SPEAKERS: JITTE WAAGEN / TIJM LANJOUW (ENG)

Jitte Waagen and Tijm Lanjouw are both connected to the Department of Archaeology at the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA), Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam. Jitte is a digital archaeologist, phD candidate and coordinator of the 4D Research Lab. Tijm is a 3D technician, modeler.

Vlooienburg, reconstructions of the Amsterdam Jewish quarter – a 3D virtual tour (ENG)

In this presentation we will explore one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam in a 3D virtual tour. The historic reconstructions are all based on archaeological and scientific sources. https://www.uva.nl/en/shared-content/faculteiten/en/faculteit-der-geesteswetenschappen/news/2020/10/exhibition-waterlooplein.html.
A unique experience. This session can only be accessed by a limited number of online participants and requires some basic computer skills. More (technical) information will follow.

SPEAKER: JONATHAN SCHORSCH (ENG)

Jonathan Schorsch holds the Chair in Jewish Religious and Intellectual History at the University
of Potsdam (Germany). Among his publications are Swimming the Christian Atlantic:
Judeoconversos, Afroiberians and Amerindians in the Seventeenth-Century Iberian World
(Brill,
2008) and Jews and Blacks in the Early Modern World (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
With Sina Rauschenbach he co-edited The Sephardic Atlantic: Colonial Histories and
Postcolonial Perspectives
(Palgrave, 2018).

Jewish Communities and Their Slaves in 17th-18th Century Dutch Colonies (ENG)

Often viewed merely as a disturbing and seemingly marginal phenomenon, Jewish (mostly Sephardic) participation in European colonization and the Atlantic-world slave economy comprised a remarkable episode. As part of the flourishing Sephardic transnational commercial empire, the systematic enslavement by Europeans of Black Africans introduced a number of new features to diasporic Jewish existence. Along the western coasts of Africa, Conversos and Jews conducted business and intermarried with Black Africans, in addition to trading them as slaves. Uniquely, in colonies such as Dutch Brazil, Suriname and Curacao, Jews came to own and exert sovereignty over thousands of Black African slaves. Many of these Black Africans (were) converted to Judaism and entered the local Jewish communities. These complex and novel trends led Sephardim to emphasize their own Whiteness, pass legislation to keep non-Whites out of the community, and modify the observance of religious law (halakha) regarding slaves. Ultimately, in ways both intended and unintended, Sephardic societies in various parts of the Atlantic world became uniquely diverse. Altogether, slavery served as an unexpected path by which Atlantic-world Sephardim became modern.

SPEAKER: NATHAN LOPES CARDOZO (ENG)

Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo is a distinguished speaker and author known for his original insights into Judaism and his ability to convey the relevance of Jewish values and practice in today’s complicated world. He is the founder and dean of the David Cardozo Academy and the Bet Midrash of Avraham Avinu in Jerusalem and author of many books and articles in English and Hebrew. He leads a think tank focused on finding new halachic and philosophical approaches to dealing with the crisis of religion and identity among Jews and the State of Israel.

The Radical Future of the Prophetic Halacha in the State of Israel

The lecture discusses the halachic possibilities for modern times since there is a great deal of flexibility within halachic literature.  As a result of the radical changes that have taken place in the Jewish world since the establishment of the State of Israel, there is a need to adapt Halacha to these new circumstances without destroying its foundations. The Halacha can now break away from a “Galut Halacha” and introduce a “Liberation Halacha” instead. From an “artificial” Halacha to an “authentic” Halacha.

SPREKER: ANNE-MARIA VAN HILST

Anne-Maria van Hilst is historica en hebreeiste met een specialisatie in tzinioet/eerbaarheid voor 18e eeuwse Ashkenazische vrouwen in Amsterdam. Ze geeft lezingen, workshops en gastlessen voor diverse educatieve en religieuze instellingen. Doel hierbij is mensen van elkaar te laten leren. Je hoeft het niet eens te zijn maar wel respect voor elkaar te hebben.

Koosjere sex voor dummy’s?

Seksualiteit is voor veel mensen nog een taboe onderwerp. Zeker voor mensen met een religieuze achtergrond. Dit terwijl er in de joodse traditie veel geschreven is over seksualiteit, grotendeels op een positieve manier. Wat staat er precies? Wat zijn de rechten en plichten van partners? Wat kunnen wij hier mee in de 21e eeuw? Samen gaan we hiermee aan de slag!

SPEAKER: ROB SNIJDERS (ENG)

Rob Snijders (Rotterdam, 1959) used to be a teacher on a primary school in Amsterdam. In 2005, initiated by a project on the Jewish history of the school, he started the website www.joodsamsterdam.nl, which has now over 1600 pages on Jewish history, culture, persons and locations in Amsterdam. Two years later this was followed by www.joodserfgoedrotterdam.nl, a similar website for Rotterdam. Six years ago Rob decided to stop working as a teacher and he went to the University of Amsterdam. He received his master in history in 2020 and is currently finishing a second master on Jewish Studies. Rob was the co-author of several books, mostly connected to the Jewish history of Rotterdam and was one of the historians during two episodes of ‘Who do you think you are? (Verborgen Verleden) and one episode of Verborgen Verleden van Nederland – Rotterdam. Rob lives in Holysloot, a rural village close to Amsterdam.

