Thursday, December 15, 2011

Summer Program in Berlin: Deadline for applications approaching fast

The Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies
Berlin, Humboldt University

The Leo Baeck Summer University in Jewish Studies, based at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, is open to international applications for the 2012 summer session (July 5 to August 17). The application deadline is January 15, 2012 (with a grace period for applicants outside Germany).

LBSU is accredited through the ECTS system; upon full completion of the program a student is eligible for 12 credit points.

The demanding academic program is composed of three modules dealing with Jewish history in Germany up to and after the Holocaust, as well as contemporary Jewish life in Germany. Morning lectures are augmented by afternoon excursions as well as meetings with local Jewish leaders and guest speakers from the world of art, media, politics and religion. In addition, LBSU offers the opportunity for students to network, exchange ideas with peers and to learn about modern Germany's confrontation with the Holocaust. In 2011, the program had 24 students with diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, coming from the USA, Canada, Israel, Germany, Poland, Romania and Turkey.

The cost for one student to attend the six-week program, including tuition, lodging and excursions, is 2,500 Euro (currently $3,378). We may have partial scholarships available; please ask.

Applicants must send the following as PDF files to by Jan. 15, 2012 (plus a grace period):

1) A brief curriculum vitae (name, age, citizenship, field of study, home university, description of previous experiences, internships, etc.)
2) A personal statement and letter of purpose
3) For non-native speakers of English, a statement from a professor or instructor attesting to your facility to read, speak and write in English
4) A letter of reference sent directly to LBSU by your academic advisor / professor as an attachment via e-mail

For more information, see our website: (we are updating it for 2012). And don't hesitate to contact our academic director, Toby Axelrod, with questions about the program and your application:

All applicants will be notified by March 15, 2012.

New MA in Holocaust Studies: University of Haifa

The University of Haifa is pleased to announce the opening of the MA = program in Holocaust Studies that will be taught in English, for the =
2012-2013 academic year (

This is the only graduate program in Holocaust Studies that is taught in = Israel and is unique in its multidisciplinary curriculum and approach. = It is dedicated to the creation and nurturing of a new generation of = Holocaust researchers. Its aim is to provide them with a well rounded = curriculum from a wide variety of disciplines and subjects (history, = social psychology, anthropology, genocide and international law, = literature and more), diverse methodologies and essential languages.

The program is an international one, gathering students from all over = the world, for 3 semesters in Israel. Our collaborations with Holocaust = archives in Israel, Germany and Poland offer the students the = opportunity to visit those archives in the framework of study tours, to = conduct research based on primary sources and to acquire expertise in = writing research papers.

The program is headed by Prof. Arieh J. Kochavi, head of the Strochlitz = Institute for Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, a prolific = and prominent scholar of World War II, diplomatic history of the 20th = century, refugees and displaced persons in Europe and prisoners of war.

The program is offered in collaboration with the Strochlitz Institute = for Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, which publishes the = academic journal Dapim - Studies on the Shoah. For information about our = program, please visit our website

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Some events in town that may be of interest

This came from the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh:

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
cordially invites you to
Dr. Daniel Byman
Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service
and Research Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution
January 18, 2012 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Attendees may visit the exhibit Out of Rubble beginning at 6:00 pm
SPACE Gallery | 812 Liberty Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA
Council Members: $15 | Non-Members: $25
Food and beverages included.
To register, visit or call 412-281-7970
No-shows and cancellations after January 13, 2012 will be charged.

This came from Congrgation Dor Hadash:

Israeli Film Screening: Every Bastard a King
Sunday December 11
TIME: 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

PLACE: Congregation Dor Hadash
5898 Wilkins Avenue
(TOL*OLS building)

Will include an introduction and discussion of the film by
Dr. Naftali Kaminski, who grew up in Israel and helped bring Israeli film screenings to Pittsburgh

This Israeli-made feature was originally titled “Kol Mamzer Melech.” Dramatizing an actual event that occurred during the Six-Day War of 1967, the film stars Italian actress Pier Angeli, but the central character is a pilot named Ralphi Cohen, played by Oded Kotler. Hoping to bring peace to his country, Cohen takes it upon himself to fly his plane towards Egypt, there to hopefully commiserate with Abdel Nasser. Shot down on route, Cohen finds himself halfway between the Egyptian and Israeli armies: he’d like to get home, but he’d also like to retain the use of his life.

EMAIL: or phone 412 422 5158


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Summer Program for college students at the Yiddish Book Center

Great opportunity to learn Yiddish this summer in western Massachusetts: free course and if you are an undergrad at Pitt, you can apply to our Halpern fund to defray living expenses.

VIA the H-Judaic listserv:

From: The Yiddish Book Center []
Sent: Mon 12/5/2011 12:05 PM
Subject: Application Deadlines Approaching for Educational Opportunities at the Yiddish Book Center

The Steiner Summer Program offers current college students a unique opportunity for a tuition-free, seven-week intensive course in Yiddish language and culture. Beginning and intermediate students will be immersed in language study, and will also explore the history, literature, culture, and music of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. No prior knowledge of Yiddish required. Six college credits = available. Program dates: June 10-July 27, 2012. Application deadline: February 1, 2012. For more information, please visit:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Scholarships and Fellowships

Lots of interesting opportunities being advertised through the Fellowships Advisor in the University Honors College. Here are a few that might be of interest to Jewish Studies students.
Pay attention to the information session dates!

2012 Fulbright Information Sessions
UHC Scholarships
@UHC Scholarships
Mon, Dec. 12 and Thurs, Dec. 15: 10 AM
Wed, Dec. 14 and Fri, Dec. 16: 1 PM
Tues, Dec. 13: 3 PM
All sessions will be held in CL 1229.
The Fulbright US Student Program funds research/study grants or English teaching grants in over 150 countries for seniors, graduate students and alumni. US citizenship is required. The Fulbright program promotes mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. Please RSVP to Ross Reilly if you plan to attend any of the sessions.
PLEASE NOTE: Fulbright requires Pitt applicants to meet a series of campus-specific deadlines that begin in June 2012. These sessions are primarily intended to prepare students who will be studying abroad in the spring, but all students are welcome. More info sessions will be held next semester.

Undergraduate Opportunities in Germany and DAAD RISE Info Session
Note: There will be a DAAD RISE INFO SESSION on WED, JAN 11th, 4 PM, in CL 3501 RSVP to Ross Reilly
DAAD has two separate funding opportunities for students interested in conducting study or research in Germany. DAAD RISE matches biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering students with research groups who facilitate a 2-3 month summer research opportunity. For students of all academic disciplines, DAAD Under-graduate Scholarships allow sophomores or juniors of all disciplines to study, conduct research, or complete an internship in Germany for 4-10 months during their junior or senior year (respectively).

Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship for the Arts
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. Each college or university may nominate two students to be considered for this award; e-mail Judy Zang as soon as possible if you are interested in applying.


UHC Scholarships
@UHC Scholarships
Judy Zang
Director of National Scholarships
University Honors College
1229 Cathedral of Learning
412-624-3697 •
Ross Reilly
Program Manager
University Honors College
1229 Cathedral of Learning
412-624-3698 •

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Come hear about the Israel Heritage Room Scholarship (part of the Nationality Room Scholarships) and about the Halpern Award for Jewish Studies.
This Sunday, December 4, 6 pm.


Monday, November 21, 2011

December 4: Come hear about travel award competitions and an interesting lecture on Israeli film.










