Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fellowship Information Sessions: DAAD

DAAD Graduate Scholarships Information Session
Tuesday, October 10 
4:30 PM
4130 Posvar Hall 

DAAD Graduate Scholarships provide funding for graduate study or research in all fields in Germany. Not all fields require German language proficiency. U.S. citizenship is NOT required. Campus nomination deadline is October 24, 2017. Direct apply deadline is November 4, 2017.

DAAD Undergraduate Programs Information Session
Monday, October 30
5:00 PM
Cathedral of Learning 35th Floor

DAAD provides opportunities for undergraduates to go to Germany to study, perform summer research, learn the German language, and more. U.S. citizenship is NOT required. Deadlines run between December 1, 2017 and late-January 2018, depending on program.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

JS Brown-Bag Talk: "Isis's Writings on Jews and Judaism"

Younus Mirza (Allegheny College)
Monday April 3, 2017, 12 noon-1:30 pm; 602 CL (Humanities Center)
Jewish Studies Brown Bag Colloquium:
"ISIS's Writings on Jews and Judaism: Its Appropriation of Medieval Muslim Views"
Made possible by the Cardin Fund for Jewish Studies

Professor Mirza has shared his site with us so you can get a sense of his wide range of work in medieval and modern Muslim intellectual history and his work on intersections of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in the Middle Ages:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

West Chester U: MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, offers a Master of Arts and a graduate certificate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is currently accepting applications. This 10 course MA program features courses in history, philosophy, psychology, language arts, and other related subjects. Graduates of the program have gone on to work in academia, Holocaust education, public history, and human rights advocacy.

Applications are welcome from any undergraduate discipline. Applicants must possess, and provide evidence of, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education; must have a GPA of no less than 2.8; and must complete an online registration form complete with letters of recommendation. The application can be accessed at:

The program offers a limited number of scholarships, awarded to students based on academic criteria, including a part-time graduate assistantship and the Irene G. Shur Graduate Scholarship.

For more information about West Chester University’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Master of Arts program, please consult our website:

Or contact the director of the program: Dr. Jonathan C. Friedman
Professor of History Wayne Hall 425

West Chester University West Chester, PA 19383
Please make a note of Summer Institute, June 25-29 - "Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths"  - constituting a two-day conference (June 25-26) on the United States followed by three days of intensive break-outs. I hope you and your students will join us for this unusual and timely confab.
Master of Arts in
                                          Holocaust & Genocide
                                          Studies at Kean University

Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths Summer Institute
Kean University | June 25-29, 2017

Kean University's Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocides Studies Program invites scholars, practitioners and human rights advocates to a multi-day summer institute in June, titled Large-Scale Violence and Its Aftermaths.

Sunday-Monday, June 25-26
Conference to Explore Large-Scale Violence in the United States

Tuesday-Thursday, June 27-29
Working Groups to Examine Societies Around the World

Participants of the summer institute will explore tested and contested means of dealing with collective violence and atrocities against vulnerable communities, including crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. Non-state, civil-society alternatives that could secure and/or transform future societies will also be examined.

For more information or to register, visit Discounts are available for those attending both segments of the summer institute.​

Questions? Contact Dennis Klein, Ph.D., director of Kean's M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, at (908) 737-0256 or

Co-organized by Kean University's Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, and the Cardozo Law School’s Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, with support by Kean University​'s​ Human Rights Institute​, ​Jewish Studies​ Program and ​Office​ of Academic Affairs.​

Auschwitz Institute for
                                          Peace & Reconciliation at
                                          Kean University   Cardozo Law Institute for
                                          Holocaust & Human Rights
                                          at Kean University

Monday, February 13, 2017


Upcoming Events

3:00 pm


From Stonewall to the Supreme Court

3703 Posvar Hall
In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to guarantee same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry. While this landmark decision was a giant step forward in the fight for equal rights for LGBTQ Americans, there is still work to be done before members of the LGBTQ community are truly equal.
Join our interdisciplinary panel of experts to discuss the past achievements, current priorities, and future challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans and their allies.

4:00 pm


"Free Speech and Dissent in Today's Political Climate"

University Club, Ballroom A
Megan Block
 and Mike Healy, attorneys representing the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will discuss the set of guarantees protected by the First Amendment and how free speech goes hand-in-hand with engaged citizenship.
Pamela W. Connelly, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh, will provide introductory remarks.

