Oxford University Chabad Society

HILARY TERMCARD 2019

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Welcome to Oxford University Chabad Society Hilary Termcard 2019Whether you’re looking for stimulating classes and discussions, high profile lectures, a delicious Shabbat dinner or just a warm environment to hang out, the Oxford University Chabad Society has something to offer everyone. Looking forward to meeting you over the coming term!

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Week 0

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sushi1.jpg0 Week Welcome Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Israeli German playright and best selling author

Tuvia Tenenbom

‘The World As I See It’

Tuvia Tenenbom   is the author of three Spiegel bestsellers, a journalist, dramatist, and the founder of the Jewish Theater of New York. Tuvia studied for his doctorate in English literature at St. John's University, and earned his MFA in playwriting at CUNY-Brooklyn. Tuvia is the author of Allein unter Deutschen (I Sleep in Hitler's Room in English), Allein unter Juden / (Catch the Jew!), Allein unter Amerikanern (The Lies They Tell)Fett wie ein Turnschuh, and Allein unter Flüchtlingen (Hello, Refugees!). In 2003 Germany's prestigious newspaper Die Zeit voted Tuvia Tenenbom and Prof. Harold Bloom “the best minds” in America. Tuvia was named "founder of a new form of Jewish theater" by the French Le Monde, "founder of The Theater of Catastrophe" by the German Die Zeit, "a New Jew" by the Israeli Maariv, "free artist who fights for truth and tolerance" by the Belgian Le Vif L'Express, and "one of the most iconoclastic and innovative of contemporary dramatists" by the Italian Corriere Della Sera.

Friday, 11 Jan, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Week 1

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Klamberg.jpgLena Emelyn Zlock

Reading the Talmud in El Dorado: Locating Jewish Sources in Voltaire's Working Library

Lena Zlock is the Principal Investigator of the Voltaire Library Project and inaugural visiting researcher at the Voltaire Foundation’s Voltaire Lab at the University of Oxford. She currently also studies at Stanford University, double-majoring in History and French. Her research is supported by a Chappell Lougee Scholarship, a Major Grant, and a Conference Grant from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. She is a recipient of the Oxford University Press Prize.

Monday, 14 January, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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CHINESE Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 18 Jan, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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Week 2 

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Seth Siegel.jpegChocolate Fondue

Celebrating Tu B'Shvat - Jewish New year for Trees

Monday, 21 January, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner 

Fri, 25 Jan, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Week 3

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Henry Glanz.jpgThe Perl Grunzweig Holocaust Memorial Lecture

Holocaust survivor Henry Glanz

'The Last Train: How I survived the Holocaust'

Harry Glanz, 94, was born in 1924 in Poland, and moved to Keil in Germany in 1926. In 1938, he received a visa to Palestine but due to the The White Paper on Palestine, issued by the British Government in May 1939, restricting Jewish immigration to Palestine just as Jews sought to flee Nazi persecution in Europe, he was rejected. He received however a visa to arrive in Britain with the last Kindertransport, ten hours after the invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939. His father, mother and younger brother died in Auschwitz.

Sunday, 27 January, 8pm

Candle Lighting Memorial and Lecture 

Buffet reception 7pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

RSVP for buffet reception: info@oxfordchabad.org

All are welcome! 

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Town Hall.jpg Walking Tour of Medieval Jewish Oxford 

Special Guided View of the Entrance to the Medieval Tunnel belonging to a medieval Oxford Jew.

Many of the historic sites in Oxford are connected with the Jewish medieval history in Oxford. Join this 90 min walking tour and get to see the Jewish quarter, the site of the medieval cemetery, synagogue, the oldest College that was bought from a Jewish property owner, the route of the Jewish funeral processions (Dead Man's Walk), and much more.

Wednesday, 30 January, 1pm

Meet at Town Hall St Aldate's

RSVP: info@oxfordchabad.org

All are welcome! 

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Sushi.jpgSUSHI Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 1 February, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Week 4

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szbv kép.jpgWe cordially invite to a roundtable discussion

Deputy State Secretary of Hungary 

Mr. Vince Szalay-Bobrovniczky

'The Government of Hungary and the Jews'

In conversation with

Dr. Michael Pinto-Duschinsky

Former Politics Research Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford 

Mr. Vince Szalay-Bobrovniczky currently serves as Deputy State Secretary responsible for civil and major society issues in the Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary. Since 1999 he has hold several positions in public service. After graduating in Budapest and Munich as a historian and EU expert, he began his career as rapporteur in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary and consultant in the National Assembly. After his first posting in Munich as Consul and moving forward on the career ladder, he became Director of Department regarding European bilateral issues, and served two times as Ambassador of Hungary to Austria and Finland. He also served earlier as Deputy State Secretary for European and US bilateral issues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and later Deputy State Secretary for EU affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office. He speaks German and English fluently, also familiar with Spanish language on advanced level. Mr. Szalay-Bobrovniczky is married and father of four children.

