Institute Chronology, 1984 – present (most recent first)

present – 2010
2009 – 2000
1999 – 1990
1989 – 1984


2013
December 13, 2013
Jonathan Newman Memorial
Law Conference: Hate Speech

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November 19, 2013
Portland Jewish Book Month Event
regarding Philip Roth's Nemesis:
Panel Discussion: Anthropological, Cultural, and Medical Perspectives
of Communicable Diseases

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November 13, 2013
Portland Jewish Book Month Event
regarding Philip Roth's Nemesis:
Documentary: Philip Roth Unmasked

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August 27, 2013: Lecture
Nazi Medicine, Collective Evil,
and the Role of Physicians during the Holocaust
Dr. Sal Mangione
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July 25, 2013: Lecture
An Analysis of Mideast Events
with Mark Rosenblum

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June 16-30, 2013
21st Portland Jewish Film Festival
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May 23, 2013
FILM: 400 Miles to Freedom
co-sponsored with
Oregon Jewish Museum
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April 11, 2013: Rabbi Stampfer Community Enrichment Award
Presentation Dinner
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March 1-3, 2013: Weekend in Quest
Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in Iberia and the Americas
Prof. Matthew Warshawsky
University of Portland

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February 17 and February 21, 2013
IJS sponsored the Israeli film "The Gatekeepers"
at the Portland International Film Festival
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February 16, 2013: Lecture
Gershom Gorenberg
The Crisis of Israeli Democracy:
How it Broke, How to Fix It

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February 4, 2013: IJS Annual Meeting and Nelson Lecture
Prof. Jonathan Schofer
Sagely Life and Sagely Character in Classical Jewish Sources
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2012
Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2012: Scholar Weekend
Prof. Yona Sabar
(My Father's Paradise)
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November 16-17, 2012: Scholar in Residence
Prof. Natan M. Meir
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October 28, 2012:
Conference on the Future of Holocaust Teaching & Research
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June 27, 2012: Lecture
An Unhappy Community and an even Unhappier Rabbi: The Sad story of the last Chief Rabbi from Warsaw
Prof. Shaul Stampfer, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem
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April 15-29, 2012: 20th Portland Jewish Film Festival
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February 24-26, 2012: Weekend in Quest
The Modern Moroccan Jewish Experience
Prof. Oren Kosansky, Lewis & Clark College
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February 13, 2012: Roscoe C. Nelson, Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Boris Slutsky, the Soviet Rashi
Prof. Marat Grinberg, Reed College
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January 15, 2012: Film Screening
This Is Your Life: Holocaust Survivors
(screening of 3 fascinating episodes from the 1950s TV show)
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2011
December 29, 2011: Lecture
Can you put Felafel on a Bagel? The history of two iconic foods

Prof. Shaul Stampfer, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem
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November 7, 2011: Lecture
Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza
Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman
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November 3, 2011: Literary Salon
Review of The Hare with Amber Eyes
by Edmund de Waal

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October 23, 2011: Lecture
Shylock's Venice: Reflections on the History, Art, and Culture
of the World's First Ghetto

Lisa Calevi, Art History, Univ. of Oregon
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July 31, 2011: Event marking the retirement of Rabbi Joshua Stampfer
after 28 years as Executive Director of the Institute for Judaic Studies
(ARTICLE IN JEWISH REVIEW)

June 14, 2011: Lecture
How Jewish Were the Khazars?

Prof. Shaul Stampfer, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (DETAILS)

April 3-17, 2011: 19th Portland Jewish Film Festival (DETAILS)

March 11-13, 2011: Weekend in Quest (DETAILS)
Jews and Popular Culture in the Ancient World
Prof. Loren Spielman, Portland State University

Feb. 7, 2011: Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture: (DETAILS)
The Question of Jewish "Authenticity" in the Modern Age:
Lessons from History

Speaker: Prof. Natan Meir, Portland State University

2010-2011 Writers and Scholars Lecture Series:
Speakers: Shawn Levy, Annie Dawid
2010 Weekend in Quest:
Insiders and Outsiders: Who Is the Other?
Biblical and Rabbinic Views of Gentiles, Converts, Women and Servants
Scholar in Residence: Prof. Judith Baskin, University of Oregon

Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Robert Klonoff, Dean, Lewis and Clark Law School

