM Rice/JCC 2011 Annual Lecture Series: "The Ladino Speakers: Language and Identity" by Luisa Kluger
Monday, September 19, 2011 8:00 PM Rice/JCC 2011 Annual Lecture Series:"Images of Judaic Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature" by Carl Atlee
Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:00 PM A Taste of Jewish Studies Study Break
Monday, September 26, 2011 8:00 PM Rice/JCC 2011 Annual Lecture Series: "Convivencia between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Spain" by Maya Soifer Irish

April 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011 - Sunday, April 11, 2011 4:00 PM - 1:00 PM Remembering Edith Wyschogrod’s Philosophy Conference
Thursday, April 7, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jewish Perspectives: Immigration and Ethnicity in Israel by Zvi Gitelman, Preston Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies and professor of political science

March 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jewish Perspectives: An Overview of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Itamar Rabinovich, Ettinger Chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and former president of Tel Aviv University
Thursday, March 24, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jewish Perspectives: Changing Paradigms in the Arab-Israeli Conflict by S. Ilan Troen, Stoll Family Professor in Israel Studies
Thursday, March 17, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jewish Perspectives: lsrael in the News by Dr. Yoram Peri, Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies
Thursday, March 10, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jewish Perspectives: Fundamentals of the Israeli Political and Party System by Dr. Naday Shelef, Professor of Israel Studies and assistant professor of political science
Thursday, March 10, 2011 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Aryan Struggle: “How A Czech Tabloid Contributed to the Holocaust and How Its Authors Were Punished Afterwards” by Benjamin Frommer, History Associate Professor at Northwestern University
Thursday, March 3, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jewish Perspectives: Jewish Philosophy and Ethics and the State of Israel by Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel

February 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jewish Perspectives: Anti-Semitism, Past and Present by Dr. Shira Lander
Thursday, February 17, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jewish Perspectives: Judaism in the Second Temple Period by Dr. Matthias Henze
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Violence between Jews and Christians in Early 5th Century Alexandria


December 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010 9:00 AM - 11:00 AMA Weekend of Learning with Matthias Henze: “Judaism in the Time of Jesus"
Saturday, December 4, 2010 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM A Weekend of Learning with Matthias Henze: “Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls"
Friday, December 3, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM A Weekend of Learning with Matthias Henze: "Judaism in the Time of the Maccabbees"

October 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:00 PM - 9:30 PMRice/JCC Lecture Series: Imagining Jerusalem in Late Medieval and Renaissance Art
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM The History of Anti-Semitism: Part III: Muslim and Modern Anti-Judaism
Thursday, October 21, 2010 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Rice/JCC Lecture Series: Heavenly Jerusalem in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM The History of Anti-Semitism: Part II: Christian Anti-Judaism
Thursday, October 14, 2010 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Rice/JCC Lecture Series: The Earthly Jerusalem: Judean, Roman, and Byzantine Remains of the Holy City
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM The History of Anti-Semitism: Part I: Greco-Roman Anti-Judaism

September 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jews 'n' Comics
Sunday, September 26, 2010 Tal Zilber Piano Concert

April 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010 Praying In Her Own Voice: The Struggle of the Women of the Wall for Freedom of Worship in Israel

March 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010 Crossing Borders: Visualizing Jewish/Christian and Jewish/Muslim Relations in Medieval and Early Modern Times
Monday, March 15, 2010 Which is the Merchant here, and Which the Jew?’: Shakespeare’s Jewish Questions
Sunday, March 14, 2010 Becoming Visual: The Emergence of the Visible Jewess in Later Medieval Art

February 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010 Cultural Art Series: Bezalel School Artifacts in the Mollie and Louis Kaplan Museum
Monday, February 1, 2010 “Between Inner-biblical and Extra-biblical Interpretation” Lecture

January 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010 The Early Zionist Artists: Utopian Ideas in the Modern Land of Israel (Part 3)
Sunday, January 24, 2010 Between Worlds: Jewish Music in Contemporary, Secular America
Thursday, January 21, 2010 The Early Zionist Artists: Utopian Ideas in the Modern Land of Israel (Part 2)
Sunday, January 17, 2010 Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei: A German Protestant writes Sacred Jewish Music
Thursday, January 14, 2010 The Early Zionist Artists: Utopian Ideas in the Modern Land of Israel (Part 1)
Sunday, January 10, 2010 Salomone Rossi: A Jewish Composer in the Italian Court