JTS@JCC: JTS Scholars to Hold Lectures and Workshops at JCC Manhattan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu


January 7, 2010, New York, NY

This winter The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan will collaborate to host a wide range of lecture and workshop series featuring JTS scholars at JCC Manhattan. All events will be open to the public. Participating JTS professors include Dr. Stefanie Siegmund, Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky, Dr. Benjamin Gampel, and Dr. Vivian Mann.

The schedule of events for JTS@JCC is as follows:

ssTuesdays, February 23–March 9: "From Prato to Ghetto: The Jews of Renaissance Florence"

Dr. Siegmund, associate professor in Jewish History at JTS and author of The Medici State and the Ghetto of Florence: The Construction of an Early Modern Jewish Community (Stanford University Press, 2006), will explore Italian archives that document Jewish daily life and culture at the height of the Renaissance and into the Catholic Reformation. Images from illustrated manuscripts, tombstones, art, and architecture will help bring the documents to life.

Dr. Siegmund will teach on the three Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $50 for JCC Manhattan members and $60 for nonmembers; cost for JTS alums $50 with a JTS alumni ID (if you do not yet have your JTS alumni ID, please email alumni@jtsa.edu). The lecture series will take place at JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street. For more information, or to register, please call (646) 505-4426.

akWednesdays, January 27–March 10 (except February 17): "Family Matters: The Real and Ideal Families of the Bible and What We Can Learn From Them About Parenting!"

Dr. Kalmanofsky, assistant professor of Bible at JTS and mother of four, will guide parents of young children through the family narratives and metaphors found throughout the Bible. Dr. Kalmanofsky will explore this essential question: why are the families of the Hebrew Bible so flawed and how can we, as contemporary parents, relate to them?

Dr. Kalmanofsky will teach from 9:00–10:15 a.m. on six Wednesdays. The cost is $60 for JCC Manhattan members and $75 for nonmembers; cost for JTS alums $60 with a JTS alumni ID (if you do not yet have your JTS alumni ID, please email alumni@jtsa.edu). This lecture series will take place at JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street. For more information, or to register, please call (646) 505-5708.

February 9–May 30: "Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians, and the Altarpieces of Medieval Spain"—An Exhibit at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA).

This exhibit documents the cooperative relationship between Christians and Jews who, both independently and together, created art for the medieval church and the Jewish community.

Thursday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Gampel will speak on the topic “Salvaging Our Notion of Convivencia (Living Together) During the Last Century of Jewish Life in Medieval Iberia.” Dr. Gampel, associate professor of Jewish History at JTS, is the author of The Last Jews on Iberian Soil (University of California Press, 1989), and is currently at work on a book-length treatment of the riots and forced conversions of 1391 on the Iberian peninsula.

Thursday March 18, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Mann, curator of the MOBIA exhibit, will lead a tour of the exhibit. Mann is director of the Master’s Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture and is adjunct professor of Jewish Art and Visual Culture at JTS, curator emerita of The Jewish Museum, and a widely published author.

These MOBIA programs, cosponsored by the JCC, are free of charge. The events will be held at MOBIA, 1865 Broadway at 61st Street. For more information, or to register, please call (646) 505-5748.

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