Friday, November 18, 2011

University of Maryland Morningstar Graduate Program

Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies
DEADLINE: December 15
 Committed to Jewish Education and to the Hebrew language.
 A working teacher, or interested in entering the education profession.
 Native or near native knowledge of Hebrew.
 Excellent undergraduate record.
 Strongest Jewish Studies program in the Baltimore-Washington Area, with world-class faculty.
 Top ranked education program (US News).
 Excellent libraries, electronic resources, connections to educational and cultural institutions.
 Morningstar Hebrew Language Program, at the University of Maryland
 Innovative Masters-level program for full-time or part-time students, combining classroom study with supervised instruction.
 30 Credit MA (JWST) or MEd (Education)
 Both tracks: 15 credit intensive Hebrew and Education Core, and supervised instruction.
 Opportunities for teaching in area schools are also available.
Funding for up to two summers of ulpan in Israel available for otherwise qualified students who need help to be brought up to level.
עמיתי מורנינגסטאר
 A select group of students will be designated Morningstar Scholars. Scholars receive full tuition remission plus stipend for up to two years, and the opportunity to teach at Hebrew in a university setting with extensive guidance and supervision.
צרו קשר
 Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies University of Maryland 0142 Holzapfel Hall College Park, MD 20742
 301-405-4975

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Program Awarded Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Grant

We are pleased to announce that we have just been awarded a major grant from the Association for Jewish Studies for public programming in 2012-2013 on the topic of "Squirrel Hill, The Jewish Community of Pittsburgh,and American Urban History." We will present a series of lectures, workshops, and panel discussions between September 2012 and May 2013 in a variety of venues and co-sponsored with a number of community partners. Watch this space for more details!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

PhD Fellowships at Hebrew Union College

Ph.D. Fellowships in "Jewish Intellectual History"

Fellowships will be awarded to incoming students who have demonstrated high academic competence in an area of Jewish or Religious Studies. The fellowship program is designed to enable outstanding graduate students to pursue a Ph.D. in an area of Jewish Intellectual History at the School of Graduate Studies. Students will have the opportunity to study a variety of subject matter with a diverse team of HUC-JIR faculty.
Subsequently, they will choose a specific concentration for specialized

Ph.D. Subject Area Concentrations:

* History of Biblical Interpretation
* Judaism in the Greco-Roman Period
* Rabbinic Literature, History and Thought
* Medieval Literature
* Jewish Thought and Philosophy
* Modern Jewish History

The fellowship carries an annual award of between $31,000-$33,000, which covers tuition plus a living stipend of $10,000-$12,000 and is renewable for a maximum period of four years. The JIH Fellow will also have teaching opportunities at HUC-JIR, the University of Cincinnati, and other neighboring institutions. For more information, please see or

Fellowships are funded by generous gifts from friends of the School of Graduate Studies and members of the Alumni Association.

Application Procedures: Candidates should write to the Director of the School of Graduate Studies, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
Religion: Dr. Nili S. Fox or to Ms. Sarah Strouse,Administrative Coordinator, for more information and application forms.
The due date for completed applications is February 2, 2012. The first fellowship will be awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year.

MA in Migration Studies at Tel Aviv University

via the H-Judaic listserv:

From: Chaim I. Waxman []
Sent: Tue 11/8/2011 12:00 PM
Subject: Tel Aviv U-Intl MA in Migration Studies-Taught in English
TAU announces a new English-language MA program in Migration Studies;. = for information see

Interested in the History of Western Mysticism and Magic?

On behalf of Prof. Dr. Wouter J. Hanegraaff

Dear correspondent,

The Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the
University of Amsterdam has a vacancy for 2 PhD positions. Apart from the
ESSWE site ( and the site of the Center
(, I refer you to the official advertisement on
the website of the University of Amsterdam
87) for further information.

Please feel free to distribute this information among any of your colleagues
and acquaintances who might be interested.

With best wishes,

Wouter Hanegraaff

Carlow University Spring Break Trip: The Holocaust in Europe

Carlow University is excited to offer a brand new international opportunity: The Holocaust in Europe. This opportunity is available to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the Pittsburgh community. The trip is during Carlow University’s spring break (March 5th-9th, 2012) and includes visits to Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, and Prague. The focus of the trip is on the Holocaust, so visits to sites pertaining to the Holocaust in a social and historical context will be included. Prior to travel, students have the option to connect with the Jewish community here in Pittsburgh, Following the trip, students have the option to participate in an art exhibit reflecting on their experiences in this unique program.

The exact dates of the program are as follows:

Depart: Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Return: Sunday, march 11th, 2012

(Trip is 11 days)

The trip costs $3,009 and includes the following:

• Airfare (round-trip)
• Ground transportation (bus & train)
• Accommodation (9 overnight stays in hotels)
• Meals (breakfast daily and 4 dinners)
• Tour Director sightseeing

This price DOES NOT include: some meals, personal expenses, insurance

The itinerary is at the following link:

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Center for Global Learning at 412.578.6010 or


Garrett Margliotti
Center for Global Learning
3333 5th Ave
Pittsburgh PA, 15213

P: 412.578.6010
F: 412.578.8722

November 20: A Sociologist Looks at Reconstructionist Judaism

Congregation Dor Hadash Adult Education Program


Discussion of early influences on Reconstructionism

Instructor: Professor Lisa Brush
University of Pittsburgh Department of Sociology

DATE: Sunday afternoon, November 20, 2011

TIME: 1:30 – 3 p.m.

PLACE: 5898 Wilkins Avenue

Traces the origins of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan’s thought about Judaism as a civilization, the influence of Emile Durkheim, and the importance of the concept of “belonging” to modern Jewish life.

EMAIL or phone 412 422 5158

Yiddish Book Center Summer Opportunities

From: The Yiddish Book Center []
Sent: Wed 11/9/2011 3:50 PM
Subject: Outstanding Opportunities for College Students and Recent Grads
The Yiddish Book Center is once again offering two exciting educational =
opportunities: the Fellowship Program for recent college graduates and = the Steiner Summer Program for undergraduates.

The Fellowship Program offers recent college graduates who are passionate about Yiddish language and culture the opportunity to work at the Book Center for a year (September through August). As paid full-time staff members, fellows work with existing programs and help to develop new initiatives in the areas of books and collections, oral history, educational programs, and more. Applicants should have a strong background in Jewish studies or related fields and a working knowledge of Yiddish. Application deadline: January 2, 2012. For more information, please visit .

The Steiner Summer Program offers current college students a unique opportunity for a tuition-free, seven-week intensive course in Yiddish language and culture. Beginning and intermediate students will be immersed in language study, and will also explore the history, literature, culture, and music of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. No prior knowledge of Yiddish required. Six college credits available. Program dates: June 10-July 27, 2012. Application deadline=February 1, 2012. For more information, please visit

PITT UNDERGRADUATES: If you are interested in the tuition-free 6 credit Yiddish course described above, you can apply to the Halpern Award program offered by the Jewish Studies Program (details coming soon--click here for information on last year's award cylce) to defray living expenses. So basically: FREE Yiddish course, 6 credits toward graduation, possibly subsidy for living expenses, and you get to spend a summer in beautiful western Massachusetts. This is a no-brainer.

November 19: Presentation at Hillel on Transgender Jews

Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh and Bet Tikvah
invite you to an evening Havdallah service and discussion with Noach Dzmura
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Refreshments will be provided.
Hillel Jewish University Center
4607 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania 15213-3712

Noach Dzmura is editor of the Lambda Literary Award winning anthology, Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, [North Atlantic Books, June 1, 2010]. He is also the director of Jewish Transitions, a non-profit that provides education about transgender people in Jewish communities, and whose current programs focus on conversion and burial practices--two crucial rites of passage for transgender Jews and their communities.

Joining us in Pittsburgh, Noach will be sharing a summary of his award winning anthology, and, discussing what's happening at the frontiers of the transgendered Jewish experience -- both in and out of the synagogue and other traditional Jewish communal structures. The Havdallah service, co-led by Noach and members of Bet Tikvah congregation, will be in honor of the National Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Student Government Board Election

From Zach Scheiner of the SGB:

Important notice for students:
Student Government Board elections will be on Thursday, November 17, from
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. SGB is an important part of campus and the decisions it
makes directly affect you as a student. Therefore, it is very important to
participate in elections because your vote does count.

If you would like a bit more information on the candidates, please follow the youtube link below

To vote, you can log on to tt and on the left side under the
green "Take Action" box click the elections link that will be posted
throughout elections day.

Again, vote for your favorite candidate(s) on Thursday, November 17 from 8
a.m. to 8 p.m.

Make your vote count!


From Global Studies and UCIS:

The Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Program was established to provide University of Pittsburgh graduate and undergraduate students with the opportunity to add an international dimension to their education. The purpose of these awards is to give an in-depth immersion experience of another culture for at least five weeks. The scholarships are the result of the committees’ fund-raising throughout the year. Scholarships are sometimes given in memory of an individual, or by a donor whose belief in the benefits of study abroad remains constant. The scholarships available for 2012 are listed on the web site (

Applicants may apply for two awards, but can only win one. Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to win a second award. These scholarships do not fund shipboard education as it is not designed to give a five-week immersion experience in one location.