18th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

Institute Conference: (PROGRAM)
Sholem Aleichem Conference
presented by IJS, Congregation Neveh Shalom, and Reed College.
Speakers: Aliza Shevrin, Joseph Butwin, Natan Meir, Marat Grinberg, Frederike Heuer, and George Lederer
   
Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) is regarded as the most popular and beloved of Yiddish writers. He composed stories, novels and plays that captured life in the shtetl, the traditional Jewish village in Eastern Europe. The writer, born Solomon Rabinovitz, (Sholem Aleichem was a penname) grew up in the Ukrainian town of Pereyaslavl. Although he studied Hebrew, the sacred and literary language of Jews, in school, he spoke Yiddish at home. At the outbreak of World War I, Sholem Aleichem escaped with his family to Copenhagen and then to the United States. He died in 1916. His funeral procession brought 150,000 mourners onto the streets of New York City. It took another three years for the first successful production of his work, a performance of Tevye der Milhiker (Tevye the Milkman), the story later made into Fiddler on the Roof.

2009 Weekend in Quest:
The Lives of Our Mothers and Fathers in Eastern Europe
Scholar in Residence:
Prof. Natan Meir, Portland State University

Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University

17th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival
2008 Weekend in Quest:
Gilgul: Spiritual Transformation and the Jewish Musical Voice
Scholar in Residence: Rabbi Alan Berg

Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Grave Matters: Sephardic Funerary Art & Identity in Colonial America
Speaker: Prof. Laura Leibman, Reed College

16th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

2007-2008 Writers and Scholars Lecture Series:
Speakers: Peter Cole, John Efron, Charlotte Fonrobert
2007 Weekend in Quest:
Islam from a Jewish Perspective
Scholar in Residence: Prof. Steven Wasserstrom, Reed College

Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Rabbi Michael Cahana, Congregation Beth Israel

15th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

Jonathan Newman Memorial Law Conference:
Codes & Commands: Emerging Law & Religious Traditions
in the Treatment of Animals

Institute Conference:
The Impact of the Emigres from the Former Soviet Union
on the United States and Israel.

Speakers: Prof. Zvi Gitelman, Prof. William Korey
2006-2007 Writers and Scholars Lecture Series:
Speakers: Jerold Frakes, Janis Plotkin, Esther Chazon, Marc Dollinger, Edward Shapiro

2006 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Prof. Michael Weingrad, Portland State University

14th Portland Jewish Film Festival
2005-2006 Writers and Scholars Lecture Series:
Speakers: Ilan Stavans, Eitan Fishbane, Yair Hoffman, Anita Norich
2005 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Matthew Warshawsky, University of Portland

13th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

Jonathan Newman Memorial Law Conference:
Ethical Issues in Reparations to Aggrieved Groups:
What Lessons Can We Learn from the Holocaust?

Institute Conference:
Rashi: 900th Yahrzeit.
Speakers: Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel, Prof. Martin Lokshin
2004-2005 Writers and Scholars Lecture Series:
Speakers: Steven Aschheim, Erich Gruen, Jonathan Sarna, Susan Glenn
2004 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Ben Zion Kogen

12th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

2003-2004 Writers and Scholars Lecture Series:
Speakers: Michael Meyer, Sylvia Rouss, Shalom Paul, Trudi Alexy
2003 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Colin Diver, President, Reed College

11th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival
2002-2003 Writers and Scholars Lecture Series:
Speakers: Yossi Klein Halevi, Sylvia Barack Fishman, Susannah Heschel, Gall Twersky Reimer
2002 10th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival
2001-2002 Writers and Scholars Lecture Series:
Speakers: Sir Martin Gilbert, Rebecca Goldstein, Arnold Eisen, David Ariel
2001 9th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

Institute Conference:
Yehuda Amichai: A Celebration of His Life, Career and Poetry.
Speakers: David Biespiel, Chana Bloch, Tess Gallagher, Chana Kronfeld, Gary Miranda, Nikolai Popov

Guest Lecture:
What is Jewish Philosophy? Five Paths to be Taken
Speaker: Zev Harvey

Guest Lecture:
Ethics and the Media
Speaker: Tom Goldman

2000-2001 Writers and Scholars Lecture Series:
Speakers: Rabbi David Wolpe, Anne Roiphe, James Young, Samuel Freedman
2000 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Daniel Faulk, University of Oregon

