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Interesting talk in Curtin Hall on Tuesday, sponsored by the Religious Studies Student Organization.
10/28/2016

Interesting talk in Curtin Hall on Tuesday, sponsored by the Religious Studies Student Organization.

The Stahl Center for Jewish Studies has free tickets available for students to "There Are Jews Here," a film by Milwauke...
09/22/2016
There Are Jews Here | Milwaukee Film

The Stahl Center for Jewish Studies has free tickets available for students to "There Are Jews Here," a film by Milwaukeean Brad Lichtenstein. It tells "a touching story of America’s disappearing Jewish communities and the hardworking people striving to keep them intact and ensure that their cultural legacies are not lost." Interested in free tickets? Email me at [email protected]. Dates, times, and info here: https://mkefilm.org/there-are-jews-here/

Sunday September 25 Oriental Theatre Screen 1 8:00pm Buy Tickets Saturday October 01 Downer Theatre 1:30pm Buy Tickets Wednesday October 05 Fox Bay Cinema Grill Screen 1 9:30pm Buy Tickets Thursday October 06 Oriental Theatre Screen 2 3:30pm Buy Tickets Director Brad Lichtenstein (As Goes Janesville...

04/12/2016

Hey! Former UWM Jewish Studies major and minors! I've decided to fearlessly attempt an ALUMNI LIST. Can you please email me at [email protected] with your current address, graduation year, what you're doing now, whether you were a major or minor, and anything else you want to share? And can you please please please forward this to other former Jewish Studies alums you know? Let's see if we can harness the power of social media to help Jewish Studies at UW-Milwaukee! Thanks so much!

01/28/2015
Comparative Literature at UWM

Important information for those planning to graduate this May!

Planning to graduate from UWM this May? Don't forget to apply for graduation on PAWS by **this Friday,** January 30.

What can you do with a Jewish Studies major? Well, here's Jared Bierbach, one of our 2014 graduates. Tonight he's at the...
12/17/2014

What can you do with a Jewish Studies major? Well, here's Jared Bierbach, one of our 2014 graduates. Tonight he's at the White House, celebrating Chanukah with the President! Congratulations, Jared! Your UWM family is kvelling!

Jewish Studies at UWM
12/11/2014

Jewish Studies at UWM

Whatever your political stripe, I think we can agree that this is a boon to Jewish Studies majors everywhere! When you a...
12/11/2014
Scott Walker to Jewish constituent: Molotov!

Whatever your political stripe, I think we can agree that this is a boon to Jewish Studies majors everywhere! When you are home with your families this holiday season, be sure to point out that Scott Walker never would have made this mistake if he had majored (or minored!) in Jewish Studies. So protect your future political career and sign up for a Jewish Studies course today!

A letter sent by Gov. Scott Walker when he was county executive misspells a well-known Hebrew phrase.

Are you a 1st generation college student? Do you live in zip codes 53204, 53206, and 53210? If so, you will want to cons...
04/30/2014
Northwestern Mutual Milwaukee Neighborhood Scholarship Program - Guidelines

Are you a 1st generation college student? Do you live in zip codes 53204, 53206, and 53210? If so, you will want to consider applying for this substantial scholarship!

High school seniors or graduates or current postsecondary undergraduates with a permanent residence in the following Milwaukee zip codes: 53206 (Amani), 53210 (Metcalfe Park) and 53204 (Muskego Way).

Are you interested in Interfaith dialogue? Do you want to initiate more interfaith dialogue on campus? Funding is availa...
04/28/2014
Be a Leader. Build the Movement.

Are you interested in Interfaith dialogue? Do you want to initiate more interfaith dialogue on campus? Funding is available to send student leaders to the Interfaith Leadership Institute in Chicago, Aug 10 - 12. Interested? Contact me ([email protected]) or Hillel Milwaukee for information about applying.

Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs) equip undergraduate students, staff, and faculty with the skills to engage diverse religious and non-religious identities to build the interfaith movement on their campuses. At the ILI:

03/29/2014
Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, UWM

Got Klezmer? Free concert tonight at UWM! Sure to be entertaining & interesting!

Please join the Stahl Center for the Hankus Netsky & Hebrew National Salvage concert at 8:00 pm tonight in the UWM Arts Lecture Hall. The concert, which is a musical journey through the Yiddish theatre, is free and open to the public.

