Programme

Pirkko-Liisa Schulman

Agatha Christie, ”rikosten kuningatar”, kuvaa usein henkilöitään, erityisesti italialaisia, juutalaisia ja ei-eurooppalaisia stereotyyppisesti, jopa rasistisesti, mikä ei ollut sen ajan Englannin yläluokalle epätavallista. Oliko Agatha Christie antisemiitti? Eräässä kirjassaan mystiset murhat tapahtuvat oudolla saarella Etelä-Englannin rannikolla Devonissa, jossa on "ajanmukainen loistohuvila...kaunis, valkoinen talo...matala, nelikulmainen". On sanottu, että Christielle eristetty saari ja talo – vaikkakin moderni, valoisa ja avoin – kuvasivat toiseutta ja erilaisuutta, joista hän oli ristiriitaisesti kiinnostunut. Saksasta paennut arkkitehti Erich Mendelsohn oli voittanut kilpailun kuuluisan ravintola-auditoriorakennuksen, De La Warr -paviljongin, suunnittelusta Devoniin. Brittiläiset arkkitehdit protestoivat voittoa jyrkästi eikä suuri yleisökään rakennusta heti hyväksynyt oudon vierasmaalaisen näköisenä; arkkitehdit olivat ulkomaalaisia ja juutalaisia. Christie vietti kesänsä juuri Devonissa ja oli varmaankin nähnyt suositun paviljongin.

Pirkko-Liisa Schulman

Agatha Christie ja juutalaiset arkitehdit

György Németh

The presentation deals with ancient Jewish magical texts — amulets, incantation bowls, Genizah magical texts, and “literary” books of magic such as Harba de-Mosheand Sefer ha-Razim. There were also "voodoo dolls" used by Jews in cursing magic. The amulets were used in the Jewish everyday life too.

György Németh

Ancient Jewish magic

Ruth Illman

This session presents the research project "Boundaries of Jewish Identities in Contemporary Finland", which has just been launched at Åbo Akademi University. The aim of the project is to map and analyse vernacular Judaism in Finland today, which means looking at very practical aspects of everyday life and how contemporary Jewish identities are negotiated through them: foodways and festivals, family life, relationships to the surrounding secular society and the special minhag that has developed in Finland. The research team will use archive material, documents and community registers as well as questionnaires and interviews to gather material for the research. You find the project website at: http://www.polininstitutet.fi/judiska-identiteter-och-deras-granser-i-dagens-finland/

Ruth Illman

Boundaries of Jewish Identities in Contemporary Finland

Laura Ben-David

Find out why an open-minded American immigrant to Israel chose to make her home in a 'settlement' in Judea. Hear some rather surprising - and entertaining - stories, anecdotes and opinions about her experiences with Israelis and Palestinians through the prism of life in Israel as a 'settler'.

Laura Ben-David

Confessions of a nuanced settler

Nic Abery

As the education consultant for Educating for Impact for Helsinki, Nic will explain the process so far, her findings and proposals.

Nic Abery

EFI - how we are working to secure and sustain the Helsinki community

John Simon

During the phase of WWII when Finnish and German troops fought side-by-side, Finland’s leaders insisted that they were not allies but fighting separate wars against a common enemy. By that logic, Finland’s Jews fought three “separate wars”. What were they, and what do they tell us about Finland and its Jews?

John Simon

Finland’s Jews and Their Three ”Separate Wars”

Lena Roos

Gardens have been present in Jewish tradition from the Garden of Eden in Genesis to the visions of the rewards in an afterlife in a heavenly Garden. Gardens and agriculture are prominent in the Hebrew Bible, from the descriptions of agricultural practices to the annual festivals. Still, Jews as a people have often been prevented from owning land, and have therefor been removed from the actual practice of gardening and growing food.

