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Newsletter of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida /uNo. uFall 1986


The Center for Jewish Studies:


Introduction and Update


The Center for Jewish Studies was
established at the University of Flor-
ida in 1973 as part of the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences. For its first
ten years, the Center was ably di-
rected by Professor Barry Mesch, who
coordinated the Jewish Studies Pro-
gram, strengthened the Hebrew Lan-
guage component, and created much
interest in the program on the cam-
pus. Professor Mesch was assisted by
his colleague in the Department of Re-
ligion, Professor Sheldon Isenberg,
who served as the Center's Associate
Director. From 1983 to 1985 Professor
Austin Creel, Religion Department
Chairman, was Acting Director.
In the Fall of 1985, Dr. Warren
Bargad joined the Jewish Studies fac-
ulty and was appointed the new Di-
rector of the Center for Jewish Stud-
ies. Dr. Bargad, a Brandeis University
Ph.D.. formerly taught at the Boston
Hebrew College, Hebrew Union Col-
lege in Cincinnati, and Spertus Col-
lege of Judaica in Chicago, where he
also served as Dean of the College. In
January, 1986, the Center opened its
new offices in Grinter Hall, which
also houses the Center for Latin Amer-
ican Studies and the Center for Afri-
can Studies. Ms. Carlene Smith is the
Center's Administrative Secretary.
The motivating forces behind these
recent developments are three-fold:
the firm support and encouragement
of Dean Charles F. Sidman of the Col-
lege of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the
Center's Endowment Fund campaign.
organized by Professor Samuel Proc-
tor, Distinguished Service Professor of
History; and a generous matching
grant by the Samuel M. Melton Foun-
dation, which supports the Center's
programs and activities.
During 1985-86, the Center accom-
plished several significant tasks with
regard to the Jewish Studies Program.
The Certificate Program in Jewish
Studies was revised and has engen-


dered much interest among under-
graduate students. A proposal for a
B.A. Major in Jewish Studies was pre-
pared and currently is being consid-
ered by the College administration. In
addition, an expanded schedule of
course offerings in Jewish Studies has
been made available for academic
year 1986-87. The program's visibility
also was enhanced by various campus
events initiated or co-sponsored by


the Center. These events attracted
large audiences from both the Univer-
sity and Gainesville communities.
In addition to these academic and
programming developments during
1985-86. the Center for Jewish Studies
has received two significant endow-
ment gifts: Mr. Benjamin Greenbaum
and the Greenbaum Family of Tampa
have endowed an Eminent Scholar
Chair in Jewish Studies, and Mr. Gary
R. Gerson of Miami has endowed an
Annual Lecture Series. These donors
and their generous contributions to
the Jewish Studies Program are high-
lighted in this newsletter.
Looking to 1986-87, programming
plans and other activities of the Cen-
ter include a wide array of lectures by
the Jewish Studies faculty and invited
guests, an Israeli Film Festival, and a
series of films on the Holocaust, in-
cluding the recently acclaimed film,
"SHO'AH," funded by the Gaines-


ville Jewish community. A listing of
these presentations appears in these
pages. A central feature of these ac-
tivities will be the International An-
nual Conference of the Latin Ameri-
can Jewish Studies Association in
February, 1987. The Conference will
focus on the Jewish communities of
Latin America and on the issue of po-
litical repression.
1985-86 has been an excellent year


for Jewish Studies. With an expanded
curriculum, a growing endowment,
and new academic opportunities the
future looks bright indeed for the Jew-
ish Studies Program at the University
of Florida.
Jewish Studies Instructional
Staff 1986-88
Warren Bargad, Director (Modern Hebrew Lan-
guage and Literature)
Alice Faber (Hebreiv; Linguistics)
Dora Friedman (Hebrew)
Theodor Caster (Religion Folklore)
Andrew Cordon (American Jewish Fiction)
Howard Greenstein (Adjunct Lecturer: Jewish
History)
Sheldon Isenberg (Jewish Mysticism; Classical
and Modem Judaism)
Allan Lehmann (Adjunct Lecturer: Classic Jew-
ish Texts)
Barry Mesch (Jewish Philosophy; Hebrew
Scriptures; Classical and Modern Judaism)
George Pozzetta ;Immigralion and Ethnicity in
American History)
Harold Stahmer (Modem Jewish Philosophies)
Barrie Straus (Women in Jewish Literature)


