The Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University sponsors annual conferences and symposia.
Among them are:
An annual seminar commemorating "Kristallnacht".
A joint seminar with the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry commemorating the 10th of Tevet, the "General Day of Kaddish".
A seminar to mark the International Holocaust Memorial Remembrance Day, January 27.
A joint seminar with the Israel and Golda Koschtizky Department of Jewish History commemorating Yom Hashoah (27 Nissan), and the annual Pflager-Ziskind prize-giving ceremony.
An Annual "Spiegel Fellows" Conference.
An end of academic year symposium.
The Institute also sponsors additional conferences and symposia about the Holocaust both at Bar-Ilan University and outside the university.
Symposia and Conferences 2022-2023
- Sept. 9, 2022 - Book Launch together with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, Researchers Remember: Research as an Arena of Memory for Descendents of Holocaust Survivors, A Collected Volume of Academic Autobiographies, edited by Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz together with Prof. Shmuel Refael.
- October 31, 2022, "Remnants Tell the Story". Dr. Tamir Hod interviewed Yoram Haimi who spoke about the excavations at the Sobibor extermination camp, the artifacts that were uncovered, and how our knowledge of the camp's physical structure, scope, and functioning changed as a result of the excavations. Gil Faran and Dr. Itzik Pass also spoke at the event.
- November 9, 2022, the 84nd anniversary of Kristallnacht – a Zoom book launch together with the Library and Information System at Bar-Ilan University, for our book: The List: The Making of an Online Transnational Second Generation Community, Bern: Peter Lang, 2022, edited by Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz.
- October 14 – 16, 2022 The Finkler Institute assisted in the support of an in-person conference entitled: "Reflective Culture of Holocaust Remembrance: Education, Global Perspectives and Challenges" held under the joint auspices of Yad Vashem, Bar-Ilan University's Faculty of Education, the Sal Van Gelder Institute for Holocaust Instruction and Research, UNESCO, The World Zionist Organization, The Israel Academy of Sciences, The Dahan Institute, and the Finkler Institute. Jerusalem and Ramat Gan.
- January 4, 2023 joint in-person symposium together with the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University to mark the 10th of Tevet, the "General Day of Kaddish". The main speaker was a Spiegel Fellow of the Finkler Institute, Dr. Rachel Levy-Drummer, who spoke about "The Reawakening of the Memory of the Bitoula-Monastir Community in Macedonia".
- January 16th 2023 an in-person event in which Dr. Avraham Huli's film "Jews Rescuing Jews During the Holocaust" was shown, after which there was a discussion panel.
- On January 24, 26, 27, and 28 2023, the Finkler Institute together with Habima – Israel's National Theater, sponsored in-person discussion groups following four plays about the Holocaust, to commemoration International Holocaust Memorial Day. The joint event was planned by Dr. Joel Rappel, Senior Forum Researcher and Senior Advisor on Enrichment Activities.
- April 19, 2023 in-person annual joint symposium for Yom Hashoah together with the Israel and Golda Koschitzy Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the annual prizegiving in memory of the author Sara Flager-Ziskind and her husband Eliezer Ziskind.
- May 7, 2023, Zoom book launch for Psychoanalytic and Cultural Aspects of Trauma and the Holocaust: Between Postmemory and Postmemorial Work, London: Routledge, 2023, edited by Rony Alfandary and Judy Baumel-Schwartz.
- June 7, 2023, End of year in-person conference - New Research About the Holocaust.
- Six Zoom lectures are being held in conjunction with the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, based on the new core exhibition for which Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz served as historian\curator on the curatorial team.
- Five Zoom lectures are being held in conjunction with the "Poland Forum" coordinated by Dr. Lea Ganor.
- Bi-weekly Zoom lectures are being held within the framework of the "Spiegel Fellows Forum", coordinated by Dr. Itzik Pass.
- Three Zoom lectures are being held within the framework of the new "Hungary Forum", coordinated by a board consisting of Dr. Ayala Nedivi, Dr. Jehuda Hartman and Biniamin Avrahami.
- Four Zoom lectures on women in the Holocaust are being held together with the Gender Studies program and the Fanya Gottesfeld-Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism at Bar-Ilan University.
Symposia and Conferences 2021-2022
- International Book Launch held by Florida State University and the Finkler Institute (virtual event): Women Defying Hitler: Resistance and Rescue Under the Nazis, London: Bloomsbury, 2021 (edited by Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz, Dr. Mordecai Paldiel and Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus), held on October 25, 2021.
- Virtual Book Launch for All Our Brothers and Sisters: Jews Saving Jews During the Holocaust, Bern: Peter Lang, 2021 (edited by Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz and Alan Schneider), held by the Library and Information Science Systems, Bar Ilan University to commemorate the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, November 9, 2021.
- Joint Zoom symposium of the Finkler Institute and the Golda and Israel Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University to commemorate the 10th of Tevet, the "General Day of Kaddish", Dec. 15, 2021.
