Welcome to our new Israel Studies Teaching Fellow!

Professor Rafi Grosglik joins us as a Visiting Assistant Professor and will be located in the Department of Sociology. He is our first Israel Studies Teaching Fellow and is sponsored by the Israel Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from Ben-Gurion University. Most recently, he was a Research Fellow with the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University and taught at Boston University.  

‹His areas of interest make him a perfect fit with U.C. Davis; they include sociology of food, the ethics of organic food, globalization, environmental sociology and Israeli society. He is eager to learn more about the food culture of California. He will be teaching courses in Sociology and the Honors Program on food, culture, and society. More information about Professor Grosglik is listed under People.

Congratulations to the 2017 Recipients of the Don Kunitz Award for Academic Excellence!

‹Karen Xu
"Society and Anti-Semitism in Childrens Literature: Authority, 'Agency,' and Social Relationships
in Curious George"

Joshua Paull
"Seeds that Bloom the Desert: What Baba Joon Says About the Mizrahi Experience"

Spring 2017 Events

Poetry during the Holocaust and ˜Poetry after Auschwitz (Adorno)
Wednesday, April 5th ~ 4pm ~ 912 Sproul
  • Sven-Erik Rose  - Associate Professor German and Comparative Literature UC Davis


Germans, Jews, and the Theatre
Wednesday, April 19th ~ 4pm ~ 912 Sproul

Jonathan Hess
Moses M. and Hannah L. Malkin Distinguished Professor of Jewish History and Culture
Professor of German
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Annual Emanuel Ringelblum Lecture
The Brothers Scholem: Two German Jews Confront the Twentieth Century
Monday, April 24th ~ 4pm-5:30pm ~ Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

Mirjam Zadoff 
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History
Indiana University 
Noam Zadoff 
Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and History
Indiana University

Past Events

The Third Temple Movement in Israel: From the Margins to the Mainstream
Tuesday, January 24th  ~ 12-1:30pm ~ 273 SS&H

‹Film and talk by:
Rachel Z. Feldman 
PhD Candidate
Anthropology Department
UC Davis

Why are increasing numbers of religious Jews making pilgrimages to the Temple Mount and practicing sacrificial offerings? Feldman's dissertation research and film examine the recent mainstreaming of the Third Temple Movement in Israel, a messianic Jewish movement which seeks to rebuild the Third Temple on the Temple Mount, reestablish a Jewish kingdom, and renew a priesthood. In recent years, the Third Temple Movement has re-branded itself as a nonviolent movement, strategically using liberal discourses of "human rights" and "freedom of worship" to gain access to the Temple Mount as well as political, legal, and economic resources from the Israeli State. In response, Islamic NGOs and Palestinian activists have organized to resist the Third Temple Movement and potential Israeli annexation of the Haram ash-Sharif compound. 

The Valente Lecture in Music
Music in Israel: Forty Years of Shifting Boundaries, Connections, and Possibilities
Thursday February 2, 2017 ~ 4-5:30pm ~ Room 266 Everson Hall

‹Benjamin Brinner
Professor of Music 
Director, Center for Jewish Studies
UC Berkeley

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Pop-Rock Music and Cultural Cosmopolitanism in Israel
Wednesday February 22, 2017 ~ 4-5:30pm ~  Andrews Conference Room,  2203 SS&H

Motti Regev
Professor of Sociology
The Open University of Israel


Choreographing Political Change: Disabled Dance in Israel
Thursday March 9th, 2017 ~ 4:30pm-6pm ~ Andrews Conference Room,  2203 SS&H

Ilana Szobel
Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature
Brandeis University

Welcome Professor Eva Mroczek and Professor Seth Sanders!

Our new Jewish Studies faculty members in Religious Studies!‹

Fall 2016 Events

‹The Ethics of the Algorithm: Probing the Shoah Foundations Digital Archives of Holocaust and Genocide Testimony

Thurs, September 29th  ~ 4pm ~ Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

Todd Presner 
Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Chair, Digital Humanities Program


Jewish Scriptures Before the Bible

Thurs, October 20th  ~ 4:30-6:30pm ~ Andrews Conference Room,  2203 SS&H

Reception follows talk.

Eva Mroczek 
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
UC Davis


Blind in Palestine: An Ocular History between Jews and Arabs (1918-1948)

Thurs, November 10 ~ 12-1:30pm ~ 1246 SS&H

Anat Mooreville  
Israel Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2017
UC Davis