Rice University Program in Jewish Studies

2016-2017 Events

Thursday, September 8 12:00 McMurtry Commons
JSSA Lunch Break with Josh Furman on “Coming to America: Letters from New York’s Lower East Side”
Thursday, September 15 6:00 Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library
JSSA to attend Boniuk Institute event Leah Lax and her memoir “Uncovered: How I left Hasidic Life and Came Home”

Tuesday, September 20 7:00 Lyle’s, Lovett College
Babka & Boba: Rice Jewish Studies Minor Information Session

Wednesday, September 21 12:00 Humanities 119
Lunch & Learn: Gil Hoffman (co-sponsored by Houston Hillel)
Peace Politics, and Plutonium: A Maven's Guide to the Mayhem in the Middle East

Saturday, September 24 5:30 Reception, 6:30 Introduction Rice Cinema
premiere of film "we are in it" by Jewish Studies faculty Yehuda Sharim
(co-sponsored by Kinder Institute for Urban Studies and Multicultural Community Relations)

Thursday, October 20 12:00 Hanszen Commons
JSSA Lunch Break with Dr. Brian Ogren on “The Creation of the First Human”

Thursday, October 27 12:10 Humanities 119
Lunch & Learn: Ori Shavit (co-sponsored by Houston Hillel)
Israel's Food Revolution

Monday, October 31 12:00 Humanities 119
Lunch & Learn: Robert Erlewine
“The Prophetic Mind: Abraham Joshua Heschel and the God of Pathos”

 Friday, November 04 12:00 Humanities 119
 Lunch & Learn:
Matti Friedman, author of "Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story"

Monday, November 14 12:10 Humanities 119
Ambassador Bahij Mansour “Minorities in the Middle East”

Thursday, January 26 • 12:00 • Humanities 119
Lunch & Learn: A
bdullah Antepli: "Between the (Dome of the) Rock and a Hard Place: Jewish-Muslim Relations on U.S. campuses
 (co-sponsored by Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance)
Monday, January 30 12:00 Humanities 327
History Department Brown Bag Seminar:  Joshua Furman
The Making of a Suburban Shtetl: How Meyerland Became Houston's Jewish Neighborhood"
Monday, February 20 12:00 Humanities 119
Lunch & Learn: Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Director of Interfaith Family
(co-sponsored by Houston Hillel, CSWGS, and Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance)
"The View of the LGBTQI Struggle From the Inside of American Religious Tradition" 
Register by 02/16 here.

Thursday, February 16th 12:00 Baker Commons
JSSA Lunch Break with Dr. Maya Soifer Irish: "Antisemitic Populism in Fourteenth-Century Seville"  

Wednesday, February 22 9:00 - 11:00pm • Willy’s Pub, Student Center
Yidlife Crisis: the comedy duo Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion (co-sponsored by Houston Hillel)

Sunday, February 26th
JSSA to visit Holocaust Museum Houston with guided tour and Q&A session 

Wednesday, March 8 • 12:00pm • Cohen House, Esther’s Room
Brian Ogren “Thoughts on the Beginning, and the Beginning of Tolerance (co- sponsored by Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance)

Monday, March 27 • 12:00pm • Humanities • Humanities 119
Lunch & Learn: Dr. Christine Hayes “Law & Virtue in Ancient Jewish Sources”
Register here 

Monday, April 3
• 12:00pm • Humanities • Humanities 119
Lunch & Learn: Rabbi Kenny Weiss “Jewish Humor and Culture in Mad Magazine”
Register here

Wednesday, April 5 • 3:00 - 4:30 • Holliday Forum, Manship School of Mass Communication
Louisiana State University Jewish Studies
Melissa Weininger: “Jesus in the Jewish Imagination: Representations of Christianity in Modern Jewish Culture”
Thursday, April 13 • 12:15 • Duncan Commons
JSSA Lunch Break with Melissa Weininger “The New Israeli Poetry”

Thursday, April 27
• 11:00am • Humanities, Dean’s Conference Room (Room 115)
Lecture: Phillip Wexler “The Social is Spiritual: Beyond the Critique of Tolerance” (co- sponsored by Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance)
 Register here

Monday, May 8 • 7:00 pm • San Antonio JCC
Barshop JCC Author Speaker Series - Melissa Weininger: “Women and War in Israeli Culture”
For tickets and information, visit www.jccsanantonio.org/authorspeakerseries


 8th Annual Rice University/JCC Lecture Series:
 Jewish Houston: Architecture, Politics, Suburbia 

 Sunday, September 18, 2016 4:00 PM ERJCC
Stephen Fox - Constructing Jewish Houston


 Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:30 PM ERJCC
 Dr. Robert Stein - Jews in American Politics


Sunday, September 25, 2016 4:00 PM ERJCC
Dr. Joshua Furman - Suburban Pioneers: The Jewish Family Moves to Meyerland  
For more information about this year's series as well as lectures from previous years, click here.