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NEWSLETTER VOLUME 17 Flash version: cjs.ucla.edu


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Mellon Program Explores Debates over the Post-War Holocaust “Silence”

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LA OPERA Recovered Voices 3

Cover: Modified panoramic photo of Los Angeles taken from the Getty Center. Design: David Wu and Carol Bakhos. Original, unmodified panoramic work by Matthew Field (February 12, 2006)

From the Director Pushing the Boundaries of Jewish Studies

Prof. David N. Myers is on sabbatical during the 2009-10 academic year, it is W hile my honor to serve as acting director and ensure that the Center’s activities con-

tinue on without interruption. As we begin the year, we look forward to collaborating with two important Los Angeles institutions in the spring: an April 7-8 conference on the LA Opera’s Recovered Voices project; and an April 14 Jewish Culture Salon, “The Art of Jewish Illustration,” in conjunction with an exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center, Monsters and Miracles: A Journey Through Jewish Picture Books. Our students and faculty are also thriving, as they learn from, challenge and inspire each other to push beyond the established boundaries of Jewish studies. Among the highlights of this past year were our first undergraduate student conference, organized by Federica Francesconi, Visiting Viterbi Professor of Mediterranean Jewish Studies; an international junior scholars’ conference on the history of Jewish LA and Buenos Aires; and an impressive assortment of graduate student projects supported by the UCLA/Mellon program on the Holocaust in American and World Culture. These and similar accomplishments play an important role in the recognition and support that our Center receives. An example of this recognition came to us this year by way of a generous gift from the estate of a well-known Toronto philanthropist. The Bluma Appel Research Innovation Fund will support cutting-edge research in the field of Jewish studies by UCLA graduate students and faculty, as well as seminars and lectures by leading innovators in Jewish studies from around the world. On a sad note, we must share with you the passing of a dear friend to the Center, Mickey Ross. As many of you know, Mickey, an award winning writer-producer, was a dedicated supporter of Yiddish at UCLA; last year he very generously endowed a chair in Yiddish culture and language at our Center. In coming years, this gift will allow us to establish a first-rate Yiddish studies program. Mickey’s spirit and dedication to the Jewish community will be sorely missed. As the cover panorama illustrates, we are fortunate to be at the center of Jewish life in a most vibrant metropolis. We are grateful for the support of all our friends who make this possible. Your generosity is so vital to our mission, especially given the current economically challenging environment. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the Center office or by email (cbakhos@ucla.edu) to discuss our work and/or your interests. And please do join us at the Center as we continue to explore the corners of Jewish civilization. Carol Bakhos Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Acting Director

Center Advisory Board: Jerry Monkarsh, Stephen O. Lesser, Elaine Lindheim, Milton B. Hyman, Andrew J. Viterbi, Chic Wolk, Al Finci (chair), and Prof. David N. Myers. Not pictured: Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, E. Randol Schoenberg, Kerri Steinberg, Harold Williams, Rabbi David Wolpe and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

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i o c e V s d : e r e v o c e T R f the Early 20th Century o a r e Op d e s es r p up S ing he Nazi regime was not only responsible for the g a destruction of millions of lives, but also for the St suppression of countless works of art, literature and music. These works, grotesquely termed “degenerate art” by the Nazis, were banned, and the artists, Jewish and non-Jewish, were branded enemies In 2008-09, LA Opera presented Walter of the state. Thousands were murdered, some Braunfels’ adaptation went into hiding, and some escaped, though of the ancient Greek comic-dramatist even many of the “fortunate” ones were Aristophanes’s play The Birds. Soprano Désirée ruined by the trauma. Although by now this is Rancatore made her Company debut in a well-known story, it continues to unfold in its the high-flying role of the Nightingale. Photo: tragic details, and we are only beginning to truly Robert Millard understand the enormity of the loss.

