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Prof. David Graizbord Recent Publication

Prof. David Graizbord recently published his article "Who and What was a Jew: Some Considerations for the Historical Study of new Christians." 

The present essay argues that studies of early modern Iberian societies have too often been insufficiently grounded in the study of pre-modern Jewish culture, and that consequently historical scholarship on judeoconversos has reproduced medieval Christian notions of Jewishness in addressing the key question of identity. The article... Read more
Wed, 09/23/2015 - 09:09

Sol Littman's Recent Activities

Here is an update on Sol Littman's recent activities in his own words:

Canada's National Archives in Ottawa holds some 71 boxes containing several hundred files of research material I collected over the years focused on Holocaust events and Nazi war criminals in a dozen European countries. On the advice of the archivists who systemized the material, the collection has been closed for 25 years and access is available only on my permission.

In the past year I... Read more
Wed, 05/13/2015 - 15:02

Proposed Israeli Basic Law : Old idea, new implications

Dr. Leonard Hammer's Israeli Human Rights lecture was featured in the Arizona Daily Star. To read the article click here.

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:19
The Smart One: A Grandfather's Tale

Ken Goodman has published a children's novel about his grandfather's family in Eastern Europe.  The book focuses on Jewish families fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe in the early 1900s.  His family lived in Vilnius and participated in the workers' resistance movement in Smorgon in 1905, which led to the decision to come to the United States. The story is told through the eyes of David, Ken's father, who was a child at that time.

Ken is doing a reading to celebrate the book's... Read more
Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:47

Finding Faith in a Community: One Young Man's Remarkable Journey

"Finding Faith in a Community" is a  short tribute to Jeffery Plevan written by his family in honor of his birthday in February.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:14
Sol Littman's Book War Criminal on Trial Reprinted

War Criminal on Trial: Rauca of Kaunas, by Sol Littman had been republished by and is also available online for free.

Book Summary: This reprint of the timeless 1983 book by the Canadian investigative reporter Sol Littman is a fascinating and disturbing account that is composed of two intriguing parts. First, Littman describes life within and the final “liquidation” of the Kovno ghetto (Kaunas, Lithuania) during World War II, giving the reader a... Read more
Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:54

Daily Wildcat Opinion: Bibi's Speech is Self-Serving

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:46
ASOR Blog Post by Beth Alpert Nakhai

Celebrating Carol Meyers

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:59
Hillel Hosts Torah Restoration

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:43
New Book Edited by Dr. Beth Alpert Nakhai

Celebrate Her for the Fruit of Her Hands: Essays in Honor of Carol L. Meyers

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:59