Spring 2020

January 21 Yehonatan Indursky - Lunch and Discussion: Shtisel and Modern Israeli Television

January 22 Opening Reception for Beyond Duty installation in Rayzor Hall Lobby

February 6 Josh Lambert - Lecture: Antisemitism, Pornography, and American Jews

February 19 Hanna Yablonka - Lecture: Mizrahi Jews and the Holocaust

February 28 Aaron Koller - Lunch and Discussion: The Invention of the Alphabet

March 2 Bryan Stone - Lecture: Through Galveston into the Hinterland: The Galveston Movement Immigrants and the Communities They Entered

Fall 2019

September 13 Eric Hilgendorf - Lunch & Discussion: Antisemitism and Hate Speech in Germany Today - What Can We Do?

September 11 Dr. Maya Soifer Irish - Rice ERJCC Lecture Series: Better Under Edom Than Ishmael: Jewish Migrations from Islamic to Christian Spain in the Middle Ages

September 18 Dr. Charles McDonald - Rice ERJCC Lecture Series: The ‘Return’ That Wasn’t: Spain’s 2015 Sephardic Citizenship Law”

September 25 Dr. Gisela Heffes - Rice ERJCC Lecture Series: Shaping Jewish Identity in Argentina from the Late 19th Century to the Present

October 24 Leela Corman - Lunch and Discussion: The Future of the Graphic Novel

October 25 Leela Corman - Shabbat Dinner

October 31 Rachel Gross - Lunch and Discussion: Referendum on the Deli Menu: American Jewish Nostalgia and the Deli Revival

November 4 Julie Orringer - Lunch and Discussion: Time Machines: Animating the Past in Fiction

Spring 2019

April 12 Elana Shohamy – Lunch & Discussion: Multilingualism in Israel

April 3 Nir Baram – Ideals and Reality: How My One Year Journey in the West Bank Changed my Political View

March 21 Martina Steer – A Jewish Memory Without Jews: Germany and the Mendelssohn Myth after 1945

March 4 Laura Eve Engel – The Future is Coming and We're All In It: Poetry and Lot's Wife

February 22 Stephanie Frank – Lunch & Discussion: Unveiling the Theory of Religion in France's Treatment of Religious Minorities

February 11 Shachar Pinsker – Lunch & Discussion: Urban Cafes, the Public Sphere and Modern Jewish Culture

February 4 Shari Rabin – Picturing Southern Jews: Family Portraits, History, and Identity

January 29 Meir Shalev – Lecture & Discussion: The Book of Ruth

January 25 Dory Manor & Moshe Sakal – Dinner & Discussion: LGBT Issues in the Middle East

Fall 2018

November 6 Rachel Kadish – The Weight of Ink: When Novels Explore Lost History

October 24 Tehila Hakimi – Reading & Discussion: A Woman in the Work Place

October 23 Joshua Furman – Rice-ERJCC Lecture Series: The Beth Jacob Banner and Houston Jews in WWII

October 21 Rabbi Jimmy Kessler – Rice-ERJCC Lecture Series: You Mean There Really Are Jews in Texas?

October 11 Dean Franco – The Border and the Line: The Ethics and Politics of the Neighbor in Jewish Los Angeles

September 26 JSSA – Babka & Boba: Learn about the Program in Jewish Studies

September 6 Melissa Weininger – JSSA Lunch Break: Mizrahi Women in Israeli Culture

Spring 2018

April 9 Rachel Harris – Warriors, Witches, and Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema

April 5 Katie Webber – JSSA Lunch Break: LGBT Inclusion and Identity in Jewish Community

March 27 Gisela Heffes – JSSA Lunch Break: Writing Jewish in Argentina

March 26 Yehuda Sharim – I Don't Trust Your Camera, But I Trust You: The Poetics and Politics of Representing U.S. Immigrant and Refugee Realities

March 21 Hana Ajiashvili – Performance & Discussion: Silent Prayer

March 6 Rodney Werline – Prayer and Crisis in Early Judaism

March 6 Leon Dow – Saying, Writing, Doing: Understanding the Relationship Between Jewish Law and the Torah

February 26 Ivan Cherjovsky – Film Screening & Discussion: The Jerusalem of Argentina

February 23 Maya Gelfman & Roie Avidan – Mind the Heart: A Worldwide Street Art Project Promoting Mindfulness, on a Path Dictated by Serendipity

February 14 Reuven Hazan – A Tale of Two Democracies: The United States and Israel

February 2 Ruby Namdar – Shabbat Dinner & Discussion: The Ruined House

January 30 Rabbi Geoff Mitelman – How Do We Talk About Science and Religion

January 29 Hanoch Piven – Artist Workshop

January 23 Matthias Henze – JSSA Lunch Break: "The Jewish Origins of Christianity"

