Napoleon and the Jews of Paris; The Holocaust in Ashkenaz; Chapter 6 of Jewish History online; Renewal Fundraising Goal exceeded!

Formally emancipated in 1790-91, the rights of Jews as citizens were challenged a decade later.

In his typically grandiose fashion, Napoleon addressed the question by reconvening the ancient Great Sanhedrin and asked the Jews of France twelve basic questions.

The Holocaust in Ashkenaz

Part 11 of The Ashkenazium Lectures, premieres today at 12:00 noon ET.

Chapter Six of The Jewish People: A History now online for class members

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On schedule to have the entire draft of Volume 1 online by the end of the Summer!

THANK YOU for supporting kidney donations!

On behalf of my wife Ilana, I want to thank you all for supporting our annual fundraiser for Renewal! With your participation we actually exceeded our goal again this year.

If you didn’t get a chance to join us, the website is still live: you’re not too late to join us!

Jewish Commoner Sues Toxic Boss, 630 BCE

Should Jews Support Ukraine?; New Draft Chapter in Biblical History online; The Soviet Experience (Ashkenazium Lectures pt. 10) premieres at 12 noon ET; Thank you to Renewal Supporters!

Proud to work with Unpacked on this brief yet sophisticated discussion of a complex topic.

New Draft Chapter in Biblical Jewish History now Online

Very pleased to be receiving comments on the draft chapters in my forthcoming book with Koren Publishers! Students registered in the Biblical Jewish History course are welcome to read and critique. New chapter drops this morning; publication scheduled for 2024.

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The Soviet Experience (The Ashkenazium Lectures Part X)

Premieres today at 12 Noon ET with Live Chat

Thank You to All who Donated to Renewal!

My wife and I are hugely grateful to those of you who donated to Renewal during their annual fundraiser. We have almost met our goal of raising $3,600 to support kidney transplants; a cause that is deeply personal since my wife Ilana chose to become an altruistic donor three years ago. The need is great, but the fundraiser is ongoing for a little while longer–won’t you please join us in this very worthy cause? Please click on the image for more information.

Yossi needs a kidney. He’s three years old.

My friends, it’s almost Shabbos. Will you participate? Inscribe your name in the Book of Life by joining the list of donors to Renewal. Your contribution, large or small, will help them find a kidney for someone in desperate need.

We can’t all be heroic altruistic kidney donors. But we can certainly be altruistic dollar donors, at whatever level of commitment we can manage. Please participate, and count yourself among those who provide life.

By helping others enjoy the blessing of life, may you and your loved ones also be blessed with life.

Good shabbos.

The Letter of the Convert; Personal Appeal; National Awakening in Ashkenaz today at 12 noon ET

900 years later, a document from the Cairo Geniza describes the tragic story of a French convert to Judaism during the Crusades

Three years ago, my wife donated a kidney. Here’s why.

Three years ago, on erev Yom Kippur, my wife Ilana donated a kidney to a total stranger. Although she literally gave someone the precious gift of life, it is clear to her (and the entire family) that we have been blessed far more in return.

My wife’s heroic efforts contributed directly to saving one person’s life. She would really love to do it again, but this is an act of altruismthat can only be performed once in a lifetime. Yet by helping Renewal  match recipients with donors, provide support to donors and their families through the entire process, you can also take a share in this mitzvah.

Please click here to hear my wife speak about her donation in her own words, and participate in this phenomenal act of kindness for a fellow human being.

May you and your loved ones be blessed for your act of selflessness.

Premieres at 12 Noon ET

Symon Petliura in Jewish History and Jewish Memory (Members)

Update on Forthcoming Book; Hasidim vs. Mitnagdim vs. Maskilim; Ukraine and its Jews

Here’s your opportunity to get an advance look at the first volume of my forthcoming The Jewish People: A History.

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Dear fellow students of Jewish History!

