Friday, January 25, 2013

Feb 6: Next Lecture in Squirrel Hill Project series


Global Studies Center is proud to announce the launch of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PittMAP blog, dedicated to Pitt’s Spring 2013 round-the-world trip (Brazil-India-China).  This semester’s trip focuses on Global Political Economy, with coursework (and academic visits) at three major research universities on three continents.  Participating Pitt faculty are David Bartholomae (English) and Michael Goodhart (Political Science).  To follow the trip from the students’ point of view, you can access the blog at


JTS Excellence In Jewish Studies Award

The JTS Excellence in Jewish Studies Award


·         Current sophomores, juniors and seniors may submit a Jewish studies essay or paper written in the English language to The Graduate School of JTS.


·         Awardees will receive a signed copy of a book published by JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen as well as a cash award. 


·         Essays may be submitted electronically here, in .doc format, or by mailing a copy of your essay with the information below:

·            Full name
·            Email address
·            Cell Phone, Current and Permanent mailing address
·            College or University name
·            Major
·            Year in school, Expected year of graduation
·            Faculty advisor’s name

To:      Dean Shuly Rubin Schwartz
The Graduate School of JTS
3080 Broadway, BOX 74
New York, NY 10027










New Exhibit at JCC Squirrel Hill

Programs at Tel Aviv University

We invite applications for two international programs taught in English at Tel Aviv University's Department of Hebrew Culture Studies:

1 -  Summer program in Jewish-Christian Encounters in the First Centuries : July 7th to August 15th, 2013 (

2  - International MA in Jewish Studies (intensive one-year program; Hebrew texts taught in English), including a new Advanced Text & Language Track for students with good working Hebrew who are thinking of doctoral work and need the textual and linguistic skills required to master classical Jewish texts.


We are pleased to offer two merit-based $5,000 Scholarships for the International MA.  Candidates must complete an application by February 28th to be eligible for a merit-based scholarship.

For more information, contact Emilie Levy, the program coordinator at<>



Thanks a lot




Emilie Levy | Coordinator

International MA in Jewish Studies

Tel Aviv University

The Carter Building, Room 306  | Ramat Aviv 6997801, Israel Phone +972 (0) 3 6409382 |

Galilee College Summer Program

Israeli – Palestinian Programmes: Political Science and Middle East Studies
Centre of Middle East and Religious Studies, 4th- 29th July, 2013

During the years that we have been running our Centre’s programmes, we have enjoyed hosting participants from 32 different nations.  We have found that many participants have studied away from their home countries and some have unique life stories which bring added value to many of the fascinating discussions between all involved.

The Winter 2013 Programme ended this week and one of the participants was Prof. Reza Afshari, originally from Iran and now a Faculty member in the History Dept. of Pace University, New York. Prof. Afshari is the author of the book: “Human Rights in Iran: the Abuse of Cultural Relativism”.

Prof. Afshari has been studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for years, but this was his first visit to Israel. As an Historian, he sees the conflict as an on-going story with the final chapter yet to be determined. He summarised that this chapter must include an agreement between the Jewish and Palestinian citizens of the region, which will lead to a better relationship between Israel and its neighbouring countries.

The Political Science and Middle East Studies Programme will be held on 4th – 29th July. The participants will stay at the Galilee Institute Study Centre in the pastoral environment of Kibbutz Mizra.

A limited number of tuition scholarships will be given to suitable candidates (on a first come, first served basis). The participants have to cover the local living expenses.

For more information please don’t hesitate to contact

Sincerely yours,


Shiri Salant
Programme Director
Centre of Middle East and Religious Studies
+972 4 6428888/23 direct
+972 4 6514811
Galilee International Management Institute - Israel

Monday, January 7, 2013

Spring Semester Courses with Space Available

Looking for a Jewish Studies course for the spring term?  These courses have no prerequisites and still have seats:

Haya Feig 
Tues-Thurs 11 am-12:15 pm

Adam Shear
Tues-Thurs 11 am-12:15 pm

Rachel Kranson
Tues-Thurs 9:30-10:45 am