Fall 2017

December 3 The Great Latke Hamantash Debate (co-sponsored with Chabad and Houston Hillel)

November 14 JSSA Lunch Break with Sonia Hamer '18 "A Journey from Europe to Japan on the Trans-Siberian Railroad"

November 9 Rabbi Marshal Klaven of Congregation B’nai Israel: "Full Exposure: The Revealing Picture of the Historical Jewish Engagement with Tattooing"

November 4 “Lessons in Seeing” film by Jewish Studies faculty Yehuda Sharim

November 3 “We are in it” film by Jewish Studies faculty Yehuda Sharim

October 27 Dorit Rabinyan – Shabbat dinner and reading/discussion about her novel “All the Rivers”

October 17 JSSA Lunch Break with Joshua Furman: “Jewish Illegal Immigration to the U.S.”

October 15, 18, 22 Rice-ERJCC Lecture Series - The American Zionist Evolution: Reinterpreting Prevailing Ideas About Israel

September 11 JSSA Lunch Break with David Cook: “Maimonides’ Life and Present-Day Judaism”

September 8 Rabbi Dav Greenberg: "What is Chassidism?"

Spring 2017

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

April 27 Lecture: Phillip Wexler “The Social is Spiritual: Beyond the Critique of Tolerance” (co- sponsored by Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance)

April 13 JSSA Lunch Break with Melissa Weininger “The New Israeli Poetry”

April 5 Melissa Weininger: “Jesus in the Jewish Imagination: Representations of Christianity in Modern Jewish Culture” | Holliday Forum, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University Jewish Studies

April 3 Lunch & Learn: Rabbi Kenny Weiss “Jewish Humor and Culture in Mad Magazine”

March 27 Lunch & Learn: Dr. Christine Hayes “Law & Virtue in Ancient Jewish Sources”

March 8 Brian Ogren “Thoughts on the Beginning, and the Beginning of Tolerance" (co-sponsored by Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance)

February 26 JSSA visit Holocaust Museum Houston with guided tour and Q&A session

February 22 Yidlife Crisis: the comedy duo Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion (co-sponsor: Houston Hillel)

February 20 Lunch & Learn: Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Director of Interfaith Family "The View of the LGBTQI Struggle From the Inside of American Religious Tradition" (co-sponsored by Houston Hillel, CSWGS, and Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance)

February 16 JSSA Lunch Break with Dr. Maya Soifer Irish "Antisemitic Populism in Fourteenth-Century Seville"


January 30 History Department Brown Bag Seminar: Joshua Furman "The Making of a Suburban Shtetl: How Meyerland Became Houston's Jewish Neighborhood"

January 26 Lunch & Learn: Abdullah 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)

Fall 2016

November 14 Ambassador Bahij Mansour “Minorities in the Middle East”

November 4 Lunch & Learn: Matti Friedman, author of "Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story"

October 31 Lunch & Learn: Robert Erlewine “The Prophetic Mind: Abraham Joshua Heschel and the God of Pathos”

October 27 Lunch & Learn: Ori Shavit "Israel's Food Revolution" (co-sponsored by Houston Hillel)

October 20 JSSA Lunch Break with Dr. Brian Ogren “The Creation of the First Human”

September 24 Houston 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)

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

September 20 Babka & Boba: Rice Jewish Studies Minor Information Session

September 15 JSSA to attend Boniuk Institute event Leah Lax and her memoir “Uncovered: How I left Hasidic Life and Came Home”

September 8 JSSA Lunch Break with Josh Furman “Coming to America: Letters from New York’s Lower East Side”

Spring 2016

May 1-2 Texas Jewish Studies Research Triangle Consortium Retreat

April 13 Lunch & Learn with David Krohn "The World of Yiddish Music"

March 29 Lunch & Learn with Shayna Sheinfeld: "Jewish Apocalyptic Visions of the End"

March 23 JSSA Lunch Break with Matthias Henze: "The Jewish Jesus"

March 19 - 20 Inside/Outside Yiddish Conference

March 12 Jewish Studies Student Association (JSSA) Deli Night

February 24 Sayed Kashua lecture and discussion: "Writing as Activism"

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

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

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

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

January 25 Lecture by Yehuda Sharim: "H in Motion"

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

Fall 2015

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"

Spring 2015

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

Fall 2014

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.

Spring 2014

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"

Fall 2013

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

Spring 2013

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.

Fall 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 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 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

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

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

Fall 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

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

Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:00 PM A Taste of Jewish Studies Study Break

Spring 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

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

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

Fall 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"

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

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jews 'n' Comics

Sunday, September 26, 2010 Tal Zilber Piano Concert

Spring 2010

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

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

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

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