The work of the historian is not only to document this loss; we can also make some small contribution to undoing this terrible story: forgotten artists and composers can be brought back to public attention, lost masterpieces can be retrieved. And great music can be heard again and enter into its rightful place as part of the repertory. On April 7-8, the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and The OREL Foundation will hold a conference inspired by the “Recovered Voices” project of James Conlon, Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera. Conlon’s ongoing commitment to stage masterpieces of 20th-century European opera that were suppressed by the Third Reich continues on April 10 when he will direct the American premiere of Franz Schreker’s opera Die Gezeichneten at LA Opera. LA Opera’s project has richly demonstrated that an enormous amount of this music--much of it by composers little known or unknown in America--is not only worthy of retrieval from the abyss of historical circumstances, but by any standard is great and capable of speaking to us urgently and eloquently today. Inspired by James Conlon’s performances and recordings, the OREL Foundation is dedicated to helping restore these works to the stage, concert halls and chamber music venues, whether formal or informal. Following Conlon’s lead, the Foundation encourages musicians, scholars and music lovers to become better acquainted with these composers and their works, many of which would certainly be better known today, but for the catastrophe of their history.

Each day will culminate with a special public evening event with the support of the “1939” Club and the Natalie Limonick Endowment in Jewish Civilization. April 7th will feature a free performance and presentation by pianist and conductor, Jeffrey Kahane, British violinist, Daniel Hope, and others. On April 8, James Conlon will give the key note presentation. Registration, lodging and additional information will be available via The OREL Foundation’s web site at: www.orelfoundation.org Kenneth Reinhard Conference Organizer

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Student Council member, Ross Melnick, capped his graduate career in the Department of Film, TV and Digital Media as one of 5 Teaching Assistants at UCLA honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award. Ross commented, “I care very deeply about teaching and research and I’m fortunate to be at a university that truly values both.” Kara Trowell, a student in Prof. Sarah Abrevaya Stein’s Sephardic Diaspora course, won a Certificate of Special Recognition for Undergraduate Research from the UCLA Library for her reflective essay “French Colonial Influence on the North African Jewish Identity.”


Student Council Expands Activities UCLA undergraduates increased their involvement with the Center through a series of informal lunches with faculty and other special events hosted by the Student Leadership Council. During Black History Month Michelle Lyon planned a lunch at which Prof. Eric J. Sundquist, author of King’s Dream, discussed his experience teaching literature by both Jewish and black writers. Hila Peretz created a Hebrew Crash Course featuring skits and a YouTube video for students planning a summer trip to Israel. Netta Avineri followed up by inviting Instructor Miriam Koral to hold a Yiddish Schmooze. The council invited students to a discussion in May with three distinguished Jewish Studies alumni: Mayim Bialik, Ph.D., actress, singer, and neuroscientist; Julie Fax, journalist for the Jewish Journal; and Daryl Temkin, Ph.D., founder of the Israel Institute Advancement for Alternative Energy Innovation. Students were able to network, ask questions, and brainstorm about Jackie Rafii their own futures. Jackie Rafii, one of the event organizers, noted, “All of the speakers pursued their passions; they did not take the typical route, but instead went after what brought them the most fulfillment. And a positive experience in the Jewish community at UCLA, and in Jewish academia at UCLA, played a great part in defining their passions.” Other council members included Kayitz Finley, Ross Melnick, Ariel Sholklapper, and Ezra Wolkenfeld.

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Rachel Deblinger has been awarded the Skirball Fellowship in Modern Jewish Culture for 2009-10. A Ph.D. candidate in History, Rachel has been working with the personal papers of American psychologist David P. Boder, who travelled to Displaced Persons camps in France, Rachel Deblinger Switzerland, Italy, and Germany in 1946 to record the experiences of 109 witnesses of the Holocaust. Boder translated and transcribed 70 of the interviews into English and began a personal journey to make these interviews available to the American public. As part of the Fellowship, Rachel will teach a class at the Skirball Ross Melnick Cultural Center. Thanking the Skirball for its support, Rachel noted the award offers her “the opportunity to participate in the museum’s work of making Jewish history resonant to the diverse population of Los Angeles and the vibrant local Jewish community.” In addition, Rachel Deblinger and Kevin Moore were among Kara Trowell doctoral students participating in the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program which provides support for students to develop a paper for presentation at an academic conference and/or for publication.

