College of Charleston

Fall 2021 Events

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, in-person events are limited to 50 people who are fully vaccinated. Masks are required other than when eating/drinking. Please click the link for each event to register.

Your RSVP is not a confirmation that you can attend the event in person. You will receive an email confirming whether your spot at the event has been reserved.

Most events will also be live-streamed via Zoom and Facebook, and a recording will be made available via our YouTube page. Follow this & our Facebook page for updates.

Links to RSVP for events and more information will be posted here closer to each event.

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Thursday, 10/07, Time TBA: A Cooking demonstration with Ben Siman Tov

Ben Siman Tov, known on TikTok and Instagram by thousands of followers as @Bengingi, is an Israeli with a passion for helping people learn how to cook and bake. His videos and recipes are meant to inspire and help his audience learn the basics of baking. Join us for a cooking demonstration from @Bengingi.

Sunday, 10/3, 10am: Meet the Faculty with Chad Gibbs

This is a hybrid event with both in-person and online options. Click here to RSVP for attending in-person. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Meet Dr. Chad Gibbs, the incoming Director of the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies. He will discuss his research about prisoner resistance at Treblinka II. Professor Gibbs will also cover social networks within the camp and how he is able to piece these stories together through careful research.
Brunch will be provided to in-person attendees at the Jewish Studies Center lobby from 9am.
Sponsored by the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies

Thursday, 10/14, 7pm: Charleston Jewish Filmfest Presents: "Ma'abarot"

This is a hybrid event with both in-person and online options. Click here to RSVP for attending in-person. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Watch the powerful documentary "Ma'abarot" to unravel the history of Israeli transit camps. The impact of these camps, which housed over 300,000 new immigrants from all over the world between 1948–1952, contributed to a divide between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews that still exists today.After the movie, Dr. Yaron Ayalon gives us an insider’s view. Click here to view the trailer.
Sponsored by the Stanley Farbstein Endowment Fund and the Charleston JCC Foundation

Sunday, 10/17, 10am: Charleston Jewish BookFest presents Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany with author Edward Wastermann

This is a hybrid event with both in-person and online options. Click here to RSVP for attending in-person. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Join Dr. Edward Westermann (Texas A&M University) to discuss his book Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany. In Drunk on Genocide, Dr. Westermann reveals how, over the course of the Third Reich, scenes involving alcohol consumption and revelry among the SS and police became a routine part of rituals of humiliation and the perpetration of genocide. Click here to purchase the book.
Brunch will be provided to in-person attendees at the Jewish Studies Center lobby from 9am.
Sponsored by the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies and the Charleston JCC Foundation.

Thursday, 10/21, 730pm: Charleston Jewish BookFest presents Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multiracial Jewish Family with author Laura Liebman.

This is an online event. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Join Dr. Laura Arnold Liebman (Reed College) to discuss her recent book Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multiracial Jewish Family. This book follows Blanche Moses, a descendant of a well-known Jewish family, as she researches her family history. Moses discovers her grandmother and great-uncle were not always the wealthy, free, white Sephardic Jews she believed, but were born as poor Christian slaves in Barbados. Once We Were Slaves brings to life the largely forgotten population of mixed African and Jewish ancestry and illuminates the fluidity of race as well as the role of religion in determining racial identities in early nineteenth-century America. Click here to purchase the book.
Sponsored by the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture and the Charleston JCC Foundation.

Wednesday, 10/27, 730pm: Three Rabbi Panel on The Meaning of Judaism.

This is a hybrid event with both in-person and online options. Click here to RSVP for attending in-person. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

With so many choices available today, so many religions, value systems, competing social networks, and entertainment vying for our time, why should Jews, especially younger Jews, engage with Judaism? What is each denomination doing to meet younger generations of Jews where they are, to make Judaism relevant to them? Rabbi Stephanie Alexander (Reform), Rabbi Evan Ravski (Conservative), and Rabbi Scott Hoberman (Orthodox) will join us to discuss their different approaches to addressing these questions.
Location of in-person event: Stern Ballroom, 5th floor of the Stern Student Center, 71 George Street
The Three Rabbi Panel is supported by the Stanley and Charlot Karesh Family Fund, an endowment given by the Karesh family in the Spring of 2015 in support of Jewish Studies’ community outreach programming. We are incredibly grateful for their support, and for their broad vision of K’lal Yisrael.

Tuesday, 11/2, 730pm: Karesh Annual Lecture with Dr. Tamar Sella on Modern Diaspora and Mizrahi Music.

This is a hybrid event with both in-person and online options. Click here to RSVP for attending in-person. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Dr. Tamar Sella, the first scholar selected to deliver the Stanley and Charlot Karesh Annual Lecture in Jewish Studies, is an ethnomusicologist. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to broadly investigate the intersections of performance, diaspora, and power. Dr. Sella will join us to discuss her current research which explores cultural memory and contemporary Mizrahi performance in order to illuminate how ongoing Jewish diasporic formations resist colonial and racial logics.
The Karesh Family Lecture is supported by the Stanley and Charlot Karesh Family Fund, an endowment given by the Karesh family in the Spring of 2015 in support of Jewish Studies’ community outreach programming. We are incredibly grateful for their support, and for their broad vision of K’lal Yisrael.