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The Jewish Studies Program


Administered by the Center for Jew-
ish Studies, the Jewish Studies Pro-
gram provides an interdepartmental
curriculum which serves as a basis for
understanding the broad spectrum of
Jewish culture and civilization.
Through course work in Religion, En-
glish, African and Asian Languages
and Literatures, History and Philoso-
phy, students may acquaint them-
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selves with and specialize in areas
within Jewish Studies such as biblical
studies, Jewish history, literature,
philosophy, mysticism, and Hebrew
language and literature.
New offerings and academic oppor-
tunities in Jewish Studies are ex-
pected to increase student participa-
tion significantly over the next several
years. Approximately 4,000 Jewish


students attend the University of Flor-
ida, and many non-Jewish students
also participate in Jewish Studies
courses.
The newly approved JST offerings
include Individual Work, Special
Topics, and a Seminar in Jewish Stud-
ies. New courses for 1986-87 feature:
"Zionism and the State of Israel,"
"Responses to the Holocaust," "Clas-
sic Jewish Texts," "The Modern He-
brew Novel in Translation," and the
JST Seminar on "I.B. Singer and S.Y.
Agnon." Plans for future courses in-
clude "Women in Judaism," "Women
in Jewish Literature," "American
Jewish Fiction," and an expansion of
offerings in modern Hebrew litera-
ture.


Students interested in the Certifi-
cate or Major in Jewish Studies should
contact Dr. Bargad (392-9247, 401
Grinter Hall) or one of the members of
the Jewish Studies faculty.



The UF Jewish Studies core faculty, stand-
ing L-R are: Sheldon Isenberg, director
Warren Bargad, Barry Mesch, Harold
Stahmer; seated L-R are Alice Faber and
Dora Friedman.


Gaster/Schachter: An Inter/view


Nearly one hundred and fifty stu-
dents, faculty and community mem-
bers witnessed a remarkable intellec-
tual meeting on the evening of April
3, 1986, when the world-renowned
scholar and author Professor Theodor
Gaster and Professor Zalman Schach-
ter-Shalomi of Temple University held
a public dialogue sponsored by the
Center for Jewish Studies.
Gaster, whose academic career
spans nearly sixty years, has pio-
neered works in Folklore and Reli-
gion, notably providing the first major
English translation of the Dead Sea
Scrolls. He also helped develop the
disciplines of Ancient Near Eastern
Studies, modern folkloristic studies,
and contemporary comparative my-
thology. With degrees in Classics and
Semitic Studies, Gaster has been a
Fulbright Professor twice and twice


selected as a Guggenheim Fellow.
Having retired in 1976 from the chair-
manship of the Department of Reli-
gion at Columbia University's
Barnard College, he has been teaching
and writing at the University of Flor-
ida since 1982.
Schachter-Shalomi, Professor of Re-
ligion and Mysticism at Temple Uni-
versity, a scholar and author, is also a
well-traveled lecturer and workshop
leader. He serves also as director of
the B'nai Or Religious Fellowship
which he founded, and teaches at the
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
in Philadelphia. A keen observer of
modern spiritual movements, he has
played an increasingly effective role
in establishing connections with and
between spiritual leaders of a variety
of traditions. His major contributions
to the changing forms of modern Juda-


ism may be seen in the Havurah
movement and now in the Recon-
structionist Rabbinical College.


