Past Activities of the Center

Past Activities of the Center

2012-2013 Challenges to Modern Judaism: Maintaining Integrity and Community

Public Lectures:

The Rise of Anti-Semitism in Europe and America

November 15, 2012 at 7:30pm in Mills B

Presented by Dr. Steven Bayme, who serves as Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of the American Jewish Committee and of the Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. He is also a visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Looking at Ourselves: The American Jewish Experience on Film

Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7:30pm in Mills C

Presented by Dr. Eric Goldman, Adjunct Associate Professor of Cinema at Yeshiva University at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.

First Friday Dinner with guest Ben Samuelson '10.

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 6:00pm in SLTC 106. RSVP to

First Friday Dinner

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:00pm in SLTC 106. RSVP to

Lecture by CBS Correspondent Dan Raviv

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:00pm. Reception and photo op at 5:30pm.

Dan Raviv is an American journalist. He is a national correspondent for CBS News, heard regularly on the CBS Radio Network. He has also done TV reports from Washington, D.C. on the CBS Evening News


Conducting and Recording Oral History Interviews

A Workshop with Josh Parshall, Oral Historian, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Mills C

Mr. Parshall conducts interviews with older Jews across the American South and oversees the Institute's Oral History Program Archive, which contains more than 700 audio and video interviews. He will lead us in an interactive workshop on how to do oral interviews effectively and ethically and provide an update on the ISJL's collection of oral interviews of Jewish Arkansans. Mr. Parshall earned his M.A. from the University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill.

Past Activities of the Center:

2011-2012 B'tayavon! Food in Jewish Life

Join us as we explore the cultural and religious significance of food in Judaism

Public Lectures:

Monday, October 3, 7:30pm. Mills A

The Ben J. Altheimer Lecture on Judaism and Civil Rights by Marsha Levick, Esq.

Marsha Levick is Deputy Director, Chief Counsel, and Co-Founder of the Juvenile Law Center, which promotes juvenile justice and child welfare reform. In her 30-year legal career, Levick has been an advocate for juvenile and women's rights and is a nationally recognized leader in juvenile law.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 7:30pm. Reves Recital Hall, Trieschmann Fine Arts Building

Lecture by Cookbook Author Joan Nathan

Joan Nathan is the author of ten cookbooks, including the recently published Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France. In 1994, she published Jewish Cooking in America, which won both the James Beard Award and the IACP/Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award. Nathan has received an honorary degree from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Culture in Chicago and the Golda Award from the American Jewish Congress.

Thursday April 12, 2012, 7:30pm. Reves Recital Hall, Trieschmann Fine Arts Building

"Midrash and the Art of Writing" Talk by author Avi Steinberg

Avi Steinberg's work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, New York Review of Books, and Salon, among others. His memoir Running the Books, The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian, which has been optioned for TV, is an entertaining and poignant account of his attempt to understand the role of books and reading in prison culture.

Film and Art:

Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm. Mills A

Screening of Divine Food: 100 Years in the Delicatessen Trade + Deli Dinner with Filmmaker Bill Chayes

As producer/director of documentary, experimental and educational films, Bill Chayes has won many national and international awards. His documentaries have aired regularly on PBS and at film festivals worldwide.

Friday, October 28, 3:30pm. Raney Building Lobby

Screening of Jews and Buddhism: Belief Amended, Faith Revealed with filmmaker Bill Chayes

Saturday, October 29, 12:15pm. Temple B'nai Israel, Little Rock

Screening of Jews and the Gold Rush: Birth of a Community with filmmaker Bill Chayes

Saturday, October 29, 4:00pm. Fletcher Public Library, Little Rock

Screening of Call it Home: Searching for Truth on Bolinas Lagoon with filmmaker Bill Chayes

Tuesday, January 31, 7:30pm. Reves Recital Hall, Trieschmann Fine Arts Building

IlluminEATing: A Photography Exhibition by Artist Meredith Beau

IlluminEATing, photographs of the inside of various people's refrigerators, is a product of Beau's fascination with the eating habits of American culture. She aims to confront the viewer with an altered perspective of those habits, one that forces them to really examine what they are eating.

2010-2011: Worldly Jews

October 2010

  • Friday, Oct. 1, 6:00 p.m., SLTC 106

    First Friday Dinner and Discussion with guest Eugene Krupitsky, led discussion on Judaism in Russia.
  • Monday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Mills B

    "A People of Faith or the Faith of a People: Where Does One End and the Other Begin?" A lecture by Rabbi Kalman Winnick of Congregation Agudath Achim, Little Rock.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m., Mills A
    Screening of Divided We Fall (2001), Directed by Jan Hrebejk (Czech Republic). Post-film discussion led by the Heights Neighborhood Film Club, Little Rock.

