Past Judaic Studies Events

Past Events



Why Were There So Many Jews in Eastern Europe?

Lecture by Shaul Stampfer, Professor Emeritus of Jewish History,

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

October 11, 2018, 5pm, SMSU 298


The 11th Annual Sara Glasgow Cogan Memorial Lecture with Dr. Timothy Snyder, Yale University: "Resisting Tyranny: Lessons from the European 20th Century"

Wednesday April 25, 2018 | 7:00pm | SMSU


Please join us for the 11th Annual Sara Glasgow Cogan Memorial Lecture "Resisting Tyranny: Lessons from the European 20th Century" featuring Timothy Snyder of Yale University. 

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Professor Emeritus Nathan Cogan, the Cogan Family, and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

Cosponsored by the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation,  The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, The Oregon Historical Society, The Mittleman Jewish Community Center/Portland Jewish Academy, the Russian Flagship program, and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project.

"History of Antisemitism" 2-day mini-course with Dr. John Efron, UC Berkeley

Sunday April 15 and April 22, 2018 | 9:00am to 5:00pm | Shattuck Hall, Room 212


The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies invites John Efron to PSU to offer a mini-course on the History of Antisemitism for class credit. This course will take place over two Sundays - April 15th and 22nd. Tuition costs to receive course credit. Students are also required to attend this year's Cogan Lecture featuring Timothy Snyder.

Course Description:This intensive mini-course, held over two Sundays, will chart the development of hostility towards Jews from antiquity to our day. In lectures and discussion, students will gain an understanding of how anti-Jewish hostility has persisted over millennia even as it has adapted to individual historical and geographic contexts. Topics include: anti-Jewish bias in the ancient world and foundational Christian sources; social and economic marginalization and expulsions in medieval Europe; the emergence of political and racial antisemitism in the nineteenth century; Nazi antisemitism; and contemporary expressions of anti-Jewish sentiment, including left- and right-wing antisemitism.

Instructor: Prof. John Efron, Koret Professor of Jewish History, University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Efron is the author of Medicine and the German Jews: A History and Defenders of the Race: Jewish Doctors and Race Science in Fin-de-Siècle Europe.

This program is made possible thanks to a grant by the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation. Cosponsored by PSU's Global Diversity and Inclusion and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project.

The 2018 Lorry I. Lokey Lecture with Dr. Aviva Halamish, The Open University of Israel: "Not What You Think: The Role of the Holocaust in the Establishment of Israel"

Monday April 9, 2018 | 6:30pm | SMSU Room 238


Please join us for the 2018 Lorry I. Lokey Lecture featuring Dr. Aviva Halamish of the Open University of Israel titled, "Not What You Think: The Role of the Holocaust in the Establishment of Israel"

Contemplate and confront the widely accepted assumption that the Holocaust had a decisive influence on the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

Explore questions like: Is there a link between the Holocaust and the establishment of Israel? Who promotes this claim? What really happened and how did the Holocaust impact the process of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine?

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Lorry I. Lokey. Cosponsored by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and the Middle East Studies Center.


The 13th Annual Gus & Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:30pm | Smith Ballroom (SMSU 355)

Photo of Annie Polland

Annie Polland, Tenement Museum (NYC)
Executive Vice President, Programs & Interpretation


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Jewish Luck" (1925) Yiddish Silent Film: Selected Scenes Scored

Monday, December 11, 2017 at 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Lincoln Recital Hall (075)

Please join us for a performance of selected scenes from the silent film "Jewish Luck" (1925) rescored by PSU Music Students under the guidance of 2017 Artist-in-Residence David Spear.


Songs from the Heart: the Third Annual Levy Event

November 5-6, 2017

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies in partnership with the School of Music + Theater presents the third annual Levy Event, consisting of two back-to-back events in the Lincoln Recital Hall:

  • Sunday, Nov. 5: A screening of the Yiddish silent film Hungry Hearts (1922)
  • Monday, Nov. 6: "Cabaret J" honoring great Jewish composers & lyricists from the pantheon of American popular song.

Together, these events will trace the personal and cultural journeys of Jewish immigrants to the U.S. from Eastern Europe, from Sam Goldwyn's cinematic adaptation of Anzia Yezierska's short stories, set on New York's Lower East Side, to the Yiddish-inflected compositions of such Jewish composers as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern.

Both evenings are free of charge and will offer a feast for both the mind and the senses.

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Sunday, November 5 | 5:30pm to 9:30pm

From the Shtetl to the Lower East Side
HUNGRY HEARTS: A Scored & Restored Silent Film

Hungry Hearts Screenshot

A screening of the rescored silent film "Hungry Hearts" (1922) preceded by a reception and choice of three parallel 20-min lectures. Q&A with the composer, David Spear, to follow.

When: Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 5:30pm to 9:30pm (Film will begin at 7:15pm)
Where: Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75) | Pocket Lectures in LH 21 and LH 37
Contact: Stacey Johnston | | 503-725-8449

Monday, November 6 | 6:00pm to 9:30pm

CABARET J: From the Lower East Side, to Broadway, Hollywood, & Beyond!

Jewish Composers

A magical cabaret performance featuring the songs of such Jewish composers as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Kurt  Weill, and Harold Arlen. The cabaret cast includes PSU students and faculty, local professional vocalists, and cantors. The revue will be punctuated by historical, cultural, and musical notes by musical director David Spear, the Judaic Studies Program's 2017 Artist-in-Residence.

Join us before the performance for a lecture "The Songs Are You: Jewish Songwriters of the Great American Songbook" with composer and musicologist Aaron Fruchtman.

When: Monday, November 6, 2017 | 6:00pm to 9:30pm (Performance will begin at 7:30pm)
Where: Lincoln Recital Hall (LH 75)
Contact: Stacey Johnston | | 503-725-8449