Reimagining the Jewish World

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Global Jewish Studies Program Wednesday, January 18, 2017 JMOF-FIU 6:30PM “Reimagining the Jewish World” A celebration of the recent publishing success of Florida International University students and staff in Jewish Studies. Speakers Tudor Parfitt (FIU) – Becoming Jewish: New Jews and Emerging Jewish Communities in a Globalized World (Edited by Tudor Parfitt and Netanel Fisher) and In the Shadow of Moses: New Jewish Movements in Africa & the Diaspora (Edited by Daniel Lis, William F.S. Miles and Tudor Parfitt). These two books examine the world-wide phenomenon of conversions to Judaism in modern times. In the Shadow of Moses arose out of the Miami Beach Round Table Conference on Black Jews held at the Jewish Museum-FIU on 23rd February, 2014 and Becoming Jewish was the outcome of a joint program between FIU and the Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem.

Oren Stier (FIU) - Holocaust Icons: Symbolizing the Shoah in History and Memory The Holocaust has bequeathed to contemporary society a cultural lexicon of intensely powerful symbols, a vocabulary of remembrance that we draw on to comprehend the otherwise incomprehensible horror of the Shoah. Holocaust Icons probes the history and memory of four of these symbolic relics left in the Holocaust’s wake. Stier offers in this volume new insight into symbols and the symbol-making process, as he traces the lives and afterlives of certain remnants of the Holocaust and their ongoing impact. He focuses in particular on four icons: the railway cars, the Arbeit Macht Frei sign over the entrance to Auschwitz, the number six million, and the persona of Anne Frank.

Remy Ilona (FIU) – The Igbos and Israel: An Inter-Cultural Study of the Largest Jewish Diaspora Jewish Igbo scholar Remy Ilona, a Symons fellow, presents and analyzes Judaic history, practices and concepts within the Igbo culture of Nigeria.

Jonathan Symons - Through the Jonathan Symons fellowship program, a number of our students including Yehonatan Elazar de Mota, Thomas Just, and Remy Ilona have been able to study and publish at FIU. Thomas Just (FIU) - a Symons fellow writing on anti-Semitism in Poland and Germany. Jonatas Chimen Dias Da Silva-Benayon – In Thy Tent I Dwell A Symons fellow, Chimen’s work explores personal and collective identity amidst a complicated and ever-changing cultural landscape. The artist's exploration of identity is often drawn from his own family's history of immigration.

Patricia Posner (Private Scholar) – The Pharmacist of Auschwitz: The Untold Story The Pharmacist of Auschwitz is the little known story of Victor Capesius, a Bayer pharmaceutical salesman from Romania who joined the Nazi SS in 1943 and quickly became the chief pharmacist at the largest death camp, Auschwitz. Based in part on previously classified documents, Patricia Posner exposes Capesius’s reign of terror at the camp, his escape from justice, fueled in part by his theft of gold ripped from the mouths of corpses, and how a handful of courageous survivors and a single brave prosecutor finally brought him to trial for murder twenty years after the end of the war.

Harriet Bograd (Kulanu)- President of Kulanu. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Yale University Law School, Harriet has led community programs in low income neighborhoods and Jewish communities since the 1960’s. She has served as a staff leader and consultant for non-profit community organizations in areas of education, child care, health, and anti-poverty. Her work has involved funding, program development, finance, planning, and parent involvement in schools.

A reception will begin at 6:30PM, prior to the event.

$10 admission, $5 for museum members, free for students with valid ID

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