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/Newsletter of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida No. 4. al 9i9


BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVES JEWISH STUDIES B.A. PLAN


A t itsJuly, 1989, meeting the Board
of Regents of the State University
System approved the Center's plan-
ning proposal for a B.A. degree in
Jewish Studies. Once it is imple-
mented, the BA. will be the first
degree in Jewish Studies to be of-
fered in the State of Florida.
The Board's approval comes after
more than two years of intensive
planning and promotion of the
Jewish Studies program at the Uni-
~ersit of Flornda. Encouraged by the
recommendation ofaBORArea Stud-
ies Review Committee early in 1986,
the Center for Jewish Studies estab-
lished an Interdisciplinary Major
through the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences Committee on Interdis-
ciplinary Studies. This arrangement
allowed (fr interested students to.spe-
cialize in Jewish Studies in the ab-
sence of an official recognized B.A.
program.
In the past two years, at least a
dozen students selected to do the
Interdisciplinary degree in Jewish
Studies. To date four students have


graduimed with hisc degree. Cur rently
there are fifteen majors in Interdis-
ciplinary/Jewish Studies, most of
whom will probably be awarded the
officially recognized B.A. in Jewish
Studies. Revond these majors, there
are over forty students at the Univer-
sity of Florida who are in the process
of completing a minor in Jewish
Studies. Approxi malelv y ) suidenits
per year are registered in Jewish
Studies courses.
In his evaluation of the Jewish
Studies program for the Board of
Regents, Prof. Shmuel Bolozky, Pro-
fessor of Hebrew and Chair, Depart-
ment of Judaic and Near Eastern
Studies, University of
Massachusetts /Amherst, noted that
"the proposed major constitutes an
excellent progi am...enrollments are
good, and the currentnumberof ma-
jors is impressive....The strength of
existing faculty, curriculum, enroll-
ments and library lholdingsjiuifi the
offering of such a degree. The B.A.
in Jewish Studies will contribute sig-
nificiantl to the reinforcement of


UF's leadership in Jewish Studies in
the State system."
The Center wishes to thank its
faculty now numbering eight core
members its staff, students,
donors and the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences for their common
interest and support.
And now we move on to the final
step toward the implementation of
the B.A. degree in Jewish Studies!

Jewish Studies Instructional
Staff 1989-91

Warren Bargad, Director (Moder
Hebrew Language and Lit-
erature)
Avraham Balaban Modem Hebrew
Language and Literature)
Dora Friedman (Hebrew)
Andrew Gordon (American Jewish
Fiction)
Howard Greenstein (Adjunct Lec-
turer: Modem Jewish History)
Sheldon Isenberg IJewish Mysti-
cism; Classical and Modem Ju-
daism)
Shlomo Lederman (Hebrew Lan-
guage and Linguistics)
Allan Lehmann (Adiunct Lecturer:
Classic Jewish Texts)
Barry Mesch (Jewish Philosophy,
Classical and Moder Judaism)
James Mueller (Hebrew Scriptures)
Melvyn New (The Modem Jewish
Novel)
Harry Paul (History of the Jews of
France)
George Pozzetta (Immigration and
Ethnicity in American History)
Daniel Schroeter (Jewish History)
Harold Stahmer (Modem Jewish
Philosophies)
Kenneth Wald (Religion and Poli-
tics)


Fellow alumni and friends gathered in January 1989 at afestive dinner in honor
of the establishment of the Arthur M. ('38) & Violette Kahn I sirin'e Scholar
Endowment in The Center for Jewish Studies.










"The Arab-Israeli
Conflict" Lecture Series

In Fall, 1988, the Center
presented a series of three lectures
and discussions of the Arab-Israeli
conflict. The lecturers, all renowned
scholars in theirrespective fields, were
Prof. Mark Cohen of Princeton Uni-
versity, Prof Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov
of the Hebrew University of Jerusa-
lem, and Prof. Emmanuel Sivan, also
of the Hebrew University.