Undergraduates must:
• Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
• Be current full-time University of Pittsburgh students
• Have 60-90 credits by April 2011 (current sophomores or juniors)
• Have a QPA of not less than 3.00
• Have been registered and present on a University of Pittsburgh campus as a full-time student for two (2) terms prior to the study abroad and be returning to a University of Pittsburgh campus as a full-time student for a minimum of two (2) terms immediately after study abroad
• Propose a career-related, credit-worthy study program of at least five (5) weeks

Graduate students must:
• Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
• Be current full-time University of Pittsburgh students and in good academic standing
• Have been registered and present on a University of Pittsburgh campus as a full-time student for two (2) terms prior to the study abroad and be returning to a University of Pittsburgh campus as full-time students for a minimum of two (2) terms immediately after study abroad
• Propose a career-related, credit-worthy study program of at least five (5) weeks. NOTE: The Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarship Program does not fund intensive language study at the graduate level
The eight-page application form requests general information about the student (name, address, major, etc.) and requires information on the study program or research project, the number of credits earned for this work, two essays, and two references, one of which must be from a University of Pittsburgh faculty member. Applicants must submit a non-returnable photocopy of Pages 1 and 2 of the application at least 24 hours prior to an Information Session presented by the scholarship advisor. (The student retains the original to submit with the Final Application.) Pages one and two may be obtained at the Nationality Rooms Program office in 1209 Cathedral of Learning, or at the scholarship website: The sessions are scheduled from Nov. 28, 2011 through Dec. 15, 2011, and again from January 4 through January 20, 2012. Students are required to submit two (2) complete sets of their application for each award for which they wish to be considered by the January deadline. A complete application includes:
• Pages one through six
• Attachments (e.g., print-out of essays, independent research outline, study program description)
• For undergraduates only, an unofficial University of Pittsburgh transcript
References – Pages 7 and 8 are delivered to the Nationality Rooms Program office and are photocopied and attached to the complete application. Please stop in at the Nationality Rooms Program office, 1209 Cathedral of Learning, for further information. Email questions can be addressed to Eileen Kiley, Scholarship Advisor (

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thursday November 10: "In-Between: A One Man Show"

Sent over from Hillel-JUC:

In Between – A One Man Show

Time Thursday, November 10 • 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Location Assembly Room - William Pitt Union
This event is certified for OCC Credit.

Come to the Union on Nov. 10th to see In Between, a one-man show that follows the life and childhood of Ibrahim Miari, the son of a Palestinian Muslim father and a Jewish Israeli mother.
"In Between" perfectly portrays the complexities and contradictions inherent in Palestinian-Israeli identity. So join Hillel as we watch this amazing performance that digs deep into these clashing cultures.
For more information contact Jamie Kaufer at

Video Preview:!contact

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lecture: Friday November 11 on "The Jews Who Are Not One"

Lawrence Kritzman
“The Jews Who Are Not One: French Intellectuals, Philosophy, and the Politics of Nationhood”
Prof. Kritzman is the John D. Willard Professor of French, Comparative Literature and Oratory, and Di-rector of the Institute of European Studies at Dart-mouth. He is a well-known figure both in Renaissance studies and in contemporary French cultural studies.
Friday, November 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, 100 Lytton Street

Scholarships and Contests of Interest

For more information, contact the Office of Scholarships and Fellowships in the Honors College. You can also subscribe to their monthly newsletter.

Boren Scholarship Info Session
Featuring Boren Awards Program Manager Michael Saffle
Tuesday, Nov. 8th:
1 PM, CL 1228
Monday, Nov. 7th:
4:30 PM, University Center Class of ‘87 Room (CMU)
The Boren is open to undergraduates seeking a language immersion opportunity in ar-eas other than Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. All applicants must demonstrate how their study programs and future goals are onnected to a broad understanding of national security. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to a one-year Service Requirement.
Note: There will be a third session designed for graduate students at 12 Noon on Nov. 8 in 113 Barco Law Building. Undergraduates may attend, but only if they cannot make the two other sessions.

Humanity in Action Info Session
Featuring Humanity In Action Fellows Dan Gore, Karina Goulordava, and Kevin Ramser
Friday, Nov. 11:
4:00PM, CL 3500
Humanity in Action selects roughly forty fellows to travel to Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, or NYC for a five-week summer fellowship with a focus on hu-man rights and minority issues. The award is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates from any discipline. Non-US Citizens may apply.

Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes
Critical Language Scholarship institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive lan-guage instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for up to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. The institutes, sponsored by the US Department of State, focus on foreign languages of critical need, including Arabic, Korean, and many others. It is expected that applicants plan using their language skills in their career. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are US citizens are eligible.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics recognizes exceptional essays written by juniors and seniors that question and analyze the urgent ethical issues that confront students. The award has prizes ranging from $1,000 - $5,000, as well as honorable mentions of $500.

Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange
Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange offers a full-year work/study scholarship to stu-dents and recent graduates. The program is intended for young adults in business, voca-tional, scientific, engineering, technical, and agricultural fields, though applicants from all fields are encouraged to apply. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Previous study of the German language is helpful, though not required in all cases.

UHC Spring Brackenridge Fellowship
The University Honors College Spring Brackenridge Fellowship supports up to fifty-two undergrads conducting independent research. Fellows receive an $800 stipend and participate in up to two weekly seminars. ANY STUDENT who is sponsored by and work-ing with a full- or part- time faculty member during the upcoming spring term may apply. Please contact Mike Giazzoni for more information.

Friday, October 28, 2011

New Graduate Program: MA in Jewish Cultural Arts at George Washington University

The Program in Judaic Studies at The George Washington University is delighted to announce a brand new MA in Jewish Cultural Arts, which will be launched in September 2012 under the direction of Jenna Weissman Joselit.
For more details, please consult and or contact = Professor Weissman Joselit directly (

Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program

The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is a three week study trip for students who are matriculated in graduate programs or are completing undergraduate degrees in 2012 in Holocaust studies and related fields.

Students of all faiths and ethnicities with an interest in Holocaust studies, Jewish Studies, Polish-Jewish history, memory, or human rights are strongly encouraged to apply.
The program will begin in the last week of June 2012; all program costs, including international travel, lodging, room and board, and materials, are covered. Dates will be announced on when they are available.
Applications can be found at

The AJC Fellows Program provides a unique educational opportunity to learn about the Holocaust in situ in the context of Poland's history and Jewish heritage. It is the goal of the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program that Fellows gain not only knowledge of the Holocaust sites they visit, but also an understanding of the legacy of the Holocaust in Poland, its effects on collective memory, and complexities surrounding such categories as victim, bystander, and perpetrator.

The Program:
After a brief orientation in New York City, the Fellows travel in Poland for three weeks, during which time they visit Krakow, Warsaw, Lódz, Treblinka, and Oswiecim (Auschwitz). The Fellows travel to small towns in the regions surrounding Warsaw and Krakow, as well as through south-eastern Poland and north-eastern Slovakia, to explore the area's rich Jewish heritage and meet with local leaders to learn about pre-war Jewish life, life under the Nazi occupation and Communism, and the state of Jewish communities and memory in Poland today.

In Oswiecim, the Fellows attend an intensive program at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum where they tour the camps, study the history of Jewish, Roma, and Polish inmates, and take part in workshops with Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum staff on the collections and education departments. While in Oswiecim, the Fellows have the opportunity to meet European students and observe educational workshops at the Auschwitz Jewish Center.

Upon returning home, each Fellow will complete an article for the Auschwitz Jewish Center E-Newsletter and an essay reflecting on his or her experience.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stanford University: new graduate program in Education and Jewish Studies

from Sam Wineburg samwineburg@GMAIL.COM

The Stanford School of Education is inviting applicants for the new
PhD Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies.

The Concentration will be anchored by a newly endowed chair in the School of
Education, which will engage students in an active and innovative research
program already underway. The interdisciplinary Concentration affords
students an opportunity to draw on expertise from across the campus to
articulate critical research questions that will reflect and redefine the
intersection of Education and Jewish Studies. ****


Students are encouraged to pursue questions that draw on a broad
understanding of the dynamics and parameters of education, collaborate with
faculty, and undertake research that crosses disciplines and subject areas.
Located within the School of Education, students in the Concentration will
study alongside peers from all over the world, while also developing
scholarly connections with Stanford's renown Taube Center for Jewish
Studies. Together, these two rich fields of scholarly inquiry will frame
and inform the experience of students as they develop their own interests
and research agendas.


The Concentration is organized around commitments to generating scholarship
that will define the next generation of research on Education and Jewish
Studies and to cultivating a strong evidence base for the field that can
inform both policy and practice.


All students admitted to the Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies
will be supported by an endowed fellowship that covers four years of tuition
and provides a generous monthly stipend. For additional information, please
visit our website or email us with questions.

email: ******

Paideia Fellowships in Jewish Studies 2012-2013

The Paideia One Year Jewish Studies Program offers a unique international Jewish studies experience during eight months in Stockholm, Sweden with the possibility of completing a Master in Jewish Civilizations at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg, Germany.

