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Stay connected to the Bildner Center with lectures, articles, music, and films to sustain and entertain you.

E-Blast: June 5

The Bildner Center joins the Rutgers community in grief and outrage at the death of George Floyd and the deaths of so many other Black Americans that have resulted from systemic racism and racial violence in our country. In this time of national pain, we are redoubling our commitment to social justice and the values of civility and tolerance for all Americans regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. The Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center has a longstanding mission to reduce prejudice and promote tolerance through the study of the past. During the pandemic, we continue to work with public school teachers through online programming.

Stay connected to the Bildner Center with lectures, articles, music, and films to sustain and entertain you. This week we focus on faculty research and our Holocaust education summer seminars.

Raucher SquareIs There a Jewish Continuity Crisis?

Join Professor Michal Raucher for her online talk Is There a Jewish Continuity Crisis? for the Jewish Theological Seminary on June 8, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. She will examine the concepts of Jewish continuity and demographic crisis in relationship to the cultivation of enduring Jewish values.

Dr. Raucher is an assistant professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers and a former fellow at the JTS. She is the author of Conceiving Agency: Reproductive Authority among Haredi Women (Indiana University Press, forthcoming, fall 2020).

Writing the Life of Lucy S. Dawidowicz

From Left to RightJoin Professor Nancy Sinkoff for a talk about her acclaimed new book, From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History (Wayne State University Press, 2020), the first comprehensive biography of Dawidowicz (1915–1990), a pioneer historian in Holocaust studies. The book chronicles Dawidowicz’s story as a window into twentieth-century Jewish life.

SinkoffPresented by the Bildner Center, the event will be held on June 17, 2020, at noon. Register here.

Dr. Sinkoff is academic director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and associate professor of Jewish studies and history at Rutgers.

‘From Left to Right’ Review: Singed but Not Consumed by Benjamin Balint, Wall Street Journal

Read a blogpost by Professor Sinkoff about Lucy S. Dawidowicz, feminism, and women's history.

MTI Goes Virtual

The Master Teacher Institute (MTI) in Holocaust Education has moved online during the current public health crisis with two upcoming programs for middle and high school teachers.

An introductory seminar, “Holocaust History: Rescue and Resilience,” will be held June 29—30. “Media and Migration in Uncertain Times,” an advanced seminar for alumni of the MTI program will be held July 1—2. For more information or to register, contact Sarah Portilla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The MTI is a dynamic advanced training program to develop expert teachers in Holocaust studies who will serve as resource providers in their schools, districts, and communities. It is a vital component of the Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center at the Bildner Center.

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E-Blast: May 26

We Remember: Resources in Honor of Memorial Day:Following the Footsteps of My Father

As Americans mark Memorial Day on May 25, the Bildner Center shares highlights of a program cosponsored with the Rutgers Office of Military and Veteran Programs: Footsteps of My Father, the moving story of one American who saved Jewish POWs during World War II.

Oral Histories at Rutgers:

The Rutgers Oral History Archives includes testimonies of Rutgers alumni who are veterans.

We recommend these books by scholars who have given public lectures at the Bildner Center:

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Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel

(Northwestern University Press, 2015)
Leah Garrett, Hunter College
The Abram Matlofsky Memorial Program – 2016

Grant Sarna
When General Grant Expelled the Jews

(Schocken/Next Book Jewish Encounter Series, 2012)
Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University
The Toby and Herbert Stolzer Endowed Program - 2012

Rebecca Chanin '20 Honored:

We congratulate recent graduate Rebecca Chanin who was selected as a SAS Class of 2020 Paul Robeson Scholar. Rebecca successfully defended her interdisciplinary senior honors thesis, “At The Hands of Others: Stories of Holocaust Survival.” Her capstone project was a documentary film using materials from the Shoah Foundation Visual History Archives. 

RJFFFilms recommended by the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

  • Above and Beyond
  • Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray
  • GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II

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E-Blast: May 21

We've all been sheltering at home, but now the weather is changing and farmers markets are opening. This week, we're thinking about gardens, things that grow, and fresh local food. Read about biblical connections to vegetarianism, and enjoy resources at the intersection of Jewish traditionenvironmentalism, and sustainable food practices.

A Biblical Vegetarian WorldviewFood Judaism

Read an article by Professor Gary A. Rendsburg, “The Vegetarian Ideal in the Bible,” in Food & Judaism (Creighton University Press, 2005).

Local Food, Environmentalism, and Sustainability

Berkshires Book Cover Bildners

Learn about the farm-to-table initiative and cookbook produced by Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook, just published (The Countryman Press, 2020).


Discover Hazon, the Jewish environmental and sustainability organization. Nigel Savage, director of Hazon, spoke at the memorial program for Joan Bildner connecting Jews, food, and sustainability in 2013.

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Support local farmers and food vendors at the Cook's Market at Rutgers Gardens.

Interested in planting a victory garden? Watch this video for tips from a local farm in East Brunswick.

RJFFFilms recommended by the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

  • In Search of Israeli Cuisine
  • Sturgeon Queens
  • Dough
  • The Cakemaker

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E-Blast: May 15

This week, we showcase Jewish studies undergraduate and graduate student research at Rutgers, including a thesis on mental health in Russian Jewish immigrants and a talk on Jewish experiences in displaced person camps. Also, listen to a program on lost-and-found Soviet Jewish songs.

Student Profile:Fradkin

Read a Q&A with Dina Fradkin '20 about her thesis “The Beliefs About Psychological Services Amongst Russian-Jewish First Generation Americans".

Watch a video to learn more about her theses:

willard kyleDanielle Willard-Kyle: AJS Dissertation Talk

Danielle Willard-Kyle, PhD candidate in history at Rutgers, worked under teh supervision of Yael Zerubavel, professor emerita of Jewish studies and history and Belinda Davis, professor of history. She discusses her dissertation: "Living in Liminal Spaces: Refugees in Italian Displaced Persons Camps, 1945-1951" at the Center for Jewish History on May 19. Click here for more information and to register.

Yiddish GloryLast Yiddish Heroes

A rediscovered trove of Soviet Yiddish music, collected in the 1940s and forgotten until the 1990s, evolved into a Grammy nominated CD. Learn more about the music in a program hosted by the Bildner Center in March 2019.

Last Yiddish Heroes: Lost and Found Songs of Soviet Jews during World War II

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