2:30 pm


I'm Not Racist...Am I? Film Screening and Workshop

Film screening and Q & A, followed by an interactive workshop on cultural appropriation facilitated by the filmmakers.
University Club, Ballroom A
March 15, 2017
All events are free and open to the entire Pitt community.
The film is captioned and an ASL interpreter will be onsite for the Q & A and the workshop.
RSVP requested by March 8

Career Fair This Week

Spring 2017 Career Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 15, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math majors
Thursday, Feb. 16, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math majors
Friday, Feb. 17, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences majors
11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily in the William Pitt Union for Pitt students and alumni only. 

To view lists of employers by major areas, please click here:

Please direct any career fair-related questions to

More Fellowships and Jobs

Nahum Goldmann Fellowship sponsored by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Citi Year Corps:

City Year, a national non-profit organization, is seeking to hire leaders from around the country to help keep students in school and on track to graduate.
As a City Year corps member, you would commit 11 months of service working side-by-side with fellow corps members to provide individual attention to students who can achieve even more with your help. By focusing their work in 3rd-9th grade, City Year provides a continuum of care so students who need help receive multiple, consecutive years of interventions and support. The upcoming application deadline is February 15th! Apply now to solidify your plans for next year by March 15th!

Contact Dawn Lastowka, Senior Regional Recruitment Manager at or 267.540.3296 for more info. 

Program Coordinator – PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) – Pittsburgh, PA
PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) seeks a high-energy individual able to coordinate PULSE program and help develop a small-sized nonprofit organization as it grows. This position is a unique opportunity to play a vital role in a dynamic, vibrant non-profit with a track record of success, proven impact model, strong mission, staff and board.
PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. PULSE invites talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. Over the last twenty-two years, PULSE has invited about 250 young adults to partner with over 125 nonprofits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents. To learn more about PULSE, visit us at
Position Summary: The Program Coordinator reports to the Executive Director of PULSE and is responsible for the organization’s consistent, high-quality execution of its program, with specific attention to mobilizing PULSE fellows into action in the community.
The Program Coordinator coordinates all aspects of the PULSE program with participants, including creating activities that both develop the fellow and serve the community. In addition, the Program Coordinator will coordinate all aspects of its outreach to alumni.
Job Responsibilities
Below is an overview of responsibilities and duties for this position:
1. Work with the other Program Coordinator in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the PULSE program.
2. Develop and implement a system to evaluate the skill, experience, personal and professional development needs of PULSE participants in the cohort.
3. Orient participants to the purposes, objectives, aims and expectations of the PULSE program.
4. Administer a personal and professional development program to address PULSE participant experience, skill gaps, knowledge, etc. through a wide variety of vehicles (weekly seminars, bi-annual retreats, one-on-one meetings, and other personal and professional development opportunities for cohort).
5. Provide counsel, mentoring, and evaluation for participants through occasional meetings.
6. Address participant questions, issues and challenges particularly related to house dynamics, maintenance and overall experience.
7. Establish consistent, objective program performance standards of accountability with other Program Coordinator.
8. Instill a sense of pride, organizational ownership, a sense of accountability among PULSE participants with one another as a cohort collectively pursues PULSE’s core purpose and lives out its core values.
1. Create and implement an annual outreach plan with PULSE fellows in the cohort and
2. Organize and participate in community outreach activities to educate the broader community
about PULSE, our activities and projects.
3. Establish and maintain personal and professional relationships with neighborhood nonprofit
partners, organizations, block groups and local residents.
4. Identify, evaluate and prioritize potential partnership opportunities and collaborate on a
coordinated neighborhood engagement with the PULSE fellows.
5. Develop coordinated neighborhood engagement in the neighborhood utilizing PULSE properties
for increased partnership and collaboration.
6. Facilitate additional PULSE projects and initiatives through PULSE fellows and community
members like the Kincaid St. Garden, Alley Bike Co-op, Little Free Library, and Stanton Patio.
1. Identify, recruit, solicit alumni to be a part of an Alumni Council network that focuses on
developing deeper relationships between PULSE and alumni through volunteering, mentoring,
giving, events, activities, etc.
2. Manage the process by which alumni accomplishments are identified, tracked and recognized;
summarize the information about alumni and their outcomes in a consistent, accessible format.
3. Meet with alumni with the purpose of keeping them engaged with PULSE.
4. Assist with annual fund solicitations and young alumni reunion gatherings.
Position Requirements
 Bachelor’s degree
 2-5 years of experience in program development, project management, staff development,
community development
 Ability to inspire, train, manage and lead young adults
 Ability to communicate with a variety of constituent groups
 Ability to work independently
 Ability to multitask
 Negotiation and sales skills
 Willingness to leverage personal and professional networks
 Flexible schedule, including the ability to work some evenings and weekends and handle
Required Qualifications
 Passion and commitment to the mission and values of PULSE
 Ability to promote the PULSE program effectively and build relationships
 Strong commitment to the organization’s success
 Detail oriented and strong organizational skills
 Self-motivated
 Good spokesperson and representative of the PULSE program
Interested individuals should send cover letter and resume to by February 27, 2017 at 5:00pm. PULSE is an equal opportunity employer