Here's a fun thing: An International Bake-Off at UWM! Go ahead and make some delicious dessert and make us proud! There ...
03/24/2014

Here's a fun thing: An International Bake-Off at UWM! Go ahead and make some delicious dessert and make us proud! There are prizes too! (For the record, my entry for best Jewish dessert might be rugelach, and I have an awesome recipe)

Sweets are part of a well-rounded diet! Don't miss out on the first ever International Dessert Competition at UWM!!
(Flier by graduate student in German Nathan Wichert.)

And now, Gary Shteyngart in the New York Times! Read his writing and consider taking Jewish 247, Contemporary American L...
02/20/2014
Wet Hot Israeli Summer

And now, Gary Shteyngart in the New York Times! Read his writing and consider taking Jewish 247, Contemporary American Literature by Russian Jews! Weighing in at 3 Humanities credits, this Hybrid course starts after Spring Break and meets once a week face to face, for 7 weeks. Sure to be an excellent course -- check it out!

I thought the trip might provide an opportunity to meet hot girl-sabras. I didn’t realize that it was really a chance to be with my father.

New course! This semester! 7-week hybrid course, starting after Spring break! 3 credits! Register now!
02/19/2014

New course! This semester! 7-week hybrid course, starting after Spring break! 3 credits! Register now!

Wow, this Gary Shteyngart sounds interesting! I sure wish there were a class this semester where I could read his work! ...
02/19/2014
Gary Shteyngart On Surviving Solomon Schechter, Soviet Pain, And Being an Ex-Republican

Wow, this Gary Shteyngart sounds interesting! I sure wish there were a class this semester where I could read his work! THERE IS! Jewish Studies is offering a 7-week intensive hybrid course, starting March 24th. Course meets once a week, and is taught by the fabulous Maggie Levantovskaya. Jewish 247-001. Register now, and end the semester with 3 additional credits!

Gary Shteyngart is… Oh hell, you probably already know who Gary Shteyngart is. Part myth, part blurbing machine, part bear, Gary is the author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story, and most recently the memoir Little Failure. He spoke with Michael Orbach about…

02/03/2014
Trailer for "Kate Bornstein Is a Queer & Pleasant Danger"

This film! At UWM! With the director, Sam Feder! This Thursday, 7 pm, UWM Union Theatre. $5. Sure to be of interest to those of you interested in queer Jewish issues (Jewish queer issues)!

For decades, performance artist and writer, Kate Bornstein, has been exploding binaries and deconstructing gender—and her own identity. Trans-dyke. Reluctant polyamorist.…

Google Puts The Dead Sea Scrolls Online (in Super High Resolution)
12/18/2013
Google Puts The Dead Sea Scrolls Online (in Super High Resolution)

Google Puts The Dead Sea Scrolls Online (in Super High Resolution)

Thanks to Google and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, you can now fire up your browser and start taking a good, close look at The Dead Sea Scrolls, the ancient biblical texts found between 1947 and 1956, right on the shores of the Dead Sea.

H/T to Comp Lit at UWM for reminding me about this wonderful program. Share your love of reading with 20 strangers -- es...
12/09/2013
World Book Night US - Be a book giver

H/T to Comp Lit at UWM for reminding me about this wonderful program. Share your love of reading with 20 strangers -- especially people who are not big readers.

How interesting is this??! If you are interested in learning more about Russian Jewry, please consider taking the one-cr...
12/07/2013
Anna Loshkin Photographs the Things Soviet Refuseniks Carried

How interesting is this??! If you are interested in learning more about Russian Jewry, please consider taking the one-credit course in March (Jewish 299)-- We'll be going to a play about Russian-American Jews at the famous Steppenwolf Theatre and learning from the awesome Maggie Levantovskaya! (Also, meet Maggie & talk to her about her own experiences.....and then consider taking her Jewish 350 class as well!)

Dec. 6 marks the 26th anniversary of Freedom Sunday, the 1987 march on Washington in support of Soviet Jewry and their right to emigrate. Many credit the rally, which gathered a quarter of a million people, with adding pressure to the Washington, D.C., summit meeting between President Ronald Reagan…

Cassie Sacotte, who double majored in Jewish Studies and Art History as an undergraduate, is featured on the UWM webpage...
12/05/2013
Double major inspires Chagall exhibit | UWM News

Cassie Sacotte, who double majored in Jewish Studies and Art History as an undergraduate, is featured on the UWM webpage! Be sure the see the show in the UWM Art History Gallery. Congratulations, Cassie!