Prof. Cohen opened the
series with a presentation on 'Jews
and Arabs in History." He traced the
history of the relationship between
Arabs andJews from the rise of Islam
to the pre-modern era, with some
references to the current situation in
the Middle East. While both enmity
and tolerance were evident in early
Islamic attitudes toward the Jews, he
noted, the Jewish-Arab relationship
through history essentiailk has been
one of deference. The Jews were
referred to as dhimmis, "people of
protection." At times some rights
were limited, but economic and cul-
tural patterns in the Islamic world
were far more open and accepting
than were the conditions in Chris-
tian Europe. Prof. Cohen closed with
what he called "the bottom line":
Violence toward theJewswas endemic
under medieval Christendom, while
theJewish-Arab relationship was rela-
tively peaceful.

rof. Bar-Siman-Tov,
Fulbright Scholar-in-Resiedence in
the Center and the Department of
Political Science, spoke on "Current
Political Views on the Arab-Israeli
Conflict." Although the long conflict
has changed considerably since the
Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement, he
stated, the current situation is ex-
ceedingly complex and volatile. Es-
pecially dangerous are the deep-
rooted sour.c es ol con lic t represent red
by the Palestinian intifada ("upris-
ing"), Hussein's refusal to be part of
the negotiations, and the uneasy situ-


action in Lebanon. It is the intifada
especially which is engendering a
sense of long-term disorder and con-
flict. In addition, he noted, it is clear
that the Likud Party leadership now
in power in Israel is determined irre-
ver sibh to retain the West Bank and
Gaza. A similar hardening of posi-
tions is taking place among the Pales-
tinians and in the Israeli public as
well. At the close of his lecture Prof.
Bar-Siman-Tov made several sug-
gestions as to the preconditions he
felt might be essential for successful
negotiations of the current conflict.

:rof Sivan's lecture was en-
titled Jewish and Islamic Fundamen-
talism in the Middle East Today." In
his presentation he delineated the
varieties of fundamentalist groups
and ideologies on both the Islamic
andJewish sides of the conflcit. Most
political and virulent, he said, were
the Shi'ite communities of Iran and
Lebanon. On the Jewish side he
spoke mainly about the Gush
Emunim ("Society of Faithful"),
whose ideology combines a religious,
messianic fervor with the idea of
pioneering settlement. Many mem-
bers of Gush Emunim have founded
and live in Jewish settlements in the
West Bank.

Thanks are due to the Ga;
R. Gerson Endowment and to the co-
sponsers ofthis series: The Gainesville
Jewish Appeal, the Departments of
Religion and Political Science, and
Student Government.
In late fall, 1989, The Center
forJewish Studieswill publish a book-
let containing the lecture presenta-
tions of Profs. Cohen and Bar-Siman-
Tov. Complimentary copies are avail-
able by writing the Center or by
c:Alling (904) 392-9247.


CJS Sponsors a Jewish Arts Series

During the Spring Semes-
ter, 1989, the Center forJewish St md-
ies sponsored a Jewish Arts Series


which included presentations on and
performances of Jewish art, film,
poetry, and music.
InJanuary the renowned art
historian, Prof. Joseph Gutmann of
Waine State University, gave two
lectures on the history of Jewish art.
The first, presented at the Depart-
ment of Art to professors and gradu-
ate students, was on the art discov-
ered at the fascinating Middle East-
ern archeological site Dura Europas.
The second was a public lecture on
the history of Jewish art, which sur-
veyed the field from ancient to
modern times.
Featured in February were a
week-long Film Series of Jewish
comedy films and a lecture on 'The
Art ofJewish Comedy" by Prof. Patri-
cia Erens of Rosary College, Chicago.
Accompanying her lecture was slide
presentation which gave examples of
Jewish comic figures from the earli-
estdays ofmovie production till toda .

In March the eminent Israeli
poet Yehuda Amichai presented a
delightful evening of readings from
his poetry. His personal asides and
his glimpses into life in contempo-
rary Israel were also most engaging.
In the afternoon, before his public
presentation, Mr. Amichai met with
members of the newly established
Association of Students in Jewish
Studies (ASJS). Here he spoke infor-
mally about Israeli politics and the
current Israeli-Arab conflict.

