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Lecture: Symposium on Modern Jewish and Israeli History,

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Modern European and Russian History Workshop, the History Department, and the France Chicago Center

are pleased to present:

Symposium on Modern Jewish and Israeli History

In Search of Cosmopolitan Consumption:

Jews, Department Stores and Modern Mass Consumption in Germany

Paul Lerner

History, University of Southern California

Discussant: Tara Zahra, History, University of Chicago

May 19, 4:30 pm

Social Science Research Building, Rm. 224

John Hope Franklin Room

1126 E. 59th St.

Paul Lerner, Associate Professor of History at USC, specializes in the history of the human sciences,Jewish history and the history and theory of consumer culture in Germany and Central Europe. He is the author of “Hysterical Men: War, Psychiatry and the Politics of Trauma in Germany, 1890-1930 (Cornell, 2003) and co-editor of “Traumatic Pasts: History, Psychiatry and Trauma in the Modern Age” (Cambridge, 2001) and “Jewish Masculinities: German Jews, Gender and History” (Indiana, forthcoming 2012). He is currently writing a book entitled “Consuming Encounters: Jews, Department Stores and Early Mass Consumption in Germany.”

Please contact Christina Heisser at for a copy of the paper if you plan to attend.  The symposium is in a workshop format, and assumes all participants have read the paper in advance.

The Symposium is made possible through the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund and the Aronberg Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies with additional support from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Modern European and Russian History Workshop, the History Department, and the France Chicago Center.

This event is free and open to the public.  Contact Christina Heisser at 773-702-7108 with questions or to request a disability accommodation.


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Remembering Victims of the Holocaust with concentration camp survivor Clemens C.J. Roothaan Ph.D., Rohr Chabad Jewish Center, May 6

Remembering Victims of the Holocaust

with concentration camp survivor

Clemens C.J.  Roothaan Ph.D.

Friday, May 6th at 8:30 PM

Rohr Chabad Jewish Center

5700 S. Woodlawn Ave

Clemens C.J. Roothaan was born in 1918 in Nijmegen, Holland.   As part of a non Jewish Dutch Resistance group, during World War II he was detained as a prisoner of war camp and then sent for a year to a concentration camp in Vught (Holland) and then sent to Sachsenhausen, outside of Berlin.  As the allies approached and the camp was shut down, Clemens was sent on a death march with the other inmates.

Clemens C.J. Roothaan is the Louis Block Professor Emeritus of Physics and Chemistry at theUniversity of Chicago and creator of the Roothaan Equations.

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Dissertation: Karen Underhill, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, May 6

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Presentation: Spotlight on Poland’s Jewish Revival, Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, May 12

WARSAW: Spotlight on Poland’s Jewish Revival

Join the Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International for the Spotlight on Poland’s Jewish Revival, a panel presentation and public discussion about the remarkable revitalization of Jewish life and culture currently taking place in Poland, and its significance for Jewish and Polish communities in Poland and worldwide, as well as for Jewish-Polish relations. Following the panel presentations, the audience will be invited to join us for discussion and refreshments.When: Thursday, May 12
Where: Chicago Cultural Center – Sidney R. Yates Gallery
78 E. Washington Street
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Panel 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
Free and open to the public

Click here for more information.


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Conference: Jewish City Music, Franke Institute, April 7

Thursday, April 7

Conference: Jewish City Music

Franke Institute, Regenstein Library East Wing

1100 E. 57th St.

9 am – 6 pm

Keynote Address: Jewish Music, Arabic Sounds, and Urban Scenes in Colonial Tunis

Ruth F. Davis, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; Yale University


This conference is presented in collaboration with the Music Department and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.


Jewish City Music Concert

The New Budapest Orpheum Society

Fulton Recital Hall (4th Floor, Goodspeed Hall)

1010 E. 59th St.

7:30 pm


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A Film Unfinished

Thursday, April 28–Saturday, April 30

A series of events relating to the award-winning documentary, A Film Unfinished

These programs are dedicated to the memory of Miriam Bratu Hansen.

Yael Hersonski, Director of A Film Unfinished, will be present at all events.

Thursday, April 28: Free Screening of A Film Unfinished

A Film Unfinished

When: Thu, April 28, 7:00pm – 8:28pm
Where: Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637) (map)
Special Event! Yael Hersonski’s award-winning documentary interrogates a body of archival footage shot in the Warsaw ghetto in May 1942 under the Nazi propaganda machine. The film incorporates interviews with the cinematographer of the original footage, survivors’ responses, and reflections on the Nazi construction of images of Jewish life in the Ghetto. The special screening, in presence of director Yael Hersonski, is dedicated to the memory of Miriam Bratu Hansen. Free and open to the public, co-sponsored by The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and The Human Rights Program (A roundtable discussion will take place at the Film Studies Center, Sat. April 30, 8:30pm.) 35mm

Friday, April 29: Workshop with Yael Hersonski

Location TBA

12:00 pm


Saturday, April 30: “The Silence of the Archive: Roundtable Discussion on A Film Unfinished

Film Studies Center

Cobb Hall, Rm. 307

5811 S. Ellis

8 pm: reception; 8:30 pm: roundtable

Registration for the roundtable is requested.  Register at:

These events are made possible by the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, and are presented in collaboration with the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, doc films, and the Human Rights Program.

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The Drisha Arts Fellowship, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, New York

Read about the Drisha Arts Fellowship Program in the Forward.