The current exhibition at the UWM Art History Gallery grew out of the curator’s double major.

11/14/2013

Michal Makov-Peled, one of Milwaukee's emissaries from Israel, just posted info about a new Israel fellowship open to students. I don't know how to attach a word doc to FB, so please contact me (Rachel) for the application, and/or I will send you Michal's information. The fellowship is open to all students with an interest in Israel and a knowledge about Jews & Judaism (hopefully that includes all JS majors & minors!). Spaces are limited, so there will be a competitive selection process. Many of you would be excellent candidates, so I encourage you to consider this! Here is Michal's note:

Hi everyone, we're very excited to launch our new Israel fellowship! It's 8 sessions of learning and sharing about Israel, with guest speakers, films and more! Each participant will receive a 300$ stipend. The fellowship will take place during spring semester (we'll decide on day and times together) and requires filling this application form and interviewing with me . Feel free to contact me for more info!

You knew it was coming . . . the start of posts about Thanksgivukkah. This sounds way better than latkes with cranberry ...
11/07/2013
Challah, Wild Mushroom & Herb Stuffing

You knew it was coming . . . the start of posts about Thanksgivukkah. This sounds way better than latkes with cranberry sauce. (This might seem a bit off topic, but everyone knows that Jewish Studies majors and minors have to be ready to engage in debates about fluffy or toothsome matzah balls, and the best recipe for potato latkes.)

There are as many versions of Thanksgiving stuffing as there are cooks who make it. The truth is, as long as you stick to the basic bread-to-liquid ratio, you can pretty much add any vegetablesÂ

David Shneer! Co-editor of _Queer Jews_, with a fascinating new project on photography & the Holocaust. Three separate p...
11/06/2013
Prof. David Shneer at UW-Milwaukee

David Shneer! Co-editor of _Queer Jews_, with a fascinating new project on photography & the Holocaust. Three separate programs (One Sunday the 10th; two on Mon the 11th) -- I hope you can make it to at least one!

I love my job, but I still enjoyed these quotes and think they are appropriate for students and job seekers as well. You...
11/01/2013
12 Comedian Quotes for When Your Job Makes You Want to Cry

I love my job, but I still enjoyed these quotes and think they are appropriate for students and job seekers as well. Your Friday dose of inspiration!

Stop complaining about your 9-to-5 cubicle nightmare and find the motivation to follow a more rewarding career path.

10/31/2013

The Yiddish phrase of the day is: Shep Naches -- Meaning, to take pride in the actions of another, especially linked to children.........Or students! Cassie Sacotte, who graduated with a BA in Jewish Studies from UWM just a couple of years ago is now finishing her MA in Art History (with a certificate in Museum Studies, I believe). For her MA thesis, she has curated an exhibit of the work of Marc Chagall. The exhibit runs Nov 21 - Dec 12 in Mitchell 154, and Cassie will be giving a gallery talk on Nov 21 at 5:30. I am so proud & excited -- Come & see her awesome exhibit and learn from her! (I'll be going right from there to the Alisa Solomon talk about Fiddler on the Roof at Boswell Books that we're sponsoring.......So you can too!)

As someone who teaches Jewish literature & has taught both Ginsberg & Feinberg, I am really excited about this! Hope to ...
10/28/2013

As someone who teaches Jewish literature & has taught both Ginsberg & Feinberg, I am really excited about this! Hope to see you there!

Attention Students, please join us on Monday Nov. 11th at 12:00 pm, along with Hillel Milwaukee and the UWM LGBT Resource Center, for the David Shneer talk, When the Closet Opened: How LGBT Jews from Allen Ginsberg to Leslie Feinberg Transformed Culture for Everyone.