Students Dig Jaffa Cultural Heritage During the summer, thirty students explored the pre-classical remains of the Mediterranean port city of Old Jaffa, through the Cotsen Institute of Archeology field school. Tradition says the town was named for Noah’s son Japheth, who established it after the Flood. The students excavated Hellenistic (3rd-1st cent. BCE) and Roman period (1st cent. CE) buildings within the visitor’s center in central Jaffa. The project is the culmination of several years of groundwork by Aaron A. Burke, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archeology, and his graduate students. The excavation project was the first in Jaffa in a decade. This was the third season of excavations in old Jaffa on the south side of Tel Aviv by the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project (JCHP), the first education abroad program in Israel in a number of years. Initiated in January 2007 by Prof. Burke, and his co-director, Martin Peilstocker of the Israel Antiquities Authority, the interdisciplinary project addresses both the archeology and the diverse cultural history of Jaffa.

Center Hosts 5th Posen Conference

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David N. Myers (UCLA), Felix Posen (The Posen Foundation), and David Biale (UC Davis) were among participants in the 5th annual Posen Conference. The important gathering of professors involved with the research and teaching of (L-R) David N. Myers (UCLA), Felix Posen (The Posen Foundation), and David Biale (UC Davis) modern Jewish culture was convened by the Center for Cultural Judaism and the Posen Foundation at the Center for Jewish Studies last March. UCLA is one of more than forty colleges and universities in North America, Israel, and Europe to have received Posen Grants since 2001. Thirty-five professors from various disciplines, and all representing institutions involved with the Posen Project, delivered papers, discussed methodology and pedagogy, and explored the study of Jewish secularization.

Vivian Holenbeck named CJS Assistant Director

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Vivian Holenbeck, long the power behind the scenes at CJS, has been promoted to Assistant Director of the Center for Jewish Studies. While at UCLA she earned a B.A. with a major in History and a minor in English, and took a work-study position with the Center in 1997. Her performance Vivian Holenbeck and Center Acting Director Carol Bakhos was so outstanding she was invited to become a permanent Administrative Assistant upon graduation. Since then, she has played many significant roles in helping the Center grow by handling the logistics and finances for a steadily expanding calendar of events. Her new role will entail additional responsibility in these areas as well as the supervision of the Center’s staff. When Viv is not in her oďŹƒce in the tower of Royce Hall, she loves reading, playing with her six cats and two dogs, and tending her garden.

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Harmony Bench dances in “Monster.” The contemporary dance performance by graduate student Rebecca Pappas was also supported by a commission from Saint Joseph Ballet (Santa Ana, CA).


he UCLA/Mellon Program on the Holocaust in American and World Culture, now beginning its third and final year under the direction of Professor Eric J. Sundquist, has sponsored numerous initiatives on Holocaust studies and Yiddish literature and culture benefiting students, researchers and the larger community.

Among the events of this past year were visits by the writers Ehud Havazelet and Thane Rosenbaum; the premier of “Monster,” a modern dance performance inspired by reflection on the Holocaust and created by World Arts and Cultures graduate student Rebecca Pappas; and conferences on “The ‘Jewish Question’ in French Philosophy after the Holocaust,” “Filming the Eichmann Trial,” and “Transforming a Culture between Soft Covers: Yiddish Journals in the New World,” which featured an advance look at the project to digitize the Los Angeles literary journal Kheshbn (http://repositories.cdlib.org/ucla_cjs/kheshbn/). In 2009-10 the program will once again offer fellowship support to twelve graduate students 6