The interviewe" format provided a
rare opportunity for the public to ex-
perience two major academic figures
in interaction. Student response was
particularly enthusiastic, with great
appreciation of the learning, sincerity
and integrity of both participants.
Each has concrete proposals for the
transformation of modern Judaism
and for its survival, each expressed
despair about the current state of Jew-
ish spirituality, and each differed sig-
nificantly in the details of their diag-
noses as well as in their prescriptions.
Professor Sheldon Isenberg acted as
moderator of this fascinating dia-
logue.





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Gerson Annual Lecture Series Begins


Gary R. Gerson of Miami, a Univer-
sity of Florida alumnus, has commit-
ted $100.000 toward an Annual Lec-
ture Series sponsored by the Center
for Jewish Studies. The series, which
begins in the fall of 1986, will bring to
the University distinguished guest
lecturers in Jewish studies from
throughout the United States and
abroad. "The Gary R. Gerson Annual
Lecture Series will become the corner-
stone of the Center's annual program-
ming." said Warren Bargad, Director
of the Center for Jewish Studies. "The
periodic presence of these scholars on
campus will draw new attention to
the Center, both locally and nation-
ally, and will demonstrate the wide


Car% R. Gerson


range of scholarly endeavor to be
found in Jewish Studies."
An honors graduate in 1954, Gerson
one year later earned a Master of Busi-
ness Administration degree. In an in-
terview soon after making his gift,
Gerson commented, "I have always
felt strongly about the importance of
Jewish education in secular institu-
tions ... and I am pleased to have this
opportunity to benefit both this cause
and my alma mater."
The Gerson Series will be inaugu-
rated on September 23, 1986, with a
lecture on "The Invention of Hebrew
Prose" by the distinguished scholar
Prof. Robert Alter of the University of
California at Berkeley.


A $1 Million Gift to the Center for Jewish Studies


Benjamin Greenbaum, a Tampa
businessman, has given the Center for
Jewish Studies a gift of $1.000.000
This gift is the largest ever made by an
individual to the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences. At a reception
given by the University for him and
his family, Greenbaum noted that the
gift was motivated primarily to create
greater opportunities for the study
and preservation of the Jewish heri-
tage. Greenbaum also explained.
"Three of my four children chose to
attend the University of Florida . .


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I'm not doing this all by myself. And
my wife, Helen, who passed on three
years ago, would have wanted some
of the money from our company to go
to the cause of Jewish education, so
I'm fulfilling her wish."
Of the total gift, $600,000 will go
toward establishing an Eminent
Scholar Chair in Jewish Studies. This
amount is supplemented by $400,000
from the Florida Legislature's Emi-
nent Scholar Program; the remainder
will be used to establish an endow-
ment to strengthen the University's
Center for Jewish Studies. With this
endowment, the Center will be ac-
tively seeking additional faculty
members in order to establish firmly a
B.A. program in Jewish Studies and to
progress toward the possibility of
graduate studies. As Greenbaum ex-
plained, "My goal is not just to estab-
lish a Chair, but to go on and create a
total school."

Late Bulletin: The Interdisciplinary
Studies Committee of the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences has ap-
proved in principle the establishment
of a B.A. Major in Jewish Studies.

AMUDIM Editor: Pamela Innes
Assistant Editor: Jill Bernstein


Benjamin Greenbaum shown here in the
Price Library of Judaica.





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The Price Libra


Beginning with this issue, AMU-
DIM will incorporate the Report of
The Isser and Rae Price Library at the
University of Florida. The Price Li-
brary published eight issues of the Re-
port from 1981 through 1985.
Robert Singerman. Head of the
Price Library, has recently returned
from a most productive sabbatical
leave. His work involved the compila-
tion of a bibliography of every item of
Jewish interest, including serials,
published in all languages in the
United States to 1900.
The total number of items comes to
nearly 7,000, with each item anno-
tated with the name of the institution
which holds it.
In the summer of 1986 Greenwood
Press (Westport, Conn.) published an-
other major bibliographical work by
Mr. Singerman: Jewish Serials of the
World: A Research Bibliography of
Secondary Sources. Arranged geo-
graphically, the volume contains
3,000 entries consisting of articles
written about Jewish serials around
the world. Mr. Singerman calls this
work "an inventory of research"
which attempts to create a new disci-
pline: The History of the Jewish Press.
While retaining the Head Librarian-
ship of the Price Library, Mr. Singer-
man has been appointed Acting Coor-
dinator of the University Libraries'
Department of Research Collections.
The following article by Singerman
offers an overview of the Library's ori-
gins and holdings. It is abridged from
"The Price Library of Judaica at the
University of Florida," published in
Jewish Book Annual, Vol. 43 (1985/
86).