Lena Roos

Gardens from beginning to end in Jewish tradition

Jorge Gershon

From all the different civilizations, cultures, identities and religions present in Spanish history, the one with the longest presence in time is Judaism. This also applies to Jewish identity today. The contribution to Judaism made by the Iberian Jewish community during its Golden Age under Muslim rulers is very significant. Jewish identity would not be as rich and diverse as it is today without the philosophy, religious poetry, literature, liturgy and science developed by Jews in Spanish Middle Ages. It is also relevant that although life for religious minorities was sometimes very challenging, we cannot find in history a similar cultural exchange between Jewish, Christian and Muslim intellectuals. A better understanding of this heritage and of the coexistence of people of different faith can be an inspiration for us today.

Jorge Gershon

Golden Age in Al-Andalus. Jews under the Islam

Chevra Kadisha Helsinki

Juutalaisuuden hautauskäytännöt ja vainajan muistaminen juutalaisuudessa, sekä Suomen vanhimman juutalaisen yhdistyksen, Helsingin Chevra Kadishan historian ja toiminnan esittely

Chevra Kadisha Helsinki

Helsingin Chevra Kadisha ja kuolema, hautaaminen ja muistaminen juutalaisuudessa

Vibeke Kieding Banik

About 1/3 of the small Jewish population in Norway were killed during WW2. In this lecture I will give a brief overview of the Norwegian Holocaust and discuss how it has been treated in the post war Norwegian society.

Vibeke Kieding Banik

Holocaust in Norway

Mark Halawa

The speaker explains how Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook are considered the breathing space for roughly 350 million Arabic speakers today, as the heavily-censored and government-owned media outlets in the Middle East failed to fill the curiosity of Arab youth towards the different cultures and religions out there, post the internet era.

Mark Halawa

How social media changed Middle Eastern attitudes towards Israel and the Jewish people

Rukhl Schaechter

Founded as a socialist newspaper for American immigrants, today’s Forverts caters to a very different crowd including children of Holocaust survivors, academics, Hasidim and non-Jews. Learn how the Forverts continues to be relevant to this diverse group.

Rukhl Schaechter

How the Yiddish Forward Is Being Transformed in the New Millennium

György Németh

Among the 17 Nobel prize winners of Hungarian origine there were several Jewish scientists and a writer, Imre Kertész. The prezentation deals with all the Jewish Nobel prize winners coming from Hungary. There were winners in Physics, Medicine, chemistry and Economics. One of them was working in the A-Bomb project too (Jenő Wigner).

György Németh

Hungarian Jews Nobel prize winners

Vadim Kulikov

Starting with G. Cantor (1845-1918) mathematicians have developed a concise, formal and presently quite well understood theory of infinity. In Jewish writing there also is a concept of infinity called Ein Sof (אין סוף‬). The goal of this lecture is to explore what are the differences and similarities (whether accidental or not) between these two concepts.

Vadim Kulikov

Is there a connection between the mathematical notion of infinity and the concept Ein Sof in Jewish writings?

Laura Ben-David

What's true and what's false? Why is it so challenging for Israel to tell its story and be heard? Regardless of our perspective or politics, what can we do about it?

Laura Ben-David

Israel advocacy in the world of social media

Edina Wéber

41 appearances, 35 finals, 4 victories – the last one just this past year, making Israel the host of the song contest in 2019. What is the key of success? Personal charm? Culture? Politics? An easy listening Saturday night party starter session with lost of music and interesting pieces of information.

Edina Wéber

Israel and Eurovision

Laura Ben-David

An inspirational, photographic adventure. Explore the beauty and excitement; the mystery and history of Israel: the land, the people, the culture... through the lens, anecdotes and unique perspective of Laura Ben-David.

Laura Ben-David

Israel: What is to love?

Jorge Gershon

The main aim of this program goes beyond an virtual visiting related to the Jewish past of Spain. The focus on all aspects of judaism in Al-Andalus. In order to understand current Jewish life in Spain, one needs to put into context past and present. Hence, during our speech, I will take you along an emotional journey where you will share, understand and enjoy the uniqueness of Jewish past and present-day life in Spain. Thus to understand how our ancestors lived in Spain until they were expelled in 1492 and had to face exile. The speech is conducted in English by myself and it last approximately one hour. I like interactive conversations and therefore you will be always welcome, even encouraged, to pose as many questions as you want. Please feel comfortable to make questions.

