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    Agnon’s Stories of the Land of Israel Nobel.JPG

    Celebrating the 50th Anniversary

    of S. Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize

    Organized by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies

    and its Joseph and Faye Glatt Program on Israel and the Rule of Law

    Co-sponsored by:

    Agnon House, Jerusalem;

    The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies

    Shalom Carmy and Jeffrey Saks, conveners

    Monday, October 31, 2016

    Wilf Campus, 535 Furst Hall, 500 West 185th Street

    Session I: Between Eretz Yisrael and the Diaspora



    Steven Fine, Director, Center for Israel Studies, Yeshiva University

    Shalom Carmy, Yeshiva University

    Chair: Shmuel Schneider, Yeshiva University

    • Alan Mintz (Jewish Theological Seminary): Hometown and Homeland: The Dialectic Between Eretz Yisrael and Buczacz in Agnon's Late Works

    • Wendy Zierle​r (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion): From Henye to Tehilla: The Righteous "Grandmother" as Personification of Village, City and Land of Israel in Baron and Agnon

    • Shalom Carmy (Yeshiva University): The Hound of Heaven and the Dog of the Streets: God and Man in Jerusalem and Points West

    Lunch: Noon-1:00pm

    Session II: “The Art of Agnon Annotation”


    Greetings:  Selma Botman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Yeshiva University

    Avraham Holtz (Jewish Theological Seminary) in conversation with Jeffrey Saks (ATID/Agnon House) discussing Professor Holtz’s monumental edition of Agnon’s Temol Shilshom, the epic novel of Eretz Yisrael during the Second Aliyah.

    Session III: The Place of Eretz Yisrael in Agnon’s Stories


    Chair: Ozer Glickman, Yeshiva University

    • Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen (Yeshiva University): Ge’ulah in Zionist Ideology and Rhetoric and in Agnon’s “Agunot

    • Laura Wiseman (York University): Agnon’s “Orange Peel”: Word on the Street in the State Book Satires

    • Jeffrey Saks (ATID/Agnon House): “But always I regarded myself as one who was born in Jerusalem”: Agnon’s Nobel Speech in Light of Psalm 137



    Israel in Time and Space: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference in Israel Studies. YU WIlf Campus, May, 2013

     Time and Space Poster


    Religious Zionism: A Yom Iyyun Honoring Professors Bernard Rosensweig and Saul Roth. YU Wilf Campus, April, 2012.

    Yom Iyyun Poster

    Folktales of Israel: A Festival Honoring Professor Peninnah Schram.
    With YU Museum and Stern College for Women. YU Museum, November, 2011.


    Talmuda De'Eretz Yisrael: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antiquity. Organizers: Steven Fine (Jewish History), Aaron Koller (Bible). With YU Museum. YU Museum and Wilf Campus, March 2011.

    Talmuda Poster

    Torah and Science Conference
    . With Bar Ilan University and Machon Lev. Apr 2009, 2010, 2011.

    Israel and Iran:  From Cyrus the Great to the Islamic Republic. With the Schneir Center for International Affairs, Yeshiva University. Organizer: Daniel Tsadik.  YU Museum, September, 2010.


    National Association of Professors of HebrewAnnual Meeting at YU,
    July 2010. Co-sponsored with Stern College , Chair: Tzefirah Cohen, Stern College .

    Zionism on the Jewish Street: Geography and Nationalism at the Turn of the 20th Century. With YU Museum. Organizer: Jess Olson (Jewish History), companion web exhibition sponsored by the Center for Online Judaic Studies. YU Museum and Wilf Campus, March, 2010.

    Zionism Poster

    US-Israel Relations in the Era of Obama and Netanyahu. With the Began-Sadat Center , Bar Ilan University and American Friends of BIU. Organizers:  R. Bevan, E. Resnick.  YU Museum, Sept, 15, 2009.

    U.S. and Israel Poster

    Israel and India: A Relationship Comes of Age. VIP reception at the Indian consulate, associated exhibition on the Jews of India at YU Museum. With the YU Institute for Public Health and YU Museum. YU Museum, March 30, 2009.

    Israel and India

    Jews and Power in the 20th Century. With the Schottenstein Honor’s Program and the Schneier Center for International Affairs, Yeshiva University.  Primary faculty advisers: S. Fine, R. Bevan. YU Wilf Campus, Spring, 2009.

    The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah. With YU Museum. Organizer: Steven Fine. YU Museum and Wilf Campus, May, 2008.

    Temple Poster

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