Monday, October 28, 2013

Nov 1, 12-1:30 pm (food at 11:30), 501 CL: Jeff Halper "An Israeli in Palestine."



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1,  12 NOON-1:30 PM   501  CL.   Discussion will follow the reading.


         In his book An Israeli in Palestine, from which he will be reading, Halper throws a harsh light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of a critical insider.   While the Zionist founders of Israel created a vibrant society, they did so at a high price:  Israel could not maintain its exclusive Jewish character without imposing on the country's Palestinian population policies of ethnic cleansing, occupation and discrimination, expressed most graphically in its ongoing demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories. 

                Without dismissing Israel's legitimacy, Halper exposes how Israel is defined by its oppressive relationship to the Palestinians.  Pleading for a aview of Israel as a real, living country which must by necessity evolve and change, Halper asks whether the idea of an ethically-pure 'Jewish State' is still viable, and he offers ways in which Israel can redeem itself. 

Dr. Jeff Halper is the Co-founder and Director of ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

He was born in 1946 in Minnesota and emigrated to Israel in 1973. Since then he has been a tireless advocate for justice 

and civil rights for all Israelis and Palestinians. He spent ten years as a community worker in Jerusalem aiding low-income 

Mizrahi families. He co-founded ICAHD in 1997 to help resist Israel’s strategy of house demolitions in the Occupied Palestinian 

Territory. He is the author of three books, 'Between Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the 

Nineteenth Century', 'An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Possession, Redeeming Israel', and 

"Obstacles to Peace: A reframing of the Palestinian – Israeli Conflict'.   In 2006 Dr. Halper was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing ICAHD's work "to liberate both the Palestinian and the Israeli people from the yoke of structural violence" and "to build equality between their people by recognizing and celebrating their common  humanity."



Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa.

From: Shlomit Kviti <>
Date: Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 7:53 AM
Subject: Application and newsletter of MA in Holcoaust Studies, Univ.of Haifa

We are pleased to announce that we have opened our application process for our third cohort of students in the Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa.


Please see the attached newsletter for a look into the progress of our second year.

Visit our website to learn more of our inter-disciplinary approach to Holocaust Studies, our faculty and students:


We would be grateful if you would pass on this information to students you find suitable for our program.


Should you have any questions, please contact me:




Yael Granot-Bein, PhD.


Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Studies

University of Haifa, Israel



visit us at:

Monday, October 21, 2013


Start thinking now about Summer 2014.  You can apply for support from the Nationality Rooms for study abroad:

The Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarships have been announced. Awards are available for full-time Pitt students. Information sessions begin October 9, 2013 and end January 8, 2014 (undergraduate students) and January 15, 2014 (graduate students). Deadlines for the scholarships vary. For more information follow this link and to apply click here
If your project is related to Jewish Studies in any way, you can also apply for the Halpern Award.  (The Halpern Award can be used in the US as well as abroad.  If you are using it abroad, it can be used in conjunction with a Nationality Room Scholarship--but the application processes are separate.)
The Halpern Award will pay up to $1000 toward expenses associated with a study abroad experience, a language program, an unpaid internship, or research related to Jewish Studies. Undergraduates who are enrolled in or have completed a Jewish Studies course are eligible. The deadline will be February 2014 for projects in the summer of 2014 or in academic year 2014-2015. For more information contact Adam Shear at


A Boren Awards information session featuring Michael Saffle, a Boren Fellowhsip Program Manager, will be on Wednesday, October 30 at 4:00 pm in 1228 Cathedral of Learning. The Boren Awards are for undergraduate and graduate students and supports the study of less-commonly-taught languages through study abroad. Student interested in the Boren Awards should contact Judy Zang at


There will be a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship information session on Monday, October 21 at 4:30 pm in 1228 Cathedral of Learning. Dr. Datja Wezel, a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor in Pitt's History Department, will discuss a variety of DAAD research, study and internship opportunities. Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty are welcome. RSVP to Judy Zang at

Friday, October 11, 2013

Boren Fellowships Information Session


INFORMATION SESSION: ”Boren Awards for International Study”

Michael Saffle, Boren Fellowship Program Manager

4 PM, 1228 Cathedral of Learning

Available for both undergraduates and graduate students, Boren Awards support the study of less-commonly-taught languages through study abroad.  Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal and future goals are connected to a broad understanding of national security, and award winners must agree to a one-year government service requirement.  For more information, a link to the website can be found HERE, or interested students may contact Judy Zang.  The deadline for undergraduate applications in December 2nd.

Sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center and the University Honors College

Interested in study opportunities in Germany?


INFORMATION SESSION: DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

Dr. Katja Wezel, DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History

4:30 PM, 1228 Cathedral of Learning

Learn more about DAAD programs for both undergraduates and graduates, and for German speaking and non-German speaking students.  Dr. Wezel will discuss a variety of research, study, and internship DAAD scholarships that can fund up to 2 years of research or graduate study.  For scholarship requirements and deadlines, please reference the DAAD’s website, which also includes information for the summer internship program with RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering).  To R.S.V.P., please email Judy Zang.

Sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence & European Studies Center and the University Honors College

For graduating seniors: Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program

The application for the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is now
available at
. Completed applications must be received by January 18, 2014.

The AJC Fellows Program is a three week study trip for students who are
matriculated in graduate programs or are completing undergraduate degrees
in 2014 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. All program costs, including international travel, lodging, room
and board, and materials, are covered.

Since 2000, the AJC Fellows Program has provided 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.

After a brief orientation in New York City, the Fellows travel in Poland
for three weeks, during which time they visit Krakow, Warsaw, Lódź,
Treblinka, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz). The Fellows travel to small towns in
the regions surrounding Warsaw and Krakow, as well as through
south-eastern Poland, 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 Oświęcim, 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 may 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
         Shiri B. Sandler
U.S. Director, Auschwitz Jewish Center
Museum of Jewish Heritage
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
New York, NY
Visit the website at


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Spring Community Based Research Fellowship through the Honors College

The Honors College is accepting applications for the Spring Community Based Research Fellowship.

The Community-Based Research Fellowship Program supports University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students while they are conducting community-based research projects. Research projects must investigate an issue in the local community. Undergraduate students from across schools and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship awards a stipend of $800 for a semester; in addition, it requires the Fellows to participate in bi-weekly interdisciplinary seminars during the semester in which Fellows will report on their research progress and reflect on how different disciplines enact social change. Fellows must also prepare a final report for the University Honors College, their faculty mentor, and a community partner that details their research efforts and their findings.

The application deadline is November 15th. Please refer to this page ( for more details. To see information about the current 2013 Fall Fellows go to

Ryan Gayman

Honors College Advisor

Academic Community Engagement

University of Pittsburgh

3510 Cathedral of Learning

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Study Jewish Studies in Stockholm for a year

Fellowships in Jewish Studies 2014/2015

  Explore the plurality of Jewish Civilizations!

  The Paideia One Year Jewish Studies Program offers a unique international
 Jewish studies experience

 during eight months in Stockholm with the possibility of completing a 120
 ECTS Master in Jewish Civilizations

 at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg.

 Experience 8 months in Stockholm of:

 * Academic studies of Jewish text and culture
 * World-renowned faculty from Israeli and European universities
 * Interactive text studies using the Hevruta method of studying in
 * Applied project work and individual research projects
 * Networking in an open, international and pluralistic European
 * Hebrew Ulpan on three levels, six hours per week
 * Optional second year of studies at the HfJS in Heidelberg
 * Follow-up programs and Alumni conferences

 Grants for tuition and living expenses are available.

  Deadline January 15, 2014
 For more information visit

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sunday October 20: Brunch and Learn with Sarah Benor: Do American Jews Speak a Jewish Language?







Do American Jews have a distinctive way of speaking?  If so, is it a Jewish language? 

And just what is a Jewish language?


presented by:



Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College-Los Angeles

Adjunct Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Southern California

Author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism

 (Rutgers University Press, 2012)

Founder and Editor of the Jewish Language Research Website, the Jewish English Lexicon,

and the Journal of Jewish Languages.



Sunday, October 20, 2013, 11 am-12 noon 

1500 Posvar Hall, on Schenley Plaza

(Free Parking on Sunday mornings around the Plaza)


Join us for coffee, tea, and light breakfast before the talk at 10:45 am.



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