Jorge Gershon

Jewish Life in Spain: Past, Present, FUTURE!

Lena Roos

From the Hebrew Bible until the present, norms for sexuality have been important ways of defining Jewish identity. In this workshop we will study this topic on the basis of the medieval text Sefer Chasidim.

Lena Roos

Jewish identity and normative sexuality: workshop

György Németh

The western part of the actual Hungary was Pannonia province in the Roman time. Long before the Hungarians occupied their land a lot of Jews lived in Pannonia. They were soldiers of the Roman army or settlers of the Roman cities of Pannonia. Several Jewish inscriptions are showing the aspects of the Jewish life in the Roman province by the Danube.

György Németh

Jews in Hungary in the Roman time

Simo Muir

Toisen maailmansodan aikana esitettiin Helsingissä Jac Weinsteinin (1883-1976) jiddishin- ja ruotsinkielisiä revyitä ja purimshpilejä, jotka käsittelivät suomenjuutalaisten sodanaikaisia kokemuksia ja tuntoja. Esitys tarkastelee näitä revyitä ja pohtii, mitä Weinsteinin teokset ilmentävät suomenjuutalaisten tietoisuudesta natsi-Saksan juutalaisvainoista.

Simo Muir

Juutalainen revyy Helsingissä toisen maailmansodan aikaina

Laura Ekholm

Minkälaisia ennakkoasenteita talous- ja sosiaalihistorian tutkija kohtaa tutkiessaan aihepiirejä, jotka liittyvät juutalaisuuteen Suomessa ja Pohjoismaissa? Minkälaisia kysymyksiä ihmiset yleisimmin kysyvät? Miten paljon yleisön voi olettaa tietävän suomenjuutalaisten historiasta tai juutalaisuudesta? Mitä tutkimusyhteisö olettaa ja odottaa tutkijalta, joka käsittelee työssään juutalaisten historiaa Suomessa ja Ruotsissa? Puheenvuoron lähtökohta on, että ennakkoluulot eivät sinällään kerro juutalaisuudesta, mutta paljonkin suomalaisesta yhteiskunnasta ja sen muutoksista.

Laura Ekholm

Kolme toistuvaa ennakkoluuloa, kun tutkimuskohde liittyy juutalaisuuteen – ja mitä ne kertovat suomalaisesta yhteiskunnasta

Benyamin Wolff

Learn the Four skills of Leadership from the story of some of the greatest leaders in Jewish history.

Benyamin Wolff

Leadership skills of great Jewish Leaders

Nic Abery

Let’s explore the objects, customs and practices of the Jewish year and build our own using Lego.

Nic Abery

Lego Jewish Year (Young Limmud)

Simo Muir

Presidentti Mannerheimin vierailu Helsingin synagogassa itsenäisyyspäivänä 6.12.1944 on piirtynyt lähtemättömästi suomenjuutalaisten kollektiiviseen muistiin. Esitys käsittelee tuon historiallisesti merkityksekkään päivän tapahtumia ja taustoja muistipoliittisesta näkökulmasta.

Simo Muir

Mannerheimin vierailu Helsingin synagogassa 1944

Jorge Gershon

1492 is one of the most important dates in the Spanish Jewish History, in General Jewish History from the destruction of the Temple to Kristallnacht, in the spanish history and the history of the world. How reconcile those events with the Inquisition? How this institution affect to the jewish world? Who were the marranos and do they still exist?

