Jewish Studies

Kosher Soul Save the Date

On Sept. 24, 2019, we were honored to welcome in culinary historian and Jewish educator Michael Twitty at Kent State. Twitty calls his way of cooking Kosher/Soul food “Afro Ashkefardi.” Black and Jewish communities are the only people commonly known to use their culinary works to talk about their history, all the while enjoying great food. His blog titled “Afroculinaria” gives voice to the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of African American-Jewish identity and experience. It was a heartfelt and enjoyable event. Join us for story-telling and kosher soul food tasting with culinary his...

The Kent State University Jewish Studies program, in the College of Arts and Sciences, will host a presentation by Gary Phillips, Ph.D., the Edgar H. Evans Professor of Religion at Wabash College, on March 2 at 7 p.m. in Satterfield Hall, Room 121, on the Kent Campus. Phillips presentation, titled “Representing the Irreparable: The Holocaust and Art of Samuel Bak”, will discuss the art of the renowned Jewish painter who grew up in East Poland during World War II and survived the Holocaust. A child prodigy, Bak was nine years old when he held his first art exhibition in the Vilna ghetto. He h...

Adolfo Roitman, Ph.D., curator of the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scroll collection at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, will speak about “The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity” at Kent State University on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. A dessert reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is presented by Kent State’s Jewish Studies Program, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Philosophy. “It’s very exciting when we can host a world-...

The Jewish Studies program at Kent State University will present a lecture and book signing by Eva Schloss, stepsister of Anne Frank, on Thursday, April 8, at 12:15 p.m. at the Kent Student Center Kiva. Schloss was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1929. She and her family immigrated to Belgium and eventually to Holland in 1938, shortly after Adolph Hitler annexed Austria. After the Germans invaded Holland in 1942, Schloss and her family went into hiding. In May 1944, they were betrayed, captured and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Only Schloss and her mother survived. After the war, her...