At the University of Florida, the
Center for Jewish Studies was formed
in 1973 and the concerned faculty
began searching for the ideal core Ju-
daica collection. Following the rec-
ommendation of the noted librarian/
consultant Charles Berlin, and with
funding support put together from a
National Endowment for the Humani-
ties Challenge Grant and State of Flor-
ida Quality Improvement Funds, the
Libraries acquired in 1977 the Rabbi
Leonard C. Mishkin library, at the


the Univer!


time the largest private library of Ju-
daica and Hebraica in the United
States. With a nuclear collection, the
Libraries used National Endowment
for the Humanities funds to hire a
fulltime librarian-cataloguer-bibliog-
rapher to formulate priorities and pol-
icy statements regarding cataloguing,
collection development, staffing, and
circulation. The Libraries' Judaica
bibliographer sought additional col-
lections for acquisition and quickly
supplemented the Mishkin collection
with the Shlomo Marenof library
(1978) and the inventory of Bernard
Morgenstern's Lower East Side book-
store (1979). Currently holdings are
45,000 volumes.
The Price Library of Judaica is a
branch library reporting to the Associ-
ate Director for Public Services. The
decision to emphasize service and ac-
cess and, thus, allow the collection to
circulate required that the books be
catalogued and processed for lending
while balancing important consider-
ations for special treatment of non-cir-
culating rarities, bound and unbound
serials, fragile pamphlets, and all un-
catalogued materials in general.
For a collection to be useful to stu-
dents and faculty, it must be cata-
logued to provide users with access.
Local cataloguing practices, of
course, will vary but most university
libraries, regardless of their classifica-
tion system, now participate in com-
puter networks enabling them to orig-
inate and share cataloguing data,
especially the authoritative Library of
Congress cataloguing copy. On-line
records in the OCLC and RLIN net-
works probably exist for well over
eighty percent of the western-lan-
guage titles most likely to be acquired
by American libraries, with a some-
what lower success rate for seldom
encountered languages, ephemeral
tracts, and pre-1900 works. The RLIN
system planned to have a Hebrew ca-
pability available by July 1, 1986, but
catalogue card production will not be
supported.
Separate units of the library system
at the University of Florida divided


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the responsibility for cataloguing ma-
terials in Hebrew or Yiddish and west-
ern languages. The cooperative effort
was a highly productive one: approxi-
mately 25,000 titles were fully cata-
logued between May, 1979 and May,
1985. The Libraries took advantage of
printed Library of Congress cards for
vernacular cataloguing of the Hebrew
and Yiddish titles (comprising about
60% of the total holdings of the Price
Library of Judaica) and the OCLC
database for cataloguing the Judaica
in western languages. The OCLC data-
base is an especially rich resource, re-
ceiving not only the authoritative Li-
brary of Congress records but also the
original cataloguing of the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Re-
ligion and the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America libraries, to
name just two major contributors of
copy.