Jorge Gershon

Marranos, an introduction to the secret Jews

Tapani Harviainen

Heprean kieltä tunnetaan 3000 vuoden ajalta, mutta sen syntyhistoria on kiistanalainen. Vanhimmat tunnetut tekstit ovat lyhyitä piirtokirjoituksia. Niiden joukkoon kuuluvat ensimmäiset tuntemamme pienet katkelmat heprealaisesta Raamatusta vuoden 600 tienoilta eaa. Laajempia varhaisia kirjoituksia edustavat Kuolleenmeren luolista löydetyt raamatulliset ja muut uskonnolliset käsikirjoitukset ajanlaskumme taitteen ajoilta. Mutta jokseenkin samaan aikaan heprea muuntui runsaasti ja kuoli puhuttuna kielenä. Silti sitä opeteltiin, luettiin ja kirjoitettiin edelleen kaikkialla juutalaisten parissa mutta eri tavoin ääntäen. Hepreassa vokaaleja alettiin merkitä teksteihin vasta vuoden 700 tienoilla jaa., ja menetelmiä oli alkuaan useita heprean erilaisten ”murteiden” mukaisesti. Espanjassa 1000 vuotta sitten luotu heprealainen runous kehitti kieltä, ja samalla käynnistyi heprean kielen tutkimus vuorovaikutuksessa arabialaisen tieteen kanssa. Seuraava suuri muutosvaihe oli 1700- ja 1800-lukujen valistuskauden haskala-heprea, jota kehitettiin ajantasaisten maallisten aiheiden käsittelyn mahdollistamiseksi. Radikaalia muutosta merkitsi Eliezer Ben-Jehudan kehotus 1880-luvulta alkaen käyttää hepreaa myös puhuttuna kielenä viestinnän kaikilla alueilla. Sefardinen ääntäminen nousi puhutun heprean malliksi, ja tämän heprean käyttö yhdisti merkittävästi juutalaista kansaa Israelissa. Puhuttua nykyhepreaa on sittemmin rikastettu runsaasti omalta pohjalta; toisaalta uusia piirteitä on lainattu paljon muista kielistä, etenkin englannista.

Tapani Harviainen

Monenlaisia hepreoita 3000 vuoden vaiheilta

Mark Halawa

The students are encouraged to be proud of their heritage, to engage with other students of different faiths and backgrounds, in person or via social media activism.

Mark Halawa

Promoting Western & Jewish values on University campus & building alliances

Mirjam Solomon

What makes me feel Jewish? What things would I like my children to adopt from the Jewish tradition and pass along to the next generation? What aspects or practices in Judaism do I find annoying or problematic? How do I balance Judaism and modern lifestyle? What makes me feel difficult or insecure about my role in the Jewish community? What does it mean for me to feel religious, or do I? What are my important childhood memories linked to Judaism? How do I feel in social settings with non-Jews? Welcome! Let’s have a talk together! I will support creating a warm, understanding and reflective atmosphere where we all can share and reflect on our thoughts and feelings – both positive and negative – about our personal connection to Judaism, family and community. I will encourage participants to share some of their thoughts with the group and have a dialogue with an open and supportive attitude. All feelings and opinions are precious, there are no right and wrong answers. I will facilitate and support the dialogue by using methods used in therapeutic family counseling. Nobody will be pressured into sharing any thoughts they don’t want to share. You can also just come and listen and reflect within yourself...

Mirjam Solomon

Reflective Group Discussion – Me, My Family, and Judaism

Elina Vuola

Esittelen suomenjuutalaisten naisten kanssa tekemääni haastatteluaineistoa siltä osin kuin se liittyy heidän kokemuksiinsa sukupuolen merkityksestä. Esitelmässä keskitytään eri-ikäisten, juutalaiseksi syntyneiden tai siihen lapsena isän juutalaisuuden vuoksi kääntyneiden naisten kokemuksiin. Tarkastelen erityisesti heidän näkemyksiään juutalaisen seurakunnan käytännöistä peilaten niitä kansainväliseen juutalaisuutta käsittelevään sukupuolentutkimukseen.

Elina Vuola

Sukupuoli ja juutalaisuus. Suomenjuutalaisten naisten kokemuksia.

Riikka Tuori

Talmud on Heprealaisen Raamatun rinnalla juutalaisuuden merkittävimpiä teoksia, joka sisältää valtavan kokoelman varhaisten rabbien laintulkintaa, polveilevia keskusteluja ja kiehtovia kertomuksia. Syksyllä 2018 julkaistiin ensimmäinen suomenkielinen kokoelma Talmudin kirjoituksia. Tuori kertoo esitelmässään käännösprosessin eri vaiheista.

Riikka Tuori

Talmudia ensi kertaa suomeksi

Simon Livson

We will discuss the different aspects of circumcision from a Jewish perspective. Why is it important and to what extent.

