More than Just Mosaics: the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee
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More than Just Mosaics: the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee

November 27, 2017 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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title: Israel Heritage Room Annual Lecture: Jodi Magness, “More than Just Mosaics: the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee”
description: The Annual Jewish Studies-Israel Heritage Room Lecture at the University of Pittsburgh will take place this year on Monday November 27th, at 7 pm, in the Cathedral of Learning, Room 324. The public is invited to attend and the event is free of charge. This year’s lecture will also commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Israel Heritage Classroom in the Cathedral of Learning. A free reception will follow and the Israel Heritage Room will be open that evening for visitors. For more informatin, email:

Professor Magness’s lecture is entitled “More than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Syangogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee.” Since 2011, she has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman synagogue including a building paved with stunning mosaics, inclusing a variety of biblical scenes. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness describes these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in last summer’s season.

Professor Jodi Magness ( holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. Magness has participated on 20 different excavations in Israel and Greece, including co- directing the 1995 excavations in the Roman siege works at Masada. From 2003-2007 she co- directed excavations in the late Roman fort at Yotvata, Israel. Since 2011, Magness has directed excavations at Huqoq in Galilee ( Magness is the current President of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) (2017-2019).

The Israel Heritage Room Committee, one of the Nationality and Heritage Room Committees at Pitt, raises funds to support scholarships for University of Pittsburgh students to study in the summer in Israel. All funds raised by the committee support the Nationality Rooms Scholarship Program and other activities related to the Israel Heritage Classroom. Since 1980, the Committee has awarded scholarships annually to a total of 53 Pitt students. The Jewish Studies Program in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is the central clearinghouse for the study of the Jewish experience at Pitt, offering an undergraduate certificate, a range of classes in Jewish history, religion, and culture, internship programs, and support for research, study, and travel by undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. The JSP has been a partner with the Israel Heritage Room for more than two decades, sponsoring the annual lecture among other activities. This year’s program is supported in part by the Giant Eagle Foundation Endowment for Community Outreach in the Jewish Studies Program.
start-date: 2017-11-27
start time: 07:00 pm
end date: 2017-11-27
end time: 09:00 pm
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event address: 4200 Fifth Ave, Cathedral of Learning, Room 324
event organizer: Israel Heritage Room and Jewish Studies Program
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event cost: FREE


November 27, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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