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The Decalogue is a unique format first created by CJS in 2006. Pushing the boundaries of regular conference panels, the Decalogue brings together 10 diverse interlocutors from a variety of academic, literary and artistic backgrounds for an evening of intensive conversation about a select topic in Judaic studies.

Participants prepare in advance through a series of text studies and guiding questions, and the event itself features cinematic and literary prompts to help the conversation along.

Check this site frequently for updates about new Decalogue programming!

April 2009: Jewish Humor Decalogue

As part of a year-long series (2008-2009), "Seriously Funny: Humor and Jewish Culture," The Jewish Humor Decalogue featured 11 participants in an evening of choice film clips and intense roundtable discussion on Jewish humor and identity.

Those featured were:

  • Sander Gilman, psychiatry and psychoanalytic studies, Emory University
  •  Leonard Greenspoon, Jewish civilization, Creighton University
  •  Janet Rumfelt, Holocaust Awareness Institute, University of Denver
  •  Eli Gottlieb, novelist, Boulder, Colo.
  •  Adam Rovner, English and Judaic studies, University of Denver
  •  Sarah Pessin, philosophy and Judaic studies, University of Denver
  •  Dan Friedman, art and culture editor, The Forward
  •  Andrea Most, literature and Jewish studies, University of Toronto
  •  Naomi Seidman, Jewish culture, Graduate Theological Union
  •  Lawrence Baron, modern Jewish history, San Diego University
  •  Shoshana Shapiro Adler, psychiatry, University of Colorado-Denver

May 2006: Where is God? Tracing the Sacred in Maimonides, Kabbalah and Modern Jewish Thought

These scholars in conversation focused on notions of the sacred in medieval and modern Jewish philosophical and mystical contexts.

The 10 Decalogue participants for this program were:

  •  Bettina G. Bergo, philosophy, University of Montreal
  •  Michael Fishbane, The Divinity School, University of Chicago
  •  Paul Franks, philosophy, University of Toronto
  •  Yudit Greenberg, director of Jewish studies program, religious studies, Rollins College
  •  Claire Katz, philosophy and Jewish studies, Penn State University
  •  Paul Mendes-Flohr, The Divinity School, University of Chicago
  •  Sarah Pessin, philosophy and Judaic studies, University of Denver
  •  Heidi Ravven, religious studies, Hamilton College
  •  T.M. Rudavsky, philosophy, Ohio State University
  •  Elliot R. Wolfson, Hebrew and Judaic studies, New York University