Tonight: Uriel da Costa, 7 pm


Tonight’s Jewish History lecture will focus on the life and thought of Uriel da Costa, a tragic figure whose brief autobiography, “Example of a Human Life,” describes the psychic pain and spiritual loss felt by Jewish victims of the Spanish Inquisition, even generations after the expulsion of 1492. His thought had a major impact on later thinkers including Baruch Spinoza, depicted in this imaginary scene by Samuel Hirszenberg (1888) as a child on da Costa’s knee.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

1602 Avenue J, Brooklyn NY 11230. Lecture is free and open to the community.

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Here’s a link to the Prezi.

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Here’s the link to the Prezi.

Josephus Against Apion (Jewish History @ Avenue J)

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Judah Maccabee (Jewish Biography as History) First Lecture of the Fall 2015 Lecture Series!

We begin the Fall 2015 Lectures in Jewish History series with a presentation on the life and work of Judah (Yehudah) Maccabee, famed military commander of the Hasmonean revolt. Enjoy in good health!

Here’s the link to the Prezi.

Jewish History Lectures Resume October 19 at Avenue J


A Community Project of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences

Monday Evenings, 7-8 pm, 1602 Avenue J, Brooklyn NY 11230

Beginning October 19, 2015

Open to the Community

Separate Seating

All Lectures are Free of Charge

Fall 2015 Jewish History Lectures

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