November 2010

  • Friday, Nov. 5, 6:00 p.m., SLTC 106

    First Friday Dinner Discussion and Cultural Exchange for Jewish and Chinese Students at Hendrix.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Mills A
    A lecture by Jennifer Ring, Professor of Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno
    Professor Ring is the author of The Political Consequences of Thinking: Gender and Judaism in the Work of Hannah Arendt and most recently, of Stolen Bases: Why American Girls Don't Play Baseball.
  • Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Staples Auditorium "Why Jews Laugh at Things that Aren't Funny", a lecture by author Jonathan Safran Foer (Co-sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation)Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of international bestseller Everything is Illuminated, which was published when he was only 25. It was named Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times and was recognized by a National Jewish Book Award, among other prizes. A movie based on the book was released in 2005.
    Foer is also the author of the award-winning novel
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His most recent work,
    Eating Animals, is a collection of essays documenting his road trip to animal farms throughout the U.S.

December 2010

  • Friday, Dec. 3, 6:00 p.m., SLTC 106

    First Friday Dinner Discussion with guest Shelly Amizur, Israeli Emissary to the Jewish Federation of Arkansas, led discussion on Judaism in Israel.

February 2011

  • Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7:00 p.m., DWREY 13
    Screening of Lost Embrace (2004), Directed by Daniel Burman (Argentina). Post-film discussion with Andres Caro, Department of Chemistry, Hendrix College.

March 2011

-Tuesday, March 15, 7:30pm, Reves Recital Hall, Trieschman Fine Arts Building,

Between Black and White--Jewish-Chinese Relations in Arkansas: A Panel Discussion

-Friday, March 4, 6:00pm, SLTC 106

First Friday Dinner and Discussion - Guest Eric Levy Witemberg, Deputy Consul of the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock, will lead a discussion on Judaism in Mexico

-Wednesday, March 9, 7:00pm, DWREY 13

Screening of Late Marriage (2001), Directed by Dover Kosashvili (Israel). Post-film discussion with Laura Langley, Post-Baccalaureate Intern in Jewish Leadership, Hendrix College.

April 2011

-Thursday, April 7, 7:30pm, Mills A

Judaism and China Lecture by Dan Ben-Canaan, Professor of Research and Writing Methodology, Heilongjiang University, School of Western Studies, Harbin, China

Professor Ben-Canaan is also founder and director of Heilongjiang University's Sino-Israel Research and Study Center, an Hon. Research Fellow at the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Heilongjiang Television China English News.

2009-2010: Judaism in the South
In honor of the Center's move to its own place on campus in Hendrix's new Student Life and Technology Center, we highlighted the place of Judaism in the South. We focused primarily on Judaism in the American South, but we also examined Judaism in the South conceived more broadly, for instance, in South America, South Africa, and South Asia.

September 2009

  • Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7:00 p.m. Mills B
    Screening of Delta Jews (1998). Post-film dicussion with Jim Pfeifer

October 2009

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Staples Auditorium
    Artist and author Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for this comic book Holocaust narrative, Maus. His image-rich lecture will address the history of comics, and the significance of the genre. "Comix 101.1" A Lecture by Art Spiegelman (Co-sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation)--

November 2009

  • Sunday, Nov. 1, hosted by Rynnett and Wayne Clark at their home

    Jewish Learning Event: Jewish Cooking with Rita Fagan, hosted by Rynnett and Wayne Clark, Hendrix College Chaplain.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4,
    7:00 p.m. Mills C

    Screening of
    Schmelvis (2002). Post-film discussion with Bob Entzminger, Hendrix Provost and Dean of the College.

February 2010

  • Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 13, 7:30-9:00 p.m. & Feb. 14, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Mills CANNUAL SYMPOSIUM: "Judaism and the South"--The symposium will explore the theme "Judaism and the South" through keynote lectures as well as student presentations, which will be solicited from students at Hendrix and from schools throughout Hendrix's academic consortium, the Associated Colleges of the South.
    Stern is the author, among other works, of
    Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven and
    The Wedding Jester, which won a National Jewish Book Council Award for fiction. He has also won an O. Henry award and two Pushcart Prizes. Solomon is Dean and Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. His areas of research expertise include the American legal profession, the history of judicial ethics, and federal court history.

March 2010

  • Thursday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Mills B

    Jewish Learning Event: A lecture by Rabbi Eugene Levy, Temple B'nai Israel, Little Rock: "Jesus, the Pharisees, and Passover."
  • Thursday, March 25, 11:00 a.m., Reves Recital Hall

    Lecture by Dr. Allen Gimbel. In advance of Conductor David Itkin's April performance of Gustav Maler's Symphony No. 2 with the Arkansas Symphony in Little Rock, Dr. Allen Gimbel will deliver a live simulcast lecture at Hendrix on Mahler and his music. Dr. Gimbel, who is both a music scholar and award-winning composer, writes on comtemporary music for
    American Record Guide. Hendrix College music faculty will be on hand to perform the musical examples Dr. Gimbel discusses.

