Centre for Jewish Studies presents Leonard Wolinsky Lectures on Jewish Life and Education

York University’s Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies will host the Leonard Wolinsky Lectures on Jewish Life and Education on April 10.

The event, titled “Re-imagining the Bible in the Contemporary World”, begins at 2pm and runs in the Private Dining Room in the Executive Learning Centre at Schulich.

Guest lecturers featured at the event include Professor Lori Lefkovitz of Northeastern University, who will lecture on “Bedrooms and Battlefields: Biblical Foundations of Sexual, Gender, and Ethnic Identities”; and, Professor Adele Reinhartz of the University of Ottawa, lecturing on “Holy Words of Hollywood: Moses as Jesus in DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956)”.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more, or to register, email cjs@yorku.ca or call 416-736-5823.

About the guest lecturers:

Lori Lefkovitz
Lori Lefkovitz

• Lori Hope Lefkovitz, Ruderman professor and director of the Jewish Studies Program and director of the Humanities Center, is the author ofIn Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identity(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010), which was named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the category of Women’s Studies.

Her awards include a Fulbright professorship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an academic fellowship at the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis, a Woodrow Wilson dissertation fellowship in the Women’s Studies Division, and a Golda Meir post-doctoral fellowship at Hebrew University.

She was the founding director of Kolot, the Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where she held a chair in Gender and Judaism, and is the founding executive editor of the website, ritualwell.org.

Lefkovitz holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MA and PhD from Brown University. Her books include: Shaping Losses: Cultural Memory and the Holocaust (with Julia Epstein), Textual Bodies: Changing Boundaries of Literary Representation, and The Character of Beauty in the Victorian Novel. She is widely published in the fields of literature, critical theory, and Jewish feminist studies, and serves on editorial, professional and community boards, and lectures widely in academic and Jewish contexts.

Adele Reinhartz
Adele Reinhartz

• Adele Reinhartz, PhD (McMaster University, 1983) is a professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is currently the 2015-2016 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations at the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, as well as the general editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature.

Her main areas of research are New Testament, early Jewish-Christian relations, and the Bible and Film. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2005 and to the American Academy of Jewish Research in 2014.

She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (Continuum, 2001), Scripture on the Silver Screen (Westminster John Knox, 2003), Jesus of Hollywood (Oxford, 2007), Caiaphas the High Priest (University of South Carolina Press, 2011; Fortress 2012) and Bible and Cinema: An Introduction (Routledge, 2013).