I am in the last few months of producing the manuscript of volume one of my forthcoming book, The Jewish People: A History. I’ve been trying an experiment in crowdsourcing the text by allowing access to the draft text to my students, chapter by chapter, in this new online course, Biblical Jewish History. It’s free for teachers and has an almost-free price for students (basically pay what you like: even a low paywall keeps out intellectual vandals). Please consider joining the class! Click on the image above for more information, and if you’re a teacher, please click here.

The Great Conflict: Hasidim, Mitnagdim, Maskilim (The Ashkenazium Lectures Part VIII), premieres today at 12 noon with Live Chat

Ukraine and its Jews

Presented to Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos CA.

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International Seminar on Symon Petliura (Friday, April 29, 10am ET, in Ukrainian and English)

Official languages of the seminar are Ukrainian and English, with simultaneous translation. The conference is open to the public. Here is a brief translation of the program with the full details in Ukrainian below.

Petliura and “The Petliura Affair:” De(constructing) an Imperial Myth

Friday, April 29, 2022, 10:00am-1:00pm ET

Via Zoom: Zoom address: 874 9386 4004 Code: 11223366

10:00-10:10 Welcome

Dr. Bohdan Klid, Holodomor Research and Education Consortium of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta

Dr. Liudmyla Hrynevich, Institute of Ukrainian History, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Holodomor Research Education Center in Ukraine.

10:10-11:25 First Panel

Moderator: Dr. Bohdan Klid

Dr. Stanislav Kul’chyts’kyi (Institute of Ukrainian History, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences), “The European Choice of Symon Petliura”

Dr. Henry Abramson (Touro University, New York), “Symon Petliura in Jewish History and Jewish Memory”

Dr. Hennadii Efimenko (Institute of Ukrainian history, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences), “‘Petliurists’: Genesis of a Concept, 1918-1924”

Dr. Oksana Kuz’menko (Institute of Ethnology, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Folklore Section of the Shevchenko Scientific Society, Ukrainian Association of Oral Historians), “The Image of Simon Petliura in Ukrainian folklore”

11:25-11:35 Free Discussion

11:35-12:50 Second Panel

Dr. Serhiy Yekelchyk (University of Victoria, Canada), “‘Petliurivtsi:’ Creating the image of the Ukrainian enemy under Stalinism”

Lyudmyla Hrynevych (Institute of Ukrainian History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Holodomor Research Education Center in Ukraine), “‘Where is your Lenin to our Petliura!’: Anti-imperial, anti-colonial motives in the mood of Ukrainian society during the Holodomor”

Anastasia Kanivets (Museum of Theater, Music and Cinematography of Ukraine, Kino-Theater Magazine, Ukraine), “‘Agent of the West’ and ‘Ukrainian Napoleon:’ the image of Simon Petliura in Soviet cinema”

Vitaliy Skalsky (Institute of Ukrainian History, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences), “Simon Petliura behind the fence of national consciousness of Ukrainians Ideologues of imperial propaganda “Mazepa”, “Petliurism”, “Bandera”, “Ukrainian Nazism”: understanding in the context of modern Russian-Ukrainian war”

Free Discussion

12:50-1:00 pm Concluding Remarks



Дата події: 2022, 29 квітня

Початок події: 17:00

Доступ за посиланням:

Ідентифікатор конференції: 874 9386 4004

Код доступу: 11223366

Англійською, українською мовами (з синхронним перекладом)

17:00–17:10 Відкриття семінару. Вступні зауваження.

Богдан Клід (Науково-освітній консорціум вивчення Голодомору при Канадському інституті українських студій (HREC) Альбертського університету, Канада)

Людмила Гриневич (Інститут історії України НАНУ, HREC in Ukraine, Україна)

17:10–18:25 Перша сесія: 


Богдан Клід (Науково-освітній консорціум вивчення Голодомору при Канадському інституті українських студій (HREC) Альбертського університету, Канада)

Своїми думками діляться:

Станіслав Кульчицький (Інститут історії України НАНУ, Україна), Генрі Абрамсон (Туро Університет, Нью-Йорк, США), Геннадій Єфіменко (Інститут історії України НАНУ, Україна), Оксана Кузьменко (Інститут народознавства НАНУ, Україна, фольклористична секція Наукового товариства Шевченка, Українська асоціація усних істориків)

У фокусі обговорення:

Європейський вибір Симона Петлюри

Симон Петлюра в єврейській історії та єврейській пам’яті 

«Петлюрівці»: генеза поняття, 1918–1924 

«І шумить, і гуде, Сам Петлюра іде»: образ Симона Петлюри в українському фольклорі 

Вільна дискусія

18:25–18:35 Перерва. 

18:35–19:50 Друга сесія: 


Станіслав Кульчицький (Інститут історії України НАНУ, Україна) 

Своїми думками діляться:

Сергій Єкельчик (Університет Вікторії, Канада), Людмила Гриневич (Інститут історії України НАНУ, HRECin Ukraine, Україна), Анастасія Канівець (Музей театрального, музичного та кіномистецтва України, часопис «Кіно-Театр», Україна), Віталій Скальський (Інститут історії України НАГК, Україна)

У фокусі обговорення:

«Петлюрівці»: Створення образу ворога-українця за сталінщини

«Куди вашому Лєніну до нашого Петлюри!»: антиімперські, антиколоніальні мотиви у настроях українського суспільства епохи Голодомору

«Агент Заходу» й «Український Наполеон»: образ Симона Петлюри в совєтському кіно

Симон Петлюра за парканом національної свідомості українців

Ідеологеми імперської пропаганди «мазепинщина», «петлюрівщина», «бандерівщина», «укронацизм»: осмислення в контексті сучасної російсько-української війни

Вільна дискусія

19:50–20:00 Підбиття підсумків.

An 11th c. Jewish traveller from Normandy; the Sabbatean Episode at 12 noon ET; New Chapters appearing in Biblical Jewish History online course

Professor Norman Golb’s amazing, old-school discovery in the British Library collection of Geniza documents.

The Sabbatean Episode (The Ashkenazium Lectures Part VI)

Premieres at 12 Noon ET (New York time)

New Chapters appearing in Biblical Jewish History Course

A Passover Message from 418 BCE; The Mayor of Kyiv and his Jewish Grandmother; Secret History of Chad Gadya

Wishing you all a redemptive Passover season.

Jerusalem to Egypt, 418 BCE: No Beer on Passover, Ok?

Antisemitism in Medieval Ashkenaz

Coming soon: The Sabbatean Episode. More lectures available for students enrolled in the online course A Thousand Years of Ashkenaz (see below).

Mayor Vitalii Kitchko of Kyiv, his Jewish Grandmother, and the Jewish Past and Future of Ukraine

The Lead Curse Tablet from Mt. Ebal

This video is also available to students registered in the Biblical Jewish History Course (see below).

The Secret History of Chad Gadya

New Material Uploaded to Biblical Jewish History Course!

New Material Uploaded to A Thousand Years of Ashkenaz Course!

Free and Open to the Community

Judaism in Medieval Ashkenaz; Passover and the Situation in Ukraine; The Lead Curse Tablet from Mt. Ebal; Oldest Jewish Building in France

“My parents went to Mt. Ebal and all I got was this lousy lead curse tablet.”

This video is part of the Biblical Jewish History online course (click here for information and registration).

Judaism in Medieval Ashkenaz (The Ashkenazium Lectures Part 3)

Premieres at 12 noon EDT (New York time) with Live Chat

Passover Thoughts on Jewish History and the Situation in Ukraine

Lecture delivered as part of the Touro Talks series, April 6, 2022.

The Sublime House: Yeshivah of the Rashbam

Online Courses

The Situation in Ukraine; Social and Economic Foundations of Ashkenaz

The History of the Jews of Ukraine in the Context of the Current Crisis

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The Social and Economic Foundations of Medieval Ashkenaz

Premiering today at 11:00 am EDT (New York Time). Join us for a live chat (58m).

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