All events are Free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

"Living in English, Writing in Hebrew" a conversation with author Ruby Namdar on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 5pm in the Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
Ruby Namdar was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His first book, Haviv (2000), won The Ministry of Culture's Award for Best First Publication. His novel The Ruined House (2013) has won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters and teaches Jewish literature, focusing on Biblical and Talmudic narrative.

Mesmerizing and unsettling, The Ruined House unfolds over the course of one year, as Andrew’s world unravels and he is forced to question all his beliefs. Steeped in the tradition of the greatest Jewish American novels, Namdar’s brilliant debut captures the privilege and pedantry of New York intellectual life in the opening years of the twenty-first century. In sumptuous and incantatory prose, Namdar spins a nuanced and provocative tale of materialism, tradition, faith, and the search for meaning in contemporary culture.

"Jews in the Americas" speaker series from January 9 to August 28, 2018.

  • Presented by the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish Studies and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida.
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A talk by Eleanor Stanford on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"Merchants, Mystics, and Secret Jews: Sephardic Identities in the Age of Discovery", the annual Alexander Grass Endowed Lecture by Jonathan Ray on Monday, February 5 at 5:00 pm in the Smathers Library Judaica Suite.
The history of the Sephardic Diaspora is inextricably linked to the European Age of Discovery. The global networks created by Spanish and Portuguese Jews and Conversos became a hallmark of the early modern period, forming a bridge between the Old World and the New, and between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Prof. Ray will explore three key facets of Sephardic identity during this fascinating yet oft-overlooked chapter in Jewish history.

Jonathan Ray is the Samuel Eig Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University. Prof. Ray specializes in medieval and early modern Jewish history, focusing on the Sephardic world. His publications include The Sephardic Frontier: The Reconquista and the Jewish Community in Medieval Iberia (2006), The Jew in Medieval Iberia (2012), and After Expulsion: 1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry (2013).

  • Made possible through the Alexander Grass Chair in Jewish Studies. Cosponsored by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica. Off-campus parking is available at the Stadium Club, behind 1802 W. University Ave., or in the parking lot across from Library West at 1542 W. University Ave. This parking lot now has a drop-box pay system when the attendant is off-duty.
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A talk by Jonathan Ray on February 5–6, 2018

A talk by Avigail Oren on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Annual Concert on Saturday, February 17, 2018

Talks by Pierre Anctil and Chantal Ringuet on February 19-23, 2018

A talk by Charles Dellheim on Thursday, March 1, 2018

8th Annual Jewish Film Festival on March 10-25, 2018

A talk by John Connelly on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A talk by Tyler Anbinder on Thursday, April 5, 2018

A talk by Naomi Leite on April 11-12, 2018

A talk by Stephanie Pridgeon on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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