2014-'15

All events were free and open to the public.

Fall 2014

Activism in Israel and Palestine
Join Dr. Penny Rosenwasser for "Hope into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears," an activist’s call to repair the world. Anchored in Jewish ethical tradition and based in her recent book, Hope into Practice, this presentation brings to life a fascinating blend of healing stories, history, and a nuanced perspective on Israel-Palestine, which insists on the centrality of Jewish multiculturalism, full inclusion of Jews of color, Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews, and Jews of other ethnicities and hyphenated identities.

Co-sponsored by Departments of Theology and Religious Studies, and International Studies (BAIS), Master’s Program in International Studies (MAIS), and Programs in Middle East Studies and Peace and Justice Studies.

Jews, Blacks, and the Politics of Identity
A candid discussion of race, class, gender and beyond led by renowned African-American Jewish writer and artist Rebecca Walker. Join Miss Walker for an up close and personal look at the successes and challenges of contemporary multidimensional identity in the US and the ways that women of color are caring for themselves, their families, and their communities as they walk the road with grace.

Co-sponsored by Departments of Theology and Religious Studies, English, Politics, and Programs in African American Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

The Genesis of Gender
Using the two creation-of-humanity stories in Genesis and her personal efforts to understand the genesis of her own gender, Joy Ladin will lead us through an exploration of the birth of the construction of gender, what we use it for, and how trans identities do and don’t fit into these paradigms.

Spring 2015

Social Justice in Israel and Palestine?
For the fifth annual Social Justice Lecture we will be joined by Jerusalem's Rabbi Andrew Sacks, a long-time activist at the forefront of human rights struggles in Israel and Palestine, working toward social and political equality irrespective of ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation. An active supporter of Rabbis for Human Rights, Women of the Wall, and the Jerusalem Open House, Sacks' understanding of Jewish law demands a Judaism that is inclusive of all humanity, regardless of identity.

They Were Promised the Sea, Film showing + Q&A with Director
They Were Promised the Sea is a documentary film exploring the Arab Jews of Morroco. Filmmaker Kathy Wazana travels to Morocco, Israel and Palestine, and the United States to discover why hundreds of thousands of Jews left Morocco in the 1950s and 1960s. What she found was a country still grieving the loss of its Jewish population, challenging the notion of what it means to be an "enemy." Following the film we will have a Q&A with the filmmaker and Director, Kathy Wazana, led by Art + Architecture, Gender and Sexualities Studies, and JSSJ faculty member Paula Birnbaum.

Toward Environmental Justice
The sixth annual Social Justice Passover Seder will be led by long-time social justice activist and acclaimed writer and poet Andrew Ramer. Ramer will focus the seder on the imperative to take better care of our physical world.

Weapons of the Spirit Film showing + Q&A with Director
Weapons of the Spirit is the internationally acclaimed documentary film about a small town in Nazi-occupied France that saved 5,000 Jews during World War II. Following the film we will have a Q&A with the filmmaker and Director, Pierre Sauvage, led by long-time social justice activist and JSSJ faculty member Rabbi Lee Bycel.