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