UAlbany Announces Fall 2003 Jewish
Studies Lunch & Learn Program
James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
(September 4, 2003) -- The University at Albany's Center for
Jewish Studies opens the fall 2003 Lunch & Learn Program
with a talk by Yosef Gorny, head of the School of Jewish Studies
at Tel Aviv University on Wednesday, September 10. Now in
its fourth year, Lunch & Learn affords an opportunity
for community members to join UAlbany faculty and staff to
learn about a variety of Jewish studies topics and research.
All programs are held from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center
Assembly Hall (second floor) of the University's uptown campus
on the Wednesdays noted. The luncheons are kosher; advance
reservations are required. The cost of $10 per person and
$6 for students with ID is payable by cash or check. RSVP
to Yoel Hirschfeld, UAlbany's Center for Jewish Studies, 591-8514
Gorny will discuss "Theodor Herzl and the Zionist Pioneers
of the Second Aliyah in Historical Perspective." Gorny
has served as head of the Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish
Studies, head of the General B.A. Studies Program, and head
of the Chaim Weizmann Institute for Research in the History
of Zionism at Tel Aviv University. He is the incumbent of
the Abraham and Edith Spiegel Family Foundation Chair in European
"This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the
decision by the Sixth Zionist Congress, held in August 1903,
to create a Jewish national home in the Land of Israel,"
explained Mark A. Raider, director of the center. "It
is also the one-hundredth anniversary of the start of the
Second Aliyah, the wave of Russian Jewish immigrants who built
the rural colonies and countrywide workers' movement that
brought pre-state Israeli society into existence. Professor
Gorny is a leading expert on this period and we are delighted
to welcome him to UAlbany."
Gorny was born in Poland in 1933 and immigrated to Palestine
in 1947. He earned a B.A. in 1958 from The Hebrew University
of Jerusalem. In 1965 he earned a Master's from Tel Aviv University.
He also completed a Ph.D. at Tel Aviv in 1971 under the supervision
of the late Raphael Mahler, a well-known figure in Jewish
Gorny received the 1994 National Jewish Book Award in the
Israel Category. His major publications include: Between
Auschwitz and Jerusalem: The Holocaust and the State of Israel
as Components of the Jewish Collective Identity (in press);
The State of Israel in Jewish PublicThought: The Quest
for Collective Identity (London/New York, 1994); Policy
and Imagination: Federal Ideas in Zionist Political Thought,
1917-1948 (Jerusalem, 1993) and Zionism and the Arabs
1882-1948: A Study of Ideology (Oxford, 1987).
The program is co-sponsored by the History Department of
Upcoming fall 2003 Lunch & Learn Programs include:
• Monday, October 13. Ms. Rachel Tzvia Back, an Israeli poet,
on "Placing the Voice" The Personal and Political,
• Thursday, October 23. Dr. Pamela Barmash, Washington University,
"Biblical and Mesopotamian Law"
• Tuesday, November 11. Dr. Gerald Sorin, SUNY New Paltz,
"Writing the Biography of Irving Howe"
• Wednesday, December 10. Ms. Kate Cohen, local author, "Writing
Around Judaism and Jewish Themes"
For more information call the Center for Jewish Studies at
591-8514 or visit www.albany.edu/jewishstudies.