Lecture Series

Fruit of the Vine Lecture Series


The Fruit of the Vine Lecture Series is a program of IJS whose location varies throughout the community.  Over the years young Portlanders have moved on and established a name for themselves in a wide variety of fields. This series brings some of them back to Portland to share their insights in their respective areas.

Past Lectures:

Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lectures/Annual Meeting


Roscoe C. Nelson Jr., the first president of the Institute for Judaic Studies, was an attorney with a legal career that spanned over 50 years. He was noted for his work in the area of pro bono legal services. Of particular note were his efforts to protect the property of his Japanese-American clients. Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. served on the boards of Metropolitan Family Services, the Oregon Psychoanalytic Association, the Oregon Symphony, and the Portland Opera.

With Rabbi Stampfer, he founded the Institute for Judaic Studies.

This fund sponsors an eminent local scholar speaking on a Jewish subject at the IJS annual meeting.


Past speakers in this series:

2018  Joshua Safran

2016  Rabbi David Kosak, Congregation Neveh Shalom

2015  Dana Katz, Reed College

2014  Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, IJS Founder

2013  Jonathan Shofer, Reed College

2012  Marat Grinberg, Reed College 

2011   Natan Meir, Portland State University

2010  Robert Klonoff, Dean, Lewis and Clark Law School

2009 Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University

2008 Laura Leibman, Reed College
Grave Matters: Sephardic Funerary Art & Identity in Colonial America

2007  Rabbi Michael Cahana, Congregation Beth Israel

2006  Michael Weingrad, Portland State University

2005  Matthew Warshawsky, University of Portland

2004  Ben Zion Kogen

2003  Colin Diver, President, Reed College 

2000  Daniel Faulk, University of Oregon 

1999  Richard Stein, University of Oregon

1998  David Leslie, Executive Director, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

1996  Faith Gabelnick, President, Pacific University

1995  Murray Sidlin, Associate Director, Oregon Symphony Orchestra

1994  Daniel Lasker, Ben Gurion University

1993  Robert Liebman, Portland State University

1992  Malachi Hacohen, Reed College

1991  William Brillner, University of California, Berkeley

1990  Martin Jaffe, University of Washington

1987  Steven Wasserstrom, Reed College

1986  Richard Fox, Reed College
Reinhold Niebuhr and the Jews

1985  Eric A. Kimmel, Portland State University
The Worlds of Jewish Folklore

1984  Marshall Lee, Pacific University
Teaching the Holocaust to University Students