3 2018


28 2018

CSP: 17th Annual OMS: Yossi Chajes: Secret History of Unknown Judaism


various locations in Orange County (see individual dates for locations)

Contact Arie Katz
(949) 682-4040

Community Scholar Program 17th Annual One-Month Scholar: Yossi Chajes:

Secret History of Unknown Judaism topics will include
• Secret Jewish Histories: Leveraging Knowledge of the Past for a Richer Present (Opening Lecture, Jan 3, 2018)
• Unseen Seers: Recovering the Women Mystics of Jewish History
• Jewish Magic, Magical Judaism
• The State of the Spirit: A Discussion of Spiritual Trends in Israel Today
• Exorcists, Dybbuks, Demons, Oh My
• Abracadabra: Can Magic Be Jewish?
• Secret Jewish Histories and What They Mean for Us Now (Closing Lecture: Thursday night Jan 26, 2018)


Yossi Chajes (Ph.D., Yale University 1999) is a professor of Jewish History at the University of Haifa and the director of its Center for the Study of Jewish Cultures. A former recipient of Fulbright, Rothschild, Wexner, and Hartman Fellowships, Yossi has also been visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, thrice visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and a fellow at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. His first book, Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism (2003) was listed by the Wall Street Journal in 2013 as among the top five books ever written on spirit possession, alongside Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun. Yossi has published innovative essays on a wide variety of topics in medieval and especially early modern cultural history. His studies have explored the mystical religious of Jewish women, the autobiographical writing of Jews before the advent of the modern genre, the history of Jewish attitudes towards magic, and, most recently, the visual materials of the Kabbalah. Yossi currently directs the Israel Science Foundation-supported “Ilanot Project” (http://ilanot.haifa.ac.il)—an ambitious and unprecedented attempt to catalogue and describe all kabbalistic diagrams.  Many of Yossi’s publications may be found at https://haifa.academia.edu/JHChajes.  Yossi studied with — and served as the keyboardist of — R. Shlomo Carlebach for many years. His skills as a chazzan and folk singer have brought him to Jewish communities around the world. Yossi was the founding chazzan of London’s revolutionary Grassroots Jews High Holiday initiative, and has led Days of Awe services for Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Orthodox communities in the USA, the UK, the UAE, and Israel, for over a decade.  Yossi is married to Julie, is the father of five children (Ktoret, Levana, Yoel, Nehora, and Yishai), and lives with his family in Zichron Yaaqov, Israel.ng lecture on Wednesday January 3, 2018 will be Secret Jewish Histories: Leveraging Knowledge of the Past for a Richer Present and closing lecture on Sunday January 28th will be Secret Jewish Histories and What They Mean for Us Now)

Sponsor: Community Scholar Program (CSP)