Tuesday, 5 February , 8pm

Reception 7pm

RSVP: info@oxfordchabad.org

Venue: To be notified

All are welcome!  

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Manfred Deselaers

'Ideology and conscience of a perpetrator. The example of Rudolf Hoess, the commander of Auschwitz'

Wednesday, 6 February, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 8 February, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Week 5 

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Hamantash.jpegHamantash Baking

Celebrating Purim Katan

Tuesday, 12 February, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Persian Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 15 February, 7.30pm 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Week 6 

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Neta-Bodner1-1024x640.jpgDr. Neta Bodner

'Architecture and Halakha: The Use of Ground Water for Medieval Mikvaot'

Neta Bodner is a Rothschild (Yad ha Nadiv) post-doctoral fellow. She received her PhD in 2016 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in architectural history, focusing on medieval architecture. In 2016-2018 she was a post-doctoral fellow in the European Research Council project ‘Beyond the Elite: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe’ headed by Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten where she studied Jewish ritual baths. Her current project is a comparative analysis of Jewish and Christian spaces for ritual immersion from the twelfth and the thirteenth centuries. 

Tuesday, 19  February , 8pm 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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Lawrence_Goldman.jpg Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Professor Lawrence Goldman

Senior Research Fellow, St. Peter's College, University of Oxford

'Disraeli's Letters: Ambition, Politics and Jewish Identity in Victorian Britain'

Friday, 22 February, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Week 7

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Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 12.42.39 am.pngYom Limmud Seminar in Jewish Studies

The TALMUD: 500 Years since the printing of the Bomberg Talmud

Professor Joshua Getzler, Law Department, University of Oxford

‘The law of judicial majorities in Roman & Jewish Law’

Joshua Getzler joined the Oxford Law Faculty in 1993 and became a professor in 2011. His first degrees in law and history were taken at the Australian National University in Canberra, and his doctorate in Oxford, as a member of Balliol and Nuffield Colleges. He has taught and researched at the Australian National University, the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Chicago. 

Rabbi Chaim Rapoport, London

‘Sealing of the Talmud and its legal Significance’

Rabbi Eli Brackman, Oxford University Chabad Society

‘Henry VIII and the Talmud’

Dr. Naftali Loewenthal, University College London

‘Talmudic Aggada and the Mystical Tradition’

Dr. Loewenthal lectures in Jewish spirituality at University College London's Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department. He is author ofCommunicating the Infinite: The emergence of the Habad School (University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1990), and many articles, both academic and popular. His forthcoming book is Hasidism Beyond Modernity: Studies in Habad thought and history, to be published by the Littman Library. 

Dr. Israel Sandman, University College London

Dr Israel Sandman is a research fellow at University College London’s Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies. His areas of research include medieval Jewish thought, medieval Jewish literature, and medieval Hebrew manuscripts. He is currently cataloguing the Chabad Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester.

Meir Wachs, Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford

Sergei Bogdanov, University of Oxford

'Variations in the text of the Talmud and their legal significance'

Sergei is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford with expertise in Classical Philology, English Literature. 

More to be confirmed 

Sunday, 24 February, 1pm-6pm 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome! 

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Frankopan.jpgProfessor Peter Frankopan

In conversation with Professor Abigail Green  

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World - A Jewish perspective

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is also Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia/Iran, Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. He also specializes in medieval Greek literature and translated The Alexiad for Penguin Classics (2009). Peter often writes for the international press, including The New York Times, Financial Times Guardian, and has a regular column in the London Evening Standard. Silk Roads was named The Daily Telegraph's History Book of the Year 2015. It went to Number One in the Sunday Times Non-Fiction charts, remaining in the Top 10 for nine months in a row, as well as being #1 in China, India, the UAE, Ireland and many other countries around the world. Peter has been described in The New Statesman as 'the history rock star du jour'. In December 2018, The Silk Roads was chosen as one of the 25 most influential books translated into Chinese in the last 40 years.

