CJS series on May 11: World War I and Jewish security

David Engel
The second of the three programs in the College of Jewish Studies Spring series, “The Great War: A Turning Point for World Jewry?” will be held on Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 pm, at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.
The guest speaker will be David Engel, Greenberg Professor of Holocaust Studies, professor and chairman of Hebrew and Judaic studies, and professor of history at New York University. The title of his talk is “Making the World Safe for Jews: World War I and the Problem of Jewish Security.”
Engel is considered a leading historian of Holocaust studies and modern Jewish history and the history of the Jews in Eastern Europe. He is a member of the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; a fellow of Diaspora Research Institute, Tel Aviv University; a member of and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Jewish Studies; a member of the Commission on Polish-Jewish Relations of the Carnegie Commission on Ethics and International Affairs; and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Simon-Dubnow Institut, Leipzig. He is the author of seven books and more than 75 articles on numerous aspects of modern Jewish political and intellectual history. His most recent works include “Zionism: A Short History of a Big Idea,” “Historians of the Jews and the Holocaust” and “The Assassination of Symon Petliura and the Trial of Scholem Schwarzbard.” He is the recipient of the Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at New York Unviersity and outstanding lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, at Tel Aviv University.
The College of Jewish Studies programs are open to the entire community; general admission costs $8 per program or $20 for all three; senior admission costs $5 per program or $12 for all three. Binghamton University students are welcome to attend at no charge. Individual sponsorship are available and donations are always welcomed. Individual sponsorship of $100 includes admission to both the fall and spring programs. For more information on how to become an individual sponsor or to make a donation, e-mail bingcjs@gmail.com. The College of Jewish Studies is a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization.
The College of Jewish Studies provides opportunities for adult Jewish education for the Broome County community by offering fall and spring programs. Drawing on local resources and inviting scholars and experts from a variety of universities and cultural and religious institutions, CJS sponsors numerous programs dealing with Jewish history, culture, religion and politics.
The College of Jewish Studies, founded in 1986, is an informal coalition between the Judaic Studies Department of Binghamton University and several area Jewish sponsoring institutions: the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, Beth David Synagogue, Temple Concord and Temple Israel. Programming for CJS would not be possible without the additional financial support of the Jacob and Rose Olum Foundation, the B’nai B’rith Lectureship Fund, the Victor and Esther Rozen Foundation, an endowment fund from the former Temple Beth El of Endicott, a grant from the JoyVel Charitable Fund and the donations of individual sponsors.
For more information on CJS and its programs, visit www.bingcjs.org and www.facebook.com/bingcjs.