• Academic studies of Jewish text and culture in English
• World-renowned faculty from Israeli and European universities
• Interactive text studies using the Hevruta method of studying in pairs
• Applied project work
• Networking in an open, international and pluralistic European environment
• Hebrew Ulpan 6 hours per week
• Optional second year of studies at the HfJS in Heidelberg
• Follow-up programs and conferences

Fellows receive scholarships including student tuition, student accommodation and a monthly stipend towards living costs.

If you need more information or additional material, please contact me at:

Upcoming Jewish Studies Events

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11, 1:30-3:00 pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom
Lawrence Kritzman (Dartmouth College)
“The Jews Who are Not One: French Intellectuals, Philosophy, and the Politics of Nationhood”
[Jewish Studies is pleased to co-sponsor this Keynote Lecture at the “Idea of France” Conference,]

MONDAY NOVEMBER 14, 4:30-5:30 pm
208B Cathedral of Learning
Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration
Survivor’s Account by Ruth Drescher
Music by Susanne Ortner-Roberts, clarinet
Readings by Pitt students.
[Organized by the Jewish Studies Program and the German Department]

THURSDAY DECEMBER 1, 2011, 4:00-6:00 pm
History Department Lounge, Posvar Hall
Christian Gerlach (University of Bern):
"Resistance, Partisans, Civil Wars: What Did This Have to Do with the Murder of Jews, 1939-1945?"
[Jewish Studies is pleased to co-sponsor this session of the History Department’s European Colloquium, with our former colleague Christian Gerlach.]

Israel Heritage Room, Cathedral of Learning
Israel Heritage Room Annual Meeting and Halpern Award Information Session
Dan Chyutin (PhD student, Film Studies)
“Orthodox Cinecorporeality: Fleshing Out the Haredi Male Body in Contemporary Israeli Cinema”
Students and faculty will speak about the Israel Heritage Room Scholarship and the new Ethel M. Halpern Award for Jewish Studies.
[Organized by the Jewish Studies Program and the Israel Heritage room Committee]

Two events off campus that may be of interest

Wednesday, November 9, 2011: Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh Kristallnacht Commemoration.
Fritz Ottenheimer will speak about his memories of Kristallnacht and Robert Sattloff (The Washington Insitute for Near East Policy), speaking about his book Among The Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust in Arab Lands. JCC, Squirrel Hill, Kaufman Building - Levinson Hall, 7pm. RSVP to Holocaust Center.

Monday, November 14, 2011, 7 pm: Jonathan Sarna (Brandeis University) will speak on Jewish continuity at Chatham University; sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh. For information and to register (there is a charge):

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Academic Fair: October 12, 2011

Stop by the Academic Fair in the William Pitt Union, Wednesday October 12, 2011, from 11 am to 3 pm.
There will be a Jewish Studies table: faculty from the program will be there at various points through the day.
Come by, say hello, have a piece of candy, ask questions about the program, tell other students about the program.
(If nobody is at the Jewish Studies table, look for the Religious Studies department table next door, and ask your question there.)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Job Opportunity in NY

If you graduated and are in NY and for some reason are reading this blog, here is a good part-time job:

The Center for Jewish History has an opening for the part-time position of Fellowship Coordinator in the office of Academic and Public Programs.
Responsibilities for this position include: promoting the fellowship program, managing fellowship applications and deadlines, coordinating the distribution of applicant materials to committee members, scheduling academic seminars and brown bag lunches for fellows, working with fellows to ensure that their needs are met while at the Center for Jewish History, and assistance with the administrations of the Center's two Scholars Working Groups. Good organizational and administrative skills are necessary.

Applicants should be familiar with the Center for Jewish History and fellowship programs, more broadly. This position is available November 1st - July 31st, with the possibility of renewal. One day each week is to be spent on site, additional off-site time required for a total of
20-25 hours per week.

The salary is $2,500 per month.

If you are interested, please contact Judith Siegal, Director of Academic and Public Programs at

Interested in Graduate Work in American Jewish History?

Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Graduate Studies, Cincinnati announces a Ph.D. Fellowship in "The American Jewish Experience" sponsored jointly by The School of Graduate Studies and The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

The fellowship will be awarded to an incoming student who has demonstrated high academic competence in an area of Jewish Studies or American History. The purpose of the fellowship is to enable an outstanding graduate student to pursue a Ph.D. in the American Jewish Experience at HUC-JIR, School of Graduate Studies while utilizing the world-renowned collection of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The fellowship carries an annual award of $33,000, which covers tuition plus a living stipend of $12,000 and is renewable for a maximum period of four years. The AJE Fellow will also have teaching opportunities at HUC-JIR, the University of Cincinnati, and other neighboring institutions. For more information, please see or

The Fellowship is made possible by grants from the School of Graduate Studies and the Edwin A. Malloy Fund of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

Application Procedures: Candidates should write to the Director of the School of Graduate Studies, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion: Dr. Nili S. Fox or to Ms. Sarah Strouse, Administrative Coordinator, for more information and application forms. The due date for completed applications is February 2, 2012. The first fellowship will be awarded for the 2012–2013 academic year.

The School of Graduate Studies in Cincinnati, Ohio is a leading center for study, training, research and publication in Judaic and cognate studies. The School's resources in staff, research facilities, and the holdings of the Klau Library have few parallels in the academic world. The School awards M.A. and Ph.D. degrees to men and women, both Jewish and non-Jewish, who are preparing for careers in teaching and scholarship. Major areas of study include: Bible, Rabbinics, Hellenistic Studies, Jewish Religious Thought and Philosophy, and American and Modern Jewish History. The School of Graduate Studies is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities.

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives is committed to preserving a documentary heritage of the religious, organizational, economic, cultural, personal, social and family life of American Jewry. The American Jewish Archives was founded in 1947 by the late Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus in the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust. Located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, it contains over 10,000 linear feet of archives, manuscripts, near print materials, photographs, audio and video tapes, microfilm, and genealogical materials.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New MA program in Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University opens a new and unique MA program offering a series of comprehensive encounters with the classical texts of Jewish cultures from biblical to modern times. Over the course of three back-to-back semesters, our one-year program's interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with knowledge in facets of Jewish culture, civilization and history through a wide range of periods. A variety of methodologies will be employed to gain new insights. Topics studied include: Biblical theology and exegisis, the history of the Hebrew language, comparative study of rabbinic and Christian texts, readings in the Talmuds, the development of Jewish mysticism, medieval and modern Jewish philosophy and Kabbalah and ancient Jewish magic.
The first semester offers surveys of the relevant fields, while the other two semesters concentrate on intensive reading of primary texts. All courses emphasize textual proficiency and reading skills.

The program is designed for students seeking a Master degree, as an end in itself, but it also provides a foundation for further graduate studies in fields relating to Jewish Studies.

For further information, please visit our website: or contact the program coordinator, Emilie Levy at

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mini-course on the History of Zionism by Professor Emeritus Alex Orbach

Congregation Dor Hadash Adult Education Program


Four evening sessions discussing foundations and development of Zionist thought

Instructor: Professor Alexander Orbach
Taught at the University of Pittsburgh, and published on modern Jewish history including Zionism, Israel, the Holocaust, Soviet Jewry and Antisemitism

DATES: Tuesdays, October 11, 18, 25, and November 1, 2011

TIME: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

PLACE: 5898 Wilkins Avenue

Responses to Antisemitism: Russia after 1881
The Jewish State versus the state of the Jews
To save the Jews, to save the world
Zionism from 1917 through 1947

EMAIL or phone 412 422 5158

Europe: East and West Undergraduate Research Symposium

Dear Faculty Member:

I am writing to you on behalf of the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) and the European Studies Center (ESC) at the University of Pittsburgh. We hope that you can help our Centers promote an opportunity for your students.

On Friday, March 30, 2012, REES and ESC will be sponsoring the “Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Pittsburgh. At this symposium, students from Pitt and regional colleges and universities will present research papers related to Western and Eastern Europe, including Russia, to discussants and an audience. Participants will receive constructive feedback on their papers from the discussants.

Please encourage your students to apply to the symposium. As a professor who teaches courses and/or conducts research pertaining to Europe, you are in a good position to promote this event. If you had students who submitted papers last spring or currently have students who will be submitting papers on Western or Eastern Europe, please encourage them to submit their papers for consideration.

Attached you can find a flyer with information about the symposium, its requirements, and the application process, as well as the student application form. These documents and more information can also be found at

1) Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and full papers by January 23, 2012.
2) Selected students will be notified in mid-February 2012.
3) Final revised papers are due by March 19, 2012.
4) Presentations will be made at the Symposium on March 30, 2012.

If you have questions about the symposium, please contact me at or (412) 648-7422. Thank you for your help!


