Departmental Seminars

Diversity and Integration Challenges Facing Contemporary Europe: Reflections on the Trajectory of Israeli Society; towards greater accommodation or fragmentation?

The Melton Centre for Jewish Education
Tue, 18/12/2012 - 12:30

Paul Scheffer is a Dutch academic and publicist. He was professor at the Universiteit van Amsterdam between 2003 and 2011, currently he is professor of European studies at Tilburg University. Paul Scheffer is also a prominent member of the Dutch Labour Party.

In 2000, he wrote an essay Het Multiculturele Drama ("The Multicultural Drama") which was very influential in shaping the debate on multiculturalism and immigration in the Netherlands.

Democratic Values in a Torn Society

The Melton Centre for Jewish Education
Wed, 17/10/2012 - 12:30

Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer is Vice President of Research at the Israel Democracy Institute, where he heads the Constitutional Principles, National Security and Democracy, and Arab-Jewish Relations projects. He is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Law Faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Citizenship, Religion and Civic Education in Contemporary Israel

The Melton Centre for Jewish Education
Wed, 17/10/2012 - 12:25

Dr. Shlomo Fischer teaches sociology in Tel Aviv University and in the School of Education at Hebrew University. He was awarded his PhD degree in 2007 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include the nexus of religion, politics and class in Israel, contemporary religion and Jewish historical sociology.

Bridging Cultures

The Melton Centre for Jewish Education
Wed, 11/01/2012 - 12:20

Prof. Patricia M. Greenfield is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), one of the founders of the Bridging Cultures Project, and founding director of the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development.

Taglit-Birthright Israel: Can Education Transform Diaspora-Israel Relations?

The Melton Centre for Jewish Education
Wed, 04/01/2012 - 12:20

Prof. Leonard Saxe
Leonard Saxe is Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and directs the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University. Professor Saxe is a social psychologist, as well as a methodologist, and is concerned with the application of social science to social policy issues. His present focus is on religious and ethnic identity and specifically addresses issues relevant to the Jewish community.

Insiders and outsiders: the construction of Jewish identity and culture

The Melton Centre for Jewish Education
Sun, 29/05/2011 - 12:05

Professor Marc Hirshman (Hebrew University): "A house of prayer for all peoples" in Rabbinic Thought.
  • Professor Benjamin Gampel (Jewish Theological Seminary): The Construction of Insider and Outsider in Medieval Ashkenaz and Sepharad.
  • Professor Robin Judd (Ohio State University): Neither "In" nor "Out": Jewish War-brides and integration narratives, 1945-1950.

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Attitudes of young students in Jewish schools regarding Israel

The Melton Centre for Jewish Education
Wed, 13/04/2011 - 12:00

Departmental Seminar led by Dr. Howard Deitcher and Dr. Alex Pomson
on the topic of:
"What do American Jewish youth really think about Israel?"
A discussion was held following a screening of video interviews with students in American Jewish high schools.
Watch the video of the seminar: Part 1 - Part 2

Marginality and motivation in the life course models of German Turkish youths in Berlin

The Melton Centre for Jewish Education
Wed, 09/03/2011 - 00:00 to 13:30

Dr. Julia Eksner (Post Doctorant Fellow from Berlin)
This talk presents an analysis of the local meaning system embedding the educational
goals of a group of German Turkish youths characterized by few structural
opportunities. It describes and scrutinizes the curious case of youths who find
themselves in the lowest track of the German education system and who do not select
educational goals considered appropriate to their tracking. Education researchers – in