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ry of Judaica at


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The challenges of identifying Jew-
ish library resources for acquisition
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are many. The bibliographer's re-




of the collection. Similarly, designing
the collection management policy
statement for the newly established
Judaica library will be a high priority
to ensure that important subjects are
not neglected or extraneous ones
over-emphasized. The specific subject
areas to be maintained at different lev-
els of collecting intensity and in
which lecn language and formats will
need to be defined and continually
monitored. Will the new library col-
lect Jewish art books, slides and re-
cord albums, or will responsibility for
their ordering and organization pass


to the art and music libraries at the
university? Will the map library
house the maps of Israel or will the
Judaica library? How does the ancient
Near East as an area of scholarly in-
vestigation relate to Jewish studies
and/or to biblical archaeology?
Thought will also have to be given to
the acquisition and storage of micro-
forms. But where, in the microtext
room of the typical research library or
within the Judaica library?
Every library, new and old, needs to
shape its identity as a place of study
and resource for information. Public-
ity should be generated through a
newsletter, press releases, informa-
tional handouts, lists of new acquisi-
tions, and occasional publications. In
addition to grants, gifts, exchanges,
and private philanthropy to under-
write the acquisition of collections or
individual rarities, opportunities
should be created to endow and name
the library or rooms within the library
or establish book funds if the library is
to grow when the inevitable periods
of fiscal retrenchment and loss of state
funding occurs. A portion of the li-
brarian's time needs to be spent on
cultivating friends and outside
sources of support for the library, as
well as linking the library's needs to
the central university fund raising
program, but this is a demanding task
when support staff is limited.
The Price Library of Judaica is
named for Isser and Rae Price and en-
dowed by their sons, Samuel and Jack
Price, of Jacksonville, Florida. It was
formally dedicated in March of 1981.
The Price Library of Judaica is espe-
cially strong in social, political, intel-
lectual and communal history, He-
brew and Yiddish linguistics and
literature, Eretz-Yisrael, Zionism, He-
brew scriptures, Judaism and rabbin-
ics, and homage, memorial, and jubi-
lee volumes. Today's emerging areas
of scholarly research interest-Latin
American Jewry, the 'edot ha-mizrah
(oriental Jewish communities),
Sephardica, demography and popula-
tion research, masoretic and targumic
studies, and Jewish languages-are


prime targets for intensified collect-
ing. An enormous amount of uncom-
mon pamphlets in all imaginable sub-
ject areas enhance the research
potential of the Price Library. In many
respects, these "here today, gone to-
morrow" pamphlets should be con-
sidered the greatest rarities because of
their fugitive nature and disregard for
their preservation over the years.
For a comparatively young library,
the Price Library of Judaica already
possesses a well-rounded collection
of significant magnitude, scope and
depth. By no means a static collec-
tion, the Price Library will continue to
grow and serve generations of
scholars and students. Though young
in years, the Price Library at the Uni-
versity of Florida has already taken its
place alongside the deservedly well-
respected and mature libraries on
other American campuses. In the
southeastern United States, the Uni-
versity of Florida can already boast of
a regional center of library excellence
in the field of Jewish studies.



As with any academic enterprise,
the Price Library looks to private do-
nors for continuing support. Such
gifts help to expand the Library's col-
lection and to maintain its stature as a
major research library. A major gift of
$100,000, for example, will accom-
plish one of the following goals, at a
cost of $5,000 annually: (1) An Israeli
approval plan for newly published
books. The plan would reduce pa-
perwork and ensure timely shipments
of new titles as they are published.
(2) Microforms of the Jewish press of
the world. These resources include
many journals which are virtually im-
possible to obtain in original format.
(3) An endowment for the Price Li-
brary's current subscriptions to 300
periodicals, (4) Retrospective buying.
Being a relatively new library, the
Price Library needs to fill gaps in its
collection in all languages.
Lesser gifts, of course, are welcome.
Please contact Mr. Singerman at (904)
392-0308 or write: Robert Singerman,
18 Library East, University of Florida,
Gainesville, Florida, 32611.