Stephen Lund

Assistant Director
European Studies Center
European Union Center of Excellence
4216 Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
fax: 412-648-2199

Thursday, September 22, 2011

For Graduate Students: Two Summer Schools in Jewish Studies

This is for graduate students:

I've recently received announcements for two different summer programs related to Jewish studies. I know people involved in both and both should be good programs.

1) Summer 2012 : Advanced summer school in rabbinic literature

The department of Hebrew Culture Studies of Tel Aviv University announces the establishment of a new intensive 6-week summer school in rabbinic literature. The program’s aim is to enhance textual, linguistic and philological skills for advanced students of Jewish and Religious studies.

The program is tailored for English speaking students with a high level of Rabbinic Hebrew who are interested in acquiring reading skills in Talmud and Midrash. It will provide advanced scholarly training in rabbinic literature and culture, while exposing the students to current scholarship and leading Israeli experts in the field.

The program will consist of two courses, Midrashic Hermeneutics and Mishnaic Hebrew. Both will be taught in English, each taught 4 hours, twice a week and will comprise of two credits (one of which is a language credit). Both courses will focus on reading skills and are meant to improve textual capacities essential to academic research in rabbinic studies and adjacent fields. In addition, students can choose to participate in an additional credited thematic course in the Jewish magical tradition, without additional fee.

To enhance students’ understanding of the historical contexts of the texts studied, the program will integrate visits to key locations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as to various archeological digs. During these visits, students will examine relevant literary sources in situ. Among the sites are Masada, Qumran, Beit Shearim, the Bible Museum in Jerusalem and more

This program is a unique opportunity to enjoy an enriching academic experience in English, in Israel. Its intellectual home in the department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University, the single largest integrative Jewish Studies department in the world today, enables us to cover a wide range of methodologies and scholarly interests, while maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence. In addition, as an international program, students will get the chance to meet with scholars and students from around the world.

The cost: $ 2500 covering tuition, health insurance, tours and entrance to sites.

The application process will be open in January 2012. For more information, please contact the coordinator, Emilie Levy at

2) The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Katz Center are delighted to announce a new summer school in Judaic studies for students pursuing doctoral studies in all fields of Judaic studies. The summer school will be held alternately in Jerusalem and Philadelphia, beginning in the summer of 2012 in Israel (July 8–17, 2012). The 2012 session will take place in northern Israel, future seminars will be held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem and at the Katz Center. The school is open to all graduate students in the first three years of their studies and will offer full or partial fellowships to successful candidates for travel and living expenses depending on need. The objective of the school is to expand the academic horizons of the participants by exposing them to new approaches and new areas of study in Jewish civilization. In small seminar settings focused on specific textual readings with senior faculty and with some of the best and brightest students from North America, Europe, and Israel, we hope to create a sense of social and intellectual connection among all participants, enhancing their relationships with each other and with other fields beyond their specific areas of specialization. The summer school will also take advantage of the rich scholarly resources of both Jerusalem and Philadelphia by arranging visits to libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions of special value to the participants. The school will be jointly directed by Professor Israel Yuval of the Hebrew University and Professor David Ruderman of the University of Pennsylvania who will be joined by a team of four additional faculty and other academic guests carefully chosen to enhance the special intellectual ambiance the school hopes to foster.

Mingled identities: Rethinking the notion of identity in Jewish culture

The first summer school session will probe the meaning of Jewish identity across the sweep of Jewish history. Recent scholarship on the history of Judaism as well as the history of western religions in general has moved away from the narratives of religious conflict and separation (e.g., the “the parting of the ways”). Instead of border maintenance, scholars increasingly speak of border crossings, socio-cultural mixing, hybridity, and mingled identities when examining the histories of interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Such explorations have challenged the meaning of Jewish culture itself. What elements in specific Jewish cultures can we speak of as enduring or internal, and how are these ideas themselves created and disseminated? Is it not more productive to examine Jewish cultures at their borders, at their sites of cultural contact and exchange with other cultures, rather than merely to study them in isolation in search of their essential nature?

Through an intense seminar format of reading primary texts and contexts, students will explore these questions with a seasoned faculty of distinguished scholars and teachers representing variegated fields and approaches to Jewish studies, as they emerge from close readings in original languages and open discussion.


The faculty includes the two codirectors, Israel J. Yuval (Hebrew University; medieval Jewish history), and David B. Ruderman (University of Pennsylvania; early modern Jewish history and thought); as well as Richard I. Cohen (Hebrew University; history of modern Jewish culture); Ada Rapoport-Albert (University College London; Kabbalah, Sabbateanism and Hasidism); Isaiah Gafni (Hebrew University; history of rabbinic culture); and Marina Rustow (The Johns Hopkins University; medieval middle eastern history, interactions between Judaism and Islam).


Applications should be submitted to, and are due by November 15, 2011. Successful candidates will be notified by February 15, 2012.

Applicants should provide the following data:

1. Application form, found here. (Once you have filled out the form, please save it and submit it electronically with the other materials listed below)

2. A statement describing your intellectual interests (not more than 1 page)

3. An academic transcript

4. Two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or academic advisers

While all teaching and discussion will occur in English, a strong reading knowledge of Hebrew will be required of all participants.

Students who are accepted for 2012 may choose to apply next fall as well for the 2013 summer session in Philadelphia, as the themes and faculty will change each year.

For more information on the program and how to apply, please contact Ms. Maya Sherman at:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Graduate Programs in Jewish Communal Work at New York University

From New York University:

Cultivate Your Career,
Transform the Jewish Community:
Graduate Programs in
Jewish Professional Leadership at NYU

Develop your leadership style and skills. Experience the vibrancy of Jewish life in New York City. Make an impact on the Jewish community and the world. New York University offers several master's and doctoral degree options to help you get there. Generous scholarships are available. Programs include:

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

* M.A. in Education and Jewish Studies

* Dual Degree: M.A. in Education and Jewish Studies and M.A. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies*

* Ph.D. in Education and Jewish Studies

NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

* Dual Degree: M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy and M.A. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies.*

All of NYU's Jewish academic programs and resources

Wendy Paler
Assistant Director, NYU Steinhardt Graduate Programs in Education and Jewish Studies

* The Skirball Department at NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science offers the M.A. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies.
New York University

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Global Studies Program in Egypt

Speaking the Culture of Egypt: Experiential Learning Program for Future Secondary Education Teachers
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for future teachers that begins in January 2012 with a cross-cultural workshop; a series of online lectures, readings and online discussions; and includes a six week study tour in Egypt during Summer 2012.

In order to be considered for the program, students must:
• Be a junior and senior undergraduate student enrolled in a secondary education major or pre-education track program at one of the following institutions: Baldwin Wallace College, California University of Pennsylvania, Chatham University, Community College of Allegheny County, Mercyhurst College, Seton Hill University, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh and Youngstown State University
• Submit complete application form, transcript, resume, essay questions, and three letters of recommendation to their institutional point of contact.
• Sign a legal binding study abroad contract as required by the University of Pittsburgh
• Is a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States as required by the U.S. Department of Education.
• Submit a Medical History Report form.
• Sign a legal binding contract to ensure authenticity and to enforce participation in all program components. If a student does not fulfill the terms of the contract (unless health related with proof from medical doctor or family, emergency proof required), he/she will be removed from the program. Program components include:
o Participate in all segments of the program in their entirety:
 Lecture series and discussion
 Workshop on Language and Cultural Learning Workshop
 Six-week activities in Egypt
 Produce program deliverables: language and content area resources
 Post-trip activities at their home institutions and at the University of Pittsburgh.
• Read all assigned resources during all phases of the project.
• Pilot teaches using language resources and digital story in a classroom setting.
• Participate in presentations during lectures, symposia and workshops to other students or members of the university community as requested.
Complete all the requested evaluations during program implementation.
Program Costs
Student Responsibility:
• $1000 per student, payable to the University of Pittsburgh by January 15, 2012. (This amount may change slightly given estimated value of dollar in Egypt in 2012)
• Required health/medical evacuation insurance
• Students will want to bring at least $700 dollars for independent sightseeing excursions.
• RT transportation to University of Pittsburgh for January workshop
Costs included in the fellowship (covered by the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright Hays Program, University of Pittsburgh, or CERIS and not the student)
• Round trip international flights from Pittsburgh to Cairo
• Apartment style lodging in Cairo for six weeks
• Hotel (3 star) accommodations in Luxor and Alexandria (3 nights each city)
• Train travel Cairo/Luxor, Cairo/Alexandria
• Two meals per day
• Entrance Fees to historical and cultural sites in Cairo, Luxor and Alexandria related to the program.
• Transportation in Cairo, Luxor and Alexandria related to program (RT from apartment to classroom, visits to historical and cultural sites)
• In-country Instructors
• In-country Project Leader and chaperones.
For more information and application visit
Elaine Linn
Assistant Director, Global Studies Center
University Center for International Studies
University of Pittsburgh
4102 WWPH
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
tel: 412 648-2113
fax: 412 624-4672

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

“Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium March 2012

Have you written a research paper from a humanities, social science or business perspective focusing on the study of Western Europe or Eastern Europe, including Russia?

