ARI ARIEL EXAMINES “YEARNING FOR YEMEN: MIGRATION AND MEMORY”











Ari Ariel


LOS ANGELES -- Ari Ariel (University of Iowa) will examine Yearning for Yemen: Migration and Memory at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, UCLA 1314 School of Law.

Yemeni Jewish migration to Palestine/Israel began as early as the 1880s, and continued until recent years. Throughout this period, Yemeni Jews employed strategies to maintain connected with Yemen, and to resist assimilation, while also working to integrate into Israeli society.

This lecture interrogates two kinds of sources, Yemeni Jewish cultural practice and immigrant memoirs, to ask what these sites of memory can tell us about Muslim-Jewish relations and Yemeni Jewish identity in Yemen, and Yemeni Jewish life in Israel after migration.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact us at (310) 267-5327.


THE LEGEND OF KHAYBAR, A JEWISH “KINGDOM” IN THE ARABIAN DESERT










                     Liran Yadgar, UCLA professor           
 
LOS ANGELES -- Liran Yadgar (UCLA) will discuss the Legend of Khaybar, A Jewish “Kingdom” in the Arabian Desert at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 UCLA 314 Royce Hall

The Viterbi Lecture in Mediterranean Jewish Studies will host this talk as it explores the history of a fantastic survival story that emerged around the Jewish stronghold of Khaybar in the Arabian Desert, which fell into the hands of Prophet Muhammed in 628 C.E. Yadgar traces the evolution of the legend of Khaybar in the minds of adventures, travelers, and Zionist pioneers, from the early Islamic period to the twentieth century.

The event is sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies,  UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Culture. Preregistration required. To RSVP please email cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu or call (310) 267-5327.


KHALID BEN-SRHIR TO DISCUSS JEWISH STUDIES IN MOROCCO: A CONVERSATION


LOS ANGELES -- Khalid Ben-Srhir (Mohammed V. University, Rabat) to discuss Jewish Studies in Morocco: A Conversation, a Maurice Amado Seminar in Sephardic Studies, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at 12 p.m. in UCLA 314 Royce Hall.

Professor Khalid Ben-srhir is a pioneer in the Arabic and French translation of Jewish Studies scholarship in Morocco.

In this informal conversation, guest speaker UCLA Professor Aomar Boum will talk with the Center’s Moroccan guest about his personal and professional experiences with Jewish history in Morocco, as well as the state and future of research on Moroccan Jews and Judaism.

The event is sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and cosponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Pre-registration is required. RSVP required at (310) 267-5327.

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CROUCH TO DISCUSS “DWELLING ON THE PAST AND LONGING FOR HOME: ISRAEL IN EXILE”







                          Carly Crouch


LOS ANGELES – Carly Crouch, professor at University of Nottingham, will discuss “Dwelling on the Past and Longing for Home: Israel in Exile” as part of the Bible and Its Interpreters Seminar Series on at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 at UCLA 314 Royce Hall.

This talk examines the effect of the sixth century BCE deportations to Babylonia on Israelite identity. Paying close attention to the prophetic book of Ezekiel, whose community was deported from Jerusalem to Babylonia by Nebuchadnezzar, it explores how the experience of forced migration changed the way the people talked about themselves, their past, and their homeland, placing Ezekiel's reactions in conversation with the responses of more recent forced migrants.


The event is sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies.  The event was cosponsored by the UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA Center for the Study of Religion, and UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies

Pre-registration is required.  To RSVP please email cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu or call (310) 267-5327.


LANFER TO DISCUSS FINDING FAITHFULNESS IN ALL THE

WRONG PLACES














Peter Lanfer


LOS ANGELES -- Peter Lanfer (UCLA) will discuss Finding Faithfulness in all the Wrong Places: Making Sacred Sense of Drunkenness, Deceit, and Debauchery in the Hebrew Bible on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 4:00 p.m. in UCLA 314 Royce Hall.

This talk will be “birthed” out of his current book project (Reading Sacredness in the Badly Behaving Bible) exploring the morally questionable stories of the Hebrew Bible that early Jewish and Christian interpreters had difficulty receiving as scripture.

In the interpretive tradition, many of these stories are whitewashed and/or spiritualized in dramatic ways. For example: David's illicit marriage to Bathsheba and murder of Uriah the Hittite disappear from the rewritten narratives of 1+2 Chronicles; Abraham is told to lie about Sarah being his sister (and G[-]d protects her while inside Pharoah’s harem), Noah's drunken stupor becomes an occasion for prophetic revelation; and Jephthah who sacrifices his daughter is celebrated as a hero of faith.

Through an examination of the reception and interpretation of narratives of Drunkenness, Deceit, and Debauchery in the Hebrew Bible, he will consider the impact of the textualization/scripturalization of oral narratives on the reception of them in early Jewish and Christian literatures.

The event is sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion and cosponsored by UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies.



                    


AJC HOSTS L.A. WOMEN’S MARCH LEADER MEETING WITH JEWISH LEADERS


LOS ANGELES -- Emiliana Guereca, executive director of Women's March Los Angeles (WMLA), recently visited the Los Angeles Regional Office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) to meet with AJC and other Jewish community leaders.

The gathering arose out of the controversy surrounding the national Women’s March leaders’ ties to Louis Farrakhan and statements made by Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory alienating the Jewish community.

Guereca stressed that WMLA does not share leadership, structure or funding with the national Women’s March (Women's March Inc.) and does not have any input on the makeup of their leadership or decision-making. She noted that the national Women’s March had taken too long, and did not go far enough, to reject Farrakhan’s toxic anti-Semitism and homophobia. Guereca called for “a new and expanded leadership to form a true national organization.”  

“We commend Emiliana Guereca for standing with the Jewish and LGBTQ communities,” said Saba Soomekh, AJC Los Angeles Assistant Director. “Jewish women should not be expected to check their identities and values at the door to join a national women’s rights movement. That same demand is not made of any other minority. Further, Jewish women can be proudly Zionist and feminist at the same time.”

Participating in the meeting, in addition to AJC, were representatives of Sinai Temple, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Leo Baeck Temple, Valley Beth Shalom, Stephen Wise Temple, Congregation Kol Ami, Zioness, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California (JPAC), JQ International, 30 Years After, and Jumpstart.


THE STATE OF JEWISH-MUSLIM RELATIONS


LOS ANGELES -- Raheel Raza, president of the Counsel for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, an award winning journalist, receipt of numerous awards, including the Museum of Tolerance Medal of Valor, and author of books on Islam, will be one of the keynote speakers along with Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Regenstein professor in Medieval Judaism and Isam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 pm st 10523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.

The two experts on Jewish-Muslim relations will hold a conversation on one special night/

The fee is $10 at the door. RSVP to director@kehilla.org













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