Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

Jewish Cultural Studies

The Jewish Cultural Studies Program at Monmouth University seeks to create a space for cross-cultural communication and understanding of the global Jewish community. Our mission is to explore this diversity in its fullest context by examining Jewish communities in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America equally.

Upcoming Events

George Eliot, Judaism, and Mary Anne Evans, Bicentennial
Free and open to the public.

Nov 19

7:30 PM
Wilson Auditorium

Jewish Cultural Studies

George Eliot, Judaism, and Mary Anne Evans, Bicentennial

In this lecture, eminent Eliot scholar and internationally renowned literary critic William Baker takes audiences on a multimedia celebration of Jewish author George Eliot’s life and times. Of special note will be the 200th anniversary of her epic novel Middlemarch. 

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#Anne Frank Parallel Stories
Broadcast in HD

Mar 12

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

Jewish Cultural Studies

Special Event

#Anne Frank Parallel Stories

#AnneFrank Parallel Stories is a powerful retelling of Anne Frank’s life through the pages of her extraordinary diary guided by the Academy-Award winning actress Helen Mirren, and through the lives of five women who, as young girls, were also deported to concentration camps but survived the Holocaust.

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My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!

Mar 28

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Jewish Cultural Studies

Performing Arts Series

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!

Starring the author and Broadway star of the show, Steve Solomon. This show has now become one of the longest running one-man comedies in history! The show just celebrated its four thousandth performance. In My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy! – using dialects, accents and sound effect, Steve brings to the stage dozens of wild characters we all relate to; all brought to life by Steve’s comedy magic. His four shows have had audiences in three countries guffawing since 2003. Almost one million people have seen his shows. The audience follows along on this wonderfully funny journey about growing up, mixed marriages, ex-wives, dogs, cats, dieting, and dozens of other side-splitting situations we can all relate to.

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Jacob Landau: Exploring the Colors

Apr 8 Apr 19 2019

Guggenheim Memorial Library, Room #101

Gallery Exhibitions

Jewish Cultural Studies

Jacob Landau: Exploring the Colors

The exhibition features a selection of some twenty-one works. All are from Monmouth University’s extensive collection of Jacob Landau’s work, comprising over 300 prints, drawings and paintings. The collection was gifted to Monmouth University in 2008 by the Jacob Landau Institute of Roosevelt, NJ. This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Jewish Culture Studies Program and the Honors School of Monmouth University.

Past Event

ON THE MAP

Dec 13 2018

7:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

Jewish Cultural Studies

World Cinema Series

ON THE MAP

ON THE MAP tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the of lens of sports, ON THE MAP presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amidst domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War.

Past Event

CANCELLED – Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird

Nov 13 2018

8 PM
Pollak Theatre

Jewish Cultural Studies

Performing Arts Series

CANCELLED – Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird

Please note that the concert with DANIEL KAHN & THE PAINTED BIRD on 11/13 has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and will be refunding all tickets. If you have any questions please call the box office at 732.263.6889.

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CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE: The Legacy Project: A Dance Of Hope

Feb 25 2018

4 PM
Pollak Theatre

Artful Explorations of Activism

Jewish Cultural Studies

Performing Arts Series

CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE: The Legacy Project: A Dance Of Hope

Acclaimed choreographer and storyteller Carolyn Dorfman has created an exultant “dance-theatre” trilogy that connects us through our common human experience. Told through the lens of a child of a Holocaust survivor, the choreography
illustrates the devastation, yet inspires hope as immigrants journey to a new land that promises new beginnings! Our deepest desires for peace, freedom and family are illuminated in this triumphant work that will make you cry, laugh, think and celebrate the capacity of the human
spirit to rise above all circumstance. Described by critics as “ingenious” (The Star-Ledger) and “emotionally resonant” (The New York Times),
the dance in the Legacy Project brings together Dorfman’s family stories, Jewish history and a universal struggle for identity. This event is part of
the Jewish Cultural Studies Program.

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Alicia Ostriker

Oct 31 2017

4:30 PM
Pollak Theatre

Jewish Cultural Studies

Visiting Writers

Alicia Ostriker

Alicia Ostriker is a poet and critic, author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently The Book of Seventy (winner of the National Jewish book Award), The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog, and Waiting for the Light. She has received the Paterson Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and has been twice nominated for the National Book Award, among other honors. As a critic she is the author of Stealing the Language; the Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America, and other books on poetry and on the Bible. She is distinguished Professor Emerita of Rutgers University, teaches in the low-residency Poetry MFA program at Drew university, and is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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American-Israeli Relations in the Trump Era: A Lecture by Michael Tuchfeld

Mar 22 2017

4:30 PM
Pozycki Hall Auditorium

Jewish Cultural Studies

American-Israeli Relations in the Trump Era: A Lecture by Michael Tuchfeld

The positions that president Trump expressed in his campaign regarding Israel and the Middle East conflict were sometimes inconsistent or contradictory. Nevertheless, some characteristics show that he will act to roll back most of former president Obama’s ideas and policies of how to promote peace in the area. It is obvious that new terminologies have been formed and reached the gates of the region. What are they and what do they indicate? Many Israelis feel relieved, others – worried. What are P.M. Netanyahu’s expectations in the new era? What are the Israeli cabinet ministers’ expectations and do they expect the same things? The questions of settlements, annexation of territories conquered in 1967, the two-state solution and the settlement regulation law will be raised as well as the policy towards Iran, Egypt and other players on the political field.
Is the defeat of the American political establishment a positive development for Israel?
What mistakes should both sides avoid?
These questions and others will be raised in the lecture….

Past Event

The Mitzvah

Mar 9 2017

4 PM
Wilson Auditorium

Jewish Cultural Studies

The Mitzvah

The Mitzvah (“The Good Deed”) is a one-person play that dramatically explores one of the most shocking stories of the Second World War. More than a hundred thousand German men — classified as “mischlinge” (the derogatory term the Nazis used to describe those descended from one or two Jewish grandparents) — fought in the German armed forces.
The story of one such mischling is at the center of The Mitzvah and actor (and child of survivor) Roger Grunwald seamlessly transforms himself into an array of characters to tell that story. In addition to Christoph (the “mischling”), other characters include Schmuel, a Polish Jew from Bialystok and the play’s Chorus who offers edgy commentary that probes the boundary between the absurd and the horrific. The Mitzvah is a touching and tragic tale told in a powerful one-act solo performance created by Grunwald and Broadway veteran Annie McGreevey.

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