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JTS Summer Lecture Series: A Wandering People
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JTS Summer Lecture Series: A Wandering People

June 14 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) summer 2021 lecture series is entitled A Wandering People: Jewish Journeys, Real and Imagined

You can register for the entire series here.

Sessions are every Monday from June 7 to August 23 with the exception of July 5. All sessions meet from 2:00 to 3:30 pm ET. The Zoom link will be the same for all sessions in the series. You will receive the link in your registration confirmation email, and in a reminder email a few hours before each session. Sessions will be recorded and posted online, usually within two business days.

  • JUNE 7: 
    “If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem”: The Idea of the Return to Zion in Jewish History
    Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Chancellor and Irving Lehrman Research Professor of American Jewish History 


  • JUNE 14: 
    Home and Exile, Center and Periphery: Ambivalent Journeys in the Torah 
    Dr. Benjamin Sommer, Professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages


  • JUNE 21:
    Preparing for the Final Journey: The Tahara Ritual and its Significance
    Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics


  • JUNE 28:
    “Jewish Travel”: Yehuda Amichai on Memory, Place, and Identity 
    Dr. Barbara Mann, Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish Literature


  • JULY 12:
    Flight, Return, and Emigration: The Wanderings of a Yiddish Writer During and After the Holocaust
    Dr. David Fishman, Professor of Jewish History


  • JULY 19:
    Finding Hijar: A Scholar’s Quest to Uncover the History of Her Jewish Community Through the Journey of Its Books
    Dr. Marjorie Lehman, Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, and Dr. Lucia Conte Aguilar, Adjunct lecturer, Humanities Department, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


  • JULY  26:
    The Global Journey of a Jewish Stage Play: The Spectacular Story of Sh. Anski’s The Dybbuk and How it Transformed American Jewish Theatre  
    Dr. Edna Nahshon, Professor of Jewish Theater and Drama 


  • AUGUST 2:
    The Early Modern Travel Pass: Controlling the Plague and Jewish Mobility in 16th Century Tuscany
    Dr. Stefanie Siegmund, Women’s League Chair in Jewish Gender and Women’s Studies 


  • AUGUST 9:
    Work-Life Balance in Ancient Times: Why the Rabbis Left Their Homes to Study Torah
    Dr. Rachel Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics


  • AUGUST 16:
    Judah Halevi: Poet and Pilgrim 
    Dr. Raymond Scheindlin, Professor Emeritus of Medieval Hebrew Literature


  • AUGUST 23:
    Travelling to Babylon—For Good
    Dr. David KraemerJoseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics

JTS continues to offer our highly popular Monday webinars at no charge. If you attend regularly, we hope you will make a contribution to support our community learning programs. Registration is free of charge. You will have the opportunity to add your donation before checkout.

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