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Events of 1985-86

Among the memorable programs
sponsored by the Center for Jewish
Studies during 1985-86 was a presen-
tation by Professor Nahum Sarna,
Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies
at Brandeis University. Professor
Sarna was an editor and translator for
the Bible Translation Committee of
the Jewish Publication Society of
America and is general editor of its
new Bible Commentary Project. In a
public lecture entitled, "Job vs. God:
An Inquiry into the Argument Against
Evil," Professor Sarna offered new in-
sights into various aspects of the Book
of Job and the theological issues
raised in the text. He also spoke in
Professor Mesch's Hebrew Scriptures
class on "The First Psalm: Textual
Analysis and Interpretation." In both
of his appearances, Professor Sarna
succeeded in combining deep erudi-
tion with elegance, grace, wit and
charm, which made a lasting impres-
sion on those in attendance.


T. Carmi was featured during the ex-
citing 10th Annual Israel Cultural
Festival, sponsored by the University
of Florida's Jewish Student Union,
Hillel, and the Center for Jewish Stud-
ies. One of Israel's leading poets,
Carmi gave a reading of his poetry and
lectured on the tradition of modern
Hebrew poetry in Professor Bargad's
class on Israeli literature. Carmi has
written all his poetry in Hebrew and
has translated many literary works in-
cluding such classics as "Hamlet"
and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
The recipient of many awards for his
poetry, Carmi teaches Hebrew Litera-
ture at the Hebrew Union College in
Jerusalem. During '1985-86, he taught
in the Judaic Studies Program at Yale
University. His latest book of poems,
from which he read, is "Ahat hi li"
(One to me).


In late February, Ms. Julie Heifetz of
St. Louis presented "Poems from the
Ashes," a dramatic reading of poems
which embodied the personal histo-
ries of Holocaust survivors and their
childhood memories. Ms. Heifetz and
her accompanist, Rod Stucky, a classi-
cal guitarist from the St. Louis Con-


servatory of Music and Performing
Arts, have traveled widely performing
for universities, synagogues,
churches, Jewish Federations and Hil-
lels. Ms. Heifetz has worked with the
St. Louis Center for Holocaust Survi-
vors to gather the personal histories of
survivors, which she so effectively
put into poetry and portrayed in her
performance.


In March the well-known author and
anthologizer, Howard Schwartz, pre-
sented ''Jewish Fairy Tales and Tales
of the Supernatural," a reading of po-
etry, tales, and short midrashic
pieces. Schwartz, a professor of litera-
ture at the University of Missouri-St.
Louis, read from several of his works,
including Vessels. Gathering the
Sparks, Mfidroshim: Collected Jewish
Parables, and The Captive Soul of the
Messiah. Professor Schwartz is co-ed-
itor, with Anthony Rudolph, of Voices
Within the Ark, a comprehensive an-
thology of modern Jewish poetry.


Jewish Studies
Lecture Series,
1986-87

The Center for Jewish Studies is
pleased to present a wide and notable
array of University of Florida faculty
and guests from other institutions for
its 1986-87 Lecture Series.


Professor Kenneth Stein of Emory
University opens the series on Sep-
tember 15 with a lecture on "The Dual
Obligation and the Arab-Israeli Con-
flict. 1917-1986." Professor Stein did
his doctoral degree at the University
of Michigan. He has been an awardee
of the National Endowment for the
Humanities and a Mellon Faculty Fel-
low at Emory, where in 1979 he
helped establish the International
Studies Center. An expert on the land
question in Palestine, Prof. Stein has
been Director and is now a Fellow of
Emory's Carter Center.


On September 23, Robert Alter, Pro-
fessor of Hebrew and Comparative Lit-


erature at the University of California
at Berkeley, is the inaugural speaker
in the Gary R. Gerson Annual Lecture
Series. Prof. Alter completed his grad-
uate degrees in Comparative Litera-
ture at Harvard University and has
taught at Berkeley since 1967. He has
been a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson
and Danforth Foundations, a Senior
Fellow of the National Endowment for
the Humanities, twice a Guggenheim
Fellow, and a Fellow of the Institute
for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem. A prolific au-
thor, writer, and lecturer, Prof. Alter
has recently published his tenth book,
The Art of Biblical Poetry. Professor
Alter will speak on "The Invention of
Hebrew Prose," an analysis of the de-
velopment of Hebrew as a modem lit-
erary language in the late 19th cen-
tury. He will also address the English
Department on the topic of "Character
in the Novel."


