Night tour of the city

What is the Jewish quarter like during the night? Is there another Budapest out there? Let's see the "dark" side of the city together. Our late night sightseeing tour departs at 11 pm. We can offer a two-hour adventure in the city with a professional architectural historian and with a tea at midnight. Places are limited (maximum 43 person). Apply at the Registration now!

Sat, 11/08/2008 - 22:30

Identity and Identification in American Jewry

My presentation discusses the uniqueness of American Jewish identity and the main influences that the United States has had and is having on Jewish self-definition with an emphasis on factors that contributed the changes in Jewish culture in the U.S. Some conclusion might be supported with literary examples.

Sun, 11/09/2008 - 16:00

Building Jewish identity from the margins

Argentinian and Hungarian communities; differencies and similarities.
Fri, 11/06/2009 - 17:00

Salonican Jewry: Layers of Remembrance in Greece and Israel

The presentation will analyse how the Jewish community of Thessaloniki is mentioned and remembered, by the community itself, by the Greek state and the local government, as well as by Israelis of Greek descent and by Israeli society in general. Interesting discrepancies can be found in historical “facts”. Furthermore,a comparison will be made between being Jewish in Salonica today and being of Greek descent in Israel today.
Sat, 11/07/2009 - 17:30

Am Echad? A Nation or a Religion?

This session will explore the perennial debates about whether or not the Jews constitute a national or a religious community.
Sun, 11/08/2009 - 16:00

A Jewish Robin Hood? Tzedakah versus Charity

The Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek raised some serious objections to the role of charity in modern society. An attempt will be made to answer Žižek armed with the Jewish concept of charity.

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 12:00

Love Your Fellow as Yourself

Any human being that lives according to moral principles adopts this idea as part of his or her values. We will carefully study some classic texts that shed light on this basic principle in our tradition in order to see how it has been understood and implemented.

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 17:30

Anat Yuta Zuria: Black bus

Zuria taps two former Haredi women to share their thoughts on the segregated buses, as well as other humiliations: Blogger Sara Einfeld and photographer/law student Shulamit Weinfeld were recently banned for refusing to conform to ultra-Orthodox dictates. Einfeld’s columns highlight her wrenching experiences and those of acquaintances, while Weinfeld photographs like an anthropologist, documenting the body language and community dress. Both miss their extended families (who are no longer allowed to speak to them) but feel as though they can now discover themselves.

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 20:00

Jewish Particularism vs. Universalism: Is it moral for a Jew to do a favor for another Jew because he is a Jew?

Come participate in a fascinating audience debate. What criteria do you use to help people and is it ethical? Do you give charity to Churches or to Synagogues? To Jews or to Gentiles? What if the gentile is in a worse situation than the Jew? Do you help your neighbor who is starving instead of the starving child in Africa? Why?

Sun, 10/30/2011 - 21:30

We’ve got Jewish hearts: now let’s get Jewish heads

While a lot of Jews often ’feel’ Jewish – we are concerned when Jews are in trouble, we feel proud when a Jew achieves something, we feel sentimental towards various Jewish festivals, buildings, bits of history – we are intellectually trained to think non-Jewishly. For example, hardly any of us think in Jewish time, or consider contemporary issues utilising Jewish criteria. We’ll examine this phenomenon and consider whether it’s a problem. And if so, can we do anything about it?

Mon, 10/31/2011 - 10:30