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 •