7lhe last presentation in .\p il
was a performance by Jaimie
Bronzstein and his Klezmer Musi-
cians. Based in Miami, the group
featured five instrumentalists, includ-
ing a vocalist and Mr. Bronzstein on
clarinet. In the closing segment a
good part of the audience rose to its
feet and danced in the aisles of the
UniversityAuditorium. Itwas a lively,
fun evening indeed and an exhili-
rating close to theJewish Arts Series.
Thanks are due to all the
cosponsors of the Jewish Arts Series:
The Florida Endowment for the Hu-
manities, the Gainesville Jewish
Appeal, Student Government, CLAS








Student Council, the Film and Video
Committee of the Reitz Union Pro-
gram Council, and the Departments
ofAri. English, and r ican and Asian
Languages and Literatures. Thanks
also to the Film Studies Prngi am of
the Department of English, and to
the Gary R. Gerson Endowment, the
Breier Visiting Fellow Progi am, and
the Beltt Schram Memorial Endow-
ment.


New Course Offering:
Spring 1990
HBR 3213: The Israeli Cinema,
taught by Prof. Shlomo Lederman
History and criticism of the Israeli
film industry from the earlv 19 %'ls to
the present. The course will survey
through readings, lectures, discus-


sions, and film screenings the emer-
gence of the Israeli cinema as an in-
dependent art form. The course will
also explore the relationship of film
to literature b; \iening film versions
of such novels as A.B. Yehoshua's The
Lover and Amos Oz's My Michael and
comparing them to the original work.
The course will be conducted in
English and is open to anyone inter-
ested in film, Israeli culture and art,
and contemporary Hebrew literature.
All films will have English subtitles.

Certificates Awarded 1988-89

Three students were awarded the
Certificate in Jewish Studies in 1988-
89: Patricia Keitt. TerriJean Scwartz
and Gila Schindler. In addition, Ms.
Schwartz graduated from the Univer-
sity of Florida with a B.A. in Jewish
Studies.


1989 Bnai Zion Award

Mis. Caren Ridge of Miami, Flor-
ida, received the 1989 Bnai Zion
Award for Excellence in Hebrew. The
award is made by the Bnai Zion Foun-
dation of New York.

Graduate Assistant Position

This Fall a graduate assistant posi-
tion was awarded to the Center For
Jewish Studies. The first student to
fill this position is Bob Kapitzke. Mr.
Kapitzke completed his under-gradu-
ate work at the U.S. Air Force Acad-
emy in Colorado Springs, Colorado,
where he earned a B.S. in Biology.
He is currently working towards a
Master's degree in the study of Reli-
gion.


Class of '89 Graduates
in Jewish Studies


Two majors in Jewish Studies have
graduated recently with the class of
1989.
Ms. TerriJean Schwartz was born
and rai.cd on Long Island. NewYork.
She attended Jewish Day Schools
through her high school years and,
after moving to Flo ida. graduated
from Piper High School in Sunrise.
Terri had always been interested in a
career in the law and was active at UF
in Moot Court. Ctrilentil. Terri is
attend g Texas Southern Law School
in Houston and is aiming toward a
career in criminal law.
Mr. Michael R. Armel was born
and raised in Jacksonville and was a
graduate of Wolfson High School.
Michael was active throughout his
high school years in the Southeast
Federation Temple Youth (SEFTY)
and spent three years at the NFTY
Training Camp Kutz. For a time Mi-
chael was also president of his 1,10)


Chapter. After being admitted to
UF, Michael spent his first college
year in Israel at Tzorah on a work-
study program. At UF he was active
at Hillel and in the Soviet Jewry
Committee of the Jewish Student
Union. Also active as a song leader,
Michael led the ReformJewish Gator
High Holiday services in 1988 and
entertained often with his musical
talent. Michael has thought of a
career as a rabbi and is currently
immersed in the study of rabbinical
texts at Yeshiva Hadar Hatorah,
Brooklyn, New York.