- International Joint symposium of the Finkler Institute and the Second Generation Network, London, with Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz as keynote speaker, following the publication of Researchers Remember: Research as an Arena of Memory Among Descendants of Holocaust Survivors: A Collected Volume of Academic Autobiographies, Bern: Peter Lang, 2021, Dec. 16, 2021.
- Virtual Lecture by Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz on Praxis, A program on the Austrian National Radio (ö1) about Religious Life in Nazi Camps, Jan. 26, 2022, to commemorate International Holocaust Memorial Day.
- Prof. Judy Tydor Baumel-Schwartz spoke about "Holocaust Denial Today" at the Second Conference of the Lobby Against Antisemitism and the BDS Movement about "The State of Holocaust Memory in Israel and Abroad and Using the Holocaust as a tool to Delegitimize the State of Israel".
- On January 27, 2022, International Holocaust Memorial Day, the Finkler Institute together with Habima – Israel's National Theater, sponsored discussion groups following four plays about the Holocaust, in which Institute Forum members participated. The joint event was planned by Dr. Joel Rappel, Senior Forum Researcher of the "Spiegel Fellows" Forum.
- On February 23, 2022, the Finkler Institute sponsored an international virtual symposium with Towson University in Maryland, entitled Evidence Against Intolerance: A Virtual Symosium on Teaching the Holocaust in the Digital Disinformation Era. Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz delivered the keynote address about "Teaching the Holocaust in this Contemporary Climate".
- On March 2, 2022, the Finkler Institute sponsored a Zoom symposium about the Circassian town of Beslany that saved Jewish children during the Holocaust. Speakers included Prof. Shmuel Refael, Dean of the Faculty of Jewish Studies and Mr. Zohair Tchaucha, founder of the Circassian museum at Kafar Kama.
- On April 27, 2022, the Finkler Institute will hold a joint annual event for Yom Hashoah together with the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the annual prizegiving in memory of the author Sara Flager-Ziskind and her husband Eliezer Ziskind. Martin Herscovitz, founder of "Creating Memory" and member of the Spiegel Forum, will speak about "The Silent Memory of the Holocaust: Distinguishing Between Holocaust History and Holocaust Memory".
- On April 27, 2022, in the morning and on April 28, 2022, in the evening, before and after the official opening and closing of Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah), the Finkler Institute will co-sponsor discussion groups following a number of plays that will be put on by Habima – Israel's National Theater. The joint event is being planned by Dr. Joel Rappel, Senior Forum Research of the "Spiegel Fellows" Forum.
- On May 15, 2022, the Finkler Institute and the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Institute for the Study of Women in Judaism, together with the Library and Information system at Bar-Ilan University, will hold a book launch for the Hebrew book: Eretz, Moledet [Country, Motherland]: Fifty year of American-Jewish Women's Aliyah to Israel, A Collective Autobiography 1967-2017 [in Hebrew], Haifa: The Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism, 2022, edited by Prof. Judy Baumel-Schwartz and Barbara Getzoff Schoenfeld.
- On May 31, 2022, the Finkler Institute will sponsor a joint lecture with Prof. Maxim D. Schrayer of Boston College who will speak at a symposium held by Prof. Roman Katzman of the Joseph and Norman Berman Department of the Literature of the Jewish People, about "Judgement at Krasnodar and the Trials of Ilya Selvinsky's Poetic Reportage".
- On May 1 2022 we will hold a book launch for the Hebrew version of Researchers Remember: Research as an Arena of Memory, Descendants of Holocaust Survivors at the Memory Front, Rishon LeZion: Yediot Books and SifreiHemed, 2022.
- We will end the academic year with a virtual conference on June 8, 2022, about Daily Life During the Holocaust.
- During the entire academic year, the Spiegel Fellows held an ongoing symposium with Zoom lectures on Wednesday evening by members of the Forum. The ongoing symposium was initiated by Dr. Itzik Pass, Spiegel Fellows Forum Coordinator and Coordinator of the Finkler Institute.
- During the autumn of 2021 and the spring of 2022, the Poland Forum held four mini-conferences where forum members spoke about their research. The mini-conferences were initiated by Dr. Lea Ganor, Poland Forum coordinator.
Symposia and Conferences 2020-2021
"Her Story, My Story?" Writing about Women and the Holocaust, a webinar commemorating the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, Nov. 9, 2020
An event to commemorate the General Day of Kaddish, the 10th of Tevet, in cooperation with the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, and presentation of the Krumholtz Prize, Dec. 23, 2020.
Writing the Unwritable, an Inter-disciplinary Approach to Holocaust Postmemory – a pre publication International Zoom Conference to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 24, 2021.
The Eichmann Trial in Historical Perspective – a webinar, March 8, 2020.
Ongoing Spiegel Forum Lectures – Wednesday night zoom, weekly 19:30-20:00. "Creating During the Holocaust".
An event to commemorate Yom Hashoa in cooperation with the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, and presentation of the Plager-Ziskind Prize, April 7, 2020.
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DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC THE CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED
|Holocaust, Rebirth, Activity and Documentation, A Symposium in Honor of Yitzhak Meir and Moshe ("Moshko") Moshkovitz Bar Ilan University, Monday June 15, 2020, Beck Hall|