News & Events
The Jewish Studies Program Has Exciting Events Throughout the Year!
We hold several special events throughout the year, including lectures, films and art exhibitions, complement and enrich Jewish studies courses. Below are descriptions of our upcoming events:
Echoes & Reflections- Free Ohio Educator WorkshopPosted May, 20, 2013
Ohio Council on Holocaust Education sponsors a FREE Ohio Educator Workshop:
Echoes & Reflections
Monday, June 10, 2013
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Youngstown State University
The training will be facilitated by Sarah Weiss, Executive Director of The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Echoes and Reflections is the result of an unprecedented partnership among three leaders in education: the Anti- Defamation League, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, and Yad Vashem. This resource includes everything teachers need to teach the complex issues of the Holocaust and its lessons for today.
The Workshop Includes:
- Training and a FREE copy of the Echoes and Reflections Multimedia Curriculum
- Access to lesson plans, primary sources, handouts, pictures, video testimonies, and more
- Presentations by Dr. Helene Sinnreich and a Holocaust Survivor
Full Day Workshop (Includes Lunch) Space is limited, registration deadline is June 2.
To register, please contact Sarah Weiss at 513-487-3055 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
Grand Opening of Thomases Family Endowment Art GalleryPosted May, 3, 2013
The Jewish Community Center invites you to the
of the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Art Gallery and
Wine & Cheese Reception
Thursday, May 9th 6:30pm
505 Gypsy Ln., Youngstown
RSVP- 330-746-3250 ext. 108
David LaBelle is a photographer, editor, teacher, and author. He has worked for 20 newspapers and magazines, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he was assistant managing editor for photography. LaBelle directs the photojournalism program at Kent State University and has taught at Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky. In 1991, the National Press Photographers Association honored LaBelle with the Robin F. Garland Award for photojournalism education. LaBelle has written four books, including “The Great Picture Hunt.” Israel’s diverse people and cultures fascinate LaBelle. He created a traveling exhibit of images from the country after a 2012 trip with students from Kent State University.
Special Thanks to: ZOA of Youngstown, Thomases Family Endowment Fund, The Jewish Studies Program at Kent State
Announcing Israel 2014- May Intercession (May 18-30)Posted Apr, 29, 2013
Comparative Religious Thought II
PHIL 21021, 3 credit hours
Humanities CORE, Global Diversity Course
Introduction to Jewish Studies
AS 22001, 3 credit hours
Jewish Studies minor requirement
On this trip, students will visit many historic and religious sites studied in the courses. You can participate in this program even if you are in Israel with birthright or another program.
Prof. David Odell-Scott (Ph.D.), Coordinator Religion Studies, 330-672-2315, email@example.com
Prof. Chaya Kessler, Director Jewish Studies, 330-672-8926, firstname.lastname@example.org
Students Visit the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Exhibit "Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust"Posted Apr, 29, 2013
(From Left to Right)
Back Row: Chaya Kessler, Sarah Martin, Tali Merdler, Cecily Mullins, Ranen Reichstein, Julia St. John, Jeff Long, Eric Ritenour, Sol Factor
Front Row: Traci Hoffman, Emily Fullerton, Erica Itzkowitz
Not in picture: Nicholas Hall, Hannah Servedio
Students of the Elementary Hebrew II class and the Intro. to Jewish Studies class visited the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Exhibit “Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust.” Direct from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem- The first International exhibition to focus exclusively on women and their experience in the Holocaust. In addition, they also visited the permanent exhibition An American Story and the Temple- Tifereth Israel Gallery.
Primo Levi and the Holocaust- This Side of Good and EvilPosted Apr, 2, 2013
Free and open to ALL
Tuesday, April 9th 11am-12pm
Room 117 Business Administration Building
Join Professor Kristin Stasiowski for an introduction to Primo Levi, an Italian Jewish chemist & author. Professor Stasiowski will discuss Primo Levi’s well-known memoir of survival in Auschwitz, If This is a Man, and lead discussion in response to one of the central ideas of the book: human dignity.
sponsored by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages
Holocaust FilmsPosted Mar, 21, 2013
The Jewish Studies program and the Department of History present the following films about the Holocaust:
Tuesday April 2, 7:00-9:00PM
The film portrays the few weeks in July 1942, when more than 13,000 Parisian Jews, including more than 4,000 children, were rounded up and taken to the now notorious Vel' d'Hiv stadium.
Michael Schwartz room 177
A Day in October
Thursday April 4, 7:00-9:00PM
A fictional story of Danish rescue of Jews that chronicles the courage of a young Jewish woman who risks her life and that of her family by concealing a wounded resistance fighter in their home in 1943 just prior to the Nazi invasion of Denmark.
Michael Schwartz room 177
Free and open to all.
Children During the Holocaust: What They Did to SurvivePosted Mar, 6, 2013
Lunch & Learn with Sol Factor, Adjunct Instructor in the Dept. of History at Kent State.
Mr. Sol Factor, himself a child survivor, will discuss the many roles children played during the Holocaust in their efforts to survive the unthinkable reality of the time.
Thurs, March 14 2013
Bowman room 110
Free and open to all, Pizza and Dessert will be provided.
Congrats to Ciera Greene, Aref Jadallah, and Evan GildenblattPosted Mar, 6, 2013
Jewish Studies Program congratulates Ciera Greene and Evan Gildenblatt who graduated with a minor in Jewish Studies and Aref Jadallah who completed his minor in Jewish Studies. Evan also received the Melton Scholarship. We are very proud of you.
“In the fall of 2012 I finished up the coursework for my Jewish Studies minor at Kent State University. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Jewish Studies program for not only allowing me to take advantage of the Samuel Melton Foundation scholarship each semester, but also for allowing me to diversify my world view and achieve a new understanding of Jewish history, life, and culture. The courses that I have taken in pursuing my minor have proven to be some of the most interesting and eye opening courses that I have taken in my time at Kent State; and with extremely knowledgeable and approachable instructors, the courses were as enjoyable as they were insightful. I would strongly recommend that any student at Kent State University minor in Jewish Studies!”
By allowing me to pursue my interest in the field of Jewish studies, the Melton Scholarship enabled me to experience all that the KSU Jewish Studies Program has to offer. The unique combination of history, religious studies, language, philosophy, and politics will help to continue a storied legacy of Jewish learning, and I feel that Samuel Melton would be proud of our program.