Association of Students in
Jewish Studies
The Association of Students in
Jewish Studies (ASJS) is an organiza-
tion for any student inter ested in
Jewish studies. The groupwas formed
in Fall 1988 to act as an interest group
and liaison between the students
and professors involved in the Center
for Jewish Studies. The group also
acts as a social forum for students


and currently has plans to initiate
tutoring and advisement programs
for students involved in the
Center. For more information on
ASJS, call 374-9680 or 392-9247.


Fall Semester Courses
Elementary Hebrew (2 sections),
Intermediate, Advanced Hebrew;
Introduction to Modern Hebrew
Literature 1; Translating Hebrew
Texts; The American Jewish Experi-
ence; Hebrew Scriptures; Introduc-
tion tojudaism; Moder Philosophies
of Judaism; Prophecy in Jewish
Thought.

Spring Semester Courses
Elementary, Intermediate, Advan-
ced Hebrew; History of the State of
Israel; Israeli Literature in Transla-
tion; ClassicJewish Texts; Seminar in
Jewish Studies; Jewish Mysticism;
Medieval Jewish Philosophy; The
Israeli Cinema; Religion and Politics.







Price


Library


Review of 1988/89
By taking advantage of Harvard
University's tapeload into OCLC and
RLIN (two major bibliographic data-
bases linking libraries nationally) of
machine readable cataloging records
for Hebrew and Yiddish books this
past spring,Judaica Library staff was
able to add provisional bibliographic
records representing several hundred
unprocessed titles from the arrear-
age to LUIS, the library's online cata-
log. It was ascertained that the Juda-
ica Library also holds innumerable
pamphlets and books not owned by
Harvard. As part of planning for the
relocation of the collection in the
renovated Smather's Library, it can
be reported that only about three
hundred more provisional records
remain to be added to LUIS for
completion of a long-term project to
have all of the monographic arrear-
age, excluding vertical file material,
represented on LUIS.
This past year, while not re-
markable from an acquisitions point
of view \ inig to inadequate endow-
ment funds and private support, was
the first full performance year of the
newlv launched Israeli approvalplan.
Contacts between the Jewish Studies
Bibliographer and Isaac Mader, a
veteran antiquarian bookseller and
collector in Haifa, Israel, resulted in
an exclusive want list and the pur-
chase of important, soughl-after 1.Il-
umes from Mader's personal accu-
mnulation i ofifn cars. Aboutadozen
Israeli doctoral dissertations, tpicalls
published in editions of around 25
copies, were also obtained from Is-
raeli sources, as were about 20 scarce
memorial books ofJewish communi-
ties destroyed by the Nazis. While in
New York for professional meetings,
visits by Robert Singerman toJewish
bookstores in Brooklyn and Manhat-
tan resulted in the purchase of ap-
proximately 150 hard-to-find vol-
umes, including some reasonably
priced Hebrew manuscript facsimuil-
ies.
Two in-house publications, one


devoted to the Price Library's cur-
rent serial subscriptions (over 400
titles) and the second a list of the
Library's East European memorial
books, 396i in number, were created.
Both lists represent collection
strengths and, in relation to other
southeastern ibrarne. undisputed
preeminence. To markJewish Book
Month, the Price Library helped
prepare a centennial exhibit ofJew-
ish Publication Society of America
imprints at Jacksonville's Jewish
Community Alliance.
The University of Florida Librar-
ies has joined a new Research Librar-
ies Group subject program in Jewish
and Middle East Studies tJAMESi
and has been a long-time member of
the Council ofArchives and Research
Libraries in Jewish Studies. It is an-
ticipated that cooperative retrospec-
tive conversionl 1. ot tal4 lginlgdala and
preservation projects may emerge
from these groups, all to the poten-
tial benefit of the UF Libraries. Lack
of ctal iogi ng sipp~rt for Hebraica to
advance actual participation in proj-
ects, however, is a major concern,
both locally and nationally. In the
coming year, staff from the Catalog
Dept. and the Judaica Library will
initiate ajoint eiTfor to identify, bar-
code, and convert records for cata-
loged Hebraica that were inexplica-
bly skipped by the REL -RC. retro-
spective cataloging project.
RobertSingel man completed his
JUDAIC AMFRICANA bibliogra-
phy, a magnum opus recording 6,510
pre-1900 monographs and serials,
and his essay on translations to and
from Hebrew appeared in A SIGN
AN D A WITNESS, an award-winning
exhibition catalog of the New York
Public Library, published in conjunc-
tion with Oxford University Press.
Singerman is cirrerily president of
the Association of Jewish Libraries'
Research and Special Library divi-
sion (1988-90) and since 1986, Act-
ing Chair, Department of Special
Collections at the University of Flor-
ida Libraries.
The Price Library's LTA, Joy


