Articles in the Press 2019

New Jersey Jewish News
Archaeologist to share discoveries from ancient Israel
November 25, 2019 — Renowned archaeologist Jodi Magness — who, since 2011, has directed the major excavations in Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee — will share the landmark discoveries made by her team.

Rutgers Today
Driving Force Behind Rutgers Jewish Film Festival Has a Second Act as Tony-Winning Producer
October 29, 2019 — Rutgers alumna Sharon Karmazin proposed the festival 20 years ago and remains its largest benefactor.

New Jersey Jewish News
Raising the curtain on ‘Fiddler’
October 28, 2019 — Marc Aronson, a Rutgers University assistant professor of practice, library, and information science, has marvelous memories of the beginnings of Broadway’s “Fiddler on the Roof.”

New Jersey Jewish News
Historians to examine Paul Robeson's ties to the Jewish community
October 3, 2019 — Paul Robeson — scholar, celebrated actor, concert artist, all-American football player, and Rutgers University alumnus (class of 1919), who became famous for his cultural achievements and political activism — will be the subject of a program exploring his connections to the Jewish community, left-wing political movements, and the Soviet Union on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. at Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick.

New Jersey Jewish News
Holocaust scholar uses Shoah to shed light on plight of modern refugees
September 16, 2019 —Holocaust expert Debórah Dwork, visiting scholar at Rutgers University’s Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, said, “The past can offer us a compass to guide us to where we want to go as a society.” 

New Jersey Jewish News
Author to explore Negev's meaning
August 28, 2019 — Bildner Center's Zerubavel to give talk on "Desert in the Promised Land"

The Jewish Standard
The secret Jewish history of human rights
March 28, 2019 — It was three years after the end of World War II, and Jews were busy trying to build a future that could be radically different from the recent, deadly past.

New Jersey Stage 
Grammy-Nominated Yiddish Songs Brought to Life in Concert and Lecture March 13 at Rutgers-New Brunswick
February 12, 2019 — During the Holocaust, Jews from across the Soviet Union told their personal stories through Yiddish songs in a collection that was thought to be lost forever, but is now part of a Grammy-nominated recording in the world music category.

New Jersey Jewish News
Works of Bach include allusions revealing anti-Jewish attitudes
February 4, 2019 — Johann Sebastian Bach, the 18th-century German musician, is considered one of the greatest classical music composers — by many, the greatest — of all time. But unknown to many of his modern listeners, a number of his cantatas and librettos are filled with blatant expressions of the religious anti-Semitism of his time.

New Jersey Jewish News
Public art project opens 'Windows of Understanding'
February 4, 2019 — Cassandra Oliveras-Moreno, alarmed at the rise in racism and anti-Semitism throughout the country, decided a strong counter statement needed to be made in her community.

Articles in the Press 2018

New Jersey Jewish News
Bridging the gap between American Jews and Israel
December 5, 2018 — The gap between Israel and the American-Jewish community has grown wider in recent years, but the drift has nothing to do with the countries’ political leadership, according to Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

New Jersey Jewish News
State Association overlooked
November 12, 2018 — Martin Raffel’s column “Rutgers case demonstrates anti-Semitism is in the eye of the beholder” (Oct. 30) should have included references to the role that the state’s Jewish federations and the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations played in response not only to the 2011 event forming the basis of the ZOA complaint, but also to the recent opening of that case by the U.S. Department of Education.

Asbury Park Press
Fauda writer Moshe Zonder on how Rutgers Jewish Film Festival can fight racism
November 8, 2018 — Moshe Zonder knows how film and television can change the world. A former newspaper writer in Israel, Zonder is the head writer on the political thriller "Fauda," the first Israeli television series to be released as a Netflix original. The second season of "Fauda" arrived on Netflix in May

My Central Jersey
Rutgers Jewish Film Festival to run Oct. 30 to Nov. 11
October 27, 2018 — The Rutgers Jewish Film Festival heads into its 19th season, Oct. 30 to Nov. 11, offering a great diversity of award-winning, international films.

New Jersey Jewish News
Teachers bring survivors' narratives into lesson plans
October 15, 2018 — Thirty-four teachers from across the state came to Rutgers University on Oct. 10 to participate in an annual program presented by Herbert and Leonard Littman Holocaust Resource Center of the Bildner Center.

New Jersey Jewish News
Holocaust historian details Roosevelt's efforts to save Jews
October 15, 2018 — Despite popular belief that the American government abandoned European Jewry during the Holocaust, the U.S. had a complete reversal of policy near the war’s end that saved “tens of thousands,” according to a Holocaust historian.

New Jersey Jewish News
Rutgers Jewish Film Fest features N.J. premieres, global stars
October 4, 2018 — “THE INTERPRETER” — an emotional cinematic journey about a man serving as a translator for the son of the Nazi officer who murdered his parents — will open the 19th Rutgers Jewish Film Festival on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at AMC Loews New Brunswick 18.

New Jersey Stage
Inside the 19th Rutgers Jewish Film Festival
October 3, 2018 — The Rutgers Jewish Film Festival heads into its nineteenth season, October 30 through November 11, offering a great diversity of award-winning, international films. Fifteen feature films, five New Jersey premieres, and thought-provoking discussions with filmmakers, actors, scholars, and other noteworthy guests will be featured.

Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner
Head Writer of Hit Israeli TV Series 'Fauda' to Teach at Rutgers University This Fall
August 29, 2018 — The head screenwriter for the popular Israeli TV series Fauda will instruct students at Rutgers University in New Jersey this semester.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency
'Fauda' head screenwriter teaching at Rutgers this fall
August 29, 2018 — The Israeli screenwriter who serves as head writer for the hit series “Fauda” will teach at Rutgers University for the Fall semester.

New Jersey Jewish News
'Visionary intellect' to retire from Rutgers' Bildner Center
May 29, 2018 — Twenty-two years ago, when Dr. Yael Zerubavel was recruited to join the staff of Rutgers University, she was given ambitious goals: get the newly established Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life up and running, turn the university’s Jewish studies offerings into a department, and continue her own academic research.

Jewish Link of NJ
Rutgers Bildner Center Spring Events Offer Glimpses of Jewish Ghetto Life
May 17, 2018 — One of the advantages of living in the central New Jersey area is the vast array of educational opportunities on topics ranging from the Jewish ghetto of Florence to the history of Chasidism. The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University offered these free events and more as part of their Spring 2018 Public Program offerings.

New Jersey Stage
Celebrate Israel's 70th anniversary on April 19 at Rutgers-New Brunswick
March 29, 2018 — A special event honoring Israel’s 70th anniversary will be held at Rutgers-New Brunswick on April 19. The program will feature a lively panel discussion, “New Trends in Israeli Music and Dance,” followed by a rocking concert by the Israeli cover band ISRABAND.

New Jersey Jewish News
The trendsetting ways of chasidic Jews
March 14, 2018 — Rebellion is at the root of chasidism. If that sounds a little far-fetched, an Israeli scholar pointed out that while the insular group is often thought of as being out of touch with the modern world, its members are trendsetters because of their ability to continually transform their practices in response to modernity.