This event is open to students:
RSVP Required at www.hillelmilwaukee.org
For more information, email [email protected]

David Shneer is well known in Jewish Studies and he will be here on Nov 10 - 11! On the 11th, he's giving two talks at H...
10/28/2013

David Shneer is well known in Jewish Studies and he will be here on Nov 10 - 11! On the 11th, he's giving two talks at Hillel about Jewish LGBT issues. Shneer is the co-editor of the volume, _Queer Jews_, with which some of you may be familiar. Bring along your friends in Religious Studies too -- Or anyone else! This is sure to be a great day.

Please join the Sam & Helen Stahl Center, along with Hillel Milwaukee and the LGBT Resource Center, at Hillel Milwaukee on Monday November 11th at 2:00 pm for the David Shneer talk, Reading the Bible Through a Bent Lens: Queering the Bible in the 21st Century.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
For more information, please email [email protected] or visit www.hillelmilwaukee.org

10/28/2013

In other news, I need a new profile picture for this page. The current one is from the excellent film _Praying with Lior_, but it's time for a new photo. Suggestions? The winning entry wins a cup of coffee from me. :)

10/28/2013

If you are at all interested in studying Hebrew in Israel, please look into the Boren Scholarships (grad students can look into the Fellowships). There is an informational session about these on Wednesday, October 30, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Curtin Hall room 175.

Scholarships allow U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad. Boren Fellowships encourage U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education, and can include language study, research, and academic internships. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Awards are up to $20,000!

www.borenawards.org

10/23/2013

TODAY!!! Jewish Latin American Writers: A Symposium
With special guests: Marjorie Agosín, José Kozer, and Stephen Sadow

Schedule of Events

"La Mano y el Judío: A Bilingual Reading of Jewish Latin American Writing"
2:00 - 3:30pm, Fireside Lounge, UWM Student Union

Open Masters Class with Marjorie Agosín, José Kozer, and Stephen Sadow
4:30 - 6:00pm, Fireside Lounge, UWM Student Union

Panel Discussion:
"Jewish Thought, Latin Flavor: Jewish Literature in Latin America"
7:00 - 8:30pm, 4th Floor Conference Center, Golda Meir Library

Library Exhibition:
"Escribir la Experiencia Judía: Writing the Jewish Latin American Experience"
Open today through 8:30 pm and will remain on veiw through the end of 2013
4th Floor Exhibition Gallery, Golda Meir Library

Learn Hebrew, learn Arabic, then go change the world! Offer open to non-Jewish students as well. :)
10/18/2013
More American Jewish Students Are Studying the Arab World

Learn Hebrew, learn Arabic, then go change the world! Offer open to non-Jewish students as well. :)

These students say their interest grew because of their heritage and that they are drawn to act as bridges between cultures — explaining the Arab world to Americans, and America (and sometimes Jews) to Arabs.

Prof. Dana Margolis is teaching a course on Jewish Ethics this semester. She has some wonderful guest speakers coming to...
10/18/2013

Prof. Dana Margolis is teaching a course on Jewish Ethics this semester. She has some wonderful guest speakers coming to class, and has offered the extra seats in the room to anyone who wants to come listen! Check it out!

Woohoo! It's the first event of the year at the Center for Jewish Studies! Wednesday! Come to Joel Berkowitz's lecture o...
10/01/2013
Did Bernard Malamud's 'The Fixer' Plagiarize Mendel Beilis?

Woohoo! It's the first event of the year at the Center for Jewish Studies! Wednesday!
Come to Joel Berkowitz's lecture on the " Mendel Beilis Epidemic" tomorrow, October 2nd, at Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun (2020 W. Brown Deer Road). 7p.m. This event is open to the public.

The blood-libel trial of Mendel Beilis, which occurred 100 years ago this month, was one of the great legal dramas of the 20th century. Beilis, a Jew, was arrested in 1911 by the Czarist Russian secret police in Kiev and accused of ritually murdering a Christian boy and using the boy’s blood to ba.....

Huge sale at Barnes & Noble, including this book for $2! And if you're interested in Yiddish, get yourself to Prof. Berk...
07/19/2013
Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do)

Huge sale at Barnes & Noble, including this book for $2! And if you're interested in Yiddish, get yourself to Prof. Berkowitz's Fall course, "Yiddish Theatre & Film" (Jewish 421)!

Available in: NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback, Hardcover. In his New York Times bestseller, Born to Kvetch, author Michael Wex led readers on a hilariously edifying excursion through Yiddish culture and history. With Just Say Nu, he shows us how to use this

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