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Upcoming Events in The Program in Jewish Studies

Thursday, Feb 4, Weinstein Auditorium, 7pm
Hebron: 47 Years of Documentation
Israeli filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz will be at Smith in connection to JUD 288 Israeli History for a screening and discussion of his documentary film

Tuesday February 9, 4:30pm Neilson Browsing Room
"Israel, then and now: Understanding Current Events in Context"
Donna Robinson Divine (Professor of Government Emerita) and Asaf Romirowsky
This student-organized event welcoming back to campus our retired colleague Donna Divine is sponsored by the Smith Israel Alliance

Feb 25-March 7, Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center
Brick in a Soft Hat Series 2 Nos 1 - 8 (Portraiture of Martha Gruening)
Opening reception with snacks and refreshments: Thurs. Feb. 25, 4:30-5:30pm
Marth Gruening (Smith class of 1909) hailed from a German-Jewish Ethical Culture background in New York. She was a pioneering suffragist, lawyer, journalist, Civil Rights, and peace activist.

Tuesday, March 9, Seelye 201, 5pm
"Gender and Desire in the Song of Songs,"
Martien Halvorson-Taylor, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Virginia

Monday, March 28 Seelye 202 2:40-4pm
"Yiddish Feminist Writing: Esther Kreitman's The Dance of the Demons,"
an open class of JUD 260 The Yiddish Novel with Anita Norich,  Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature and Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan

Monday, April 4, Seelye 106
The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer, screening of documentary film in conjunction with JUD 260 The Yiddish Novel and CLT 150 The Art of Translation (open only to Smith students and faculty)

Great opportunities for Jewish Studies Students:


Intensive Summer Language Grants (Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino would qualify!), deadline Monday March 14

Leila Wilson Fund for the study of a Middle Eastern Language, deadline Friday March 11

International Experience Grants (for study, research, internships, or volunteer opportunities), due second Monday in March

Praxis stipends for summer internships, due Sunday April 29


See a great article from the Connecticut Jewish Ledger about a Canton women who spent the summer in the Valley steeped in Yiddish culture

Thinking of Study Abroad? Contact our study abroad advisor, Justin Cammy, for information on Smith-approved programs.