If so, consider presenting your work at the 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium!

 Students must submit applications with 250-300 word abstracts and full papers by January 23, 2012.
 Selected students will be notified in mid-February 2012.
 Final revised papers are due by March 19, 2012.
 Presentations will be made at the Symposium on March 30, 2012.

Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
European Studies Center / European Union Center of Excellence
University Center for International Studies
University of Pittsburgh

The Symposium is intended to provide advanced research experience to undergraduates and is modeled after conferences tradi-tionally held at the graduate level. A faculty selection committee determines which students qualify to present their papers at the Symposium at the University of Pittsburgh, Oakland campus. At the event, participants will make 10-15 minute presentations on their research to a panel of faculty and graduate students. Participants will receive constructive feedback on their papers. The presentations will be open to the public. Final papers must be edited to be 10-15 pages in length.

contact Gina Peirce at or
visit the website at
Application forms available on website.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Jewish Theological Seminary: Visiting Students Program

I’m writing to let you know about our Visiting Student program in Jewish studies, which gives undergraduate students currently enrolled at other accredited four-year colleges and universities the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at List College, the undergraduate school of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
Visiting students love spending time at List College, as they join a small community within a large city. They're able to choose from a rich selection of Judaic studies classes and reap all of the benefits of being in a dynamic urban setting, including internships and co-curricular activities. The students in your Jewish Studies program will find multiple avenues for enrichment at JTS by taking courses in classical Jewish texts, Jewish history, literature, thought, and more. They will learn from our passionate faculty, interact with List students as well as students from JTS's 4 graduate-level schools, take advantage of residence hall living, and participate in a variety of co-curricular activities. We at JTS will benefit immeasurably from their presence, and I know that you will be pleased to see them return to campus energized by their studies and Jewish identity exploration and eager to gain even more from all that you have to offer academically.
JTS is now accepting applications for the spring 2012 Visiting Student Program. Applicants must complete the Transfer Student version of the Common Application:, present a satisfactory college record, and submit a letter of approval from the dean or major adviser from the degree-granting institution. A visiting student may receive credits at his or her own institution for courses successfully completed at List College, subject to the approval of the student's own dean. Visiting students are assigned an adviser to assist with navigating registration procedures and to act as a general resource during the student's stay at List College.
Please encourage your students to take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity. The chance to spend a semester in New York in dialogue with preeminent scholars and engaged students in the field of Jewish studies will certainly enhance their college experience. The deadline for applications to our 2012 program is October 16th. Students may apply online today by clicking here:
For more information, please encourage students to visit or to contact us at .
I'd be delighted to answer any questions you might have or to discuss any specific students that you think might be a good fit for any of our programs.
Thanks so much.

Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz
Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor of Jewish History
Jewish Theological Seminary
3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027-4649

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Still looking for a Jewish Studies Class for Fall 2011?

These courses still have seats for the fall term:

JS 0013 Hebrew 1
JS 0037 Hebrew 5 (Advanced)
JS 0283 US & Holocaust (1 pm section)
JS 1250 Modern Jewry
JS 1253 Holocaust Literature
JS 1260 Jews in the US
JS 1645 Jesus and Judaism

Check cross-listed sections: some cross-listed sections are full but others have open seats.

Internship at Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow

Galicia Jewish Museum
Krakow, Poland

Internship Programme
Who we are:
The Galicia Jewish Museum consists of contemporary photographs showing the traces of Jewish past in Polish Galicia. The aim of the exhibition is to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, but also to celebrate the rich and diverse Jewish culture that existed in that region before. The museum also organises several educational and cultural events such as meetings with Holocaust survivors or Kletzmer concerts.

What we offer:
- in-depth insight into the everyday workings of a growing and dynamic cultural institution
- internships with one of four museum departments, or for a general programme rotating between departments: Education, External Relations and Communications, Projects and Publications, Operations
- participation in cultural activities and study trips
- we assist with finding accommodation and will provide other logistical support if needed, such as letters of invitation for visa applications

What we expect:
- Students or graduates of a relevant university programme (such as Jewish or Religious Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, history, anthropology, social sciences, cultural management) or someone demonstrating significant interest in the field
- Good knowledge of English which is the operational language of the museum, familiarity with other languages (esp. Polish, Hebrew or German) would be an asset
- commitment to the work and mission of the Galicia Jewish Museum

Internships should run for a minimum of eight weeks, but can last longer. They can take place anytime throughout the year, and part time internships are available.

For more information or to apply for an internship, please contact Monika Stępień (Administrative
Assistant / PA to Director),

Jewish Studies Program now has a Facebook Page

Welcome back to the fall semester. On the right, you can see our link to Facebook. Please "like" us and tell your friends. I will start cross-posting material here on the Facebook page so you can just follow things there is you find blogs to be too Internet 1.0.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

PhD fellowship for Leo Baeck/Queen Mary program

See below for information about the MA program there.

Received via e-mail:

I am delighted to inform you about our new John A. S. Grenville PhD Studentship in Modern Jewish History and Culture at the School of History, Queen Mary, University of London. I would be most grateful if you could forward this information to your colleagues and students.

The studentship is named after John A. S. Grenville (1928-2011), an eminent scholar of modern world history and German Jewish history. It will be awarded to an outstanding candidate with a research project in the field of modern Jewish history and culture. This includes projects in Jewish intellectual history (19th-20th centuries), modern German-Jewish history (20th century) and Jewish cultural history (20th century).

The successful applicant will be enrolled in the PhD programme at Queen Mary and expected to attend training and other events at the College. The stipend amounts to £24,000 per year, which includes tuition fees at current EU home rates.

Please contact Dr Daniel Wildmann ( or Prof. Raphael Gross ( with any questions you may have.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2011.

Graduate Study in Holocaust Studies or Modern Jewish Studies at the University of Texas-Dallas

(via H-Judaic)

From: Roemer, Nils H []
Sent: Wed 6/22/2011 1:01 PM
Subject: Re: H-JUDAIC Digest - 20 Jun 2011 to 21 Jun 2011 (#2011-142)
Belofsky Fellowships in Holocaust Studies

Exceptional, well-qualified holder of Bachelor or Master's degree = wishing to pursue a Ph.D. degree in the School of Arts and Humanities. The School = of Arts and Humanities offers Ph. D. degrees in Aesthetic Studies, History = of Ideas, and Literary Studies, with each of them emphasizing = interdisciplinary study and research.

Applications from students pursuing the study of the Holocaust and/or = modern Jewish culture or comparative perspectives on the American and European Jewish experience are especially welcomed. Belofsky Fellows will have = the opportunity to pursue doctoral studies under the supervision of Drs.
Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, Nils Roemer, or David Patterson. Scholarship = recipients will be required to write a cover letter explaining their goals, a CV, a writing sample, and three recommendation letters. Receiving the = fellowship is contingent upon acceptance into the UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities. The application form is available at