Dr. Robert Alter


Professors Aida Bamia, Department
of African and Asian Languages and
Literatures, and Warren Bargad, Cen-
ter for Jewish Studies, will present a
joint program entitled: "The Image of
the Israeli in Arabic Literature; The
Image of the Arab in Israeli Litera-
ture" on October 15. A University of
London Ph.D., Prof. Bamia's main
area of interest is Algerian and North
African Arabic literature. Much of Dr.
Bargad's work has been in contempo-
rary Israeli fiction and poetry. He is
author of Ideas in Fiction: The Works
of Hayim Hazaz and recently coau-





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thored, with Stanley F Chyet, Israeli
Poetry: A Contemporary Anthology.


On November 4, Amos Oz, the emi-
nent Israeli novelist, will present a
lecture on "To Be An Israeli Writer
Today." Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Oz
has been a member of Kibbutz Hulda
since 1957. After studying literature
and philosophy at the Hebrew Univer-
sity in the 1960s. he has divided his
time between writing, farming, and
teaching in the kibbutz high school.
The author of ten volumes, Oz has
been active in the "Peace Now"
movement since 1977. Several of Oz's
works have been translated into En-
glish, including his most recent
novel, A Perfect Peace. A film of one
of his novels, My Michael, will be
shown the week following his appear-
ance on the campus.


Amos Oz


Professor Barry Mesch of the Depart-
ment of Religion will present "Jewish
Philosophy in the Fourteenth Cen-
tury: The Union of Torah, Philosophy,
and Politics" on December 4. Prof.
Mesch has been with the University of
Florida's Department of Religion
since 1969 and was the first Director
of the Center for Jewish Studies from
its inception in 1973. His publications
include Studies in Joseph ibn Caspi,
Fourteenth Century Philosopher and
Exegete (Leiden, E.J. Brill: 1975J. A
Columbia University and Jewish The-
ological Seminary graduate, Dr.


Mesch received his Ph.D. from Bran-
deis University in 1972. His areas of
special interest are medieval Jewish
philosophy, Bible, biblical exegesis,
and the history of Jewish thought.


For the first program of Spring Se-
mester on January 15, 1987, Professor
Susan Handelman of the University of
Maryland, will present a lecture on
"Humor, Heresy, Hermeneutics: How
the Rabbis Reread the Bible." Prof.
Handelman is the author of the ac-
claimed study, The Slayer of Moses:
The Emergence of Rabbinic Interpre-
tation in Modern Literary Theory,
which compares contemporary criti-
cism with midrashic methods of tex-
tual interpretation. She is a graduate
of Smith College and completed her
Ph.D. at the State University of New
York at Buffalo.



Professor Sheldon Isenberg, Depart-
ment of Religion, presents "Reflec-
tions of the Human Image in Tradi-
tional and Modern Judaism" on
February 11. Prof. Isenberg taught at
Duke and Princeton before coming to
the University of Florida in 1973. His
main areas of publication are in classi-
cal Targum, Hellenism and early
Christianity; his areas of interest in-
clude the study of contemporary reli-
gion and philosophy.



On March 18, Professor Harold
Stahmer will speak on "Franz Ro-
senzweig (1886-1929) and Eugen Ro-
senstock-Huessy (1888-1973]: Friends
in Time, Foes in Space." For a dozen
years Prof. Stahmer taught Religion at
Barnard College and Columbia Uni-
versity. The author of "Speak that I
May See Thee'" The Religious Signif-
icance of Language and editor of Reli-
gion and Contemporary Society, he
has been at the University of Florida
since 1969, serving for ten years,
1969-79, as Associate Dean, College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences.