8th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

Music and Dance:
The Prince of West End Avenue
Kerry Shales, the renowned British actor, playing all fourteen roles

1999-2000 Writers and Scholars Lecture Series:
Speakers: James Kugel, Batya Gur, A.B. Yehoshua, Rabbi Harold Kushner
1999 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Richard Stein, University of Oregon

7th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

Institute Conference:
The World of the Yeshiva
Speakers: Prof. William Helmreich, Prof. Allan Nadler, Rabbi Elijah Schochet, Prof. Shaul Stampfer

Guest Lecture:
Speak Softly But Carry A Big Stick
Speaker: Bryna Levy
1998 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: David Leslie, Executive Director, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

6th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival
1997 5th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

1996 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Faith Gabelnick, President, Pacific University

4th Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

Jewish Film Festival at the Beach

Guest Lecture:
On Display: Jews at World Fairs, 1876 -1940
Speaker: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
1995 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Murray Sidlin, Associate Director, Oregon Symphony Orchestra

3rd Annual Portland Jewish Film Festival

Jewish Film Festival at the Beach

Guest Lecture:
The Gulf Crisis: What is the Way Out?
Speaker: Milton Viorst
1994 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Daniel Lasker, Ben Gurion University

Music and Dance:
Song Trilogy
lecture by Stacy Klein, Artistic Director of Double Edge Theater in Boston, Massachusetts

Jewish Film Festival at the Beach

1993 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Robert Liebman, Portland State University

Jewish Film Festival at the Beach

Institute Conference:
The Nobility of Rescue: The Scandinavian Response to the Holocaust.
Speakers: Reverend Douglas Huneke, Dr. Steven Koblik, Honorable Arne Melchior, Prof. Pearl Oliner, Prof. Anders MacGregor Thunnel

Guest Lecture:
The Story of Chinese Jews
Speaker: Prof. Donald Leslie

Guest Lecture:
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Conquering Army of God
Speaker: Prof. Ziony Zevit

Guest Lecture:
Moses & Monotheism Symposium
Speakers: David Spain, Howard Rosenbaum

1992 Theater Event:
The Immigrant: A Hamilton County Album
Mark Harelik

Theater Event:
The Convertible Girl
reading by Danny Simon

Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Malachi Hacohen, Reed College

Music and Dance:
Wondrous Evening in Spain
Nadia Mahdi, Arte Flamenco Dance Company

Jonathan Newman Memorial Law Conference:
The Jewish Stake in the Bill of Rights

Jewish Film Festival at the Beach

Institute Conference:
1492: From Iberia to America.
Speakers: Stephen Birmingham, Prof. Jane Gerber, Dr. Stanley M. Hordes, Prof. Mark Meyerson

Guest Lecture:
Yiddishkayt: A Legacy of Language in Translations and Poems
Speaker: Kathryn Hellerstein

1991 Theater Event:
The Merchant of Venice
Libby Appel

Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: William Brillner, University of California, Berkeley

Jewish Film Festival at the Beach

Interfaith Conference:
Archeology and the Bible

Institute Conference:
East-European Jewry: Then and Now 1890-1990.
Speakers: Prof. Gershon Hundert, Prof. Anita Norich, Dr. Samuel Norich

Guest Lecture:
The Motherhood of God in the Bible
Speaker: Prof. Mayer Gruber

Guest Lecture:
Jewish Mysticism
Speaker: Moshe Idel

1990 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Martin Jaffe, University of Washington

Retreat:
Beyond Evil: Empowering Hope in the Writings of Elie Wiesel

Music and Dance:
A Sunday Afternoon in St. Petersburg:
A Concert of Jewish Music from the St. Petersburg School

Jonathan Newman Memorial Law Conference:
Law and Human Rights in the West Bank and Gaza

Interfaith Conference:
The Book of Job

Institute Conference:
Between Athens and Jerusalem: Reason and Faith in Conflict.
Speakers: Prof. David Winston, Prof. Steven J. Zipperstein,
Dr. Yitzchak Kerem

Guest Lecture:
November 9, 1938/November 9, 1989:
Days of Destiny for Germany and the World

Speaker: Whitney Harris,
special prosecutor and U.S. trial counsel at the Nuremberg Trials