Funk, resigned her position, and was
replaced by Carole Bird. a ten-year
veteran of the UF Libraries. Two
student assistants have worked in the
collection this past year, one from
Mainland China, the other a Moslem
from Bangladesh; each has enjoyed
the opportunity to learn about Jew-
ish culture as part of his educational
experience at the University of Flor-
ida.

Regional Library Excellence in
Jewish Studies
At the University of Florida. the
Center forjewish Studies was termed
in 1973 and the concerned faculty
began searching for the ideal core
Judaica collection. Followingthe rec-
ommendation of the noted librar-
ian/consultant Charles Berlin, and
with funding support put together
from a National Endowment for the
Humanities Challenge Grant and
State of Florida Quality Improvement
Fu nds. the Libraries acquired in 1977
the Rabbi Leonard C. Mishkin Li-
brary, at the time the largest private
library of Judaica and Hebraica in
the United States. With a nuclear col-
lection, the Libraries used National
Endowment for the Humanities funds
to hire a full-time professional librar-
ian-cataloger-bibliographer to formu-
late priorities and policy statements
regarding cataloging, collection
decelopment, staffing, and circula-
tion. The Libraries' Judaica bibliog-
rapher sought additional collections







of


for acquisition and quickly supple-
mented the Mishkin collections with
the Shliono Marenof library (1978)
and the inventory of Bernard
Morgenstern 's In.o er East Side book-
store (1979). Current holdings are
42,000 volumes.
The Price Library of Judaica, a
circulating collection, is especially
strong in social, political, in tellectual
and communal history, Hebrew
and Middish linguistics and litera-
ture, Eretz-Yisrael, Zionism, Hebrew
Scriptures, Judaism and rabbinics,
and jubilee volumes. An enormous
amount of uncommon pamphlets in
all imaginable subject areas enhance
the research potential of the Price
Library. In many respects, these "here
today, gone tomorrow" pamphlets
should be considered the greatest
rarities because of their fugitive na-
ture and disregard for their preserva-
tion over the years. Today's emerg-
ing areas of scholarly research inter-
est- Latin AmericanJewry, the'edot
ha-mizrah (orientalJewish commu-
nities), Sephardica, demogriphvand
population research, masoretic and
targumic studies and Jewish lan-
guages-are prime targets for inten-
sified collecting.
For a comparatively young library,
the Price Library ofJudaica already
possesses a well-rounded collection
of significant magnitude, scope and
depth. Though ,tung in years, the
Price Library at the University of
Florida has already taken its place


alongside the deservedly well-
respected and mature libraries on
other American campuses. The
University of Florida has an enviable
regional center of library excellence
in the field ofJewish studies, with the
University committed to the growth
of the Price Library of Judaica
through acquisitions of appropriate
materials. The collection is the only
one of its kind in the southeastern
United States, providing reference
services and sharing its resources
through interlibrary loan with a far
greater constituency than the local
clientele in Gainesville.
The formation of a majorJudaica
research library is not the work of a
day. The library collections at Har-
vard, New York Public Library, Li-
brary of Congress, Jewish Theologi-
cal Seminary, or the Hebrew Union
College Library have been in exis-
tence for many decades. They bene-
fitted not only from collections and
funds donated by alumni and pa-
trons over the years, but also by their
ability to acquire rare Judaica and
Hebraica before the Second World
War in the European market when
these books were available and, by
today's standards, fantastic bargains.
So much Jewish cultural property was
destroyed during the Holocaust that
these same books are terribly scarce,
and new libraries, including the Price
Library of Judaica, compete for the
limited supply, driving prices higher.
A major collection development
need remains the acquisition of
microfilms of some of the major
Anglo-Jewish and Hebrew newspa-
pers that have appeared in the past
century and a half. The highly re-
garded London Jewish Chronicle
(1840 to date), for instance, is not in
the Price Library collection because
a complete file on film would cost in
excess of $8,000. The same situation
appliesin the case of the major Israeli
Hebrew dailies (Davar, ha-Arets,
Yedi'ot Aharonot) and representa-
tive American and pre-\ o rld War II
European newspapers, these being
essential primary source materials one


