FALL MINI-SEMINARS IN JEWISH STUDIES

Learning is what goes on in colleges and Jewish Studies is at its heart a vibrant academic program, with community outreach a prominent feature of its identity, from the Program’s inception more than thirty years ago. This semester Jewish Studies will re-introduce serious mini-seminars, essentially condensed courses (or highlights of courses) consisting of class sessions devoted to a single topic. Mini-seminars are free and open to the public. Enrollees are expected to secure the required reading, complete all assignments, and to attend all of the class sessions, thereby creating a genuine learning community. The class discussions will assume that enrollees have done the required assignments. The reading assignments will be made available on-line prior to the first class meeting.

Contact Mark Swick for details at swickmn@cofc.edu or 843-953-4930.

This fall, Jewish Studies will offer three mini-seminars; (1) a weekly immersive ulpan class by Professor Noa Weinberg which introduces students to Hebrew, both as a spoken language and as a written one; (2) a three-session exploration by Rabbi Moshe Davis of contemporary issues which help define Modern Orthodoxy; and (3) a three-session “highlights” of Professor Joshua Shanes’ course on Jewish Mysticism.

The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program welcomes new faculty

We are happy to welcome Noa Weinberg to Charleston as our Hebrew Instructor. Noa has a long background in Hebrew instruction, teaching at various ulpanim in Israel. Noa has degrees from the University of Haifa (Media Studies) and Tel Aviv University (Language Instruction). Noa is joined in Charleston by her husband Ori and their young daughter, Ella. Bruchim habaim!

 

Dr. Ezra Cappell is joining the College of Charleston this fall in a joint appointment as Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of English. Dr. Cappell comes to the College following a career at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he was instrumental in starting a Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Cappell holds degrees from NYU (M.Phil and Ph.D.) as well as City College (M.A.) and Queens College (B.A. magna cum laude). His publications include American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction (SUNY Press 2007) and his current project under contract, Off the Derech: Leaving Orthodox Judaism in the Modern World. He is joined by his wife Ilisa and their three young children, Nathan, Aviva, and Liat. Welcome!

Perlmutter Fellows Program

Jewish Studies has a number of new initiatives on the horizon. They will launch the Perlmutter Fellows Program this Fall in order to cultivate students “who embody academic excellence, community involvement, and leadership.”

Learn more about the program in the Jewish Studies Fall 2018 newsletter.

Special thanks to JSP Advisory Board past-Chair Anita Zucker for her lead gift in support of the Perlmutter Fellowship.

A WORLD OF JEWISH CULTURE AT PICCOLO SPOLETO

A World of Jewish Culture began twenty years ago in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel.

Now celebrating Israel @ 70, the Jewish Studies program is thrilled to present three Israeli films in their Charleston debut. Screenings will be held in Arnold Hall. Admission is $10, with popcorn and refreshments provided.

6/3 at 10AM: Israel at 70 Film Series: Ben Gurion, Epilogue
6/5 at 6PM: Israel at 70 Film Series: Israel – A Home Movie
6/6 at 6PM: Israel at 70 Film Series: The Fifth Heaven

Also taking place back by popular demand, music leaders from Congregation Bet Haverim in Atlanta bring their vibrant voice and spirit to Saffron’s Jewish Coffeehouse for an encore performance. Will RobertsonGayanne Geurin, Brad Davidorf, and Sarah Zaslaw – singers accompanied by violin, accordion, and guitar – travel the spectrum of eras and places, languages, and moods, honoring facets of the Jewish experience.

To check out the full list of events click the link
AWOJC 2018 PRESS RELEASE.

Buy tickets to the events HERE.