Thursday, September 30, 2010

Coming UCSC Jewish Studies programs

Ruth Ellen Gruber: Sauerkraut Cowboys and Klezmer Cafes: Europe's Real Imaginary Spaces
Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 12-1 pm
Humanities 1, Room 210

Ruth Ellen Gruber discusses “new authenticities” -- and “real imaginary spaces,” in contemporary Europe. These coincide often with the creation of new local traditions, definitions and cultural components. These two European trends are analogous phenomena: the “virtually Jewish scene” and codification of what “Jewish” means in physical, mass cultural, and touristic contexts, and the parallel, multi-faceted, “Imaginary Wild West,” which also deals with myth, stereotype, physical space, and performativity. In both, questions of ownership, appropriation and “authenticity” are central, and longing and lost (sometimes mythical) landscapes play a role.

You can find an image of her on her web site and other images connected with this talk -- her web site is

Do look at her prizewinning book Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe.

Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, UCSC, with funding from the David B. Gold Foundation. Staff support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.

Anna Sapir Abulafia (Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge): “Doing the King’s Service: The Jews in Medieval England”
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 5-6 pm
Humanities 1, Room 202
Reception to follow at the Stevenson College Provost House

Dr. Anna Sapir Abulafia is a specialist in Jewish-Christian relations in the European Middle Ages. Her publications include: Christians and Jews in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance (Routledge, 1995); Christians and Jews in Dispute. Disputational Literature and the Rise of Anti-Judaism in the West (c. 1000-1150) (Ashgate, 1998); and an edited volume, Religious Violence between Christians and Jews: Medieval Roots, Modern Perspectives (Palgrave, 2002). Her latest book, Christian-Jewish Relations, 1000-1300. Jews in the Service of Medieval Christendom, will be published by Longman later this year.

Sponsored by the Center for Mediterranean Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies. With support from the David B. Gold Foundation and from Stevenson College. Staff support provided by the Institute for Humanities Research.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Great Lecture Series at Los Gatos JCC

All of the following events will take place at the

Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center
14855 Oka Rd Los Gatos CA. 95032

Professor Daniel Matt, Sunday October 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Daniel Matt is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah. He has published over ten books, including The Essential Kabbalah (translated into six languages), Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality, and is currently engaged in an immense project of translating and annotating the Zohar, the masterpiece of Kabbalah for which he has won a National Book Award and a Koret Book Award. Dr. Matt has been featured in Time Magazine, and has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel. For twenty years, he served as professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and has also taught at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Israeli Playwright Joshua Sobol, Thursday, Oct 14th at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Sobol will refer to the corpus of his plays dealing with crucial historical issues and outstanding personalities in Jewish history, such as "GHETTO" - and the history of the Vilna ghetto in WWII. "WEININGR'S LAST NIGHT" - and Jewish so called "self hatred. "THE DAREDEVIL JEW" - the Anti-Semitic myth based on the historical figure of Joseph Suess Oppenheimer. Israeli writer Joshua Sobol is an internationally acclaimed award-winning playwright. His work has been staged in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Berlin, Vienna, Cologne, Toronto, Oslo, and Washington, DC. He has published two novels and a book of nonfiction, and his work has been published in many languages. Sobol won the prestigious Sapir Prize for his first book of fiction.

Professor Clayborn Carson, Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Dr. Clayborne Carson has devoted his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. Since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, Dr. Carson has taught at Stanford University, where he is now professor of history and founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. Until the end of 2009, he also served as Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta and as Executive Director of that institution's Morehouse King Collection. Dr. Carson has been a visiting professor or visiting fellow at American University, the University of California, Berkeley, Emory University, Harvard University, the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Sunday November 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Join us for an evening of conversation with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Rabbi Telushkin is the author of a great number of books on Jewish Thought, Life and Ethics. His book Jewish Literacy has been the most widely selling book on Judaism for over 20 years and he is currently working on a 3 volume Code of Jewish Ethics. Rabbi Telushkin has also been named one of the 50 best speakers in the country by Talk magazine. We are pleased to be able to bring Rabbi Telushkin to the Silicon Valley once again, to discuss one of the most important figures in Jewish History, Hillel the Sage.

Author Joan Leegant, Monday Nov 15th at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Joan Leegant is the author of WHEREVER YOU GO, published July 2010, and AN HOUR IN PARADISE, for which she won the PEN/New England Book Award, the Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, and was a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Formerly an attorney, she taught at Harvard University for eight years. Since 2007, she has lived half the year in Tel Aviv, where she is the visiting writer at Bar-Ilan University and lectures for the U.S. State Department. When not in Israel she lives in Newton, Massachusetts. For more about Joan Leegant and her work, visit:

Reb Mimi Feigelson, Sunday December 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the APJCC

Reb Mimi Feigelson, Lecturer of Rabbinic Studies at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University was a student of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for over twenty years. In 1994 she was granted private orthodox smicha (ordination). As a female Orthodox rabbi teaching at a Conservative rabbinical school, Reb Mimi walks a careful line. Her path to the rabbinate was inspired by her yearning for “ownership over her relationship with God,” as she put it, meaning she had both the privilege and the responsibility to live a life of service. In 1992 she was a core founding-member of Yakar Jerusalem ¬ A Center for Tradition and Creativity, where she served as the associate director, the director of the Women¹s Beit Midrash and full time teacher, specializing in Chassidic literature. She also is a founding faculty member of Ta Shma¬ an organization that promotes Jewish pluralism among college students and young Jewish leadership.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Israeli Performing Arts & Theatre Digital Archive

A Digital Archive for Theatre in Israel in the Haifa University
Library, Israel

Sharon Shapira-Glaubach

The Digital Theatre Archive for Theatre in Israel is a cultural
heritage database aiming to digitally preserve and document Israel's
rich theatrical heritage as preserved in Israel's theaters archives
and to make it accessible via the internet to the contemporary user.

The project was initiated in the Haifa University Library's Media
Department using the library's professional resources and its
technical facilities.

Theatres usually preserve the remaining materials after each
production in a "production folder" that includes materials such as
play script, program, audio and video, photographs, costume and stage
sketches, reviews and brochures.

Each physical item is being digitized and analytically cataloged per
item by the Haifa University Library, and ingested into the library's
Digital Media Centre ( ) system.

The digital items themselves are protected under copyrights laws and
therefore are not always open to the general public, but the metadata
and the information about the productions is available freely.

The main language of this database is, naturally, Hebrew, but there
are also access points in English so researchers can retrieve the
relevant materials easily and within the right context.

Currently, three leading Israeli theatre organizations are part of
this project: The Haifa Theatre, The Cameri Theatre of Tel-Aviv and
The Acco Festival of Alternative Theatre in Israel.

The Haifa University Library hopes to expand this original initiative
to a national level, an expansion that will enable to transform most
of Israel's theatre archives to digital formats and to document all
their materials in one centralized database.

The Digital Theatre Archive for Theatre in Israel