would expect to find in a Judaica
research library. At the same time,
the filming of currently-held brittle
monographs and serials is an
enormous financial burden that
cannot be properly supported b\ the
regular materials budget while at the
same time depending on this budget
to keep abreast of the currentJewish
book production from Israel and the
world's publishing centers. The
preservation liin rng of fragile titler ti
perhaps the greatest and most press-
ing challenge now confronting the
Price Library of Judaica where well
over half of the collection is brittle
and becoming increasingly fragile
through use.
There is no more appropriate way
to honor a loved one or friend, a
professor, or an organization than
with books placed in an important
library. Books hold and dispense the
wisdom of the past, cultivate the wis-
dom of the present, and prepare for
the wisdom of the future. As with any
academic enterprise, the Price Li-
brary looks to private donors for
continuing support. Such gifts help
to expand the Library's collections
and to maintain its stature as a major
research library. A major gift of
$100,000, for example, will support
any one of the following goals at a
cost of $5,000 annually. (1) An Is-
raeli approval plan for newly pub-
lished books; (2) Microforms of the
Jewish press of the world; (3) An en-
dowment for the Price Library's cur-
rent subscriptions; (4) Retrospective
bu]vi ng to fill in gaps in the collection
in all languages; (5) New acquisitions
in all areas of Jewish studies, an in-
creasing financial burden because of
escalating prices and the tremendous
amount of publishing activity in the
United States, Latin America, and
Europe; (6) Preservation filming.
For more information on the Price
Library ofJudaica collection and gift
opportunities, contact Robert Singer-
man, Price Library of Judaica, 18
Library East, University of Florida Li-
braries, Gainesville, FL 32611, or
phone (904) 392-0308.


Judaica








New Faculty Members

JEr. Daniel Schroeter has joined the
University of Florida faculty as Assis-
tant Professor of Jewish History. A
native of Seattle, \ashingtqn, Dr.
Schroeter was most recently visiting
professor in Judaic Studies at The
George\\ .ihington University, Wash-
ington D.C. Dr. Schroeter completed
his B.A. degree in History and Near
Eastern Languages and Literatures
(Hebrew and Arabic) at the Univer-
sity of W\Vlahingtoi in 1975 and his
Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at the
University of Manchester, England,
in 1984.
Dr. Schroeter completed his the-
sis research in Morocco under aSSRC
fellowship. He is the author of the
book Merchants of Essaouiria: Urban
Society and Imperialism in .Soiith stern
Morocco, 1844-1886 (Cambridge
University Press, 1988). From
1984 to1985 Dr. Schroeter served as
Visiting Assistant Professor in Jewish


History and Religion at the Univer-
sityof Paris and from 1985 to 1987 he
was a Visiting Assistant Professor in
the Department of History, Univer-
sity of Utah. He has published a
number of articles and reviews in his
field and has presented scholarly
papers at several conferences for both
the Association forJewish Studies and
the Middle East Studies Association.


A recent addition to the University
faculty is Dr. Avraham Balaban who
comes to Florida from the University
of Michigan where he was Assistant
Professor of Modern Hebrew Litera-
ture. He joins the faculty as an Asso-
ciate Professor in Hebrew Language
and Literature.
Dr. Balaban studied Hebrew and
Comparative Literature at Tel
Aviv University, earning his B.A. in
1970. In 1979 he completed his Ph.D.
at Tel Aviv University. His doctoral
thesis is entitled .Me'aning. Form and


tueore in Nalan Alterman's Stars Out-
side.
From 1983 to 1984, Dr. Balaban
was a Visiting Scholar and Visiting
Lecturer at the Center for Jewish
Studies, Harvard University. From
1982 to 1983 he served as lecturer at
Tel Aviv University. Dr. Balaban has
published numerous books and ar-
ticles in both Hebrew and English,
including The Saint and the Dragon, a
study ofAmalia Kahana-Carmon's fic-
tion (Hakibbutz Hameuhad, 1980).
Dr. Balaban's prizes and awards in-
clude The Prime Minister's Prize for
creativity in 1982 and theTalpir Prize
for The Saint and theDragon in 1981.


