Friday, January 24, 2014

Ayelet Waldman Monday Student tickets only $10

Click on image to enlarge.

Avodah: Jewish Service Corps: Deadline for 2014-2015 is February 10, 2015

Amanda Wilson, one of our graduates, writes in with a great opportunity for graduating seniors:
"As you may remember, I am participating in a year-long social justice fellowship called Avodah: the Jewish Service Corps. The organization works to fight domestic poverty in DC, New Orleans, New York, and Chicago. The job placements cover a wide range of challenges in at-risk populations, including homelessness & housing, education, law, immigration, healthcare, economics, employment, etc. I feel that it has been an incredible step in my Jewish journey. In addition to the full-time job placement, there are also communal living and professional development components. The deadline to apply for next year is quickly approaching (February 10), and I was hoping you might pass this opportunity along to any of your Jewish students that are looking for a next step after graduation and great way to enhance their Jewish journeys after Pitt! Feel free to also send them my contact information should any interested students have questions! I hope you're doing well and finding a way to stay warm!"
Ha, ha, Amanda... stay warm, indeed.  But there is life beyond the polar vertex and if this opportunity appeals to you, Amanda is happy to answer your questions or provide more info.  Here is her contact info:

Avodah Programs Associate
Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School
2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20020
voice: 202-563-6862-x126
cell: 202-491-3613
fax: 202-563-6946

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Fellowships at the Center for Jewish History

  Pitt undergraduates:  don't forget you can also apply to the Halpern award (see website for details) to fund research on Jewish topics.

2014-15 Fellowships at the Center for Jewish History


The Center for Jewish History (CJH) offers a range of fellowships for senior scholars, early career (postdoctoral) scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates to conduct original research in the humanities, including but not limited to the fields of Jewish studies, Russian and East European studies, American studies and Germanic studies, as well as musicology, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology and history. In residence at the Center for a period of 10 to 12 months, Fellows have the opportunity to explore the collections of Center partners American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Preference is given to projects that make use of more than one Center partner collection. Unless otherwise noted, the fellowship deadline is January 6, 2014.


Learn more about fellowship awards and apply at


Christopher Barthel, PhD, Senior Manager for Academic and Public Programs

Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th St | New York, NY 10011 |


Graduate Fellowship for study of conversion in late antiquity at the University of Haifa and Ben-Gurion University

The Faculty of Humanities, the School of History, and the Department for Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa, in partnership with the Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters at Ben Gurion University of the Negev will grant fellowships to outstanding doctoral students who wish to focus their research on aspects of religious conversions of Christians and Jews in Late Antiquity and the Classical Islamic period.* · Fellowships will be granted to new students who begin their doctoral studies at the University of Haifa in 2014.
Fellowship recipients will be selected by an academic committee based on a statement of purpose and criteria of academic excellence.

The size of the fellowships will be 5,000 NIS per month to Israeli students, and 6,000 NIS to students from abroad, for a period of 3 years.

Fellowship recipients will be eligible to receive additional funds for travel expenses and office space at the University of Haifa.

Before applying, applicants must meet the academic admission terms of the University of Haifa, in accordance to the regulations of the Department for Middle Eastern History and the Graduate Studies Authority at the University at the time of application.

For further information, see

Applicants should demonstrate proficiency in the languages relevant to his/her research.

Dr. Uriel Simonsohn will serve as one of the student's advisors

Fellowship recipients will be expected to take part in the research and activities of the Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and take part in two 4-hour doctoral courses in the School of History.

Recipients undertake upon themselves to:

a.Complete their research within 3 years of beginning the fellowship, with a possibility of requesting a 1 year extension.
b. Not to seek employment in addition to their doctoral studies, excluding teaching of up to 2 hours per week for a period of 2 years only.
c. Seek official approval for any research hiatus for a period of 6 months or more. The university will not grant a hiatus for more than a year.

Students are asked to send their applications via email (in Word or PDF documents) and via regular mail. Applications will include:

1.An updated CV (no more than 2 pages long)
2.A list of publications (if applicable)
3.Statement of research purpose.
 4.Information regarding academic education, including transcripts (BA and MA studies).
5.2 reference letters from academic faculty of recognized academic institutions in Israel or abroad who know the candidate and his/her academic work. One of the references should be from the applicant's MA thesis advisor.

 Final date for submitting application: March 1, 2014. Application that arrive after this deadline, or that lack any of the necessary documents will not be considered.
*By the rules of financing, the National Science Foundation, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Awarding of the scholarship is contingent upon approval of administration and budgets each year

Inquiries and applications should be sent to:

Dr. Uriel Simonsohn

Department of Middle Eastern History
5 15th Floor Eshkol Tower
University of Haifa
199 Aba Khoushy Ave.
Mount Carmel,
Haifa 3498838Israel
Tel: 04-8240657