HUC-JIR Involvement in the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Members of the HUC-JIR faculty from all campuses are participating in the upcoming 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies on December 19-21, 2010, in Boston, MA.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2010

 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

THE IMPACT OF CONTEMPORARY LEGAL THEORY ON THE STUDY OF HALAKHAH

Chair: Christine E. Hayes (Yale University)

Discussants:  Alyssa Gray (Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature, HUC-JIR/New York) 

Jane Kanarek (Hebrew College)

Claire Sufrin (Northeastern University)

Ethan Tucker (Mechon Hadar)

Barry Wimpfheimer (Northwestern University)

 

2:00 PM - 6:15 PM

PERSPECTIVES ON THE AMERICAN MOVEMENT TO FREE SOVIET JEWS

Chair: Robert M. Seltzer (Hunter College, CUNY)

“An army of students and housewives”: Toward an Understanding of the Grassroots American Soviet Jewry Movement

Jonathan Krasner (Assistant Professor of the American Jewish Experience, HUC-JIR/New York)

 

4:15 PM - 6:15 PM

THE SCHOLARLY AND RELIGIOUS LEGACY OF ABRAHAM GEIGER

Chair: Michael A. Meyer (Dr. Michael A. Meyer, Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati)

Criticism, History, and Religious Authority: The Biblical Criticism of Abraham Geiger and Its Place in Modern Reform–Orthodox Argumentation

David H. Ellenson (President, HUC-JIR)

Abraham Geiger and Ancient Judaism: The Perspective of the Dead Sea Scrolls

LawrenceH. Schiffman (New York University)

Abraham Geiger’s Contribution to European Scholarship on Islam

Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College)

Abraham Geiger on Leone Modena and Joseph Solomon Delmedigo

Elisheva Carlebach (Columbia University)

 

4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

MARSHALL SKLARE MEMORIAL AWARD LECTURE

Sponsored by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Chair: Harriet Hartman (Rowan University)

The Demise of the “Good Jew”: How Much American Jewish Identities and Their Measurement Have Changed

Steven M. Cohen (Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy, HUC-JIR/New York)

Discussants: Sarah Bunin Benor (Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles)

Ari Y. Kelman (University of California, Davis)

Shaul Kelner (Vanderbilt University)

 

4:15 PM – Evening

THE ROLE AND CHALLENGES OF JEWISH STUDIES DEPARTMENTS IN FOSTERING INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE AND PEACE-BUILDING

Chair: Melanie Landau (Monash University)

Discussants: Robert J. Eisen (George Washington University)

Nancy Kreimer (Reconstructionist Rabbinical College)

Reuven Firestone (Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles)

 

 

6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

RECEPTION IN HONOR OF PAULA HYMAN

In appreciation of Paula Hyman of Yale University and celebrating the publication of a new edited volume of essays in her honor, Gender and Jewish History (eds. Deborah Dash Moore and Marion Kaplan).  Sponsored by Indiana University Press and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Open to all conference registrants.

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010

 

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

BREAKING NEW GROUND IN THE STUDY OF PRE-MODERN HEBREW LITERATURE

Chair: Talya Fishman (University of Pennsylvania)

Virtues and Vices in Binyamin Ben Avraham Anav of Rome’s Masa gei hizayon (Travail in the Valley of Vision)

Jonathan Decter (Brandeis University)

Seeing the Blind: Blindness, Trauma, and Poetry in Medieval Ashkenaz

Susan L. Einbinder (Professor of Hebrew Literature, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati)

The Shifting Sands of Hebrew Epitaph Poetry in Padua

David Malkiel (Bar-Ilan University)

Caged Vulture: Ibn Gabirol’s Poetic Manifesto

Raymond P. Scheindlin (Jewish Theological Seminary)

Cruel Oppressors and Evenhanded Judges: Ambivalences Toward Muslims

and Islam in Zechariah Aldahiri’s Sefer HaMusar

Adena Tanenbaum (Ohio State University)

 

8:30 AM - 11:15 AM

JEWISH MUSIC ONLINE: ANALOG REPOSITORIES, DIGITAL FIELDWORK, AND

THE WEB OF COLLABORATIVE TOOLS

Chair: Judith Pinnolis (Brandeis University)

Discussants: Ari Davidow (Jewish Women’s Archive)

Mark Kligman (Professor of Jewish Musicology, HUC-JIR/New York)

Michael Leavitt (American Society for Jewish Music)

Francesco Spagnolo (University of California, Berkeley)

 

11:15 AM – 1:00 PM

IS THE PROSPECT FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN JEWRY POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE?

Sponsored by Mandell L. Berman Institute–North American Jewish Data Bank

Chair: Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz (United Jewish Communities)

A Data-Based Approach to Examining the Future of American Jews

Ira Sheskin (University of Miami)

Discussants: ArnoldDashefsky (University of Connecticut at Storrs)

Sergio DellaPergola (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Harriet Hartman (Rowan University)

Bethamie Horowitz (New York University)

Bruce A. Phillips (Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Studies, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles)

 

11:15 AM – 1:00 PM

TO INTEGRATE OR NOT TO INTEGRATE: IS THAT THE SEPHARDIC QUESTION?

