Events

April 18, 2021 - 12:00 PM EST

UVA Music and Jewish Studies Professor Joel Rubin hosts renowned artists Svetlana Kundish and Patrick Farrell in a concert of new Yiddish songs.

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April 12, 2021 - 12 PM EST

Dr. Jaclyn Granick, Lecturer in Modern Jewish History at Cardiff University, Wales, presents her new book, International Jewish Humanitarianism in the Age of the Great War (Cambridge, 2021), in conversation with Professor James Loeffler.

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April 6, 2021 - 8:00 PM EST

Distinguished legal scholar Professor Martha Minow, the 300th Anniversary University Professor and former Dean of the Harvard Law School, presents the annual Grob Lecture on American Jewish Life.

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March 18, 2021 - 3:30 PM EST

Is there a Jewish religious tradition of environmentalism? How does the field of Jewish Studies intersect with the environmental turn in the humanities?

March 1, 2021 - 8:00 PM EST

UVA Jewish Studies alum Rachel B. Gross, Assistant Professor and John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, presents her acclaimed new book, Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice (NYU Press, 2021), in conversation with Professor Vanessa Ochs.

February 23, 2021 - 12:00 PM EST

Dr. Tal Becker, Legal Adviser to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, recently negotiated the diplomatic accords between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

February 12, 2021

The latest issue of American Jewish History asks: What differences have Jews and Judaism made in the history of American sexuality? How has sexuality shaped the history of American Jews and Judaism?

February 4, 2021

Our spring semester opens with renowned scholar and communal leader Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson in conversation with Jewish Studies Program Director James Loeffler. Professor Ellenson will share reflections on his time as a graduate student studying Judaism and religion at the University of Virginia in the early 1970s.

December 1, 2020 - 8-9pm

How can we educate the next generation of student-leaders and emerging professionals to work across religious and racial divides?

November 12, 2020 - 7-8pm

Dr. Ronit Stahl, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the award-winning first book, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (2017), presented insights from her book-in-progress, Troubling Conscience: Religious Freedom and Health Care in Modern America. 

October 29, 2020 - 7-8pm

Dr. Ronit Stahl, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the award-winning first book, Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America (2017), presented insights from her book-in-progress, Troubling Conscience: Religious Freedom and Health Care in Modern America. 

October 13, 2020

A Book Conversation with Professor Jessica Kirzane (Univ. of Chicago) and Professor Caroline Rody (UVA)

October 6, 2020

 A Book Conversation with Prof. Joel Rubin (UVA), Prof. Mark Kligman (UCLA) and artist/scholar Joshua Horowitz

September 10, 2020

Presented by the UVA Jewish Studies Program, the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy at the UVA Law School, and the UVA Religion, Race & Democracy Lab

November 13, 2019 - 12:00-1:30pm
New Cabell Hall 236

The historian of mysticism Gershom Scholem famously quipped that one of the twentieth
century’s most influential intellectual movements, the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School,
was among the “most remarkable ‘Jewish sects’ that German Jewry produced.”  Elias Sacks will
reassess the work of (Jewish) founders of Critical Theory such as Max Horkheimer and Theodor

November 13, 2019 - 5:00pm
New Cabell Hall 236

How can we cultivate habits of intellectual inquiry in an anti-intellectual public?  How can we
empower individuals to embrace uncertainty and intellectual vulnerability in a society that often
valorizes leaders who reject such traits? These are questions that resonate in today’s world, but

March 26, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.
NCH 236

Rabbi Leo Baeck is known as the heroic leader of German Jewry during the dark Nazi years.  Less well known is how he was able to balance a twofold commitment: to Jewish faith and to modern historical scholarship.

March 22, 2018 - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Nau 182 (JS Office)

Join us in the Jewish Studies office to share some of our books with you! 

February 22, 2018 - 4:00 p.m.
Nau 342

Dr. Raz Segal earned his PhD in history at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University in 2013. He is assistant professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Sara and Sam Schoffer Professor of Holocaust Studies at Stockton University, where he also serves as director of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Dr.

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