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Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7 pm

at Carnegie-Mellon, University Center, McConomy Auditorium: 

LECTURE by Yolanda Willis (Holocaust survivor):  "The Triumph of Morality: A Tribute to the Righteous of Greece."

On October 28, 1940, the cry “OHI” (No!) resounded across all of Greece as the beginning of the Greek people’s bold resistance to the Axis ultimatum to join or be destroyed. The ensuing Nazi occupation of Greece between 1941-1944 ravaged the country and disemboweled entire villages and towns. Even though most of Greece’s Jews were murdered in the Nazi “Final Solution”, Hitler’s savagery was dealt a humiliation as Greek Christians hid, transferred, and otherwise protected as many Greek Jews as possible. From the National Resistance to Archbishop Damaskinos, regional bishops, clergy, civic leaders, and simple families, nowhere else in Nazi-occupied Southern Europe was there so much effort in protecting and saving Jews from the inhumanity of the Nazi regime and its philosophy.

On October 28th, 2014, the Greek-American and Jewish Communities of Western Pennsylvania will come together to remember and to offer a tribute to the Righteous of Greece. The story of Greek Christians protecting and saving Greek Jews remains a largely unexplored aspect of the period’s history and stands in sharp contrast to the darkness of that epoch. It is a story of morality, love, respect, sacrifice, and ultimately an expression of the humanity that binds people together.

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Thursday, November 5, 2014, 4-5 pm

in Room G13, Cathedral of Learning


Department of German, Jewish Studies Program, and Hillel-JUC.

Readings, commemorative music, and video testimony about the Nazi pogrom, November 9-10, 1938. A special program for students on artistic responses to the Holocaust will take place prior to the commemoration in the William Pitt Union.  Contact Hillel-JUC for details.

Monday, November 10, 2014, 4 pm,

in the Humanities Center, 6th Floor of Cathedral of Learning

LECTURE by Carlos Cañete (Spanish historian):  “The Origins of Humanity: Cultural and Religious Interactions in Early Modern Times" 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7-9 pm

at Rodef Shalom Congregation


Documentary Film about the first female Rabbi, Regina Jonas. 

Join us for a film screening, a historical introduction by Professor Rachel Kranson (University of Pittsburgh); and a post-film discussion with Rabbis Sharyn Henry (Rodef Shalom); Amy Levin (Beth Shalom); and Barbara Symons (Temple David)

Co-sponsored with JFilm: Pittsburgh Jewish and Israeli Film Festival.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6-8 pm

Frick Fine Arts Building Room 204


"Jerusalem's Geopolitical Question"

Lecture by Noam Shoval, Professor of Geography, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and AICE Visiting Professor, University of Pittsburgh.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 10 am-1 pm

at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District

INTERACTIVE DAY AT THE ARCHIVES:  "Jewish Life in Western Pennsylvania"

Jewish Studies Students and Faculty join with the Rauh Jewish Archives, the Rodef Shalom Archives, and the Archives Service Center from Pitt for a hands-on experience and presentations of research to a wider public.

Spring 2015 courses

Elementary Hebrew 2

Haya Feig

JS 0014

MTWThF 10-10:50 am (5 credits)

Intermediate Hebrew 4

Haya Feig

JS 0025

MWF  11-11:50 am

Biblical Hebrew

Haya Feig

JS 0037

TTh  11 am-12:15 (5 credits)

  •  e-mail for info on Hebrew courses and placement


Religions of the West

Timothy Langille

RELGST 0105/HIST 0125

MW 4:30-5:45 pm

Gen-Ed: Foreign Culture/Comparative

counts toward certificate as “Religious Studies course”

Israel in the Biblical Age

Timothy Langille

JS 1100/HIST 1765/RELGST 1100

TTh 11 am -12:15 pm

Gen-Ed: Foreign Culture/Regional

Jews and Judaism in the Medieval World

Adam Shear

JS 1220/HIST 1760/RELGST 1220

MWF 11-11:50 am

Gen-Ed: History

Politics in the Contemporary Middle East

Luke Peterson

JS 1383/HIST 1763

MW 3-4:15 pm

History and Memory in the Jewish Tradition

Timothy Langille

JS 1680/HIST 1163/RELGST 1680

TTh 4-5:15 pm

Gen-Ed: History

Urban Tourism: Israel as Case Study

Noam Shoval

URBNST 1005: Special Topics

TTh 4-5:15 pm

needs special permission from Urban Studies Program

may count toward certificate by petition


Amy Colin

GER 1528

TTh 11-12:15 pm

may count toward certificate by petition

Capstone Paper for Certificate

Timothy Langille

JS 1901 Independent Study

times TBA

Internships for Credit, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Directed Research

SEE for opportunities.

or  email: for more information about internships and research opportunities.

JS 1900, 1902,

1904, 1905

1-4 credits




DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE HALPERN AWARD?  Since 2011, we have awarded $300-$1000 to Pitt undergraduates for study, research, internships related to Jewish Studies, inside or outside the United States. 

Click here for the call for proposals for Summer 2015 AND Academic year 2015-2016 projects.

  Click here for a list of grantees.