Professor Arthur Green, President of
the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Col-


lege in Philadelphia, will present
"Typologies of Leadership in the Ha-
sidic Movement" on April 2. Prof.
Green is an authority in Jewish Mysti-
cism and Hasidism. His study, Tor-
mented Master: A Life of Rabbi
Nahman of Bratslav is a hallmark of
research in Jewish religious history. A
founder of the Havurah movement,
Dr. Green is considered one of Ameri-
can Jewry's foremost intellectuals and
leaders.



On April 22, Theodor Gaster, Visit-
ing Professor of Religion, will close
the Jewish Studies Lecture Series for
1986-87 with "Jewish Custom and
Legend in the Light of Comparative
Folklore." Associated for many years
with Barnard College and Dropsie
University, Gaster has been teaching
at the University of Florida since
1982. Among his works are Myth,
Legend, and Custom in the Old Testa-
ment and Festivals of the Jewish Year,
an investigation into the origin and
development of Jewish holidays
and customs. A world-renowned
scholar-and an unsurpassed racon-
teur-Dr. Gaster celebrated his eighti-
eth birthday on July 21, 1986.



Film Series 1986-87

Israeli Films of Israeli Novels
Oct. 8 Three Days and a Child,
1966 (A.B. Yehoshua)
Oct. 22 The House on Chelouche
Street, 1974*
Nov. 12 My Michael, 1980
(Amos Oz)
Nov. 19 Rockinghorse, 1978
(Yoram Kaniuk)
*An original screenplay.

Films on the Holocaust and After
Feb. 2-3 SHO'AH (C. Lanzmann,
1985)
Feb. 18- Our Hitler (H. J. Syberberg,
19 1978)
Mar. 11 Mein Kampf (E. Leiser,
1961)
Mar. 25 Let My People Go
(David Wolper, 1955)


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Sept. 15 Kenneth Stein (Emory University)
"The Dual Obligation and the Arab-Israeli
Conflict, 1917-1986"
7:30 PM., 103 Fine Arts Building
Sept. 23 The Inaugural Gary R. Gerson Lecture
Robert Alter (University of California
at Berkeley)
"The Invention of Hebrew Prose"
8:00 P.M., Reitz Union Ballroom
Oct. 15 Aida Bamia and Warren Bargad (University
of Florida)
"The Image of the Israeli in Arabic
Literature; The Image of the Arab
in Israeli Literature"
4:00 P.M., 427 Grinter Hall


Nov. 4


Dec. 4




Jan. 15



Feb. 11


Amos Oz, Israeli novelist
"To Be An Israeli Writer Today"
8:00 P.M., Gannett Auditorium
Barry Mesch (Universilt of Florida)
'*Jewish Philosophy in the Fourteenth
Century: The Union of Torah,
Philosophy, and Politics"
4:00 P.M., 427 Grinter Hall
Susan Handelman (University of Maryland)
"Humor, Heresy. Hermeneutics: How
the Rabbis Reread the Bible"
8:00 P.M., Gannett Auditorium
Sheldon Isenberg (University of Florida)
"Reflections of the Human Image in
Traditional and Modern Judaism"
4:00 P.M., 427 Grinter Hall


Mar. 18 Harold Stahmer (University of Florida)
"Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929) and
Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (1888-1973):
Friends in Time, Foes in Space"
4:00 P.M., 427 Grinter Hall


(cont'd.)
Apr. 2


The Betty Schram Memorial Lecture
Arthur Green (Reconstructionist Rabbinical
College)
"Typologies of Leadership in the
Hasidic Movement"
8:00 P.M., Gannett Auditorium


Apr. 22 Theodor Gaster (University of Florida)
"Jewish Custom and Legend in the Light
of Comparative Folklore"
8:00 P.M., Gannett Auditorium



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and progress for the Center for Jewish Studies. Many gifts,
both large and small, have allowed the University of Flor-
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These gifts have strengthened and aided the Center dur-
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sense of beginning for the Center. As we look to the fu-
ture, there remains much to accomplish within the aca-
demic structure. The addition of new Jewish Studies
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