permitting them to undertake extended research on a wide array of topics. In addition, two undergraduates, Lauren Maddahi and Ezra Wolkenfeld, received support for summer research projects in Holocaust studies. In Fall quarter Visiting Professor Justin Cammy (Smith College) will offer two courses in Yiddish literature and lead the Nov. 8 symposium, Sholem Aleichem at 150: Celebrating the Yiddish Comic Master. On Oct. 25-26, a conference examining “The Myth of Silence: Who Spoke about the Holocaust and When,” cosponsored by the “1939” Club, will feature a keynote address by University of London professor David Cesarani. Lawrence L. Langer (Simmons College) will give the keynote address at “Aesthetics after the Holocaust,” an international conference exploring the problem of aesthetic reactions to the holocaust, Feb. 7-8. Renowned historian of the Holocaust, Michael Marrus (University of Toronto), will present a lecture Feb. 16 based on his forthcoming book, Some Measure of Justice: The Holocaust-Era Restitution Campaign of the 1990s.

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Thane Rosenbaum (Fordham University) addressed the question “What’s so Bad about Holocaust Films?” on March 5, 2009. He argued that Hollywood excels at feelgood, life-affirming endings where one righteous person succeeds against overwhelming odds; the Holocaust, however, is about the moral failure of human beings, the astonishing lack of heroes, and the death of six million lives that left no room for happy endings.

UCLA/Mellon Program Graduate Fellows represent diverse departments (L-R): Netta Avineri (Applied Linguistics), Nathalie Segeral (French & Francophone Studies), Kevin Moore (English), Prof. Eric J. Sundquist, Sara Simcha Cohen (Comparative Literature), Noa Bar (Comparative Literature), Taly Ravid (English), Rachel Deblinger (History), Mark Smith (History), Deborah Brown (History), Yehuda Sharim (History), Naya Lekht (Slavic Languages and Literatures) and Professor David N. Myers. Not pictured: Kirk Sides (Comparative Literature).


New Publications Jewish Neo-Aramaic Translations of Hebrew Liturgical Poems: A Critical Edition Hebrew University Press, 2009

Yona Sabar

This work explores the literary creativity of Kurdistani Jews exemplified in translations of liturgical poems for Jewish holidays and other special days, such as the national mourning day of the Ninth of Av. Normally the Rabbis discouraged translating Hebrew-Aramaic canonical prayers, but permitted doing so in the case of non-canonical texts. Therefore, manuscripts from Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish Kurdistan include many such translations. Very few of these translations have been published, while most remain in manuscript form. These texts are a classical example of reducing difficult poetic texts to a level that would be understood by the common folk. Some of the poems were recited in the synagogue, but most were recited during home rituals, such as at the Passover Seder. More than direct translations, the texts often include many additions, interpolations, local linguistic folklore, actualia, etc. In addition to the translations, there are some poems which seem to be original, such as the poem about the halakhic rules for Passover, since no Hebrew equivalent has been found for them.

The Emergence of Modern Hebrew Creativity in Babylon,1735-1950 Purdue University Press, 2009

Lev Hakak This book begins with a brief history of the Jews in Babylon (Iraq), their Hebrew creativity and the fact that this creativity was excluded from the history of Modern Hebrew literature because it was unknown to the scholars. The book focuses on the years 1735-1950 and presents the secular Hebrew poetry written in Babylon at that time, the folktales, journalistic articles, and epistles, research of Hebrew literature, a story and a play. The last part presents the Hebrew periodicals that were published in Babylon. Hakak is also the editor of Hador: The Hebrew Annual of America, which published its third volume in April 2009. The only Hebrew periodical in the US, Hador includes poetry, prose and articles.

PE’RUSH: An Online Journal of Jewish Scholarship & Interpretation http://perush.cjs.ucla.edu Pe’rush (Hebrew for “interpretation”) is a new interactive online journal published by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. The journal will make Center presentations available to a broader scholarly community. A space next to each article allows readers to post comments by page or paragraph, and by so doing, contribute to the improvement of work in progress. The inaugural issue features papers given at an international symposium on “Jewish Politics and Political Behavior” sponsored by the Center on October 12, 2008 under the auspices of the University of California-University of Utrecht Collaboration. Occasionally, Pe’rush will be opened up as a platform for the exchange of ideas on an issue of contemporary concern, such as a forthcoming roundtable on antiSemitism (featuring Hasia Diner, Michael Meyer, and Ruth Wisse, among others.) 8

Affiliated Jewish Studies Faculty MIRIAM KORAL

CAROL BAKHOS Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. FIELD: Rabbinics and Comparative Scriptural Interpretation.