Two Job Opportunities in the Jewish non-profit world

Job Title: Program Director
Supervisor: Director of Slingshot
Slingshot's mission is to strengthen innovation in Jewish life by
developing next-generation funders and providing resources to leverage
impact in the Jewish community. Our signature product, Slingshot: A
Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation, is a Zagat-style guidebook first
created in 2005 to help next generation funders and volunteers find
organizations in the alphabet soup of the Jewish community that resonate
with their lives. Slingshot highlights the 50 most innovative nonprofits
in North American Jewish life each year.
Slingshot also organizes a collective giving fund for next generation
funders to support Jewish organizations that resonate with their
generation. The Slingshot Fund exposes its members to a professional
grant-making process. While many come from families involved in
philanthropy, most have yet to review grant proposals, conduct site
visits, and make allocation decisions. In conjunction with a group of
their peers, Slingshot offers them the opportunity to develop those
skills and learn from experts in the field while leveraging their small
gifts into a significant grant pool.
With the addition of the Program Director, Slingshot will expand the
number of members of the Slingshot Fund as well as launch additional
programs to engage next generation funders in Jewish life and leadership
Primary Purpose of Position
This position is being created to broaden and deepen the first half of
Slingshot's mission - to develop next generation funders through
education, community-building, and hands-on giving experience. The
Program Director will oversee Slingshot's efforts to recruit, engage,
educate, train, and develop funders in their 20s and 30s. Success in
this position will mean increasing the number of participants in the
Slingshot Fund by 50% and creating 3-5 new engagement opportunities for
funders in their 20s and 30s across the country. The Program Director
will also explore creating programming in San Francisco, Washington, DC,
Baltimore, and Chicago, among other cities.
This position is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial young
professional to play a significant role with a growing organization.
Working for Slingshot is the best experience you can have managing
relationships with dozens of young funders, facilitating and assisting
with the grant-making process, working on multiple exciting projects at
once, and learning about the community of innovation Jewish
organizations in North America.
Essential Job Functions
* Recruit and retain new members for the Slingshot collective
giving process
* Oversee all aspects of Slingshot's collective giving process,
which includes 30-40 members reviewing 50 applications, conducting 20
site visits, allocating grants, and following up with grantees.
* Develop 3-5 new programs, funds, or educational opportunities
annually to engage funders in their 20s and 30s
* Help funders in their 20s and 30s develop as Jewish community
leaders by connecting them with speaking and volunteer opportunities, as
well as other leadership development tools as necessary.
* Design and implement an evaluation system to track Slingshot's
impact on participants
* Promote Slingshot by attending conferences, speaking on
panels, and building relationships within the community of individuals
and organizations representing next generation funders and innovative
Jewish life.
Additional Job Functions
* Partner with the Director of Slingshot to develop and find
support for new programs across the country.
* Ideal candidate will participate in conversations about
Slingshot's overall strategic planning, communications, board
development, and fundraising, as well as help implement select projects.
* Support other aspects of Slingshot's work as needed such as
creating the Slingshot resource guide and planning Slingshot Day and
other events.
The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:
Knowledge, skills, and abilities
* Strong convener and connector who brings passion to working with
the next generation
* Comfortable working with funders
* Experience planning and executing events and programs
* Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
* Ability to succeed in a small, entrepreneurial environment
* Communicate effectively with donors, prospects, leads, and Board
members, both verbally and in writing
* Interest in working in the Jewish community
* Excellent attention to quality and detail
Suggested qualifications
* A track record of fundraising success preferred, aptitude for
fundraising required
* Experience working with communities of people in their 20s and
30s is a plus
* Knowledge of generations X and Y valuable
* Occasional travel is required
* Must be willing to participate in meetings in the evening and
on weekends
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Additional
details available upon interview.
Please send a brief cover letter and a resume to Will Schneider -
Program Associate (Jewish Philanthropy)
The Program Associate supports the work of the Senior Program Officer in
the Jewish Philanthropy and Education Program, drafts grant proposals
and other documents, conducts research, and coordinates all activities
for the efficient operation of this program area; and, as a team member,
provides administrative support to the operation of the Revson office.
The position reports to the Senior Program Officer.
* Drafts and edits documents including grant summaries (and
supporting documentation), research reports, and grantee correspondence,
primarily for the Jewish Philanthropy and Education Program but also for
other program areas
* Serves as liaison to grantees of the Jewish Philanthropy and
Education Program; guides prospective grantees throughout the proposal
* Reviews and analyzes incoming interim and final reports (with
particular attention to budget documents) from grantees in the Jewish
Philanthropy and Education Program
* Provides administrative support to the Senior Program Officer
and other staff, as needed
* Maintains and updates the content of the Foundation's Web site
* Bachelor's degree
* Some work experience preferred
* Exceptional oral and written communications skills, including
the ability to synthesize complex projects lucidly and compellingly
* Knowledge of the North American Jewish community essential;
working understanding of Israeli politics and culture; Hebrew
comprehension important
* Commitment to teamwork and cooperation with a small staff
* Strong interpersonal skills, problem-solving, and adaptability
Please submit cover letter; resume; and five-page writing sample to
Jacob Taber:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Leo Baeck Institute MA course in Modern Jewish History and Culture at the School of History, Queen Mary, University of London

via e-mail

Dear Prof. Dr Adam Shear,

I am pleased to announce the call for applications to the Leo Baeck Institute MA course in Modern Jewish History and Culture at the School of History, Queen Mary, University of London. We expect to offer bursaries covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for two outstanding candidates.

I would be most grateful if you could share this information with your colleagues and students.

The Leo Baeck Institute MA programme trains scholars towards undertaking independent research on Jewish history, culture and thought in Europe. It provides a strong grounding in approaches and theories which have influenced the ways in which scholars understand Jewish history.

More information can be found at

The deadline for applications is 25 July 2011. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have.

Sincerely yours,

Daniel Wildmann

Dr Daniel Wildmann FRHistS
Deputy Director
Leo Baeck Institute
2nd Floor, Arts Two Building
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS

Lecturer in History,
Queen Mary, University of London

Tel. +44 (0) 20 7882 5690/5689
Fax +44 (0) 20 7882 6901

Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad

via e-mail:

Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York [wants] to let you know about an outstanding opportunity for students studying overseas called the Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad (PSA).
Now in its second year, the PSA provides a scholarly learning environment through which students can engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and Jewish life in Poland. Facilitated by American staff from the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York and Polish staff from the Auschwitz Jewish Center, the five-day program takes place in Poland during spring and fall semesters and is open to North American students studying abroad. Participants visit Krakow and Oświęcim, work with scholars, take in-depth tours of Auschwitz-Birkenau, hear testimony, and engage in meaningful discussion.

Fall 2011 program dates:

Thursday, Oct. 27 – Monday, Oct. 31
Thursday, Nov. 3 – Monday, Nov. 7
Wednesday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 13

(Programs run from the evening of the first day through the morning of the final day; full attendance is mandatory.)

An eligible candidate is matriculated in an undergraduate or graduate program and is engaged in study abroad during the semester of the program. Applicants are required to submit academic transcripts and references. Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Completed applications are due by September 1; early application is recommended. Selection is competitive. Candidates will be informed of their final application status by September 15.

I hope that you will share this information with any interested students. Please help us recruit applicants by forwarding the enclosed materials and sharing information with friends, colleagues, and other college contacts. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions. Thank you for your interest and assistance.

Dara Bramson

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

JS 1900 Internship Possibility for Fall 2011

JS 1900
Fall 2011 & Spring 2012

Congregation Beth Shalom Seeking Fall and Spring Intern for Youth Department
Gain an Understanding of Informal Jewish Education

Network in the Pittsburgh Jewish community and gain experience working with youth of all ages by applying for an internship with Congregation Beth Shalom’s Youth Department for both the fall and spring semesters.
Beth Shalom, a Conservative synagogue located in Squirrel Hill, is seeking an intern for the Youth Department for the fall and spring semesters of the upcoming school year. The intern will assist with informal, educational programming for Beth Shalom’s four youth groups: Chaverim (K-2nd), Atid (3rd-5th), Kadima (6th-8th) and USY (9th-12th).
The internship is offered for 4 credits (6 hours a week) completed over 2 semesters, fall and spring – 2 credits per semester. The position will consist of both weekly office and program hours, as well as a formal academic paper related to informal Jewish education. Individual interns should coordinate the paper topic and requirements with the Jewish Studies Program prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
The position will ideally be filled by the same candidate both semesters, contingent on intern’s pre-determined availability as well as on an evaluation by both the synagogue’s Youth Department and The University of Pittsburgh’s Program of Jewish Studies at the end of the first semester.
Intern responsibilities include assisting the Youth Director with the planning of youth programs for Kindergarten to 12th grade students at Beth Shalom; marketing and promoting upcoming events in the synagogue and community; and assisting with Youth Department fundraisers and other programs throughout the year.
The intern should expect to attend Chaverim and Atid events, typically each held one Sunday afternoon a month (for a total of two per month), as well as one Shabbat morning youth service at Congregation Beth Shalom per month. Additional weekly hours will be completed in the Youth Department office at Beth Shalom.
Interns will need to obtain a Criminal Record Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and FBI Fingerprinting at the beginning of the internship. These background checks are easy to obtain and paid for by the synagogue.
Applicants should be flexible, creative, organized and reliable. Previous experience with youth groups or summer camps is preferred. This position offers substantial networking opportunities in the Pittsburgh Jewish community.
If interested, please email a resume and brief cover letter to Carolyn Gerecht, Youth Director at or contact 412-421-2411 for more information.

