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“Rabbis & Rebbes – Artists & Intellectuals” at YIVO

On Sunday, March 8, there will be a conference at YIVO sponsored by YIVO and Touro College, Rabbis & Rebbes – Artists & Intellectuals. Admission is free but reservations are suggested. Here is the program.


The conference will focus on major areas of Jewish creativity in modern Eastern Europe. While certain topics such as Hasidism and Jewish Haskalah have been dealt with extensively by scholars, there has been relatively little discussion of the varieties of rabbinic, intellectual and artistic activity. We will examine these activities in three panels, in which the invited scholars will engage in animated discussion, moderated by the chair of each panel.


9:15 AM – Registration and coffee

10:00 AM – Introduction and Greetings

Carl J. Rheins – Executive Director – YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
Michael A. Shmidman – Dean – Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies
Bernard Lander – Founder and President – Touro College

10:30 AM – Session I : Rabbinic Cultures

Chair : Sid Leiman – Brooklyn College

Panel :

Henry Abramson – Touro College South
Gershon Bacon – Bar-Ilan University
Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern – Northwestern University

12:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – Session II : Artistic Cultures

Chair : Gershon Hundert – McGill University

Panel :

Gennady Estraikh – New York University
Olga Litvak – The University at Albany / SUNY
Ezra Mendelsohn – Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2:30 PM – Coffee Break

3:00 PM – Session III : The Cultures of Academic Scholarship

Chair : Natalia Aleksiun – Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies

Panel :

Samuel D. Kassow – Trinity College
Rachel Manekin – University of Maryland
Kalman Weiser – York University

4:30 PM – Closing Address

Gershon Hundert – McGill University

2 Responses to ““Rabbis & Rebbes – Artists & Intellectuals” at YIVO”

  1. 1
    Menachem Butler:

    From the advertisement that you linked, it seems that the conference is co-sponsored with Touro College.

  2. 2
    Menachem Mendel:

    Duly noted. Thanks.




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