Debra Nussbaum CohenTanya Fredman 2009-10Dages Keates Dancingtrio 2009-10Lori Leifer playing


The Drisha’s Arts Fellowship Program aims to revitalize the Jewish community by producing Jewishly knowledgeable artists. Women who are creative writers, visual artists, musicians, and performers are invited to apply. Drisha encourages the Arts Fellows to integrate their work with their Jewish learning and experience.

Arts Fellows who learn full time at Drisha receive a tuition waiver and may apply for a stipend. Arts Fellows who learn part time receive a tuition waiver and may apply for a financial award at the end of their year of learning.

Artists come from a range of diverse backgrounds in Jewish learning and have the opportunity to select a group of classes appropriate to their level. Some artists take skill-based classes in Biblical Hebrew and Bible in our Yesodot Skill-Building program. Those with a more extensive background in learning may join our Beit Midrash or Scholars Circle programs and study Talmud and halakha as well as Bible. Click here to learn more about these programs.

In addition to committing to a select group of regular Drisha classes, all of the arts fellows attend a dynamic text class once a week designed to enrich their work and deepen their relationship with the Torah. This class also gives fellows the opportunity to spend time in the beit midrash (library) doing research for independent projects. Open only to Arts Fellows, this class serves to foster a strong bond among them.

Arts fellows meet at “salons” every week to share and discuss their work. Arts Fellows also present their work to the Drisha community throughout the year, and perform, read, or showcase their work at an event that takes place in June. Collaborations are encouraged.

2007-2008 Arts Fellow and poet Carly Sachs reflects:

“This year it dawned on me that until I arrived at Drisha I had never found this type of community in all of my writing or Jewish experiences. I was always the lone writer or the lone Jew depending on which group I found myself in. Being at Drisha has strengthened my passion for integrating who I am as a Jew into my writing. Drisha has given me a rich context that inspires and informs my poetry. I’m very grateful to be part of this kind of program where we are encouraged to share our passions, fears, processes, and help each other as we learn and grow as Jews and as artists. As a writer, I’m very excited to be learning Biblical Hebrew which allows me, finally, to engage in texts that I would have otherwise thought were closed to me.”


For more information about applying to or supporting the program, please contact Jaime Wynn, Arts Fellowship Coordinator.

Download the Arts Fellowship application.


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Conference: “Changing Roles? Women in Traditional Jewish and Muslim Communities”, UIC, February 7

2010-2011 CONFERENCE

The Jewish-Muslim Initiative,
International Studies Program, and
the Institute for the Humanities
at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Changing Roles?
Women in Traditional Jewish and Muslim Communities

Monday, February 7, 2011
Additional details will be announced.

The traditional religious legal systems in both Judaism and Islam (halacha and sharia) been widely challenged, in recent years, by charges that they are oppressive or demeaning to women. Women committed both to a traditional form of Judaism or Islam and to the gender equality that marks the modern world have responded to this charge in a variety of ways – some of which have begun to change their communities quite radically.  This conference will explore changing roles of women in prayer, study, communal leadership and other aspects of traditional Muslim and Jewish life.

Speakers will include:
Tahera Ahmad
, Northwestern University
Hina Azam, University of Texas at Austin
Ruth Balinsky, Yeshivat Maharat
Tova Hartman, Bar Ilan University
Marcia Hermansen, Loyola University Chicago
Deborah Klapper, Gann Academy
Erin Leib Smokler, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, & University of Chicago
Najeeba Syeed-Miller, Claremont School of Theology

Conference organized by Samuel Fleischacker, University of Illinois at Chicago

Location: Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level Stevenson Hall,
701 South Morgan, University of Illinois at Chicago

This conference is free and open to the public. It is helpful for us to calculate attendance so please preregister by January 31, 2011. Register here.

For additional information, contact Linda Vavra at 312-996-6354 or <>

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Memorial Program Commemorating the 69th Anniversary of Babiy Yar, September 29

Memorial Program Commemorating the 69th Anniversary of Babiy Yar, September 29



1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

If you would like to have a sit in one of the busses that will be waiting in 10 designated stops in Chicago and suburbs, please contact Alla Spector at 224-625-2703 or Irina Polishchuk

at 847-483-9197 for more information.


Holocaust Community Services is a program of *Jewish Child and Family Services,
*CJE SeniorLife, *HIAS Chicago and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago,
supported by grants from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc,
the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the Humanitarian Aid Foundation

*Partners in serving the community, receiving support from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation

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“Golem with Black Bear Combo,” Jewish Klezmer/Rock Band, February 11

Golem with Black Bear Combo plus DJ Gitana Angela & Romasoul Thursday February 11, 2010 @ Martyrs Live,3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

advance tickets

Golem is neither a towering Jewish Frankenstein who defended the Jews of 17th Century Prague, nor a creature from Lord of the Rings.

Its a young, hip, widely acclaimed New York-based Klezmer/Rock band. The band transforms the music of its Jewish grandparents, making it modern, edgy, sexy and brash.

Their explosive onstage attitude gets Klezmer to rock.   “A Gypsy-punk gem!” –   Appearing with Black Bear Combo, Chicago’s premiere purveyor of Balkan musical madness, plus DJ’s Gitana Angelea and Romasoul, spinning a mix of Gypsy, Balkan and Klezmer for your dancing pleasure.

click here for mp3s, videos and more info.
click here for facebook event
click here for advance tickets

presented by KFAR Jewish Arts Center
and sponsored by Hothouse, Limmud Chicago, Global Groove Chicago & Cultural Con+fusion

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