Wednesday, February 27, 2013

University of Haifa Holocaust Studies Program

Dear friends and colleagues,


After its success during the first year, the new MA Program in Holocaust Studies is now entering its second year and offers a unique combination of a multidisciplinary academic program alongside opportunities for internships, study tours and rich extra-curricular activities, as well volunteering in Holocaust Survivors' communities in Israel.


The one-year International Master’s Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa is dedicated to creating and nurturing a new generation of Holocaust researchers and educators.

We are also pleased to let you know that the two chief Holocaust museums and archives in Israel – Yad Vashem and The Ghetto Fighters House – have joined forces with us to become integral components of the program. This unique and one of a kind cooperation places our program as a leading force in Holocaust studies in Israel and the world.


The program aims at providing students with more than just an academic curriculum; it has been designed with the addition of exciting and challenging activities to spark the interest of the student and encourage personal development and dedication to the field of Holocaust research.


We are now starting to accept applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. We would appreciate your help in introducing this program to your colleagues and students.


The program is unique in the well rounded interdisciplinary curriculum it offers, allowing the students to study the Holocaust from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives (history, social psychology, anthropology, genocide and international law, literature and more). It guarantees that the students will train in diverse methodologies and essential languages. The academic faculty consists of established as well as young scholars who have studied in the best Universities in Israel and abroad.



An internship program is offered to enrich the curriculum and prepare students for actual employment upon graduation. Available internships include: Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum Archives, Yad Vashem Museum and archives, The Hagana Archive, the Atlit Detainee Camp and more.


Volunteer Program with Holocaust Survivors

Students receiving scholarships are required to participate in the Holocaust Survivors Community Giving Project, in coordination with the International Hillel Foundation. Within this framework, students donate their time in a number of ways, including visiting Holocaust survivors in their homes, leading workshops, and organizing holiday celebrations for the survivors.


Study tours to archives in Israel, Poland and Germany

As part of the experiential learning, students participate in study tours throughout the academic year, going to relevant museums and sites throughout Israel. A week-long seminar in Yad Vashem and regular visits to the Ghetto Fighters' Museum provide students with the opportunity to implement their academic knowledge into real-life example, by seeing actual archives, historical records and documentation.


One of the highlights of the course is the study tour to Berlin, Germany and Warsaw, Poland. The study tour is designed to provide students with the opportunity to visit important historical archives, meet local German and Polish students and researchers, and visit important locations relevant to the study of the Holocaust.

Visit our web site for detailed information:

Best wishes,

Yael Granot-Bein, PhD.


Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Research

 University of Haifa



Halpern Award--deadline extended




for Undergraduate Jewish Studies students at the University of Pittsburgh

funded by the Ethel M. Halpern Endowed Fund for Students.


APPLICATIONS DUE:   Monday February 25, 2013, 4 pm.


Undergraduate students are invited to apply for funding for any of the following purposes:

  • travel or living expenses associated with a study abroad experience involving Jewish studies;
  • travel or living expenses associated with participation in a summer language program in Hebrew, Yiddish, or another language relevant to Jewish studies;
  • travel or living expenses associated with participation in an unpaid internship program connected to Jewish studies;
  • travel expenses related to other study or research in Jewish studies;
  • purchase of books or other materials related to research in Jewish studies.


Awards of up to $1000 each will be made for projects in the Summer of 2013 or during Academic Year 2013-2014.  Halpern Awards may be held in conjunction with other University and external funding in cases where the project costs exceed $1000.


The following application materials must be received in the Jewish Studies office, 2604 Cathedral of Learning, by 4 pm, Monday February 25, 2013:  Wednesday March 20, 2013 IN HARD COPY

  • a cover sheet with the following information: the student’s name, preferred mailing address, telephone number, Pitt e-mail address, a title for their project, and a brief (2-3 sentence) description of the proposed activities
  • a statement of purpose (2-3 double-spaced pages) explaining the proposed activities in greater detail and how the activities will further the student’s undergraduate studies;
  • a detailed budget of all anticipated expenses related to the proposed activities, including a list of other aid applied for, and a statement of the amount (up to $1000) requested from the Halpern Fund
  • an academic advisement transcript from Pitt and official transcripts from any previous undergraduate institutions;
  • a letter of recommendation from a Pitt faculty member familiar with the student’s academic work  


  • Full-time undergraduates in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Have completed or be currently enrolled in at least one Jewish studies class (including Hebrew language) at the University of Pittsburgh.


For any questions about the award, please contact:  Adam Shear, Director, Jewish Studies,

March 1: Deadline for JTS Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies

 The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Second Annual Excellence in Jewish Studies Award.
Deadline: March 1, 2013


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 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







Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Feb 23: Yiddish and Dance

Purim Party with Live Music and Yiddish Dancing!

Join the Carnegie Shpil Company (CMU's klezmer band) in celebrating this joyful holiday. This fun-filled evening will include great klezmer music featuring the band, to accompany dancing led by Steve Weintraub, an internationally renowned instructor of Yiddish dance. This event will be open to everyone in the community to enjoy music, dancing, and food. Please bring friends!


With the help of our coach, Susanne Ortner-Roberts (who will be performing with us!), the Carnegie Shpil Company, joined by an eclectic group of students from Pitt's Carpathian Ensemble, has compiled a repertoire designed to keep you dancing and we couldn't be more excited to share our work with you. Co-sponsored by the J'Burgh Yiddish Club.


Date: Saturday, February 23rd
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall, Room 119, Carnegie Mellon University (map:



About Dance Leader Steve Weintraub
"Born on Governor’s Island and Bar Mitzvahed in the Bronx, Steven Lee Weintraub received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others, and studied dance pedagogy with Phyllis Weikert. He is in international demand as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance at festivals and workshops including Klezkamp, Klezkanada, and festivals in Krakow, Weimar, Furth, Paris and London to name a few. Much of his career has been creating and performing Jewish dance; he has worked with choreographers Felix Fibich and Shula Kivel, and has performed the work of Fred Berk. He was a principal dancer and choreographer with the Israeli folkdance group Parparim and was assistant director of the annual Israeli Folk Dance Festival in NYC."

Feb 27: "Who are these Germans"

The German Department presents:






In music and words, two Germans from different generations reflect on the Holocaust, German history, and what it means to be German in the 21st century





Wednesday, February 27, 2013


CL 208B




A discussion/question and answer period will follow the talk






FRITZ OTTENHEIMER, as a Jewish boy growing up in Nazi Germany, escaped Nazi persecution by immigrating to the U.S. in 1939, and eventually fighting against Germany with the U.S. Army at the end of WWII. A retired engineer, Mr. Ottenheimer has documented his experiences surrounding the Holocaust and Post-War Germany in a memoir, “Escape and Return.” He resides in Pittsburgh, PA.


SUSANNE ORTNER-ROBERTS is a world-renowned clarinetist from Augsburg, Germany, who specializes in Jewish (Klezmer) music. As a representative of a new generation of Germans, she is committed to using words and music to promote cross-cultural understanding, and to educate others about how young Germans today deal with the atrocities of war and the Holocaust committed by their grandparents’ generation. She is the subject of the recent book “Living the Dream – Für die Musik nach Amerika” written by German Television journalist Helge Fuhst. Susanne also teaches German at the University of Pittsburgh.

6 week paid internship in Jerusalem...

Monday, February 11, 2013

MA in European Jewish History in London

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.

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 15 April 2013.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have.


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 5689

Fax +44 (0) 20 7882 6901



Friday, February 1, 2013