Exhibit at Grinter Galler-
ies: "Israel...Its Many
Faces/In My Lifetime"
From November 3 to December 8,
1989, the Center forJewish Studies,
in association with Grinter Galleric.s,
will spoi noran exhibition ofworks by
artists David Crown and Diane Asseo
Griliches. The exhibit, titled
"Israel...Its Many Faces/In My Life-
time," will reveal the multi-faceted
modern Jewish experience from the
stark drama of the Holocaust to the
striking natural beauty of the mod-
ern State of Israel.

7 hoiogi apher Diane Asseo Griliches
has been a frequent visitor to Israel
since 1964. The photographs pre-
sented in "Israel...Its Many Faces "
e\pl(re the n i.ierruLs andl seemingly
self-contained cultures of Israel, the
depths of its peoples' feelings, and
the varied humanity that has held
together through countless upheav-
als. Past exhibits by Ms. Griliches
include "Israel Portfioho." Hebrew


College, 1981-, and the Commence-
ment Exhibit, New England Conser-
vatory, 1988.
"In My Lifetime" features the work of
printmaker David Crown. Crown's
etchings and aqiuatin isolter a poign-
ant narrative of the events surround-
ing the Holocaust. Mr. Crown, a
resident of Gainesville, has done
num Lieroiusgr >ul pnl l one manl sho -.


In 1987 he was awarded a three-week
residency for printmaking at the
prestigious Frans Masereel Center in
Belgium. His works are in collections
throughout Canada, America and
Europe.

A n Opening Reception for this ex-
hibit will take place on Sunday, No-
vember 5, at 2:00 p.m.





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"Perspectives on American Judaism"


During the Fall and Spring semesters
the Center for Jewish Studies will pre-
sent "Perspecti\es on American Juda-
ism: History, Culture, Society and
Thought." The program will consist of
four lectures/discussions on the topic
of American Judaism with two lectures
being offered in the Fall of 1989 and
two in the Spring of 1990.
Each lecture focuses on a partic-
ular aspect of AmericanJewish culture
or society in an innovative sequence.
The opening lecture deals with the
philosophies, values, and social and
religious attitudes of contemporary
American udaism. The following two
lectures proceed backward in time,
first to the post-World War II period
and then to the late 19th and early
20th centuries. The fourth and final
lecture will draw on both contempo-
rary and historical cultural dimensions
and project a prognosis for the future
survival of American Judaism.


Steven M. Cohen


The first lecture features Prof. Ste-
ven M. Cohen, a sociologist of reli-
gion at Queens College. New York.
Prof. Cohen writes and lectureswidely
on changing patterns of American
Jewish identity, intermarriage, the
Jewish family, the politics of Ameri-
can Jews, and their relationship with
Israel. His recent books include Ameri-
can Modernity & Jewish Identity and
American Assimilation orJewish Revival?
He has been a Visiting Professor at
Brandeis University, The Hebrew Uni-
versity and Yale University, and is
currently a Visiting Professor at the
Jewish Theological Seminary. Prof.


Cohen will speak on the contem-
porarn culture and social and reli-
gious attitudes in the American Jew-
ish Community. His talk, scheduled
for October 26, will provide a com-
prehensive overview ofcontemporary
American Jewish life and thought.















Deborah Dash Moore

On November 29, Prof. Deborah
Dash Moore of the Department of
Religion at Vassar College will speak
on theJewish Community of Miami
in the post-war decades. Her talk will
include perspectives on that
community's social, religious, and
cultural development. Prof. Moore's
field is the ethnic culture and behav-
ior of American Jews, especially of
the second generation. She has served
as Fulbrighi Lec tUrer ;a The Hebrew
University of Jerusalem and as Chair,
Department of Religion at Vassar
College. Her books include At Home
in America: Second Generation New York
Jews and B'Nai B'Rith and the Chal-
lenge of Ethir- Leadership.


