Preview of Upcoming Events in the Spring Semester 2010

Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate Program will sponsor a series of events in the Spring Semester, lectures, films, and readings.

The Israeli Film Festival will screen new Israeli films on five consecutive Thursdays between  January 28 and February 25. Among films shown will be: A Matter of Sizel; Touch Away (TV series); My Father, My Lord; Eli and Ben.  All films will be screened at 8pm, Goldsmith Family Cinema.
We are delighted to announce several upcoming lectures:

On February 2, Moshe Rosman will speak on “What’s New in the Study of Hasidism”

Moshe Rosman is the author of a number of groundbreaking books, including Lords’ Jews: Magnate-Jewish Relations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 18th Century (Harvard, 1990); The Founder of Hasidism (California UP, 1996); and most recently How Jewish is Jewish History? (Littman, 2007).

On March 4, Elisheva Carlebach will speak on “Jewish Time/Christian Time: Calendar and Polemic in Early Modern Europe”

Elisheva-posterElisheva Carlebach is the Salo Baron Professor of Jewish history at Columbia University.  She is the author of an award-winning book The Pursuit of Heresy :Rabbi Moses Hagiz and the Sabbatian Controversies (Columbia University Press, 1990; 1994) and Divided Souls: Converts from Judaism in Germany, 1500-1750 (Yale University Press, 2001) which was the finalist for the 2001-02 National Jewish Book Award; please check for time and place.

On April 12, Hilit Surowitz will speak on “Blood and Identity: Picart’s La Circoncision des Juifs Portugais,” time and place will be announced.

April 22, Frankel Memorial Lecture.

Other speakers will include Israeli writers and film-makers.  Please check back for details.

Israeli Film Festival at Wesleyan, Spring 2008 schedule

Israeli Films at Wesleyan University, Spring 2008

The Secrets (February 4, 2008)

The Center for Film Studies, The Goldsmith Family Cinema, 7:30 p.m

Guest speaker: Avi Nesher, director of The Secrets and recipient of Jerusalem International Festival Achievement Award 2006

Two young Jewish Orthodox women embark on a spiritual journey set in Sefad, the Kabalistic city, to solve a mystery surrounding a non- Jewish woman.


The Ring Family Wesleyan Israeli Film Festival
Spring 2008

All the films will be screened at 7:30 pm at The Goldsmith Family Cinema (The Center for Film Studies), Screening Room 100.
A presentation/discussion will follow the screening of each movie.


Aviva My Love (February 11, 2008)

Directed by Shemi Zarchin.
A portrayal of a woman’s passion to become a writer despite the many obstacles in her personal life and with the encouragement of her funny and creative sister.

Presentation/discussion led by Dr. Miri Talmon-Bohm, visiting assistant professor at Wesleyan University.


Sweet Mud (February 18, 2008)

Director by Dror Shaul
A teenage boy who lives in a kibbutz in Israel during the 70s struggles to navigate between his mother’s emotional instability and the kibbutz’s principles.

Presentation/discussion led by Laura Blum, film critic.

Year Zero (February 25, 2008)

Director by Joseph Pitchhadze
Multi interconnected stories of modern Israel that show people at a turning point in their lives.

Presentation/discussion led by Isaac Zablocki, a filmmaker and director of Film and Literary Programs at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.

Someone to Run with (March 3, 2008)

Director by Oded Davidoff

A boy who tries to track down, through the streets of Jerusalem, the owner of a lost Labrador and to piece together the incredible story behind the owner’s disappearance. Based on David Grossman’s best selling novel.

Presentation/discussion led by Isaac Zablocki, a filmmaker and director of Film and Literary Programs at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.


Live and Become (March 24, 2008)

Director by Radu Mihaileanu

The story of a Christian boy (from Sudan) whose mother forced him to assume a Jewish identity of another boy who died in order to send him to Israel and save him from hunger and death in his own country.

Presentation/discussion led by Laura Blum, film critic.


Jellyfish (April 29, 2008)

Written by Shira Geffen and directed by Etgar Keret

The story of Three women whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life

Presentation/discussion led by Etgar Keret, director and acclaimed writer, who will talk about this film and read some of his short stories.