Buffalo Week of Jewish Learning

March 3-8, 2024

The Buffalo Week of Learning is a public project of the Home/Hub Partnership between UB’s College of Arts and Sciences, Hillel and the Buffalo Jewish Community.

The Home/Hub Partnership seeks to draw on the academic resources of the university to address critical issues facing the Jewish community while presenting opportunities to enhance Jewish life on campus and throughout Jewish Buffalo.

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Schedule of Events

Day 1: Sunday March 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Role of Unity in Judaism

The Annual Rabbi Heschel Greenberg Lecture and Launch of Buffalo Week of Jewish Learning: “The Role of Unity in Judaism”, Musical Pre-Purim Schpiel with Max Seligman and the Freilich Ensemble. Lunch is included.

Location: Jewish Discovery Center, 831 Maple Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221

Day 2: Monday March 4, 6:30-9:10 p.m.

The Status of the Forgotten: Plato, The Babylonian Talmud and Beyond

Prof. Azzan Yadin-Israel (Rutgers University) will speak on "The Status of the Forgotten: Plato, The Babylonian Talmud, and Beyond" as part of the David Blitzer lecture series.

Hosted by University at Buffalo Department of Jewish Thought
Location: 708 Clemens, UB North Campus

Day 3: Tuesday March 5, 12:30-2 p.m.

How the Forbidden Fruit Became an Apple: Interpretation, Iconography and Linguistics

Prof. Azzan Yadin-Israel (Rutgers University) will speak on "How the Forbidden Fruit Became an Apple: Interpretation, Iconography, and Linguistics" as part of the David Blitzer lecture series.

Hosted by University at Buffalo Department of Jewish Thought
Location: Baldy 200G, UB North Campus

Day 4: Wednesday March 6, 1-2 p.m.

Pioneering Excellence - a Spotlight on Israel's Startup Scene

"Pioneering excellence – A Spotlight on Israel’s Startup Scene Discussion facilitated by Natan Weitzman". Natan is working on his BS in Engineering Physics with a Minor in Mathematics as a Presidential and Honors Scholar at the University at Buffalo. He is also the Co-Founder & CEO of Renova, which is a cloud-based platform that makes designing and remodeling homes and other spaces stress-free and accessible to everyone.

Hosted by Startup and Innovation CoLab powered by Blackstone LaunchPad
Location: Zoom

Day 5: Thursday March 7, 9-10 a.m.

Inclusive Design in a Jewish Context

"Inclusive Design in a Jewish Context" with Prof. Ed Steinfeld, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the UB Department of Architecture Prof. Ed Steinfeld will be giving a presentation on universal design and religion using synagogues as a case study. He will address design for disability, aging, gender identity, and security, and will feature Temple Beth Tzedek in Amherst and Congregation Simchas Torah, an LGBTQ+ synagogue in Manhattan.

Hosted by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
Location: Zoom

Events For Students and Faculty

JSMBS Religion in Medicine Panel: A Multi-Denominational Perspective of Reproductive Care

with Dr. Puneet Braich, Dr. Husam Ghanim, Jill Abromowitz Gutmann and Rev. Debra Minotti

February 29
1 p.m.
955 Main Street, Room 1225A
(Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical sciences)

Sponsors: JMSA (Jewish medical student association), CDMA ( Christian Medical and Dental Association), AMMSA (American Muslim Medical Student Association), SAMSA (South Asian Medical Student Association)

Refreshments will be served

For more information, contact jmsa.jsmbs@gmail.com


Two Unlikely Partners for Peace in the Mideast-- What is the Future of Living Together?

Monday, March 4, 2024
2-3 p.m.
University at Buffalo North Campus,
Room 235 Student Union

Join Noor A'wad and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger as they share personal stories of transformation and insights born of meeting one another.

Roots/Shorashim/Judur is an Israeli-Palestinian grassroots initiative that fosters understanding, nonviolence and transformation between national identities.

There will be time for Q&A.
Refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact agreen6@buffalo.edu

PSS ID Committee Presents


Thursday, March 7, 2024
12-12:30 p.m.
Capen Hall 107 (North Campus)

During the Week of Jewish Learning we have invited local Jewish students to showcase different Jewish topics of relevance to a variety of disciplines and schools of the university. As part of their presentation, the students will share both the history of antisemitism from their perspective and their lived experience experiencing and combatting antisemitism. Students will talk about their experience combatting antisemitism.

Please RSVP at this Registration Link