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Recent Events

The Parkes Institute, University of Southampton (UK)

Zangwill and his Legacies

Participant and Roundtable Presenter in this all-day Zoom conference, September 14, 2022

Center for Jewish History (online)

Family Affairs: Ashkenazi & Sephardi Personal Histories

Meri-Jane Rochelson and Devin Naar in conversation with Natalia Aleksiun

The link to this program is now available HERE.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 4:00 p.m.


In a series of discussions with leading scholars of modern Jewish history and the Holocaust, the new "Family Affairs" series at the Center for Jewish History explores researching and writing about Jewish experience from a distinctively personal perspective.

Despite their different disciplinary approaches and geographic scope, what these scholars share is the challenge of life-writing about close relatives. How does this experience change their thinking about Jewish history and their experience of writing it? What do these family affairs reveal to them in different ways?

Meri-Jane Rochelson and Devin E. Naar will discuss their projects and personal histories in Ashkenazi and Sephardi contexts, in conversation with Natalia Aleksiun.

Ticket Info: Pay what you wish; registration required at to receive a link to the Zoom webinar.
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New York Public Library (online)

Doc Chat: Doc Chat Episode 7: Listening to and Reading Holocaust Testimony

The link to this program is now available HERE.

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.

Doc Chat is a program series that digs deep into the stories behind the Library’s most interesting collections and highlights ways that teachers can incorporate them into the classroom.


In Episode 7, NYPL's Lyudmila Sholokhova is joined by Meri-Jane Rochelson, Professor Emerita at Florida International University, to discuss the oral history of Dr. Rochelson's father, Eli G. Rochelson, part of the American Jewish Committee's Oral History Collection at NYPL. They will approach Dr. Eli Rochelson's interview as an essential primary source documenting the horrors of the Holocaust experience and the strength of spiritual resistance, and they will discuss how Holocaust survivors adjusted to American life.


Educators, scholars, students, and all primary source lovers are welcome to join this lively conversation. Each 30-minute episode takes place online.


Register HERE, and explore all upcoming Doc Chat episodes HERE.


Limmud 2020 New Orleans, March 20-22, 2020 (Postponed)

​“Israel Zangwill's The Melting-Pot (1908):

The Play that Tried to Change History”

Book Talk: Eli's Story: A Twentieth-Century Jewish Life

Limmud 2020 Miami, February 23, 2020

​“The Play that Tried to Change History:

Israel Zangwill's The Melting-Pot "

Miami Jewish Film Festival

At the Festival, Online

In Conversation: Return from the Other Planet

A conversation with Assaf Lapid, director/screenwriter of Return from the Other Planet, January 2024

The link to this program should be available after January 18, 2024.

In Conversation: The Adventures of Saul Bellow

A conversation wtih Asaf Galay, writer/director/producer of The Adventures of Saul Bellow, January 2022

The link to this program is available HERE.

​In Conversation: My Dearest Enemy

A conversation wtih Tzipi Trope, writer/director/producer of My Dearest Enemy, April 2021

The link to this program is available HERE.

At the Festival, In Person

Introduced the 1939 Yiddish film Tevya, January 19, 2020

Introduced the film Tevye's Daughters, January 14, 2018

Introduced the film Song of Songs, January 27, 2016

College of Humanities and Social Sciences,

Jewish Studies, English, and History

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA

​“Israel Zangwill's The Melting-Pot (1908):

The Play that Tried to Change History”

March 18, 2019

113 Allen Hall

3:00 p.m.

The English Department at FIU,

the Holocaust Studies Initiative, and

the Center for Women's and Gender Studies


present a book launch with signing and reception for ​

Eli's Story: A Twentieth-Century Jewish Life

by Meri-Jane Rochelson

Books & Books

265 Aragon Avenue

Coral Gables, FL ​

Sunday, October 7, 2018

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Miami Book Fair

Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus

300 NE 2nd Avenue,

Miami, FL 33132

Saturday, November 17, 2018

5:00-6:00 p.m.

University Press Panel

Building 8, Room 8201

Sunday, November 18, 2018

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Eli's Story: A Twentieth-Century Jewish Life

Centre Gallery, Building 1, 3rd floor

The Chaim Yakov Shlomo College of Jewish Studies

and The Shul

"Israel Zangwill: The First Anglo-Jewish Celebrity," lecture followed by a seminar discussion with CYS students on Zangwill's story "The Jewish Trinity"

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Shul, Surfside, FL

7:00 p.m.


The Jewish Book Council, sponsored by Michael-Ann Russell JCC, Beth Torah, Temple Sinai, and numerous other Northeast Miami-Dade synagogues and organizations

Meet the Author:

A Talk on Eli's Story: A Twentieth-Century Jewish Life

Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus

Monday, March 4, 2019

7:30 p.m.

I would love to speak at your college, university, or community group.  Please contact me at

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