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Sounds from Silence: Rescuing Music Suppressed by the Nazis

On Yom HaShoah Prof. Phillip Silver gave a presentation on his research rescuing music suppressed by the Nazis with a performance by the Silver Duo (Phillip and Noreen Silver), live in Minsky Recital Hall before an audience of 74 and was streamed by another 80+ on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Professor Silver discussed the life and […]

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Leonard E. Minsky 1927-2022

Judaic Studies is saddened to learn of the passing of Leonard E. Minsky on February 21st.   UMaine alumnus, supporter, community member, and donor, Leonard served on the board of the UMaine Alumni Association, and with his wife, Renee, was honored as a life member of the University of Maine Foundation. He was the recipient […]

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Hanukkah and end of 2021 Fundraiser

Happy Hanukkah! Support the Judaic Studies programing you love as we come to the end of 2021! our.umaine.edu/judaicstudies Gifts to support Judaic Studies at UMaine may allow you to take a charitable deduction on your income tax return. The Judaic Studies program was created by Norman Minsky and continues to offer courses on Judaism, modern […]

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Spring 2022 Courses

  Spring 2022 For full details about the Judaic Studies minor see https://umaine.edu/judaicstudies/ or contact program coordinator Derek A. Michaud, derek.a.michaud@maine.edu or (207) 581-3890.   JST 205-0001 – Jewish History and Antisemitism: From Antiquity to the Founding of the State of Israel  Merrill Hall 335, 2:00-3:15 PM, TTh This course is a history of antisemitism, […]

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Judaic Studies at UMaine

The Judaic Studies program at the University of Maine is an interdisciplinary academic minor that also hosts guest speakers and other events of interest to the Jewish community of Eastern Maine.  As an academic program, Judaic Studies provides UMaine students with substantive understandings of the historical, religious, literary, philosophical, sociological, and political experiences of the […]

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Maine Day of Giving 2021

During the recent Maine Day of Giving (27 April 2021), Judaic Studies received generous gifts from seventeen donors. Together they contributed a total of $14,059 to support Judaic Studies here at the state’s research university. Of this total, $9,973 was contributed to the Norman Minsky Judaic Studies Fund. Generously endowed by Mr. Minsky, this Fund […]

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Alumni Association Webinar on Holidays in December

A recent webinar on religious holidays in December from UMaine Judaic Studies coordinator Derek A. Michaud hosted by the University of Maine Alumni Association. See here for more information about studying religion(s) at UMaine. For Judaism in particular see here.  

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Spring 2021 Courses

JST 205-0001 – Jewish History and Antisemitism from Antiquity to the Founding of the State of Israel, 3 Cr., Lord Hall 100, 11:00-12:15 PM, TTh This course is a history of antisemitism, describing its manifestations from pre-Christian Alexandria to the founding of the State of Israel. Students will be exposed to several academic and popular […]

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Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg on “Repentance and Repair in the Public Square”

On November 4th, 2020 UMaine Judaic Studies hosted Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg for a virtual talk about her current research on “Repentance and Repair in the Public Square.” Ruttenberg is currently Scholar in Residence at the National Council of Jewish Women. The author of several award-winning books including Nurture the Wow, Surprised By God, The Passionate […]

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