Monday, December 29, 2014

SDSU Jewish Studies Program Update

It has been a wonderful year with many exciting classes and community programs. As 2014 draws to a close, we hope you will keep our Program in mind. With the new semester approaching, we look forward to the following events:

Our Spring lecture series "Israel in the 21st Century: New Hopes, New Challenges,"featuring noted scholars: Dr. Mark A. Heller, Principal Research Associate at theInstitute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv; Dr. Mohammed Wattad,Assistant Professor at Zefat College's School of Law in Israel, a legal scholarspecializing in issues surrounding war, torture and terrorism and a former legal clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel; and Dr. David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute and Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, an adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry on the Middle East.

Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition, curated by our very own Program Director,Dr. Risa Levitt Kohn, opening March 10, 2015 at The California Science Center in Los Angeles. This traveling exhibition, different in content and design than the San Diego show of 2007, opened in New York City in 2011 and has been on display in Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City. The exhibition features over 600 objects, including ten Dead Sea Scrolls and is the largest collection of Israeli archaeological artifacts ever exhibited outside of Israel. 

A special musical event featuring Artist in Residence, Yale Strom, who will be performing with some of Southern California's finest musicians in a program exploring the connection between Latin rhythms and Jewish song.

"Muslims & Jews in Modern Cinema," a fascinating and timely new class taught by Visiting Israeli Professor, Dr. Sariel Birnbaum.

Over the past thirty years, the Jewish Studies Program at SDSU has touched the lives of innumerable students and members of the San Diego community­ by providing an important resource for the study of Israel, the Jewish people, their history and contemporary circumstances.

We are committed to continuing this proud tradition. Your generosity supports our efforts and helps to ensure that we remain able to develop new courses, pursue original research, and provide thought-provoking public lectures, programs and outreach to the community.


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