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The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at The University of Michigan present

New Ways of Studying Jews: A Day at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies

The Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies annually assembles an outstanding group of fellows for collaborative research and scholarship. This is a unique opportunity for members of the Jewish community of Metropolitan Detroit, Ann Arbor and the region to study with these remarkable scholars..

Sunday, March 29, 2009

202 S. Thayer Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Schedule  Sessions Description  Fees  Transportation  Lunch  Directions  Parking  Registration






9:30 AM–10:00 AM




10:00 AM–11:00 AM

Session 1A: Ghetto Girls and Reforming Men

Regina Morantz-Sanchez

1022 Thayer

Session 1B: How to Read a Medieval Stereotype

Anthony Bale

2022 Thayer

11:00 AM–11:15 AM




11:15 AM–12:15 PM

Session 2A: New Approaches to Religious Reform

Howard Lupovitch

1022 Thayer

Session 2B: New Writing on the Haskalah

Amir Banbaji

2022 Thayer

 12:20 PM–1:20 PM

Lunch   Lobby/Atrium

1:30 PM–2:30 PM

Session 3A: Re-presenting Central Asia's Jews

Alanna Cooper

1022 Thayer

Session 3B: New Writing on the Holocaust

Barry Trachtenberg

2022 Thayer

2:30 PM–2:45 PM




2:45 PM–3:30 PM

Closing Session, Panel: On Studying Jews

Deborah Dash Moore, Todd Endelman (History), Madeline Kochen (Law), Chaya Halberstam (Bible), and Gabriele Boccacini (Religion)



Sessions Description

1A. Ghetto Girls and Reforming Men
Framed by a boundary-crossing 1905 inter-marriage between Jewish immigrant cigarmaker Rose Pastor and wealthy, Ivy League “old stock” reformer, Graham Phelps Stokes, my larger project examines historical changes in Jewish and American life in the U.S. Progressive period: immigration, political reform, shifting understandings of race, gender, and class, Jewish-American acculturation, the relationship of Jews to the history of the American left, and the role of Jews in progressive reform politics. In this brief talk, I will explore the relationship of this union to the massive arrival of peoples considered racially other and questionably fitted for self-government, all of whom challenged reigning Anglo-Saxon presumptions about the nature of the American polity. I will explore a few of the conditions of possibility, both within Jewish culture and American society at large, which made this marriage possible. I will briefly describe its trajectory and speculate on some of its historical meanings.

Lecturer: Regina Morantz-Sanchez, Professor of History, University of Michigan; Ghetto Girls & Reforming Men: Love, Inter-Marriage, Politics & the American Melting Pot, 1900-1930

1B. How to Read a Medieval Stereotype
It is often taken for granted that we can recognize an 'antisemitic' stereotype from the past; but how can we find out what medieval people thought of these images? And what light do they shed on Jewish history? This paper will consider these questions through some medieval European sources.

Lecturer: Anthony Bale, Senior Lecturer of Literature, Birkbeck College - University of London; Fear, Pleasure, & the Medieval Jewish Image

2A. New Approaches to Religious Reform
Is the reform of Judaism possible without rejecting Jewish Law (Halacha) or without a radical redefinition of Judaism?

Lecturer: Howard Lupovitch, Associate Professor of History, University of Western Ontario; Toward a New Hermeneutic of Religious Reform: The Life & Legacy of Aron Chorin

2B. New Writing on the Haskalah
This talk explores some major trends in the development of our conception of literature – its political and social role – since the beginning of the 20th century.

Lecturer: Amir Aharon Banbaji, Assistant Professor of Literature, Ben-Gurion University; History of Hebrew Literary Criticism & Theory: The Haskala Period

3A. Re-presenting Central Asia's Jews
This lecture draws on a collection of books published by Central Asia’s Bukharan Jews between 1884 and 2005. It explores the multi-lingualism of this well-traveled merchant community during the Tsarist era, and highlights the ways in which the community is working to maintain and articulate its identity in the midst of massive demographic displacement in the post-Soviet era.

Lecturer: Alanna Cooper, Lecturer, Hebrew College; Communities on the Margins: Re-Centering Jewish Studies

3B. New Writing on the Holocaust
In recent years, many new books and films have appeared in English that are broadening, deepening, and forcing a reconsideration of key aspects of our understanding of the Nazi Holocaust. In this overview of new historical accounts, fiction, philosophy, recently (re)published or translated memoirs, and documentary and fictional films, participants will gain an understanding of the dynamism and contemporary relevance of Holocaust studies.

Lecturer: Barry Trachtenberg, Assistant Professor, University of Albany (SUNY); Write & Record! The Yiddish Encyclopedia Project & the Holocaust

4. Closing Session, Panel: On Studying Jews
Deborah Dash Moore,
Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History & Judaic Studies, University of Michigan; American Jewish Identity Politics

Todd Endelman
, William Haber Professor of Modern Jewish History and Frankel Institute Head Fellow, University of Michigan; The Jews of Britain, 1656-2000
Madeline Kochen
, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan; Property and Justice in Talmudic Law (Forthcoming)
Chaya Halberstam
, Assistant Professor, Indiana University; Sacred Possessions: Material Culture in Early Jewish Texts
Gabriele Boccaccini
, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan; Judaisms without Judaism: The Search for Rabbinic Origins as a Quest for the Elusive Core of Judaic Studies


Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous contributor, the fee for a full day of sessions has been reduced to $20.00 per person, not including lunch or transportation, as described below. Scholarship assistance and student discounts are available. Please make this request by phone to 248-354-6415 x2, or by e-mail using this link: programs@thejewishforum.org.


Optional round-trip transportation will be available via charter coach for a fee of $20.00. Please indicate this choice clearly on the registration form.

Departure from a central location, to be announced, at 8:30 AM on Sunday, March 29th. Please arrive by 8:15 AM. Return departure from Ann Arbor at 3:45 PM, arriving back to same location at about 4:45 PM.


A full dairy/vegetarian lunch, catered by Quality Kosher Catering, will be served in the Thayer Atrium from 12:20 to 1:20 PM, for a fee of $25.00. Please indicate this choice clearly on the registration form.


The Frankel Center and Institute are located at 202 S. Thayer Street, which is the south-west corner of Thayer and E. Washington St. For driving directions via Google Maps, click here.

A detailed map of Central Campus, in PDF format, is available by clicking here.


On Sunday, March 29th, parking will be free in the Thayer Parking Structure, immediately south of our venue at 202 S. Thayer.


Registration is limited. Please complete the registration form and mail with your payment to the address indicated on the form. Registration forms must be received by Friday, March 13th, 2009.

Each session has limited capacity. In order to ensure that you receive your first choice of sessions, send your registration form as soon as possible.

For detailed registration information and forms click here.

To send an e-mail requesting further information click here.

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