OnJanuary 17, Prof.JonathanSarna,
a professor of Jewish History at He-
brew Union College, Cincinnati, will
lecture on the philosophical and
religious development of American
Judaism at the turn of the century.
His talk will prove ide hiioric al insights
into the underpinnings of American
Judaism today. Prof. Sarna received
his Ph.D. in 1979 from Yale Univer-
sity and is currently Director of the
Center for the Study of the American
Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union
College. In Fall, 1990, hewilljoin the
Jewish Studies faculty at Brandeis Uni-
versity. He is the author of numerous
books and pamphlets including
Jacksonian Jew: The Two Worlds of
Mordecai Noah and AmericanJews and
Church-State Relations: The Search for
'Equal Footing'.


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Charles Silberman


The final lecture in the series will be
given by Charles Silberman on March
7. An independent scholar, author
and lecturer, Mr. Silberman is widely
regarded as one of the country's most
distinguishedjournalist-scholars. He
is the author of four of the more in-
fluential books of the last quarter
century, including A Certain People:
American Jews and Their Lives Today.
Awarded the Present Tense Literary
Award for the outstanding non-fic-
tion book of 1985, A Certain People
has been the subject of intense con-
troversy and debate in both the Jew-
ish and general communities. His
prognosis for the future survival of
American Judaism will be an incisive
climax to the series.


Jonathan Sarna











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Nov. 29






Jan. 17







Mar. 17


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Prof. Steven M. Cohen (Queens
C llege)
"Amenrcan Judaism and the
Crisis of Modernity"
8:00 P.M., L011 Turlington

"Israel...ts Many Faces/In My
Lifetime"
Exhibit of works by David Crown and
Diane Assko Griliches
Grinter Galleries

Prof. Deborah Dash Moore (Vassar
College) "The Making ofJewish
Miami: Jewish Migration in the Post-
War Decades"
8:00 P.M., Gannett Auditorium

Prof.Jonathan Sarna (Hebrew Union
College)
"The Struggle to Preserve American
Judaism: 19th Century Strategies and
Their 20th Century Implications"
8:00 P.M., Gannett Auditorium

Mr. Charles Silberman (prominent
author and scholar)
"Will Our Gi andc h ildren beJewi .h?-
The Future of the American Jewish
Community
8:00 P.M., Gannett Auditorium


New Course Offerings: Fall 1989


-'Prophec' in Jewish Thought" taught by Prof. Mesch, De-
partment of Religion. This course will focus on the
interpretations of the concepts of prophecy and the prophet
throughout Jewish history from the Biblical period to modern
times. A number of issues will be discussed including, but not
limited to, the major roles and functions of the prophet, the
credentials of the prophet, the relations between the revela-
tions contained in prophecy and the results of rational inves-
tigation, and the relation between the prophet and the rest of
society.

-"Introduction to Moder Hebrew Literature 1" taught by
Prof Avraham Balaban, Department of African and Asian
Languages. The course is intended for students who have
already had four semesters of college Hebrew or the equiva-
lent. The objective of the course is to give the student a survey
of modern Hebrew literature (main authors, main issues,
etc.). Simultaneoush. an emphasis is put on expanding the
student's knowledge of modern Hebrew. The course will
work on all four levels: Comprehension, speaking, reading
and writing During the class the student will also study and
utilize modern techniques of interpretation.

-"Third Year Modern Hebrew 1" taught by Prof. Shlomo
Lederman, Department of African and Asian Languages.
The goal of this course is to improve Hebrew proficiency in
the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Class time is devoted to grammar review, short student pres-
entations, student reports of reading Hebrew newspapers,
listening to Hebrew radio programs and viewing news broad-
casts from Israeli television. The BBC's Speak Easy video
mime program for language learning is also used. Students
are required to submit several book reports and composi-
tions.




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