The following foundations,
individuals, and agencies
have given generously:
Paul & Sheri Robbins
Eda & Joseph Pell
The SJSU Middle East Studies Consortium
Dr. Jonathan P. Roth
For more information on these talks, contact Dr. Jonathan Roth, firstname.lastname@example.org, 408 924-5505.
Dr. Mark Raider, Professor of Modern Jewish History at University of Cincinnati, delivered the Robert Levinson Memorial Lecture on the topic of Stephen S. Wise and Golda Meir: Zionism, Israel, and American Power in the 20th Century.
Over the years we have learned from a wide range of speakers on Jewish and Israeli history, politics, literature, film, even food.
On Monday April 4th, 2016, 5:00 pm at the Hillel House, 44 South 11th Street (between San Fernando and Santa Clara) near the SJSU campus, Mr. Aryeh Green will speak on Three Myths About the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Mr. Green is Director of MediaCentral, a Jerusalem-based project providing support services to foreign journalists. Mr. Green is a regional democracy activist, and a former advisor to Natan Sharansky. He offers an insider's view of current developments in Israel and the region and will discuss misperceptions about Israel and the Middle East in media, academia, political circles and public discourse.
On Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 in Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, room 255, Marty Brounstein will speak on Holocaust and Heroes. Mr. Brounstein, author of Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. He brings a true interfaith story of courage and compassion about a Christian couple in the Netherlands who, despite much risk and danger, saved the lives of over two-dozen Jews during the Holocaust and World War II. Marty has a meaningful personal connetion to this story and its heroes.
In January 2013, Jonathan Sarna (Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the new National Museum of American Jewish History) delivered the annual Robert Levinson Memorial Lecture on the topic of “The Origins of American Jewish Politics: General Grant and the Jews in 1868." You may listen to the lecture here.
Donny Inbar, Director of Arts and Culture at the Israel Center of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation gave a Shabbat talk at Hillel exploring the topic, “How Did the Accordion and the Electric Guitar Make Peace? - The History of Cultural Feuds in Israel, from Hora to Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
In October 2012, we dedicated a Jewish Studies Program Collection within the Cultural Heritage Collections of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Read more about the Jewish Studies Library Dedication.
Jews, Food and Sustainability: In collaboration with faculty from the Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Dept., Hillel of Silicon Valley, and Chai House, and in consultation with the Silicon Valley JCRC and the Addison Penzak JCC Center for Life and Learning, we offered the university and the general community a series of programs focusing on sustenance and food sustainability. (2011–2012)
Stephen Kinsey, chair of the Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Cemeteries, discussed the Gold-Rush era's Jewish landmarks in California.
Rabbi Mary Zamore, member of Hazon's Jewish Food Educator Network, offered a historic Jewish approach to eating, discussing the Jewish values that shape our food ethics.
Yaakov Katz, military correspondent and defense analyst for the Jerusalem Post, discussed “Israel's Security Needs in a Changing Middle East.”
Efraim Inbar, Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and the Director of its Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, presented a talk on “Israel, Turkey, and Beyond.”
Chief Political Correspondent and Analyst for the Jerusalem Post, Gil Hoffman, discussed “Politics & Plutonium: An Israeli Insider 's Look at the Quest to Prevent a Nuclear Iran.”
Award winning Israeli political scientist Guy Ben Porat, addressing “Globalization, Peace and Discontent: Farewell to the New Middle East?”
Avi Melamed, Senior Advisor on Jerusalemite Arab Affairs to then Mayors Teddy Kollek and Ehud Olmert and founder of IDAN, a non-profit grassroots initiative encouraging and empowering educators in Israeli society, offered a geostrategic analysis of the Middle East.
Ron Leshem, award-winning novelist, journalist, Israeli TV station director, and Academy Award Nominee, discussed his Oscar-nominated film Beaufort, prior to its screening at Cinequest.
Amos Guiora, Director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, addressed “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Counterterrorism.”
In collaboration with the American Library Association, NextBook, and the Los Altos, Sunnyvale, and San José public libraries, Victoria Harrison and SJSU English professor David Mesher, and several other guest speakers led the popular Jewish literature series “Let's Talk About It,” exploring a wide range of topics, including, most recently, Jewish graphic novels. (2006–09)
Working closely with Hillel of Silicon Valley, SJSU devoted two weeks to the study of global terrorism. Featured were Diane Covert's photo exhibition, “Inside Terrorism: An X-ray Project” and a talk by Judea Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, speaking on “Fighting the Ideology of Terrorism.” (2007)
Collaborating with Hillel of Silicon Valley, we offered the campus community a week of programming on the Holocaust and other Genocides. The program received a $25,000 gift from the Jewish Family and Children's Services' Zisovich Award for Holocaust Education, which enabled us to learn from Lani Silver, Jonathan Roth, and many others. (2007)