1989 Music and Dance:
An Elijah Festival: Prophecy, Music, Art and Literature

Interfaith Conference:
Exile and Dreams of Return

Institute Conference:
From Powerlessness to Power: Israel and Japan 1948-1988.
Speakers: Prof. David Biale, Prof. David Goodman, Prof. Arthur Hertzberg, Prof. Robert Ozaki, Prof. Kenneth Pyle
1988 Jonathan Newman Memorial Law Conference:
Jewish Supreme Court Justices

Interfaith Conference:
Apocalypse, Then and Now

Institute Conference:
Islam and Judaism: 1400 Years of Shared Values.
Speakers: Prof. William Brinner, Imam A.M. Khattab, Prof. Azim A. Nanji, Prof. Norman Stillman, Prof. Steven Wasserstrom

Guest Lecture:
An Underwater Archeologist in the Holy Land
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Flinder

1987 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Speaker: Prof. Steven Wasserstrom, Reed College

Music and Dance:
A Bloch Festival
co-sponsored with Portland Symphonic Choir

Interfaith Conference:
The Abraham-Sarah Narrative

Institute Conference:
Martin Buber: A Life of Dialogue.
Speakers: Prof. Michael Fishbane, Prof. Paul Mendes-Flohr, Prof. Maurice Friedman, Prof. Donald Moore, Prof. Virginia Shabatay

Guest Lecture:
Treasures of the Holy Land
Speaker Dr. Yael Israeli

Guest Lecture:
Jewish Politics in Europe and America Up To W.W.II
Speaker: Prof. Ezra Mendelsohn

Guest Lecture:
God and the 20th Century American Writer
Alfred Kazin

1986 Theater Event:
The Merchant of Venice: Problems of Interpretation for the Modern Audience
Prof. Roger Porter and Michael Griggs

Theater Event:
La Ronde
Arthur Schnitzler's play staged in conjunction with The Vienna of Freud and Herzl conference

Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Reinhold Niebuhr and the Jews
Speaker: Richard Fox, Reed College

Retreat:
Entering the World of Abraham Joshua Heschel

Jonathan Newman Memorial Law Conference:
Reverence for Life

Interfaith Conference:
The Book of Psalms

Institute Conference:
Vienna of Herzl and Freud: Fin de Siecle.
Speakers: Prof. Steven Aschheim, Prof. Alessandra Comini, Prof. Rudolf Ekstein, Prof. Ottomar Rudolf, Prof. David Schlff

Guest Lecture:
Ancient Jerusalem in the Light of Recent Archeological Discoveries
Speaker: Dr. Yigal Shiloh

Film Event:
The Portland premiere of War and Love
based on Jack Eisner's memoir, The Survivor

Film Event:
The Jewish Experience in American Films
a photographic exhibit and lecture by Dr. Patricia Erens

1985 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
The Worlds of Jewish Folklore
Speaker: Eric A. Kimmel, Portland State University

Music and Dance:
The Tzabarim, An Israeli Dance Troupe

Jonathan Newman Memorial Law Conference:
Death and Loss in Contemporary America:
Psychological and Judaic Viewpoints

Interfaith Conference:
Birth of the Bible

Institute Conference:
The Sephardim: A Cultural Journey from Spain to the Pacific Northwest.
Speakers: Rabbi Marc Angel, Prof. Robert I. Burns, Rabbi Sheldon Donnell, Prof. David Romey, Prof. Benjamin Gampel, Lauren Pomerantz, Cantor Isaac Azose

Guest Lecture:
Arab-Israeli Conflict As Seen in the Dreams of Israeli Children,
Speaker: Prof. Yoram Bilu

Guest Lecture:
A Certain People,
Speaker: Charles Silberman

1984 Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Teaching the Holocaust to University Students
Marshall Lee, Pacific University

Jonathan Newman Memorial Law Conference:
The Roots of Common Law in the Bible and Talmud

Institute Conference:
Prayer and Politics: Twin Poles of Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Speakers: Rabbi Samuel Dresner, Prof. Susannah Heschel, Pinchas Peli

Guest Lecture:
Survival of a Culture: History and Relationships of 'Island Cultures:' The Basques, Hispanics, Laotians, Hmong, Mien and Russians of Oregon and the Jews of Kaifeng, China