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UAlbany Announces Fall 2003 Jewish Studies Lunch & Learn Program

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (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 or

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 Jewish History.

"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 historiography.

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 UAlbany.

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, Israel, 2003."

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

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