Film Screening & Discussion

Budrus Film Screening

Due to unforseen circumstances, the Program in Jewish Studies has canceled this event. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Budrus movie cover Join us for a film screening of the 2009 documentary Budrus by Julia Bacha. This award-winning feature documentary film focuses on Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites Palestinian political factions and invites Israeli supporters to join an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolent strategies to confront a threat.

This film screening will be followed by a discussion led by Professor Iddo Dickmann, Lecturer in Jewish Studies at CU Boulder.

2018 Sephardic Studies Visiting Scholar

Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society: The Eurafrican Jews of Suriname, South America

Lecture with Professor Aviva Ben-Ur, Sephardic Studies Visiting Scholar

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Atlas 100, CU Boulder campus
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Suriname, a Dutch colony established on the South American mainland in the 1660s, was among the largest slave societies of the hemisphere. Its Jewish community, founded during the same decade, was granted exceptional liberties, including religious tolerance, unrestricted economic opportunities, and, most remarkably, the privilege to self-govern according to its own religious and secular laws. This political autonomy also empowered Jews to convert their slaves to Judaism, resulting in the rise of a sizeable class of people collectively known in the sources as “mulatto Jews” or “Jewish mulattoes.” In her talk, Professor Aviva Ben-Ur will address the emergence of Eurafrican Jews, their legal status, cultural characteristics, social activism, and their experience of Jewish autonomy in a colony where upwards of 96 percent of the population was unfree.

Aviva Ben-UrAbout Professor Aviva Ben-Ur

Aviva Ben-Ur is Professor in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and holds adjunct appointments in the Department of History and in the Programs of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature. She specializes in Atlantic Jewish history and slavery studies and is the author of Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society: Suriname in the Atlantic World, 1651-1825 (forthcoming with University of Pennsylvania Press), Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries and Synagogues of Suriname: Essays (Hebrew Union College Press, 2012) and Remnant Stones: The Jewish Cemeteries of Suriname: Epitaphs (Hebrew Union College Press, 2009), both co-authored with Rachel Frankel, and Sephardic Jews in America: A Diasporic History (New York University Press, 2009).

This event is hosted by the Program in Jewish Studies and cosponsored by the Department of History and the School of Law at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Aviva Ben-Ur's visit is part of the Community Talks Series, made possible in part by a grant from Rose Community Foundation. A subscription series, Community Talks features nationally and internationally renowned scholars, authors, artists, and performers for themed public events with the goal of enriching community learning and expanding access to academic programming on Jewish culture and history.  Learn more and subscribe today.