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Is Anti-Zionism Antisemitic? Rethinking the Question

Date: Monday, April 15, 2024 | Time: 6:00 p.m. (CST) 

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Hope and Despair in Israel/Palestine

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024 | Time: 7:00 p.m. (CST) 

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A Tale of Four Minorities

Date: Monday, February 5, 2024 | Time: 6:00 p.m. (CST) 

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Program Newsletter, Spring 2022 

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“Don’t Call Us Kushim”: African Students in Israel in the 1960s

Date: Friday, April 8, 2022 | Time: 11 - 12:30 p.m. (CST) 

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“Never Again until the Next Time: Memory, Education, and the Holocaust”

Date: Friday, April 1, 2022 | Time: 12 - 1:30 p.m. (CST) 

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Who Owns the Bible?

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022 | Time: 6 p.m. (CST) 

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A conversation with Leandra Zarnow, Ph.D. as she discusses her new book, Battling Bella

Date: Monday, April 26, 2021 | Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CST) 

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"Holocaust Graphic Narratives and the Intergenerational Transmission of Memory"

Dr. Victoria Aarons, “Holocaust Graphic Narratives and the Intergenerational Transmission of Memory”

Monday, March 8, 2021, 2:30-4:00pm

Event FlyerHolocaust Remembrance Association Leizer Rose Horowitz Scholarship

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Two UH Jewish Studies students get poetry published on Jewish feminist blog

Jewish Studies honors three students with 2019 achievement awards

Jewish Studies congratulates Dr. Caryn Tamber-Rosenau on her new book!

Women in Drag: Gender and Performance in the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Literature

JHV article: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Hurricane Harvey, the Mexico City Earthquake and the History of Jewish Houston. Read article

Jewish Studies is pleased to announce Dr. Giacchetti's new book on Eastern European Jews in France during the German occupation

Les déplacés: La diaspora juive est-européenne dans la France occupée Témoignages et combats

As part of its ongoing effort to promote Jewish Studies, CLASS will offer lectures throughout the academic year, drawing on its own talented faculty but also bringing notable scholars from around the world when possible. Upcoming lectures/films include:

October 1, 2018 | Marie Theresa Hernandez | Conversos: A Secreat Past
Time: 7:00 PM
Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH)
3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

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Excellence in Jewish Studies Award

Joseph Godwin is the 2018-19 recipient of the Excellence in Jewish Studies Award. Mr. Godwin has been an exemplary student in Jewish Studies courses. His contributions to class discussions are always well-considered and valuable, and his written work is impressively researched and stylishly written. He also stands out for his enthusiastic participation in class projects.

In spring 2018, Mr. Godwin presented a research paper at the inaugural Texas Jewish Studies Research Triangle's Undergraduate Conference. His paper, "Scholarship on Cyrus the Great and the Restoration," analyzed conflicting biblical accounts of Cyrus the Great, a complicated topic, indeed. The presentation was very well received, and he admirably fielded questions from specialists in the field.

Joseph Godwin represents the ideal University of Houston Jewish Studies student: engaged, scholarly, thoughtful, and committed to the discipline.

Fulbright Opportunities in Israel  - More information


February 5, 2018 | Ruby NamdarPresents: The Ruined House |
Time: 6: 00 p.m.
Where: McElhinneyHall, Rm: 108

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November 16, 2017Jewish Studies program enriches UH’s diversity mission - Jewish Herald Voice

May 19, 2017 | Teaching a Bible That Matters #6: Dr. Caryn Tamber-Rosenau (University of Houston)   - Maryville Seminar

February 1, 2016 | “Muslims, Jews, Frenchmen: A History of Complex Encounters” |Dr. Ethan Katz, Assistant Professor of History,University of Cincinnati
Location: Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, UH M.D. Anderson Library | Time: 2-4 pm|
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February 1, 2016 | BOOK READING AND DISCUSSION:  "France's Muslim-Jewish Crisis: What History Tells” | Dr. Ethan Katz, Assistant Professor of History,University of Cincinnati
Location: Brazos Bookstore 2421 Bissonnet Houston, TX | Time: 7:00 PM
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February 12, 2015 | Panel Discussion:  Spirituality – The Next 50 Years | Download Flyer

November 17, 2014 | Marie Theresa Hernández presents her book: The Virgin of Guadalupe & the Conversos: Uncovering Hidden Influences from Spain to Mexico. Download Flyer

October  23, 2014 | Bernice Heilbrunn will be speaking on "One Hundred Years of Houston Jewish Cookbooks" at the Houston Hadassah meeting

July 20, 2014 | Bernice Heilbrunn spoke on "Jews in Germany Today" at Havurah (Congregation Beth Israel)

April 27, 2014 | Bernice Heilbrunn spoke on "One Hundred Years of Jewish Cookbooks" at Havurah (Congregation Brith Shalom)

February 20, 2014 |Spring 2014 Film Series:  Campfire (2004)

November 19, 2013 | Dr. Pamela Patton Lecture

November 5, 6, 7, 2013The Daniel Horwitz lectures

October 27, 2013Jewish Women’s University for a Day (UH JS is a co sponsor)