Red Father Screening On June 4th

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3790_redfather2.jpg The Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies, the Federal Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota present a film screening of

Red Father

Red Father tells the story of attorney Bernard Ades' struggle against legal racism. Mr. Ades also later fought fascism in Spain and was black-listed. The film features Bernard's daughter, Janet, who reflects on his legacy and questions his ideology.

Following the film, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota Michael J. Davis will lead a discussion on the issues raised by the documentary.
Thursday, June 4, 2015

5:30 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Film Screening and Panel Discussion

St. Anthony Main Theatre
115 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN

Erica Lehrer wrapped up our public lecture series before enthusiastic audiences at Congregation Beth Jacob and the Weisman Art Museum. Lehrer spoke of the revival of interest in Polish Jewry, and presented her fascinating museum exhibition on Jewish figurines in present-day Poland. She has an interactive website on the exhibition, which invites the reader to examine and react to these artifacts. We encourage you to check it out:

The St. Paul JCC is hosting a reception in celebration of Jewish Heritage Month. Assistant archivist Kate Dietrick will highlight the history of the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, followed by St. John's Professor Emerita Annette Atkins, who will give the keynote address. The event is on Thursday, May 28th, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Registration is requested by May 21st.

Free Speech at the UMN in the News

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The January symposium "Can We Laugh at Everything? Free Speech After Charlie" continues to resonate on campus. The Star Tribune ran an article on the University's handling of the affair, which includes a quote from our own Riv-Ellen Prell.

Also see the story in The Washington Post:

We Have Winners!

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One of our favorite activities at the Center, and central to our mission, is support for our excellent cohort of undergraduate and graduate students. Congratulations to our 2015 prize winners!

Sharon Park......Theresa and Nathan Berman and Leo and Lillian Gross Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies

Santidad Clarke.
....Goldenberg Prize for outstanding essays in Jewish Studies

Katelyn McCarthy.....Goldenberg Prize for outstanding essays in Jewish Studies

Elisheva Rosenberg.....Leo and Lillian Gross Scholarship in Jewish Studies

Dylan Singer.....Jonathan Paradise Modern Hebrew Study Prize

Thank You from the Center for Jewish Studies

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As our community lecture series comes to a close, we at the CJS want to thank all of you who attended and supported our series this year. Our speakers brought an impressive range of topics to synagogues throughout the TC metro, as well speaking at our on-campus colloquiua. We couldn't do it without you! We are already lining up next year's speakers, so look forward to news and information about our programming. And again, thanks!

"Can One Laugh at Everything?" Audio Available

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In January, several organizations on campus sponsored a symposium "Can One Laugh at Everything? Satire and Free Speech After Charlie." The effects of this symposium are still reverberating on and off campus. For important reportage on the event, including informative power point slides from several of the presentations, go to The Center for Jewish Studies is proud to have been associated with this event.

The Fall 2015 JWST Course List is Here!

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We've released our course list for Fall 2015! You can register for these classes at ONESTOP starting Monday, April 20th. We encourage you to look them over, and consider working with one of our world-class faculty in the fall. Feel free to contact us at with any questions you may have. We'd also welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the Jewish Studies major and minor, and the Hebrew minor.

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