Simon Livson

The Brit milah controversy

Rukhl Schaechter

Many people believe that women and girls lived in the shadows of men in traditional Ashkenazi societies but this is a myth. Many families in the shtetl were actually matriarchal in nature which helped solidify the position of women as major decision makers.

Rukhl Schaechter

The Powerful Role Women Had in the Shtetl

Tamás Büchler

In the last couple of years, the Jewish and the Romani community connected more than ever before in Hungary. Two minorities living in the same land, sharing a similar fate over the centuries are getting together through a variety of projects, events and initiatives to discuss: how the future for both communities will look like in Europe? In this session we will learn about how the Jews and the Roma people found each other: in the field of arts, pop culture, politics, history and community development.

Tamás Büchler

The Roma and the Jews - a love story?

Mercédesz Czimbalmos

The history of the Sabbatarians in Transylvania dates back to the 16th century when the movement evolved from Unitarianism in the historical region of Transylvania. Neither Jewish nor Christian, the Sabbatarians honored the Sabbath and endeavored to uphold most of the Jewish traditions. Despite the ordeals that afflicted their community from the times of its establishment until its disappearance, its members gradually deviated themselves from Christian traditions and acquired deeper knowledge in rabbinic Judaism whilst perceiving strong Jewish identity.

Mercédesz Czimbalmos

The Sabbatarians of Transylvania

Yechiel Wasserman

The 21st century is a new era, the whole world became small and dynamic. Over the last few years everything has been changed. How has the Jewish life been influenced and how do we struggle and cope with the new situation?

Yechiel Wasserman

The challenge of the Jewish nation in the 21st century

Vibeke Kieding Banik

In this lecture I will briefly present the Jews in Norway now and then. Why did they settle, how did they integrate and who are they today?

Vibeke Kieding Banik

The history of the Jews of Norway, 1851-2018: an overview

Mark Halawa

Mark explains the history behind the formation of UNRWA, or United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine, and how he and siblings are perpetually counted as refugees today, along with millions of other descendants of British Mandate of Palestine family members.

Mark Halawa

UNRWA & the Palestinian refugee I'm not

Ita Wolff

A hands on experience in how to actually make (vegeterian) cholent and some secret ingredients. This dish needs time to cook and you will have the opportunity of tasting the end result at the conclusion of a day of learning.

Galith and Ita enjoy spending time in the kitchen and sharing the heritage of their respective background. Ashekenazi and Moroccan.
 

Ita Wolff, Galith Nadbornik

Vegetarian cholent workshop

Galith Nadbornik
Rukhl Schaechter

You may think you’re eating gefilte fish but it’s really just a fish loaf or fish balls. Gefilte fish means stuffed fish: slices of carp with the filling stuffed in between the skin and the bone. Learn all about the way today’s Jewish foods were really eaten in pre-war Eastern Europe.

Rukhl Schaechter

What Gefilte Fish and Other Classic Ashkenazi Dishes Were Like In the Old Country

Edina Wéber

In the traditional Jewish setting, the synagogue is primarily the space of men, ritual functions are fulfilled by men, prayer is led by men. In many modern branches of Judaism, women claim more and more space and roles in prayer. What is the rabbinic background to either one of these approaches? Why can women not lead prayers in a traditional orthodox setting, and based on what can they do so elsewhere? We will look at rabbinic sources regarding prayer, time-bound commandments, requirements and exemptions.

Edina Wéber

Women and praying - do women have to pray?

Tamás Büchler

In this session we will travel around the world virtually to discover Jewish dreams of a homeland - beyond the land of Israel. Over the last centuries, Jews were looking for territories where they could build their own society. From South America to Africa, from Alaska to the far East - there is an world out there of Jewish Utopias

Tamás Büchler

Wondering Jews

Dóra Pataricza

What kind of food did you have as a child? What were your favourite meals? Who prepared food for holidays and what kind of recipes were used? What did you eat at school? Let's share your food memories of your childhood. The language of the workshop is Finnish.

Dóra Pataricza

Workshop - Finnish Jewish childhood food memories