The Lavy Colloquium was founded in 2005 through the generosity of Norman Lavy, MD, FACP, and Marion H. Lavy. The colloquium examines and considers ideas related to Jewish civilization.

The 17th Lavy Colloquium

Jewish Monumentality

The 17th Lavy colloquium took place on May 6th and 7th 2024 at the Smokler Center for Jewish Life across the street from the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University. The two-day international conference featured experts in ancient and modern monuments. The many topics addressed in the lectures included Jewish burials, museums, ancient magical objects, the temples in Jerusalem, synagogues around the world, and literature from the Bible to Yiddish Holocaust commemorative texts.

The 16th Lavy Colloquium

Christian Kabbalah

April, 16-18, 2023.

Christian Kabbalah can be defined, most broadly, as Christian engagement with the Jewish esoteric and mystical tradition. This engagement took two main forms: Christian – and Christological – reading of the works of Jewish Kabbalah, such as the Zohar, and the application of kabbalistic techniques, such as gematria and other forms of numerology, to the reading of Christian own texts. The aim of the 16th Lavy Colloquium was to assess the state of research on Christian Kabbalah, fill lacunae in existing scholarship, and chart directions for future inquiry. The Colloquium focused on Christian Kabbalah in the broadly understood Early Modern Period and was organized by Professor Pawel Maciejko.

The 14th Lavy Colloquium

October 7, 2018

Israel Under Netanyahu

The colloquium will analyze Israeli domestic politics and foreign policy during the period in which Benjamin Netanyahu has served as Israel’s prime minister. The one-day symposium will bring together scholars from Israel and the United States and will discuss Israel’s political parties, its economy, and its relations with the United States, Iran, Turkey, the Palestinians, the Arab world, India, China, and the American Jewish community.

The 13th Lavy Colloquium

April 9-11, 2018

Herem: The Sources, Practice, and Representation of Ex-Communications and Bans in Rabbinic Culture

The 12th Lavy Colloquium

Nov. 6-7, 2017

New Frontiers in the Study of Modern Hebrew Literature

The 11th Lavy Colloquium

May 4-5, 2016

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

The 10th Lavy Colloquium

Dec. 1-2, 2014

The Polish Jewish Condition? Polish Jewish Social Thought and the 1930s

The 9th Lavy Colloquium

Nov. 18-19, 2013

The Hacham Tzvi, Rabbi Yaacov Emden, and Their Worlds: The Story of Early Modern Rabbinics

The 8th Lavy Colloquium

Oct. 15-16, 2012

Yiddish After the Castrophe, 1934 to Present

The 7th Lavy Colloquium

Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2011

Jews and Empire

The 6th Lavy Colloquium

Oct. 10, 2010

Six Decades of U.S.-Israeli Relations

The 5th Lavy Colloquium

Nov. 18-19, 2009

“The Jewish Jesus”

The 4th Lavy Colloquium


Nationhood and the Jews

The 3rd Lavy Colloquium


Judaism and Christian Art

The 2nd Lavy Colloquium


Israel Since Rabin

The 1st Lavy Colloquium

Atlantic Jewry in an Age of Mercantilism