To register for this for credit (JS 1900), you will need to contact me after being hired by Ms. Gerecht.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Meet Israeli Filmmakers

Film Studies and the Jewish-Israeli Film Festival
present the filmmakers of

Doron and Yoav Paz

Thursday April 7
Begins at 4:00pm
501 Cathedral of Learning

The Paz brothers were born in Israel and raised in a town near Tel Aviv called Netanya. As 3rd generation descendants of film and theater directors, Yoav and Doron started working in the film industry at an early age. Following graduation from film school at Tel Aviv University, they edited and directed music videos, commercials and television promos for the major broadcasting channels in Israel. They worked as creative managers for the Israeli Cable network (HOT), JETIX, and the Israeli Music Channel. Eventually, the brothers started writing and directing television shows. In 2009, the completed their first feature film, “Phobidilia,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and has also played at festivals in Toronto, Istanbul, Taipei, and Singapore.

For more information, contact Vladimir Padunov at or Jennifer Florian at 412-624-6564

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Summer Internships at J Street

J Street Summer 2011 Internships
Please email with any questions. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Deadline Approaching Soon:
J Street U Congressional Internship Program
Experience politics from an insider’s perspective with J Street U Congressional Internship Program, where student leaders will be placed in Congressional offices in Washington, DC for a summer internship. As supplement to their work on the Hill, interns will participate in several activities and events related to J Street throughout the summer. Apply today!

Please email with any questions. Applications are due April 1st, 2011.

Internships by City:
Washington, DC Based Internships:
•J Street Summer ’11 Political and Development Intern – DC – This position will involve assisting the DC Political Department staff on assorted administrative, clerical, research and programmatic tasks and projects. The intern will especially have duties related to supporter outreach and development work.
•J Street Summer ’11 Israel & International Program Internship – DC – This position will involve assisting the Director of Israel and International Programs on assorted administrative, communications, and programmatic tasks and projects. The ideal candidate will be a native Hebrew speaker with advanced skills in Microsoft Excel.
•J Street Summer ’11 J Street Education Fund Intern – DC – This position will involve assisting national staff on assorted administrative, clerical, research and programmatic tasks and projects. The J Street Education Fund intern will especially have duties relating to programming and speaking tours throughout the country.
•J Street Summer ’11 Video Editing & Education Internship – DC – This position will involve developing educational resources for J Street’s Locals (community chapters) and campus groups around the country. The intern will edit video footage from speaking events, produce DVDs, conduct research, develop discussion guides, etc.
•J Street U Summer ’11 Congressional Internship Program – DC – Student leaders will be placed in Congressional offices in Washington, DC and, as supplement to their work on the Hill, will participate in several activities and events related to J Street throughout the summer
New York City Based Internships:
•J Street Summer ’11 Field and Development Intern – NYC – This position is ideal for applicants interested in community organizing, non-profit development, or political advocacy, and will especially involve supporter cultivation and outreach.
•J Street Summer ’11 J Street U Intern – NYC – Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting national staff on assorted administrative, clerical, research and programmatic tasks and projects and assistance with executing public events. The J Street U intern will especially have duties related to student programming.
•J Street Summer ’11 Communications and New Media – NYC – This position is a perfect fit for someone interested in new media and communications. The intern will work on building and optimizing our new media outreach, website, and online communication tools.
San Francisco Internship:
•J Street Summer ’11 Northern California Internship – SF – Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting national staff on assorted administrative, clerical, research and programmatic tasks and projects. The Northern California Intern will especially have duties related to supporter outreach in the Bay Area.
Chicago Internship:
•J Street Summer ’11 Chicago Internship – Chicago – Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting staff on assorted administrative, clerical, research and programmatic tasks and projects. The Chicago intern will especially have duties related to supporter outreach in Chicago.
Philadelphia Internship:
•J Street Summer ’11 Outreach and Advocacy Intern, Mid-Atlantic Region Internship – Philadelphia – Responsibilities will include assisting staff in planning and executing events in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and supporter outreach.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thursday April 7: Lecture on Negotiating Arab-Israel Peace at CMU

A Lecture: Negotiating Arab-Israel Peace in Turbulent Times

You are invited to join us on Thursday, April 7, 2011, when Carnegie Mellon University History Professor, Dr. Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg, will introduce her latest book, Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities.

Professor Eisenberg examines the history of recurrent efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, focusing on peacemaking episodes from the Egyptian-Israeli peace of 1979 through the beginning of the Obama administration. She (and co-author Neil Caplan) consider how, when, and why the process does or does not work and explore what must change if diplomats are to achieve an enduring peace in the Middle East.

Professor Eisenberg is a historian of the modern Middle East, and her areas of research and publication include the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process, and the interaction of multiple Middle East actors, particularly, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinians.

Please join us at 8pm on Thursday, April 7, 2011 in the Giant Eagle Auditorium (Baker Hall A51) at Carnegie Mellon University. The Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh is co-sponsoring the event with the Arab Student Organization of CMU, the Muslim Student Association of CMU, and the Global Studies Department at CMU. Book signing and dessert reception to follow the lecture.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Essay Prize

The University of Pittsburgh Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program is pleased to announce our annual award for
$500 in prize money will be awarded!
Papers written for an undergraduate course in any discipline are eligible as long as they meet the following four criteria: 1) Papers should be at least eight pages long; 2) Papers must focus on a topic concerning the medieval and/or early modern periods—depending on the topic, relevant dates might extend from the seventh century through the seventeenth century; 3) Papers must have been written for a Pitt course taken between fall 2009 and spring 2011; 4) Papers must not already have won another prize, although they may be submitted simultaneously for other awards.
Please turn in three copies before 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15 to the mailbox of Matt Carulli, which is located in the Department of French and Italian, CL 1328. Include a cover sheet with the following information: 1) Your name, 2) Title of paper 3) Course name and semester taken, and 4) Instructor’s name. Note that only the title of your paper (not your name or the course name) should appear in the body of the paper.
Questions? Please contact Professor Jennifer Waldron (
Pitt’s Certificate in
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Have you taken a course on Shakespeare, Dante, Galileo or Michelangelo? On classical or medieval history, literature, or art? If so you have already completed some of the requirements for this certificate . . .
The Certificate is designed to give students the freedom to undertake interdisciplinary work in several departments. It is an added credential (similar to a minor) that demonstrates a student’s substantive grasp of complex cultural formations as well as a student’s willingness to undertake a specialized intellectual challenge in addition to the major.
Aside from the resume boost, why might you complete this certificate?
An intellectual interest in a time period far removed from our own can bring many rewards: the pleasures of understanding some of the key historical developments that underpin modern life, of seeing how people in earlier time periods came up with different answers to some of the same questions we have now, and, perhaps most importantly, of gaining the ability to project oneself imaginatively into another person’s way of life.
Undergraduate Certificate Requirements
At least five courses:
 Three of these five courses must be at the level of 1000 or above.
 One of these five must be focused on the medieval period.
 One of these five must be focused on the Renaissance period.
 No more than two courses from any given department may count toward the total. In practice this means that your work for the certificate must include courses from at least three different departments.
How to Enroll in the Certificate Program
Students are invited to enroll for the Certificate at any point in their academic studies, but we encourage you to sign up as early as possible. To enroll, complete the “Add/Change Program” form in 140 Thackeray or in the Department of French and Italian (CL 1328). Please contact us for additional information about enrolling in the program:
Dr. Jennifer Waldron, Director or Mr. Matt Carulli, Assistant
Cathedral of Learning 617G Cathedral of Learning 1328
Phone: 412-624-3246 Phone: 412-624-5220
Email: Email:
For more details, including a listing of the many courses that count towards the Certificate, check out our website:

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 22: Two Events with Pitt Graduate Warren Hoffman






While Angels in America has in many ways come to represent the pinnacle of queer Jewish cultural production in America, what queer Jewish texts existed earlier in the 20th century? We'll look at passages from Abraham Cahan's 1917 The Rise of David Levinsky and Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint (1969) and discuss the complexities of homoerotic narrative in these pre-Stonewall classics.


With their shared heritages of slavery, discrimination and Diaspora, blacks and Jews have trod similar, yet distinctive paths. This presentation explores the various ways in which this complex history has manifested itself in films, plays and music. We'll watch and discuss clips from The Jazz Singer (1927), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Liberty Heights (1999), and Fires in the Mirror (1993), and listen to music from Tin Pan Alley musicians like Irving Berlin. We'll look at these works to determine the contributions that African Americans and Jewish Americans have made to American popular culture at large, as well as to determine what this says about how blacks and Jews talk to and about each other.


Warren Hoffman is the Director of Arts and Cultural Programming at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University. He is the author of The Passing Game: Queering Jewish American Culture (Syracuse University Press, 2009). Hoffman holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from University of California-Santa Cruz and has written and lectured on a number of topics including Jewish literature, queer theory and American drama. Warren’s first play, New Words, was recently nominated for the Christopher Brian Wolk Playwriting Award. Warren earned his BA in English, Spanish, and Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. For more information: Adam Shear, Jewish Studies Program,