Thursday, 11/4, 11am: Jews of Color, Sephardim, and Diversity in America

This is an online event. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Who are Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews in America? And who are Jews of Color? Join us for a conversation with Dr. Mijal Bitton (Shalom Hartman Institute, New York) about diversity, liberalism, and politics as they pertain to non-Ashkenazi American Jews.

Monday, 11/8, 7:30pm: A conversation with Dahlia Scheindlin

This is a hybrid event with both in-person and online options. Click here to RSVP for attending in-person. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin is a public opinion expert and strategic consultant with twenty years of experience, specializing in liberal and progressive social causes. She has advised eight national campaigns in Israel and has worked in 15 other countries. Dr. Scheindlin conducts research and policy analysis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, regional foreign policy, democracy, human rights and civil rights, minority issues, religion and state, domestic political analysis, comparative conflict and comparative politics. She will share her thoughts about the current political climate in Israel and where it might lead.
Sponsored by the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Center for Israel Studies.

Sunday, 11/14, 10am: Sister Scholars, Bais Yaakov and the Revolution in Orthodox Girls Education

This is a hybrid event with both in-person and online options. Click here to RSVP for attending in-person. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Dr. Naomi Seidman (University of Toronto) will discuss the Orthodox girls' school system Bais Yaakov, founded in Krakow in 1917 by a seamstress named Sarah Schenirer, that continues to flourish today. The lecture will focus on the character of the school as "a revolution in the name of tradition," in which socialism and feminism were mobilized for the purposes of reviving Orthodoxy at a moment of great peril, when girls were leaving the traditional world in droves.
Brunch will be provided to in-person attendees at the Jewish Studies Center lobby from 9am.

Thursday, 11/18, 7:30pm: Defining Antisemitism: A Conversation with Kenneth Stern

This is an online event. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Kenneth Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate, will talk about the competing definitions of antisemitism, particularly the IHRA definition for which he served as primary author. Mr. Stern will discuss his thoughts about the legislation built around the IHRA definition and his perspective on the best ways for colleges and universities to protect students while nurturing an open environment for exploring and challenging ideas with full academic freedom.
Sponsored by the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Center for Israel Studies.

Sunday, 11/28, 4-6pm: Chanukah in the Square at Marion Square Park

Chanukah in the Square returns to downtown Charleston with our seventeenth annual celebration, sponsored by the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Foundation with supplemental support from the City of Charleston. Once again the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program will team up with Chabad of Charleston and the Lowcountry, the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and many of our local Jewish organizations.
Chanukah in the Square is a wonderful, family-friendly way to come together as a community. Our local Holocaust survivors will continue the tradition of lighting the menorah candles. Please plan on being there with your neighbors, friends, and family. Bring an appetite and your dancing shoes. We will supply the hot food, the live music, and the festive atmosphere! As in past years, there will be no shortage of potato latkes.

Tuesday, 11/30, 7:30pm: Charleston Jewish FilmFest presents "They Ain't Ready for Me"

This is an online event. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Tamar Manasseh, an African American rabbinical student, leads the fight against senseless killings in Chicago’s south side. With her magnetic personality, she helps the neighborhood believe that people care whether they live or die. After the film, meet Tamar and Director Brad Rothschild via Zoom. Click here to watch the trailer.
Sponsored by the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, the Stanley Farbstein Endowment Fund, and the Charleston JCC Foundation.

Sunday, 12/05, 10am: A Conversation with Shaul Magid

This is a hybrid event with both in-person and online options. Click here to RSVP for attending in-person. Click here to register for the Zoom event.

Professor Shaul Magid (Dartmouth College) visits the College of Charleston to discuss his new book Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thoughts of an American Jewish Radical. His book sheds new light on the controversial figure of Meir Kahane, an American Jewish activist who preached radical and violent means to Jewish survival. Kahane became one of the most influential Jewish thinkers and activists of the last half century, and has left a lasting impact in America and Israel.
Brunch will be provided to in-person attendees at the Jewish Studies Center lobby from 9am.
Sponsored by the Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold Center for Israel Studies.

The Jewish Studies Program prepares its line of events one semester in advance, in January-February for Fall, and in September-October for Spring. Ideas for speakers and performers are discussed at a Programming Committee meeting that is composed of Jewish Studies faculty & staff, and members of the Charleston Jewish Community. The Programming Committee welcomes proposals and ideas for events, as well as feedback from the community about upcoming and past events. Please contact Associate Director for Community Relations Kim Browdy.

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Spring 2021 newsletter

Fall 2020 newsletter

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