Past Events

Feibel Lecture 30th Anniversary — American Shtetl: Kiryas Joel, New York — a Hasidic Town in Suburban New York

April 22, 2018

On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Annual Pearl and Troy Feibel Lecture on Judaism and Law.

Featuring David Myers (Professor of Jewish History, UCLA) and Nomi Stolzenberg (Professor of Law, Gould School of Law, USC).

In this talk, Professors Myers and Stolzenberg will explore the apparent anomaly of an officially recognized municipality in suburban New York that is made up almost entirely of Hasids. How does such a community come into to being? How did it skirt the vaunted separation of church and state? And why is it a profoundly American creation? These questions will be answered on a fascinating journey that leads from the mythic shtetl of "Fiddler on the Roof" to the hard-edged game of interest-group politics in America.

METAPHORS OF TIME: An Interdisciplinary Conversation Across the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 to Thursday, April 12, 2018

Time and temporal phenomena are crucial to many disciplines and within cultures around the globe, past and present. Yet what people mean by “time” varies, and the words available in different languages, whether disciplinary or vernacular, often fall short of describing the ephemerality of temporal experience.

Metaphors of Time: An Interdisciplinary Conversation across the Arts, Humanities and Sciences will critically and creatively investigate, expand, and reinvent paradigms used to explain time and temporality. Our conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, researchers, and practitioners from the social and biological sciences, engineering, medicine, visual and performative arts, and across the humanities. Each participant will choose a single, accessible metaphor for time used in their discipline or area of study to share with the group, as a way to probe diverse understandings of time from different realms of human experience and scientific inquiry.

This conference will provide the central fulcrum for a multi-layered set of projects: undergraduate courses, an edited book, and a partnership with Fordham University that “envisions” the variety of images and metaphors that are used to express or understand time and temporality. The goal of this conference is to foster new pathways for thinking about time that can lead to creative solutions in engineering, science, arts, and humanities and especially between them.

Faerie and Zion: On Fantasy Literature and the Jews

April 9, 2018


Michael Weingrad
Professor, Judaic Studies
Portland State University

Fantasy literature has proved fertile ground for the modern Christian imagination yet less sure territory for Jews. In this talk, Michael Weingrad considers the relationship between Jews and fantasy literature in terms of the contributions of Jewish and Israeli authors to the fantasy genre, the differences between fantasy and science fiction as they relate to Jewish history and theology, and the question of what a Jewish fantasyland might look like. Supported by the Norbert and Gretel Bloch Fund.

Daniel Asia and Yehuda Amichai — Amichai Songs and Israel at 70

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Composer Daniel Asia leads an insightful tour of Israel’s 70-year history through the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, whose life and chronicles comprise a rich understanding of that dramatic history, in combination with Asia’s award-winning music and settings of Amichai’s poetry.

The program will feature the composer sharing aspects of his Amichai work (through recordings and commentary) and OSU Music Faculty member Steven Glaser, piano; and Cantors Bat-Ami Moses and Jack Chomsky performing works by Daniel Asia. With his engaging and interactive style, Asia’s presentation and music will leave you with a deeper feeling for the history of Israel through this multifaceted artistic response.

JCC Bookfair: Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court From Brandeis to Kagan – their Lives and Legacies

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dr. David Dalin will talk about his latest book, Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan. This book is the first history of the eight men and women who have served or currently serve on the United States Supreme Court.

Roadmap for A Shared Society: How Israeli Jews and Palestinians Can Live and Prosper Together

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

  • Yaniv Sagee, Executive Director, Givat Haviva
  • Mohammad Darawshe, Director, Shared Society education department

The Center for a Shared Society at Givat Haviva aims to build an inclusive, sustainable, thriving Israeli democracy based on mutual responsibility and civic equality. Its leading work has been recognized by the award of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

The speakers will discuss how they engage Israel's divided communities in collective action towards the advancement of a shared vision of the future. They will also consider how their model for developing equality and coexistence might be applied in other contexts of societies with deep historical, political and social rifts.

Co-sponsored by COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society) the Center for Ethics and Human Values, Middle East Studies Center, departments of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and History at The Ohio State University. Supported by the Diann and Thomas Mann Israel fund.

Jewish Dance Symposium

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Jewish Dance Symposium is part of the Dance Studies Association conference, the annual international conference for the professional organization for the field of dance studies.

Jewish Education Programs for Senior Adults and the Community

Creekside at the Village, Wexner Heritage Village

Monday, April 25, 2018 2:00 PM
Maimonides the Man
Rachel Richman, PhD candidate, OSU Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Monday, March 26, 2018 2:00 PM
Prophets and the Heavenly Council of God
Michael Biggerstaff, PhD candidate, OSU Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Monday, February 26, 2018 2:00 PM
The “Yiddish Revival:" Is Yiddish language and Ashkenazi Jewish culture Really Back?
Monica Hamblet, PhD candidate, OSU Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Tuesday, November 21, 2018 3:00 PM
How do We Talk About the Holocaust?
Monica Hamblet, PhD student, OSU Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 3:00 PM
Guiding God Back from the Brink of Destruction: Moses and His Powerful Prayers
Michael Biggerstaff, PhD candidate, OSU Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:00 PM
Queer & Now: How LGBT Jews Fit in the Jewish Community
Jonathan Branfman, PhD candidate, OSU Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

The senior adult programs are supported by the Diane Cummins Community Education Fund.