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 []
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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