MoVeRs welcomes Professor Menachem Mor of the University of Haifa, Israel, for a special lecture on Bar Kochba: Inventing Jewish Radicalism.

Bar Kochba Lecture: Professor Menachem Mor

MoVeRs: Jewish Mavericks, Visionaries & Rebels welcomes Professor Menachem Mor, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Haifa, Israel, for a special lecture on Bar Kochba: Inventing Jewish Radicalism Tuesday, February 2 at 7 PM.  This lecture is free and open to the public and will be presented at CU-Boulder’s University Memorial Center, Room 382.  Space is limited, so RSVPs are appreciated.  Visit to secure your space or call 303.492.7143.

Under the Roman rule in Judea and Provincia Judea (64 B.C.E. – 135 C.E) the Jewish population revolted a few times against the Roman occupation.  This lecture is devoted to the Bar Kochba Revolt – the last revolt against the Romans. The Jewish defeat is the last attempt in which the Jews fought for their freedom. The lecture will examine the participants of the revolt, their political attitude and how we can relate the Bar Kochba Revolt to the invention of Jewish radicalism.

Professor Menachem Mor is the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, at the University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel. He holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Haifa, in the Department of Jewish History, an MA  in Religious Studies from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Professor Mor has served as a faculty member in the Jewish History Department at the University of Haifa since 1973. From 1987-1993, he was the Philip Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University, Omaha NE.

Specializing in ancient Jewish history during the Second Temple Period, his research is devoted to the political history of the period and the social structure of the population of the Land of Israel. His research has focused on a comprehensive study of the Jewish Revolts in the Ancient world, in particular the Bar-Kokhba Revolt, featured in his book The Bar-Kokhba Revolt: Its Extent and Effect.

His research of the people and ethnic groups who lived in the Land of Israel is summarized in a book dedicated mainly to the Samaritan sect: From Samaria to Shechem: The Samaritan Sect in the Ancient Period. He also published  bibliographical collections ,with Uriel Rappaport, covering the extensive works on the Second temple period and numerous articles in the field of Ancient Jewish History.

This lecture is presented by the Program in Jewish Studies at CU-Boulder and co-sponsored by Menorah at the Boulder JCC.

The fifteen collaborating organizations who worked to make MoVeRs possible are Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, ADL, Congregation Bonai Shalom, Boulder JCCHadassah, Congregation Har HaShem, Hillel – University of Colorado, Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity, Limmud Colorado, Menorah, Nevei Kodesh, Pardes LevavotProgram in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado, Soul Food and Tuv Ha’aretz.

MoVeRs is made possible with support from Rose Community Foundation, SCFD, and the Goldberger Fund for Jewish Culture at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  For more information, visit or call 303.492.7143.

About Jamie Polliard

Assistant Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder

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