News & Bulletins
Placement Exams for Hebrew
Are you an incoming freshman, want to take Hebrew, but already have some experience in the language? The Middle East and North African Studies Program is holding placement exams for students who wish to take Hebrew on September 13th. Go to this link for more information.
Jill Stacey Harris Prize Awarded
Congratulations to WCAS sophomore Adina Goldman, the 2015-16 Jill Stacey Harris prize winner for the best essay in Jewish Studies! Her paper "From Beyond the Curtain: The Living, the Lively Dead, and Unstable Boundaries in the Talmudic Graveyard" was written in Professor Wimpfheimer's Talmud class.
Matisyahu Concert and Conversation Draws Crowd of Over 600
On Thursday, March 31 at 7:00pm, acclaimed, Grammy-nominated reggae, hip-hop and rock artist Matisyahu joined Professor Barry Wimpfheimer for a conversation about his Jewish identity and how it relates to his art. The talk was followed by questions from the audience and a musical performance by Matisyahu and his band.
Read more at The Daily Northwestern.
Elie Rekhess Featured in Conference Hosted by Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation in Israel
Our Associate Director for Israel Studies, Elie Rekhess, recently spoke at a conference organized by the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation in Israel. Read this article to hear some of his thoughts on the Islamic State in Israel.
Read Barry Wimpfheimer's article about Purim
Our director Barry Wimpfheimer published an article in TheGemara.com entitled, "Purim: A Day Beyond Full Rabbinic Control." In the article, Wimpfheimer discusses Purim's traditional stories and songs, and its "carnivalesque quality." Read on here.
Congratulations to Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern
Faculty member Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern was recently featured at the Ukranian Institute of America in New York. His collection of paintings, entitled "Folkways and Fantasies," was on display from February 27-March 9, 2016. Read more about it here.
Congratulations to David Shyovitz!
Congratulations to faculty member David Shyovitz, who was just named the winner of The Medieval Academy of America's 2016 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize! Professor Shyovitz won this award for his article “Christian and Jews in the Twelfth-Century Werewolf Renaissance” in the Journal of the History of Ideas.
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2015 National Jewish Book Award Finalists
Congratulations to faculty members Laurie Zoloth and Phyllis Lassner! Jews and Genes: The Genetic Future in Contemporary Jewish Thought, which Professor Zoloth co-edited with Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, was named a finalist for the 2015 National Jewish Book Award in the Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice category. Leah Garrett’s book, Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reimagined the American War Novel, was named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the American Jewish Studies category. Young Lions was published through Cultural Expression of World War II: Interwar Preludes, Responses, Memory, a book series which is edited by Professor Lassner. Read more about the winners and finalists here.
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On Tuesday, April 12th, David Nirenberg discussed "Neighboring Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam." The University of Chicago scholar gave his presentation to community members and students at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. The talk was the featured Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Lecture in Jewish Civilization for the 2015-2016 school year.
On Thursday, March 31 at 7:00pm, acclaimed, Grammy-nominated reggae, hip-hop and rock artist Matisyahu joined Professor Barry Wimpfheimer for a conversation about his Jewish identity and how it relates to his art. After the talk and questions from the audience, Matisyahu and his band played a variety of their music for the crowd of over 600.
On March 1st, scholar Leah Garrett visited Northwestern. She spoke about her research and book Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel. Her book was published in the Northwestern University Press series “Cultural Expressions of World War II,” edited by Phyllis Lassner.
The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University partnered with the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) of Chicago for a unique event on Sunday, Feb. 14.
The Allan and Norma Harris Day of Jewish Study featured eight Northwestern faculty members sharing their research and expertise with the public for a day of education and study.
In October of 2015, the Crown Center hosted a three-day conference, Between Baghdad and Haifa. The conference brought together international scholars to discuss and explore the work and life of award-winning Israeli author Sami Michael. View videos of the conference at this link.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Jewish Studies majors at the Weinberg College convocation.
About the Center
The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, the home of the Jewish Studies Program at Northwestern, is a vibrant community of teachers and scholars dedicated to transmitting and expanding knowledge, both in the classroom and through numerous lectures, symposia, and other events of interest to the general public as well as the campus population.