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Shaul Kelner to Lecture at “Stay the Night” in New York City

May. 16, 2018—Shaul Kelner will be a guest lecturer at Stay the Night (Tikkun Leil Shavuot) at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan on May 19. His talk is titled “Tinker Tailor Tourist Spy.” Read more about the event here. 

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New Article by Shaul Kelner on the 1968 American Soviet Jewry Movement

Feb. 7, 2018—American Jewish History, a publication by Johns Hopkins University Press, has published a new article by Shaul Kelner entitled, “The American Soviet Jewry Movement’s “Uneventful” 1968: Cold War Liberalism, Human Interest, and the Politics of the Long Haul.” You can...

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12/14/17 – Shaul Kelner on Panel “Remembering the Refusenicks: Helping Jews Behind the Iron Curtain”

Dec. 14, 2017—Jewish Studies professor Shaul Kelner will be part of a panel at the Gordon Jewish Community Center discussing, “Remembering the Refusenicks: Helping Jews Behind the Iron Curtain” on December 14 from 7-8:30pm. More information here.

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Shaul Kelner at Conference on Mobility and Leisure Travel in the Cold War

Nov. 15, 2017—  Jewish Studies professor Shaul Kelner will be giving a paper entitled “Foreign Tourists, Domestic Encounters: Human Rights Travel and Western Visits to Soviet Jewish Homes” at the Conference on Mobility and Leisure Travel in the Cold War. The conference...

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Shaul Kelner at Fairfield University: “How American Jews Mobilized to Free Soviet Jewry: Lessons for Activism Today”

Nov. 14, 2017—“How American Jews Mobilized to Free Soviet Jewry: Lessons for Activism Today” Jewish Studies Professor Shaul Kelner will be giving a public lecture at Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30pm. For more information about the event,...

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Introduction to Jewish Studies (JS-1002W)

Nov. 2, 2017—  Catalog description: Introduction to Judaism and Jewish history through philosophical, political, social, psychological, and artistic perspectives. Biblical studies; culture, philosophy, and literature. Antiquity and the medieval world; modern and contemporary experience. Repeat credit for students who have completed 1002. Instructor:...

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Nashville Jewish Film Festival

Oct. 10, 2017—The Program in Jewish Studies is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Nashville Jewish Film Festival. For schedule and ticket information, please visit the NJFF website. Jewish Studies professors will be guest speakers at the following events: Allison Schachter - Director,...

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Listen and Learn: Shaul Kelner, “The Soviet Jewry Movement”

Jun. 12, 2017—University of Michigan, Judaic Studies 2015-16 Frankel Institute Secularization/Sacralization Fellow, Shaul Kelner Project Title: Strategic Sacralization in American Jewish Politics: The Contradictions of Cultural Mobilization in the American Soviet Jewry Movement Click here to listen to the Frankly Judaic podcast.

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Watch and Learn: Shaul Kelner, “The Timeless and the Timely”

Jun. 12, 2017—Shaul Kelner gives his presentation, titled “The Timeless and the Timely: Sacralizing Political Activism in the Campaign for Soviet Jewry” on February 25, 2016 at the University of Michigan. The talk was sponsored by the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies...

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Blogcast: Shaul Kelner on Jewish Travel Education

Dec. 18, 2015—In December 2015, Prof. Shaul Kelner participated in the blogcast, “Encounters and Journeys: Cultivating Jewish Peoplehood,” sponsored by the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education. The blogcast focused on travel as a form of Jewish education, ethical engagement and...

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2/17/2016 Shaul Kelner in West Bloomfield, Michigan

Dec. 1, 2015—Prof. Shaul Kelner will speak on “Freedom Seders and Matzohs of Hope: Ritual and Politics in the American Movement for Soviet Jews,” at 7:00 PM on February 17, 2016, at the JCC of Metro Detroit. The talk is part of...

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Shaul Kelner receives NEH support for research on Soviet Jewry movement

Apr. 21, 2015—Prof. Shaul Kelner was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for summer research to study cultural dimensions of the Cold War-era American movement for Soviet Jews.

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4/19/2015 Shaul Kelner at NYU

Apr. 18, 2015—Prof. Shaul Kelner will speak at New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies conference, “American Jews and Israel: A Relationship in Transition,” Sunday, April 19, 2015. The conference will last from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM. Prof. Kelner will...

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Introduction to Jewish Studies (JS1002W)

Feb. 1, 2015—  Catalog Description: Introduction to Judaism and Jewish history through philosophical, political, social, and artistic perspectives. Biblical studies; antiquity and the medieval world; modern and contemporary experience; and culture, philosophy, and literature. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible...

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American Jewish Life (JS 2400)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: Diversity, individualism, and change in Jewish life. Food and culture, memory and identity, gender and assimilation, Reform-Conservative-Orthodox culture wars From the Syllabus: This class explores key trends, innovations, dilemmas and flashpoints in contemporary American Jewish life. We ask...

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The Jewish Diaspora (JS2450)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: Changing Jewish communities, especially outside the United States and Israel, in macro-historical context. Post-communist European Jewish identity. New global diasporas and their relationship to the largest Jewish communities in Israel and the United States From the Syllabus: Of...

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Social Movements in Modern Jewish Life (JS2560)

Jan. 8, 2015—Catalog Description: How social movements shape contemporary American Jewish culture and politics. Explores movements internal to Judaism and those bringing religion into the public sphere. From the Syllabus: Social movements change worlds. They mobilize and empower people to shape policy...

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Major Themes in Jewish Studies (JS3000)

Jan. 8, 2015—Catalog Description: The study of Jews, Judaism, and Jewish culture. History of Jewish Studies, core perspectives, key methodologies, critical debates. Classical literature, current trends. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught by: P No History...

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Shaul Kelner 11/17/14 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine

Oct. 26, 2014—Prof. Shaul Kelner will speak at Colby College on the evening of November 17, 2014. Title: “Pilgrimage in a Tourist Age: The Case of Birthright Israel” Monday, 17 November, 2014, 5:00 P.M. Contact: Prof. David Freidenreich at dfreiden@colby.edu Location: Parker...

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Shaul Kelner 10/27/14 at the University of Kentucky

Oct. 24, 2014—Prof. Shaul Kelner will speak at the University of Kentucky on the evening of October 27, 2014. Title: “Pilgrimage in a Tourist Age: The Case of Birthright Israel and the Shaping of Jewish Identity” Monday, 27 October, 2014, 7:00 P.M....

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Watch and Learn: Shaul Kelner 3/6/14 on the Soviet Jewry Movement

Mar. 6, 2014—Watch Shaul Kelner’s lecture on “Soviet Jewry Activists & Civic Engagement” at the National Museum of American Jewish History, March 6, 2014, in Philadelphia. Delivered for the Murray Friedman Memorial Lecture, a symposium sponsored by Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American...

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Shaul Kelner

Jul. 19, 2013—Director, Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies

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Listen and Learn: Shaul Kelner on "Tours That Bind"

Aug. 13, 2010—Listen to Prof. Kelner discuss his book Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage, and Israeli Birthright Tourism. Prof. Kelner was interviewed by Christopher Benda for the podcast series, Authorial Intentions, on August 13, 2010. Click here for the interview.

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Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli Birthright Tourism

Apr. 26, 2010—By Shaul Kelner. (New York University Press, 2010). Since 1999 hundreds of thousands of young American Jews have visited Israel on an all-expense-paid 10-day pilgrimage-tour known as Birthright Israel. This ethnographic analysis provides an on-the-ground look at this hotly debated and widely emulated use of tourism to forge transnational ties.

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