ARNOLD J. BAND Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Comparative Literature. FIELD: Modern Hebrew and Jewish Literature.

LEAH PLATT BOUSTAN Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics. FIELD: Jewish Migration, Residential Segregation.

RA’ANAN BOUSTAN Assistant Professor of History and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. FIELD: Jewish History and ancient Mediterranean religions.

AARON A. BURKE Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology. FIELD: Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Early Judaism.

Lecturer in Yiddish.

EFRAIN KRISTAL Professor of Comparative Literature. FIELD: South and Central American Literature, Comparative Literature, and Philosophy.

DAVID N. MYERS Professor of History. FIELD: Jewish History and Thought.

TODD S. PRESNER Associate Professor of German. FIELD: Modern German-Jewish Literature and Intellectual History, Art History, and Visual Culture.

KENNETH REINHARD Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English. FIELD: Hermeneutics, Religion, and Modern Jewish Literature.

TEOFILO F. RUIZ Professor of History. FIELD: Medieval and Early Modern Spain and Social and Cultural History.

NANCY EZER Lecturer in Hebrew. FIELD: Modern Hebrew Literature.



Professor of Hebrew and Aramaic. FIELD: Aramaic, Hebrew, Jewish Languages, and Jewish and Near Eastern Folklore.

“1939” Club Professor of Holocaust Studies. FIELD: History of the Holocaust.

LEV HAKAK Professor of Hebrew Literature. FIELD: Modern Hebrew Literature.

DAVID HIRSCH Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies Bibliographer, Charles Young Research Library.

WILLIAM SCHNIEDEWIND Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies and Professor of Biblical Studies and Northwest Semitic Languages. FIELD: Bible, Northwest Semitics, and Second Temple Judaism.


ELEANOR KAUFMAN Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and French and Francophone Studies. FIELD: 20thCentury French Philosophy and Jewish Diaspora.

JEREMY SMOAK Lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

SARAH ABREVAYA STEIN Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies. FIELD: Modern Jewish History.

STEVEN SPIEGEL Professor of Political Science. FIELD: American Foreign Policy in the Middle East.

ERIC SUNDQUIST UCLA Foundation Professor of Literature. FIELD: Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Literature including African-American, Jewish and PostHolocaust America.

ROGER WALDINGER Professor of Sociology. FIELD: International Migration, Race and Ethnicity, and Urban Sociology.

JONATHAN M. ZASLOFF Professor of Law. FIELD: Law, Legal Theory, Ethical Treatises of Jewish Tradition, Moral Philosophy, and Jewish History.

VISITING FACULTY 2009-2010 JUSTIN CAMMY Visiting Professor, UCLA/Mellon Program on the Holocaust in American and World Culture (Smith College).


Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature. FIELD: Israeli, Palestinian, and North African Literatures.

ARIEH SAPOSNIK The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures.

Visiting Lecturer. Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA.

SHELLEY SALAMENSKY Assistant Professor of Theater. FIELD: 19th through 21st Century British, European, and Jewish Literature, Drama, Performance, and Culture.

Jewish Studies @ UCLA: Classes & Podcasts

Visiting Viterbi Professor in Mediterranean Jewish Studies (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

MONICA OSBORNE Post Doctoral Scholar, UCLA/Mellon Program on the Holocaust in American and World Culture.

NAHID PIRNAZAR Adjunct Lecturer in Iranian Studies.