Tuesday, 26 February, 1pm 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Mary Fulbrook.jpgProfessor Mary Fulbrook

‘The continuing presence of the Nazi past: judicial reckonings, personal legacies, and inter-generational transmission’

Mary Fulbrook, FBA, is Professor of German History at UCL. Her latest book is entitled Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice (OUP, 2018). She has published widely on German history, including broad overviews as well as detailed studies of both the Third Reich and the GDR. Recent books include the Fraenkel Prize-winning A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust (OUP 2012), and Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence through the German Dictatorships (OUP,  2011; two volumes in paperback, 2017). She is currently running an AHRC-funded collaborative research project on perpetration and complicity under Nazism. Among other professional commitments, Mary Fulbrook serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Foundation for the former Nazi Concentration Camps at Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora. She has previously served as Chair of the Modern History Section of the British Academy, Chair of the German History Society, and she was Founding Joint Editor of German History.

Tuesday, 26 February, 8pm 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 29 February, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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Week 8

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alexander massey.jpg'The Time Of Singing Has Come’

Inspirational Jewish songs composed by Alexander Massey.

Performed by Alexander Massey and Matthew Faulk.

Sunday, 3 March, 7pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

RSVP: info@oxfordchabad.org 

All are welcome!  

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david_aberbach_photo.jpgProfessor David Aberbach

'Judah Hanasi as Educational Revolutionary'

Marking the 1800th anniversary of Rabbi Judah Hanasi's death (estimated to be around 219 CE)'

David Aberbach is Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Studies at McGill University, Montreal and has visiting positions at Harvard (Kennedy Center for International Development) and the LSE (International Development) as well as Oxford and UCL.  Among his books are Revolutionary Hebrew, Empire and Crisis;  Major Turning Points in Jewish Intellectual History; and The European Jews, Patriotism and the Liberal State. His most recent books are Nationalism, War, and Jewish Education, and Nationalism, War, and Jewish Education.

Wednesday, 6 March, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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End of Term Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 8 March, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!  

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CLASSES AND COURSES

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Talmud Class

Join us to study subjects in Judaism's all-important 6th century legal work of the Talmud that shapes Jewish law and thought up until today.

Every Sunday, 7pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Hebrew for Beginners Course Hebrew.jpg

 Qualified Hebrew teacher Hadas Gross

Monday, 28 January, 5.45-7.15pm 

For 6 consecutive weeks 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Course: £36 for the course / non students £40

Booking: info@oxfordchabad.org

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GlassesTalmud 

Rabbi Chaim Rapoport

Rabbi Rapoport is a leading educator, lecturer and expert Judaic scholar. He is former Rabbi of the Birmingham Central Synagogue. 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

RSVP: info@oxfordchabad.org

All are welcome! 

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Lunch 'n' Learn 

Join us for a weekly delicious Lunch & Learn on a variety of contemporary stimulating topics in ethics and philosophy.

Mondays, 1pm

Brasenose College, Platnauer Room

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Bagels.jpegLunch & Learn - Jewish Medical Ethics

Abortion, enhancement, Jewish principles, transplantations and more

Tuesdays, 12:30pm

Canns Library, The Graduate Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital

RSVP: info@oxfordchabad.org

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Lunch & Learn at Brookes University

Wednesdays, 12pm

The Forum

RSVP: info@oxfordchabad.org

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The Tajtelbaum Jewish Study Hall

The Tajtelbaum Jewish Study Hall is open daily for you to study with a fully stocked Judaica library, wireless internet and FREE coffee and refreshments on offer.

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

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Cafe.jpegOxford Kosher Cafe

Enjoy a full menu of delicious Kosher food, which is situated in our spacious lounge with internet wireless connection, Wii, Jewish newspaper and satellite TV, in addition to our well stocked and diverse Judaica library with over 2000 interesting titles. Drop by for soups, deluxe sandwiches, bagels, salads, schnitzel, soft drinks and a range of delicious pastries. 

OPEN daily: 12.30pm-2pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

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Sign UpWrite - Subscribe

If you or a friend would like to sign up to the Chabad Society, please email:

info@oxfordchabad.org


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Oxford Chabad Society Committee 

Daniel Villar, Wadham College - President, Samuel Bodansky, St Peter's College - Secretary, Will Bronze, Brookes University - Vice President, Jade Weiner, St. Annes College, Amber Borowiec, Hertford College, Alan Kotlyar, Oxford, Alex Kumar, St Edmund Hall, Jozef Kosc, Green Templeton College, Sky Telford, Regent's Park College, Meir Wachs, Blackfriars, Eduardo Chazan, St Catherine's College, Greg Tsimbler (Business School), Harry Hatwell.

To join the committee, email: info@oxfordchabad.org.

Directors

Rabbi Eli & Freidy Brackman

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Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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