“Arab/Jew/Arab Jew: Jewish Identity Dilemmas in Paris,”  A Colloquium with Kimberly Arkin
Thursday, May 2, at 11am 
The Elie Wiesel Center, JSC 201

Kimberly Arkin Invitation

BU Anthropology Assistant Professor Kimberly Arkin discussed her current book project. Rhinestones, Religion, and the Republic: Fashioning Jewishness in France examines post-Second Intifada transformations in the relationship between national and ethno-religious identities among Parisian Jews.


Global Judaism in Focus: Central Asia’s Bukharan Jews:  A Colloquium with Dr. Alanna Cooper
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 5pm
The Elie Wiesel Center
147 Bay State Rd., JSC 201

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Cultural anthropologist Alanna E. Cooper discussed her new book, Bukharan Jews and the Dynamic of Global Judaism. Dr. Cooper, who received her doctorate from BU’s anthropology department, shared stories from her work among Bukharan Jews in Central Asia, Israel and New York.  She offered an intimate portrayal of their Jewish experience, alongside a wide-angle lens on the maintenance of Jewish identity across the far reaches of the globe.


“In Between”: a one-man play by Ibrahim Miari

March 24, 2012 at 8:00PM
855 Commonwealth Ave.

Read the feature on Ibrahim in BU Today.

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In Between is a semi-autobiographical one man show that portrays the complexities     and contradictions inherent in Palestinian-Israeli identity.

On the precipice between two cultures stands Ibrahim Miari, son of a Palestinian Muslim father and Jewish Israeli mother. During an interrogation by Israeli airport security, he recalls his childhood in Acco, memories of his Jewish and Palestinian grandmothers, of war. Questions surrounding his identity become even further complicated by his imminent marriage to a Jewish American woman.

Written and performed by Ibrahim Miari
Directed by Elena Araoz
Based on original workshop and staging by Christine Hamel
Music by Ben Shcwedener
Dramaturgy by David Gram

2011, November 8

“A Sister Act:” The Silvermans at BU. Actress/writer/stand-up-comedienne Sarah Silverman and her sister, BU alumna Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman, on growing up Jewish in New Hampshire and making the best of it. A conversation, moderated by Professor Virginia Sapiro, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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2011, March 31, 201

Sexuality, Secularization, and the Rise of Modern Jewish Literature, a lecture by Dr. Naomi Seidman, Koret Professor of Jewish Culture and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

2011, January 25

Edwin Seroussi (Hebrew University Jerusalem) on “Musical Others Within.”

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2010, November 7

Trip to the National Yiddish Book Center was FUN! Thank you Jessica Antoline (BU Class of 2007) for giving us a private tour of your current workplace. The exhibit was fantastic! Thanks also to Aron Lansky, founder and president of the Yiddish Book Center, for a truly inspiring conversation with our group. For the Yiddish Book Center in recent news see Here.

Ayelet, Ilana, and a member of the Book Center staff.
Ayelet, Ilana, and a member of the Book Center staff.

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2010, October 7, 2010

BU’s Other Within faculty initiative and the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies hosted the first Greater Boston Area Jewish Studies faculty reception. The reception was meant to welcome new and visiting faculty to the area. Featured speaker was Prof. Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University), who gave a brief and very lively introduction to his most recent book on Ulysses S. Grant, his infamous order–during the Civil War–to expel the Jews whom he collectively accused of rampant smuggling, and the policies and appointments Grant made later on during his presidency. Sarna argued that the election of Grant was the first time the Jewish vote was discussed as something that mattered in American politics. — We were delighted to have faculty from Brandeis, Northeastern, Stonehill College, and other schools join us for this convivial occasion and hope to make it an annual event.


2010, March 25

The Other Within was kicked off with a panel discussion titled “Paths in Secular Judaism/Jewish Secularism,” featuring Workmen’s Circle affiliates Mike Felsen and Mitch Silver, Reconstructionist Rabbi Toba Spitzer, and BU faculty Abigail Gillman and  panel discussion. For more information, seeHERE