SABA SOOMEKH Visiting Professor. (Loyola Marymount University).

www.cjs.ucla.edu Over 60 undergraduate and graduate courses will be offered in Jewish studies this year, enrolling some 1900 students. Through private support the Center has added diverse and pioneering courses including a second year of Yiddish, five courses in Modern Jewish Culture as well as courses in Italian Jewish history, Iranian Jewish history and Latin American Jews. The schedule of courses is available on the Center’s website. The Center sponsors nearly 50 lectures, symposia and conferences annually. The calendar of events is available on the Center’s website along with podcasts of many programs. If you wish to receive weekly announcements, send your name and email address to cjs@humnet.ucla.edu. A new feature on the website will be Alumni News. To be included, please send CJS an email with your current personal and professional activities. 9

Executive Committee Al Finci, Chair “I have attended programs offered by the Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA from its beginnings under founding director, Professor Arnold Band. As the years progressed the Center has continued to excel. The breadth of topics and activities – with the participation of scholars of international renown - is impressive and the number of courses in Jewish Studies offered to students keeps growing thanks to the Center’s dedicated staff. I encourage you to experience the Center for yourself and join me in supporting its fine work. “

Elaine Lindheim “How exciting to have Professor Sarah Stein as the first Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA! She is a stellar addition to the roster of outstanding faculty associated with the Center for Jewish Studies, a place that continues to engage and amaze me with its tremendous range of stimulating, meaningful Jewish scholarship and programming. I’m proud to be a supporter of all the Center’s activities.”

Honor Roll 2008 - 2009 The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies is grateful to the many individuals, foundations and trusts for their crucial support of our students, faculty and programs. Due to the generosity of our friends, the Center has developed into an exceptionally productive scholarly resource, and is considered to be one of the nation’s busiest and most distinguished centers for Jewish studies. We would like to acknowledge the following people and organizations for their commitment to the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies for the academic year 2008-2009.


The Skirball Foundation

Prof. Arnold J. Band

Lya Cordova-Latta

The “1939” Club

Lucille Ellis Simon Foundation

Leah Barshap Family Trust

Liba Feuerstein

Sydney H. Bash

Rachel R. Finegood

Phyllis & Sanford Beim

Nirit H. French

Melissa & Michael Berenbaum

Sylvia & Jules Fried

Elie (Mansoor) Alyeshmerni Maurice Amado Foundation Estate of Bluma Appel Casa Sefarad -Israel

Western States Jewish History Association

Rita & Dr. Kenneth Geiger


Dr. Aaron Berman

Jean & Jay Abarbanel

Martin Bernstein

Dr. Helen M. Adelberg

Anne M. Bodenheimer

Stephen O. Lesser

Dr. David E. Aftergood

Susan & Dr. David S. Boyer

Natalie R. Limonick Trust

Dr. Lilla & Edgar Aftergood

The Brackthorn Foundation

Abner & Roslyn Goldstine Trust

Joy & Jerry Monkarsh

Eve Asner

Michael A. Posen Foundation

Gail D. Aspinwall

Gertrude & Edward Brownstein

Melissa Marer & David Gorlick

Leo Celniker

John L. Gray

Resnick Family Foundation, Inc.

Jason Axe

Dr. Gregory Charlop

Dr. Abraham Havivi

Willard Chotiner

Esther & Dr. Herbert Hecht

Pamela & E. Randol Schoenberg

Rolinda Baker

Shelley Ventura & Michael Cohen

Dr. Philip Hollander

Rose & Al Finci Sheila & Milton Hyman Foundation

Shirley & Ralph Shapiro


Viterbi Family Foundation

Danielle Avidan Miryam Bachrach Eva Ballo

Howard Cohen

Dr. Allen S. Gerber M & H Glaser Family Trust Cantor Jonathan N. Grant

Betty E. Kane

Kerri Steinberg, Ph.D. “I have been truly fortunate to have experienced Jewish Studies at UCLA as both an undergraduate and a graduate student in art history. Now as a member of the Center for Jewish Studies’ Executive Committee, it has been a pleasure to participate in the Center’s public programs and see the range of applied and pure research in diverse fields of Jewish studies including Jewish history, archival research and visual culture.“

Helen & Isaac Kaplan Margot Katz Dr. David B. Katzin Myron Kayton Dr. Snira L. Klein Carol Schneiderman-Knee & Howard Knee Hannah & Marshall Kramer Evelyn & Dr. Nathan Kravetz

Nomi Stolzenberg & David N. Myers

Andrew Viterbi, Ph.D. “I am impressed by the quantity and quality of the offerings of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, provided both to the students and to the community. I had the pleasure of attending an undergraduate student symposium organized by Professor Federica Francesconi’s class and was surprised at the depth of the students’ learning and understanding in a short time. Beyond this, I believe that the Center’s emphasis on the impact of historical personages and events on our current world conditions and challenges validates the entire field of study and research.”