Sponsored by the AJS Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus

Chair: Mark Kligman (Professor of Jewish Musicology, HUC-JIR/New York)

Discussants: Julia Cohen (Vanderbilt University)

Hasia R. Diner (New York University)

Matt Goldish (Ohio State University)

Marsha L. Rozenblit (University of Maryland)

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Arizona State University)

 

11:15 AM – 1:00 PM

THE NATURAL WORLD IN JEWISH TEXTS

Chair: Shaul Kelner (Vanderbilt University)

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations?” Poetic Subversions of a Human-Centered World in Job

Adriane Leveen (Senior Lecturer of Hebrew Bible, HUC-JIR/New York)

Word and World: The Sage as Interpreter of Creation in Bavli Taanit

Julia Watts Belser (Missouri State University)

“The Un/natural Jew?” Jews, Cinema, and Landscape

Nathan Abrams (Bangor University)

Respondent: Andrea Lieber (Dickinson College)

 

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

DEMOGRAPHY: PAST AND PRESENT

Chair: Theodore Sasson (Middlebury College)

Jewish Intermarriage in Comparative Context

Bruce A. Phillips (Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Studies, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles)

U.S.Jewry 2010: Estimates of the Size and Characteristics of the Population

Leonard Saxe (Brandeis University)

Narrative Responses to Demographic Findings: Jewish Identity and the “Ever-Dying” People

Debra Renee Kaufman (Northeastern University)

The American Jewish Year Book: The Prism for Refracting a Century of Jewish Life

Jerome A. Chanes (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

 

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

APPROACHES TO MODERN HEBREW POETRY IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Chair: Anne Golomb Hoffman (Fordham University)

Working Writers: Gender, Labor, and Literature in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine

Miryam Segal (Queens College, CUNY)

Power and Powerlessness: Niagara and the Hebrew Literary Imagination

Stephen Katz (Indiana University)

Israel Efros’s Gold: A Hebraist Meditation on American Character

Alan L. Mintz (Jewish Theological Seminary)

Abraham Shlonsky’s Poetry and the Theo-Political Wheel

Haim Otto Rechnitzer (Associate Professor of Jewish Thought, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati)

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010

 

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

MEDIEVAL KABBALAH AND CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION

Chair: Sharon Koren (Assistant Professor of History, HUC-JIR/New York)

A Monumental Pre-Lurianic Kabbalistic Tree-Scroll

Menachem Emanuel Kallus (University of Haifa)

Abraham Abulafia and the Primacy of Mystical Hermeneutics

Robert Sagerman (Independent Scholar)

Mapping Powers on the Magical Alphabet of Metatron

Marla Segol (Skidmore College)

Theosophical Faith and Theological Heresy in Medieval Kabbalah

Sandra Valabregue-Perry (Columbia University)

 

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM

TRANSLATION AND MULTILINGUALISM IN JEWISH CULTURE

Chair: Sarah Bunin Benor (Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles)

Was Saint Jerome a Jewish Translator?

Matthew A. Kraus (University of Cincinnati)

Ludwig Philippson and Samson Raphael Hirsch as Bible Translators

Abigail Gillman (Boston University)

Hebrew and the Quest for the Universal: Ideologies of Language in Pre-State Palestine

Liora Halperin (University of California, Los Angeles)

Language Ideologies Enacted and Challenged: Translation Practices in Contemporary Jewish Education

Sharon Avni (Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY)

Respondent: Naomi Seidman (Graduate Theological Union)

 

1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

THE SOUNDS OF DIFFERENCE? MUSIC AND JEWISH STUDIES IN EMERGENT SCHOLARSHIP

Chair: Mark Slobin (Wesleyan University)

Suggestions for Jewish Sonic Art History

Assaf Shelleg (Washington University in St. Louis)

Yamaha Nigunim: Lyric and Melody Provenance of Hasidic Women’s Songs

Ester-Basya Vaisman (University of Washington - Seattle)

“An Essential Expression of the People”: Perceptions of Jewish Identity in

Bloch’s Composition and Menuhin’s Performance of Baal Shem

Joshua Walden (University of Oxford)

Respondents: James Loeffler (University of Virginia)

Mark Kligman (Professor of Jewish Musicology, HUC-JIR/New York)

 

1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

HISTORY AND MEMORY IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN TEXTS

Chair: Moshe Rosman (Bar-Ilan University)

To Tell Their Children: Jewish Communal Memory in Early Modern Prague

Rachel Greenblatt (Harvard University)

The Matriarchs as Merkavah: Castilian Jewish History as Reflected in the

Zohar’s Matriarchal Narratives

Sharon Koren (Assistant Professor of History, HUC-JIR/New York)

 

1:45 PM – 3:30 PM

SPINOZA: CONTESTED LEGACIES

Chair: Leah Hochman (Director, Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at USC, and Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles)

The Eighteenth Century: Spinoza between Moses Mendelssohn and Solomon

Maimon

Daniel B. Schwartz (George Washington University)

The Nineteenth Century: Spinoza between Berthold Auerbach and Moses

Hess

Sven-Erik Rose (Miami University)

The Twentieth Century: Spinoza between Hermann Cohen and Leo Strauss

Jerome Copulsky (Goucher College)

Respondent: David J. Biale (University of California, Davis)

 

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