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2012-13 Featured Events:

March 10-13, Sayed Kashua, Israeli author, screen writer and journalist
A Conversation with Sayed Kashua, visits to classes

April 2-5, Yael Hadaya, Israeli author and screenwriter for ‘In Treatment’

Lecture and visit to classes

Writer in Residence: Maya Arad

Maya Arad will visit again our classes and work with the Hebrew students
We are in the progress of translating some short stories to Hebrew from funds left from this year and hope to have a page on her with the translated work in our Hebrew@Stanford website and hopefully later in the new Taube Center website.
Maya will aslo represent us in Brandies and Harvard in the fall.

Visiting Scholars:

Professor Elana Goemel

Professor Hagit Halperin

Visiting Artist:

Emmanuel Witzthum

Undergraduate meetings:

Hebrew Forum, winter 2013

Graduate meetings:

Monthly meeting of the "Hebrew Reading Group." Open to faculty and gard students. All meetings ar in Hebrew and focus on Hebrew literature and culture. For more information contact: Renana Keydar,

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2011-12 Featured Events:


October 2011
Dory Manor, Poet
Moshe Sakal, AuthorHebrew Reading Group, Hebrew Forum

November 7, 2011
Meir Shalev, Author co-sponsor with OF JCC
OFJCC, 7:30

Nov 30, 2011
Place: TBA
Eshkol Nevo, Author

Tuesday, February 20, 2012, @12pm
Location: TBA
Gisele Sapiro: Modern Hebrew Literature in the World Market of Translation

Tuesday, March 21, 2012
Location: TBA
Emanuela T. Semi: Sharing and unsharing narratives about Jews-Muslims relationships in
Morocco: results from a research in Meknes, France and Israel


For an updated and detailed list check the Taube Center for Jewish Studies events: click here


Selected Past Events:

Events Archive:


June 2011: "History and Responsibility: Hebrew Literature and 1948"

March 2011: "David Grossman and the Reception of Hebrew Literature in Europe"

For more information check our conferencse page


Writer in Residence: AB Yehoshua, April 2008

A.B.Yehoshua was born in Jerusalem in 1936, the fifth generation of a Sephardi Jerusalemite family. After studying Hebrew literature and Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he started a teaching career. From 1963 to 1967, he lived and taught in Paris; he is now Professor of literature at Haifa University. Yehoshua has published numerous novels, short stories, plays and essays and is one of the best internationally known Israeli authors.

He has received several literary prizes both in Israel and abroad, among which: the Brenner Prize, the Bialik Prize (1989), the Alterman Prize, England`s "Best Novel of the Year" Mr Mani (1992), the Koret Jewish Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the Israel Prize for Literature (1995), the Giovanni Boccaccio Prize (Italy, 2005) and the Viareggio Prize for Lifetime Achievement (Italy, 2005). His work has been published abroad in 28 languages.


Public Lecture: April 24, 2008, Stanford University



Visiting Faculty: Professor Dan Miron

dan miron Dr. Dan Miron is the Leonard Kaye Professor of Hebrew Literature at Columbia University and the Department of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A prolific scholar, critic and editor, Dr. Miron has established himself over the past three decades as the leading authority on Hebrew literature. His influential books (more than twenty, in both Hebrew and English) study most of the prominent Hebrew and Yiddish authors, fiction writers and poets since the revival of Hebrew literature in the nineteenth century. As an editor-scholar, he is responsible for some of the most important 'collected writing' projects to be published in Hebrew in the previous century (Bialik's poems, Gnessin's stories, and many more).

At Stanford professor Miron will teach two classes: (1) "The Modern Jewish Literary Complex": A comparative course focusing on the question whether a unified modern Jewish literature, or a "Modern Jewish Canon," exist, and, if not, what interactions among Jewish literatures, or fragments of Jewish literatures, have evolved throughout the last two centuries. About 12-15 texts by writers such as  Reb Nakhman of Bratslav, Heine, Kafka, Bialik, Agnon, Amichai, Sholem Aleichem, I.L.Peretz, Bashevis-Singer, Y. Glatshteyn, Primo Levi, Jean Ameri, Charles Reznikoff, Henry Roth and Cynthia Ozick will be read and analyzed. All the texts are available in English. (2) "Sholem Aleichem and Jewish Minority Discourse." The courses will be offered through the Comparative Literature department.




Selected Past Events: Visitng Authors

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michal govrin

Michal Govrin

peter cole

Peter Cole

meir shalev

Meir Shalev

sayed kashua

Sayed Kashua

agi mishol

Agi Mishol

Roni Someck




Performance (Stanford Lively Arts):


Berry SakharofRed Lips
Saturday, January 29, 2011 | 8:00 pm
Memorial Auditorium

Often called the “prince of Israeli rock,” singer/guitarist/composer Berry Sakharof makes a rare Bay Area appearance with an inspired conceptual project, Adumei HaSfatot (“Red Lips”). As heard on his acclaimed 2009 companion CD, Sakharof’s original music for Adumei HaSfatot melds the sound of contemporary guitar rock with melodic and rhythmic influences from Middle Eastern musics. The project’s lyrics, however, hark back much farther, to the “Golden Age of Spanish Jewry”: the 11th-century Hebrew poetry of Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gabirol, one of the outstanding poets of Muslim Spain. The result is a powerful rock concert that brings together East and West, classical and contemporary, sacred and secular.

Berry Sakharof first came to widespread prominence in the 1980s as a founding member of Minimal Compact, one of the first Israeli rock bands to win international fame. After the group’s 1988 breakup, Sakharof became a solo artist, achieving enormous critical and popular success in Israel with albums like Signs of Weakness (voted the #11 album of all time by the readers of the prominent Israeli news site ynet), Touches, and The Other (inspired by the work of French philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas). His music for film has twice earned the Award of the Israeli Film Academy.



Idan Raichel Project
November 4, 2007
Sunday / 2:30 pm
Memorial Auditorium