Jewish education in Amsterdam between 1796 and 1817. Lernen between civic emancipation and the ban on Yiddish.

On September 2, 1796, during the French occupation of the Low Countries, the Dutch Jews were given full civic rights. Nearly 200 years after the first Jews came to Amsterdam they were not longer seen as a separate entity, but as Jewish citizens. In 1817 King William I signed a decree in which Yiddish was banned in synagogues and schools. The equal rights and duties for Jews did not mean they were allowed to use their mother tongue, but the emancipation was also seen as acculturation. Jews were allowed to be Jews, as long as they behaved, in social life, as Dutch. Did the decree of 1817 came overnight – or was it preceded by important events? And, did Yiddish really disappear? In this session you will hear more about this important time period of 21 years with lots of political changes, both outside the Jewish context as within.

SPEAKER: BART WALLET (ENG)

Bart Wallet is assistant professor in political and religious history at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He serves as director of the HDC Centre for Religious History at the same university. Moreover, he also lectures in Jewish and Middle Eastern history at the University of Amsterdam. His field of specialization is Jewish history, in particular of early modern and modern Dutch Jewry.

To Forget or to Remember: Social History and Zeeburg Jewish Cemetery

In the east of Amsterdam, the largest Jewish cemetery of the Netherlands is to be found: Zeeburg Jewish Cemetery. Opened in 1714, it served the city’s Ashkenazi community for over three centuries as an active cemetery, until a new one in Diemen was opened. Since then, the future of ‘Zeeburg’ has been questioned more than once, not in the least because of the Second World War and its consequences. In this presentation the history of the cemetery will be taken as a lens for reconstructing the social history of the Amsterdam Ashkenazi community throughout the ages. What can be told about the less well-to-do members of the community, about the poor, children, migrants, criminals, and prostitutes? Likewise, the cemetery will be addressed as a question for the preservation of Jewish heritage in the 21st century.

SPREKER: ALBERT RINGER

Albert Ringer woont in Rotterdam en is een Liberaal Joodse rabbijn. Naast zijn werk in verschillende Joodse gemeenten is hij ook geestelijk verzorger bij Parnassia in Den Haag. Hij schrijft regelmatig commentaren op Tora en op Facebook kun je zijn Haiku’s vinden (https://www.facebook.com/Parashah-Haikus-574891776525372). Oorspronkelijk was hij echter kunsthistoricus.

Wat is er anders in deze hagadah? De illustraties!

De tekst van de Hagada is, op wat kleine verschillen na, altijd het zelfde. De illustraties niet, die geven commentaar op de tekst. Aan de afbeeldingen kun je zien hoe de samenstellers echt dachten over de Hagada en over belangrijke waarden in het Jodendom. Wij gaan vandaag afbeeldingen van verschillende Hagadot met elkaar vergelijken. Wie was Mosjee eigenlijk? En wat is de bron van het kwaad?

SPREKER: SHMUEL KATZMAN

Shmuel Katzman is geboren en getogen in de VS, waar hij ook zijn rabbinale opleiding volgde. In 1993 kwam hij naar Nederland als een Sheliach van de Lubavitcher Rebbe. Hij geestelijk leider van de Joodse Gemeente (NIG) Den Haag. Hij is landelijke coördinator voor het Jewish Lern Instituut die cursussen verzorgt door het hele land.

Feestdagen en landbouwwetten in de Tora

In de Tora zijn de agrarische voorschriften  verweven met beschrijvingen van de chagim. Welke betekenis kunnen we daarin vinden?

SPREKER: KEN GOULD

Na studies wiskunde en muziek heeft Ken Gould (1962) een gevarieerde professionele achtergrond in marketing, onderwijs en cultuur opgebouwd. Sinds 1995 woont Gould in Nederland en combineert hij een carrière als zanger (specialisatie: barokmuziek) met advieswerk voor diverse Nederlandse kunstinstellingen. Hij was van 2007 t/m 2012 directeur van het Amsterdamse Internationaal Joods Muziekfestival. In 2011 werd Gould aangesteld als directeur van de net opgerichte organisatie KUNSTENISRAËL, en vanaf dit jaar (2021) zet hij zich in als voorzitter van het bestuur. Tevens is hij sinds 1997 chazzan bij LJG Den Haag.

Kunst & Israël: een caleidoscoop van creativiteit

Met behulp van diverse (video)beelden zal Ken ons een indruk geven van de kwaliteit en diversiteit van Israëlische podiumkunsten, met een focus op dans & muziek. Zo krijgen we inzicht in de drijfveren van deze bijzondere kunstenaars en een mogelijk antwoord op de vraag: Waarom is Israël bij uitstek een land dat zoveel creativiteit voortbrengt?