Past Events

A Rainbow Thread: Intersections of the Queer Jewish Past and Future

Nov. 8, 2018 4:30 pm
Smith College: Graham Hall, Hillyer, Brown Fine Arts Center

Noam Sienna is a Jewish educator, artist and doctoral candidate in Jewish History at the Unversity of Minnesota, specializing in the Jewish communities of the Islamic world. He also holds degrees in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Brandeis University and the University of Toronto. He has taught and lectured about Jewish cultural heritage at academic and community venues around the world.  His first book, A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts, is slated for publication in Winter 2018.

Free and open to the public.

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Queering the Talmud

Oct. 25, 2018 5:15 pm
106 Seelye, Smith College

Professor Charlotte Fonrobert, Stanford University, will be at Smith College to lecture on "Queering the Talmud". The Talmud is often considered a portable homeland of Jews. But to whom can it provide shelter? Contemporary Jews are engendering communities of talmudic study beyond the traditional homo-socially male academies in order to include women's and queer experiences. Fonrobert's talk will explore the dynamics of talmudic literature that render it home to queerness.

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Religion and Jewish Studies Department Tea

Oct. 24, 2018 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Skinner 210

For all students interested in Religion Courses, Majors and Minors. There will be professors and majors in attendance to answer all your questions and a there will be a delicious sushi snack!

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Apr. 25, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

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Five College Jewish Studies Senior Thesis Celebration

Apr. 23, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Applebaum-Driker Theater at the Yiddish Book Center

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Film Screening: "Above the Drowning Sea"

Mar. 29, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hooker Auditorium

The Department of German Studies and the Film Studies and the Jewish Studies Programs present a screening of "Above the Drowning Sea", a documentary film by Nicola Zavaglia and René Balcer, narrated by Julianna Margulies. A short Q&A and reception will follow with René Balcer (Writer-Director, Co-executive Producer) and Carolyn Hsu-Balcer (Co-executive Producer). This event is free and open to the public.

Special thanks to alumna Lily Klebanoff Blake '64 for bringing this film to the College. We hope you will join us!

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Documentary Film Screening-Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Mar. 25, 2018 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Austrian-Jewish actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood's top stars in the 1940s. Behind the glamour, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.
Discussion with Robin Blaetz, Chair of Film Studies, and Katherine Aidala, Chair of Physics. Moderated by Mara Benjamin, Chair of Jewish Studies.
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“Songs of Desire” — Pharaoh’s Daughter in concert

Feb. 10, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Music Hall

In music both hip and deeply informed by her Hasidic, Yiddish-speaking background, singer Basya Schecter leads seven-piece band Pharaoh’s Daughter in songs of erotic and spiritual desire drawn from the Song of Songs. The band creates a tapestry of sounds influenced by Sephardic, Arabic, and other Middle Eastern musical traditions. Free and open to the public.

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Religion and Jewish Studies Department Tea

Oct. 23, 2017 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Skinner 210

The Religion and Jewish Studies Departments invite you to join us for a sushi snack and to find out more about Religion Courses, Majors and Minors.

Faculty Recital — Adrianne Greenbaum, flute, Mark Gionfriddo, piano and Guest Artist Pete Rushefsky

Nov. 4, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Warbeke Room

Join Professor of Music Adrianne Greenbaum (vintage and modern flutes) and friends, pianist Mark Gionfriddo and special guest Pete Rushefsky for an evening of music spanning three centuries. Professor of Music Adrianne Greenbaum, will perform three centuries of music on vintage and modern flutes, including baroque, gypsy dance, classical period, klezmer, 19th c. Hungarian and jazz. She's joined by pianist Mark Gionfriddo (MHC Director of Jazz Ensembles), and special NYC guest artist Pete Rushefsky on cimbalom (Eastern European hammered dulcimer). Free and open to the public.