Academic Video Online Database has Jewish Studies Documentaries By Debra Mandel. While working from home, our screen time has increased enormously. We are balancing zoom sessions, binge watching series, and tuning in to difficult daily news. To add to this mix, the Northeastern Library has wonderful streaming videos and music to choose from. Here is… Continue reading Enrich your Screen Time!
By Simon Rabinovitch. This past fall I taught for the first time Northeastern's introductory course to Jewish religion, history, and culture (JWSS/PHIL 1285) and took the students to a couple of spots in Boston relevant to Jewish history in the city. We strolled down the street from where our class met, to the Columbus Avenue… Continue reading Digital History of the Jews of Boston
By Joel Bresler. My love of Sephardic music began in my college years. I loved Renaissance music, especially Spanish Renaissance music. A group named Hespèrion XX brought out a double LP of Christian and Sephardic music. (See here for a discussion of performing Sephardic music as Early Music, but that’s a whole separate discussion. I’m grateful for… Continue reading In Search of Sephardic Music
By Alexander Levering Kern. While we will surely remember this April as the trying time of Coronavirus/COVID-19, for three of the world's great faiths this is also a deeply holy season, made somehow more precious by the sense of suffering and struggle that we share. As Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities observe Passover, Easter, and… Continue reading Anatomy of Yes: A Poem, with Questions to Ponder
By Debra Mandel. As you finish up your research projects and ponder your next ones, visit the library’s Jewish Studies Subject Guide , a handy gateway exploring Jewish scholarship, information and multimedia in databases, periodicals, encyclopedias and websites. Key databases include Jewish Studies Source, a multidisciplinary gateway to Jewish civilization and Index to Jewish Periodicals which… Continue reading Jewish Studies Research Resources and Information at your Fingertips
By Kathryn Ruth Bloom. In my teens, I learned about two extraordinary women whose years of forced isolation are now helping me through my own sheltering in place during the current pandemic. I’m a Boomer and those “virtual” introductions of my youth came from books and magazines. I learned about Anne Frank when a friend… Continue reading Looking back at Two Women during Difficult Times
By Jessie Sigler. While it’s unfortunate that our community couldn’t come together for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week this year, I want to draw attention to how much phenomenal learning material exists online, in Northeastern’s very own Holocaust Awareness archive. Since 1977, Northeastern has hosted the annual Holocaust Awareness Week (renamed Holocaust and Genocide Awareness… Continue reading Delving into the Holocaust Awareness Committee Archives
By Lori Lefkovitz. I saw a sort-of joke on Twitter (maybe too real to be funny): 30 days hath September, April, June, and etc….except for March, which has 8,000. I am interested in time, and especially in Jewish conceptualizations of time, including how our holiday cycles flow into one another, acknowledging seasonal rhythms, and telling… Continue reading Anticipatory Time