23rd Annual Gruss Colloquium in Judaic Studies: "Expanding Jewish Political Thought: Beneath, Between, Before and Beyond the State"


APRIL 23–24 2017



Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th St 


1:30 PM          Welcome


Steven Weitzman, Ella Darivoff Director,

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies            


1:45 PM          Session I. Beneath


Chair: Sam Brody (University of Kansas/Katz Center)


Elliot Ratzman (Swarthmore College/Katz Center)

Democracy after Alinsky: The Jewish Community Organizing Tradition


Yuval Jobani (Tel Aviv University/Katz Center)

How Much Land Does a Jew Need? Revisiting A. D. Gordon’s Man and Nature


Irene Tucker (University of California, Irvine/Katz Center)

The Politics of Jewish Ceremonial Law: Minyan as Coalition 


David N. Myers (UCLA/Katz Center)

Sovereignty from the Bottom up: A New-Old American Tradition


Respondent: Kenneth Moss (Johns Hopkins University)


3:45 PM          Coffee Break


4:15 PM          Session II. Between


Chair: Anne Norton (University of Pennsylvania)


Rebecca Kobrin (Columbia University/Katz Center)

“If I had been a man, I would have joined the Navy to see the world, but since I was a woman, I joined JDC”: Laura Margolis (1941)


Joshua Teplitsky (Stony Brook University/Katz Center)

Rulers, Rabbis, and Relatives: Establishing Order across Borders and within Clans in the Kehillot of Early Modern Europe


Claude Stuczynski (Bar-Ilan University/Katz Center)

Jewish “Royal Alliance” or Early Modern Political Agency? Conversos, Freedom of Conscience, and the Question of Sovereignty


Respondent: James Loeffler (University of Virginia)


6:30 PM          Dinner (by invitation)

Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St


Remarks by Steven J. Fluharty

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience



Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th St 


8:30 AM          Coffee & Light Breakfast


9:00 AM          Session III. Before


Chair: Assaf Tamari (Ben Gurion University/Katz Center)


David Sorkin (Yale University)

Revisiting Emancipation: Toward a History of Jewish Politics


Vasileios Syros (Academy of Finland/Katz Center)

Early Modern Jewish Ideas on Political Realism


Julie Cooper (Tel Aviv University/Katz Center)

Spinoza’s Critique of Jewish Politics


Respondent: Shaul Magid (Indiana University, Bloomington)


11:00 AM        Coffee Break  


11:30 AM        Session IV. Beyond


Chair: Jeffrey Green (University of Pennsylvania)


Orr Scharf (Open University of Israel/Katz Center)

Hermann Cohen's Deutschum und Judentum: Between Pure Reason and the Sources of Judaism 


Michael Fagenblat (Open University of Israel/Katz Center)

People, Place, Dwelling: Heidegger’s political ontology as a key to post-statist Jewish political theology


Arye Edrei (Tel Aviv University/Katz Center)

From the Distinct Community to the Nation State and Back: Hirsch and Brewer in Frankfurt and Jerusalem


Respondent: Samuel Fleischacker (University of Illinois, Chicago)


1:30 PM          Lunch Break


3:00 PM          Session V. Final Panel


Chair: Meirav Jones (Yale University/Katz Center)

Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University/Katz Center)

Samuel Moyn (Harvard University)

Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben Gurion University)

Menachem Lorberbaum (Tel Aviv University/Katz Center)

5:00 PM          Reception

ARCH Building, Room 108, 3601 Locust Walk

Event Subtitle: 

Expanding Jewish Political Thought

Event Location: 

Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th Street

Event Date and Time: 
April 23, 2017 9:00am