April 2010

  • Wednesday, April 14, 7.30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall
    The Ben J. Altheimer Lecture on Judaism and Civil Rights by Hillel Levine. Supported by a grant from the Ben J. Altheimer Foundation, the annual Judaism and Civil Rights Lecture is intended to highlight the role of Jews and/or Judaism in the pursuit of civil rights.
    The Death of an American Jewish Community: A Tragedy of Good Intentions Hillel Levine, Professor of Sociology and Religion at Boston University and President of the International Center for Conciliation, will be the inaugural speaker. He is the author, among other works, of
    Economic Origins of Antisemitism: Poland and its Jews in the Early Modern Period.and


September 2008

  • Friday, Sept. 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Raney Building
    “What is a Jew?”
    Discussion led by Dr. Tettlebaum and sponsored by the Marshall T. Steel Center for Religion and Philosophy
  • Friday, Sept. 5, 6 p.m., Mills 304

    Hillel First Friday Dinner and Discussion with invited guest Silvana Berlinski who will discuss Judaism in Argentina.
  • Monday, Sept. 29
    - Wednesday, Oct. 1

    Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Monday.

    Transportation will be organized for Hendrix students to dinner and services at the congregation of their choice in Little Rock.

October 2008

  • Wednesday, Oct. 8 - Thursday, Oct. 9

    Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Wednesday.

    Transportation will be organized for Hendrix students to services and a breakfast at the congregation of their choice in Little Rock.
  • Monday, Sept. 13
    Sukkot begins at sundown.
    Hendrix Hillel students will build and celebrate in an on-campus Sukkah.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Art Building A110
    Jewish Cultural Center Film Series I.
    Post-film discussion with Dr. Dorian Stuber, English Department, Hendrix College

November 2008

  • Friday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Mills 304

    Hillel First Friday Dinner and Discussion with invited guest Dr. Ze’ev Barel, who will discuss Judaism in Eastern Europe and Israel.

December 2008

  • Friday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m., Mills 304

    Hillel First Friday Dinner and Discussion (invited guest TBA)

January 2009

  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7p.m., Art Building A110

    Jewish Cultural Center Film Series II: Screening of Frederick Wiseman's
    High School (1968). Post-flim discussion with Carol West, Department of English, and Sheldwon Richman. Snacks provided.

February 2009

  • Friday, Feb. 6, 6 p.m., Mills 304

    Hillel First Friday Dinner and Discussion with invited guest Lev Igolnikov who will discuss Judaism in the United States and Russia.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Art Building A110

    Jewish Cultural Center Film Series III: Screening of Alan Crosland's
    The Jazz Singer (1927). Post-film discussion with Kristi McKim, Film Studies and Department of English. Snacks provided.

March 2009

  • Monday, March 16, 7 p.m., Mills A
    Talk/Reading by author Max Apple. Reception to follow in Mills Library. Max Apple teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of
    The Oranging ofAmerica, Roommates, and most recently
    The Jew of Home Depot among other works.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 7 p.m., Art Building A110
    Jewish Cultural Center Film Series IV: Screening of Elia Kazan's
    Gentleman's Agreement (1971). Post-film discussion with Samantha Friedman, High Profile Writer for the
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

April 2009

  • Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m., Mills B

    Lecture by Dr. Steven Nadler, on "The Spinoza Problem." Reception to follow in Mills Library. Steven Nadler is Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Friday, April 3, 6 p.m., Mills 304

    Hillel First Friday Dinner and Discussion with invited guests Dale and Lee Ronnel.
  • Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9
    Passover begins at sundown on Wednesday. Hendrix Hillel will hold a community seder.
  • Tuesday, April 21, 4-6 p.m., Mills CYom Hashoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day. Talk by artist Deborah Howard about her portraits of Holocaust survivors. Reception to follow in Mills Lobby. Deborah Howard is head of the Painting Program at the University of Denver. Her portraits of Holocaust survivors will be on display in the lobby of Art Building A at Hendrix College from April 6th-24th 2009.
  • Sunday, April 26, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Mills CJewish Cultural Center Annual Symposium—“American Jewish Culture from the Inside Out." Speakers will include Dr. Daniel Itzkovitz, Associate Professor of American Literature and Culture, Stonehill College; Lisa Schiffman, author of Generation J. Final roundtable will be led by students in Dr. Tettlebaum’s “Varieties of Judaism” class. Lunch and Reception in Mills Library.

May 2009

  • Friday, May 1, 6 p.m., Mills 304Hillel First Friday Dinner and Discussion (invited guest TBA)