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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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Judaic Studies Mourns the loss of Howard Segal

Judaic Studies at the University of Maine community mourns the loss of professor of history Howard Segal on November 9th. In addition to his award-winning teaching and scholarship, Professor Segal was a valued and longtime advisor to the Judaic Studies program. The hearts and minds of the entire UMaine community are with his wife, professor […]

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David L. Smith “On Inhumanity”

David Livingstone Smith (Philosophy, University of New England) spoke on the dehumanization and demonization of Jews and his new book, On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It (Oxford, 2020) in this virtual colloquium co-sponsored by UMaine Judaic Studies and the UMaine Philosophy Department.  

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Hebrew 101, Fall 2020, Online

If you would like to: -Speak, understand, read or write Hebrew -Refresh your “rusty” knowledge of Hebrew -Learn about Jewish culture Then join Shellie Batuski for HBR 101: BEGINNING MODERN HEBREW I. NO BACKGROUND REQUIRED. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. * Fall Semester, Tues & Thurs, 2:00- 3:15 p.m. on ZOOM. *3 Credits *Fulfills requirements for General […]

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Prof. Doug Allen named 2020 Gould Award winner

Professor of Philosophy Doug Allen has been named the 2020 Steve Gould Award winner for his “superior qualities of unselfishness and compassion in the course of service to the university and its ideals.” We are honored to have Dr. Allen on the Judaic Studies Advisory Committee where he continues to offer sage advice on all […]

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