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HUC-JIR will co-sponsor conference, "Babylonia and Jerusalem: The Politics and Thought of Simon Rawidowicz" at the The Taube Institute, Brandeis University, April 10, 2005

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Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Rabbi David Ellenson will join with leading scholars, including David N. Myers and Arnold Band of UCLA, Jehuda Reinharz and Benjamin Ravid of Brandeis University, Moshe Halbertal of Hebrew University, Leora Batnitzky of Princeton, Alfred Ivry of NYU, Jay Harris of Harvard, Lois Dubin of Smith College, Ehud Luz of the University of Haifa, Noam Pianko of the University of Washington, David Gordis and David Starr of Hebrew College, and Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic at: 

An International Symposium at Brandeis University organized by the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry and the Department of Near Easter and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University 

with the cooperation and support of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Hebrew College, and UCLA Center for Jewish Studies 

Babylonia and Jerusalem 
The Politics and Thought of Simon Rawidowicz 
Sunday, April 10, 2005 

Simon Rawidowicz (1896-1957), a founder of Brandeis University's Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, was one of the most innovative and under-appreciated thinkers of the 20th century. His commitment to a Jewish cultural nationalism anchored by Hebrew, summarized by the title of his posthumous book (and the title of this conference), posits that there were and should remain two centers of Jewish culture, one in the Land of Israel and one in the Diaspora, bound together by a robust Hebrew culture. 

For more information, please see the flyer attachment or contact: Sylvia Fuks Fried, Executive Director, Tauber Institute, at or 781-736-2127.

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