Andrea B. Smith

Irene & Donald Naftulin

Merilee & Dr. Zanwil Sperber

Myra & Bruce Newman

Rita Spiegel

Sidney S. Nurkin

Daniel B. Spitzer

Samuel Parnes

Rose & Andrew Steinberg

The Shearn & Linda Platt Fund

Arthur & Edith Stern Family Foundation

Mary & William Pinkerson

Phyllis Johnston & Tom Sorter

Rabbi Joel E. Rembaum

Lester M. Tint

Laura D. Kuper

Dorothy Richards

Marsha & Forrest Latiner

Adrienne & Robert Ross

Israel A. Levy

Marlene Rotblatt

Peachy & Mark Levy

Barbara & Peter Rothholz

Josefine & Peter Loewenberg

Mico I. Rousso

The Markowitz Family Trust

Carol & The Hon. Marvin D. Rowen

Daniel J. Merritt

Avram Salkin

The Hon. Henry A. Waxman

Dr. Michael D. Miller

Dr. Albert Sattin

Karen & Sanford Weiner

Ruth & Robert Mirvis

Dr. Matthew M. Schneiderman

Lillian Weiner

Dr. Albert Mizrahi Esther Kleitman & Dr. Steven Moszkowski Sondra & Morey Myers Jamie & Mark Myers

Leah Schweitzer Doreen & Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller Betty & Stanley Sheinbaum Harry C. Sigman

Lillian & Dr. Charles Trilling Thomas J. Tugend Sarita Unger Glenda E. Urmacher Naomi Vanek Dr. Ann E. Walts

David J. Weiner Foundation Shirley S. Williamson Molly Zachariash

Center for Jewish Studies Endowments: ‘1939’ Club Chair in Holocaust Studies Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies Dr. Sigmund & Hermine Frey Scholarship Fund National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Jewish Civilization Endowment Natalie Limonick Endowment in Jewish Civilization Joy & Jerry Monkarsh Family Fund Naftulin Family Lecture on Studies in Jewish Identity Michael and Irene Ross Chair in Yiddish Language & Culture Michael and Irene Ross Fund for Yiddish Language Instruction Sara & Chaskel Roter Research Fund Jack H. Skirball Fellowship in Modern Jewish Culture Viterbi Family Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies Ruth Watanabe Humanities Journal Fund


Center in F e h t o all t g n 20 i m 09 o C 7:30 pm • Tuesday, October 20, 2009 • FACULTY CENTER

Judah Halevi, Pilgrim and Poet

Raymond P. Scheindlin (Jewish Theological Seminary) Arnold Band Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies

4 pm • Thursday, October 22, 2009 • FACULTY CENTER

The Talmud in its Iranian Setting Richard Kalmin (Jewish Theological Seminary) Jason Mokhtarian (UCLA)

7:30 pm • Tuesday, November 3, 2009 • 314 ROYCE HALL

Paradise Lost and Found Ariel Sabar (Author)

Discussion with the award winning author of My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq Followed by a Q&A session with Ariel and his father, Yona Sabar (UCLA)

4 pm • Thursday, November 5, 2009 • FACULTY CENTER

Pius XII and the Holocaust: Some Further Reflections Saul Friedländer (UCLA)

The “1939” Club Lecture in Holocaust Studies

4 pm • Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • FACULTY CENTER

The Parnas: A Scene from the Holocaust in Italy Paul Dry (Publisher)

Viterbi Lecture in Mediterranean Jewish Studies

Prof. Carol Bakhos

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