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The Leonard and
Helen R. Stulman
Program in Jewish Studies

The Johns Hopkins University
338 Mergenthaler Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone (410) 516-7515
Fax (410) 516-5515


News and Events


 Fulbright Scholarship 

Arielle Kaden

The Stulman Program in Jewish Studies is delighted to announce that Arielle Kaden , a Jewish Studies minor, was awarded a Fulbright Young American Journalism Award to Germany. From September 2016 through July 2017, she will live in Berlin. Her project focuses on the resurgence of Jewish life in Berlin post World War II. She aims to understand how Berlin's Jewish community has rebuilt since the Holocaust and hear differing perspectives from Berlin's Jewish population on what it's like to live in Germany and be Jewish today. She will spend the first few months of her grant period researching and conducting interviews with members of Berlin's Jewish population. In the months to follow, she will intern at one or more German newspapers, publishers, television and/or radio stations. She aims to write a memoir about her Fulbright experience.  

Congratulations to Arielle from the Jewish Studies Faculty.


The Stulman Program in Jewish Studies is delighted to announce that our colleague Neta Stahl wins the coveted National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for her project “Conceptions of the Divine in 20th-Century Hebrew Literature." The Stulman Program extends its heartiest congratulations!



Spring 2016

The Isaac and Leah M. Potts Memorial Lecture

May 2, 2016
The Smokler Center for Jewish Life

 Gad Fruedenthal


Gad FREUDENTHAL was born in Jerusalem in 1944. He studied at the Hebrew University – first mathematics and physics, later also history and philosophy of science. He left Israel in the mid-1970s and settled in France, where he obtained his PhD. In 1982 he was recruited to the CNRS, where he researched notably the history of medieval science and philosophy in Jewish cultures, highlighting their relationships to the majority cultures (Muslim and Christian). He is the founding editor of Aleph, a journal for historical studies in Science and Judaism. Professor Freudenthal is the author of numerous books and article on medieval Jewish philosophy and science.




 The 11th Lavy Colloquium

Israel's East European Lineages: Russian and Polish Jewish History, Zionism, and Israeli Political Cultures

May 4 and 5, 2016 


Wednesday May 4

10:30-12 Keynote Address:


Anita Shapira (Tel Aviv University, Emerita):

Jewish Palestine and Eastern Europe: I am in the East and my Heart is in the West


12:00-1:00                  Lunch


Panel 1 

  1:00-3:20       The Polish Frameworks of Zionist Political Culture


Ela Bauer (Kibbutzim College and Tel Aviv University):

From Thought to Action: Polish Political Thought and its Zionist Appropriations


Kamil Kijek (University of Wroclaw):

Children of Modernism. Jewish Youth Political Culture in the Last Decade of Interwar Poland


Stephan Stach (Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Science):

For the “Jews’ Common Good” and for the Polish State – Aleksander Hafftka as Jewish Public Figure and Polish State Official


3:20-4:00        Coffee Break


Panel 2   

        4:00-5:30        East European Genealogies of Orthodoxy in Israel


Benjamin Brown (Hebrew University of Jerusalem):

Hasidic Leadership: From Charismatic to Hereditary and Back


Iris Brown (Ono Academic College):

Beit Yaakov from Poland to Israel: Ideology and Practice


Thursday, May 5


Panel 3

           9:00-10:30                  Russian Imperial Lineages of the Yishuv


Simon Rabinovitch (Boston University):

Defining the Bounds of Community in Eastern Europe and the Yishuv


Mihaly Kalman (Harvard University):

 From the Pale to Palestine: The 'Odessa Group' and Reading Resistance to Pogroms in the Pre-State Period


Panel 4     

     11:00-12:30                Israeli Polity and Culture and its Easter European Inheritances


Rachel Rojanski (Brown University):

Between Eastern Europe and the Zionist Master Narrative: Yiddish Literature in Israel in the Early 1950s


Marcos Silber (Haifa University):

Nation State and Minority Rights - between Poland and Israel


12:30-1:30      Lunch



Roundtable                            1:30-3:00

Israel Bartal, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (emeritus)

Kenneth Moss, Johns Hopkins University

Benjamin Nathans, University of Pennsylvania

Taro Tsurumi, University of Tokyo


Jewish Studies Events

Spring 2015



Marc Caplan

"Nor Mind Nor Body of Me Can Be Touched": The Politics of Passivilty in Moyshe Kulbak"s Montog and Samuel Beckett's Murphy.

April 13, 2015


The Smokler Center for Jewish Life

3109 N. Charles Street




The Maggid’s Court: 1760-1772

Date: April 20-21

Hassidism is the mystical and social movement that emerged among Eastern European Jews in the mid-eighteenth century. Within less than half a century the movement spread all over Eastern Europe and became the new creed of the majority of Jews in this region. Arguably, the most crucial period in the emergence of Hassidism is the twelve years between 1760 and 1772. during which the movement was led by Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezrich (commonly referred to in Hebrew as the Maggid [Preacher] of Mezrich).

            Over the past century the study of Hassidism was directed by notable figures such as Gerschom Scholem and Martin Buber. Yet even after more than a century of academic studies on this unique movement, many basic questions concerning the emergence of Hassidism remain veiled. (For example, we have very divergent accounts about the number of disciples around the Maggid of Mezrich, ranging from two dozen to several hundred. Similarly, scholars have diverse views about the nature of the organization of this circle.) From April 20th to 21st, we would like to bring together a group of leading scholars from the US, UK, and Israel in order reconstruct the historical reality and significance of the twelve years of the Maggid’s court and circle of disciples.


Program Draft:


Monday April 20, 2015

Session I 11:00-1:00


Ada Rapoport-Albert (JHU/UCL)
"Who, Where, and When Sat Around teh Maggid's Table?"


Arthur Green (Hebrew College, Boston)
"Around the Maggis's Table: Issues in the Devotional Life"


Session 2 3:00-4:30


Ariel Evan Mayse (Harvard)
"Conceptions of Revelation in the Maggid's beis medresh"


Elly Mosenson (Boston University)
"Kadmut Ha-Sekhel" in the thought of the Maggid"


Tuesday April 21

Sesson 3 9:30-11:00


Avraham Abish Shor (Karlin Institutes)
"Early Hasidic Custom as documented in Testimonies about the Maggid and His Circle"


Yitzhak Melamed (JHU)
"Acher's Testimony: Shlomo Maimon at the Court fo the Maggid"


Session 4 11:30-1:00

Yoni Garb (Hebrew University)
"The Early Writings of R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi"


Maoz Kahana (Tel Aviv Univeristy)
"On the maggid's Conception of Halacha"


Session 5 2:30-4


Joint  Study of a Key Text


Session 6 4:15-5:15


Warren Zev Harvey (Hebrew University)
"What did the Rymanover Really say about the Aleph of Anoki?







The Isaac and Leah M. Potts Memorial Lecture

April 20, 2015

Moaz Kahana

"Cosmos and Nomos: Rabbi Joseph Karo and Shabtai Zvi as portable heavenly temples"





Sayed Kasuha

Author and Journalist

February 26, 2015

Sayed Kasuha on living with Dual Identity

Gilman 491





Dimitry Shumsky

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

March 25, 2015

Myth of Deportation": Late Stalinism and the Soviet "Jewish Question" Reconsidered

The Smokler Center for Jewish Life, 3109 N. Charles Street





Lev Louis Grinberg

Ben Gurion University

“Israel’s Elections in Troubled times: Historical Perspective on 2015 Agendas, Coalitions and Prospects for the Future.

March 26, 2015

Hodson Room 311

Time: 4Pm

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