Monday, February 6, 2017

Fellowship/Job Opportunities Roundup

Repair the World:

Newberry Library, Chicago:

Community Organizing/Social Justice:  Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice
A community organizer with The Direct Action & Research Training Center (DART) will be on campus Wednesday, February 22 at 5:30 pm in WPU 310 to discuss careers in community organizing with individuals interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice.
DART hires and trains organizers to build organizations that have successfully addressed issues including:
* Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lending practices
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Education reform in low-performing public schools
* Fighting for immigrants' rights

Full-time positions start August 14, 2017 in Richmond, VA, Louisville, KY, Topeka, KS, Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and St. Petersburg, FL.
Starting salary $34,000/year + benefits.
Although it may be helpful, no prior organizing experience is necessary. Fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.
To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit Still have questions? Contact Hannah Wittmer at or 202-841-0353.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Statement on President Trump's Executive Order on Refugees and Immigration

February 1, 2017

As past and present members of the faculty of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh, we protest the executive order issued by President Trump denying entry into the United States for the next 90 days to citizens of seven Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

As scholars of Jewish history and culture we are well aware of the denial of entry into the United States to Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler, and are outraged that fellow human beings, refugees from Syria who are fleeing war and death, are not being welcomed here. The offense to the lessons of history is intensified by the fact that President Trump signed these executive orders on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. We are shocked by proposals of a future religious test for entry into the United States.
As the Chancellor of our University recently stated, “Our country was founded by individuals escaping from persecution based on their religion. Our government was founded on a belief that ‘all men are created equal.’ We are a nation of immigrants whose history was enriched by the waves of immigrants crossing onto our shores. Similarly, the University of Pittsburgh is built on a foundation of values that rejects discrimination and embraces diversity as essential to the tasks of education and discovery. Our University's remarkable success story has been written by individuals who came from all over the world—by men and women who shared all types of religious beliefs. They came to Pittsburgh to learn, to teach, to discover, and to serve. Without question, we are a better university because of them.”
This executive order and some of the additional proposals to severely restrict the movement of people on the basis of religion and national origin threaten not only human decency but the scholarly enterprise itself. Such actions make research and collaboration abroad more difficult and impede collaboration with academic researchers in other countries.

Along with colleagues around the country we demand that the United States government end this outrageous, misguided, and potentially unconstitutional policy immediately.
Adam Shear (Director, Jewish Studies Program)
Jeffrey Aziz
Brock Bahler
Laurie Cohen
Amy-Diana Colin
Seymour Drescher (emeritus)
Haya Feig
Lucy Fischer
Benjamin Gordon
Laura Gotkowitz
Lina Insana
Hannah Johnson
Rachel Kranson
Irina Livezeanu
Clark Muenzer 
Alexander Orbach (emeritus)
Irina Reyn

Friday, January 13, 2017

Halpern Award Information 2017: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15!



APPLICATIONS DUE:                         now:           FEBRUARY 15, 2017
FOR ACTIVITY:                                               MAY 1, 2017-APRIL 30, 2018

Undergraduate OR Graduate students in the Dietrich School are invited to apply for up to $1000 for:
  • 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.

Halpern Awards may be held in conjunction with other University and external funding in cases where the project costs exceed $1000.  Students applying for support abroad for summer projects are strongly encouraged to also apply for the relevant Nationality Room scholarships.

The following application materials must be received by 4 pm, Wednesday February 1, 2017
IN HARD COPY to the Jewish Studies office, 2604 CL OR as a single PDF file to
  • a cover sheet with the following information: the student’s name, Peoplesoft number, 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 studies;
  • a detailed budget of all anticipated expenses related to the proposed activities, including a list of other aid applied for and whether that aid has been granted or is pending, and a statement of the amount (up to $1000) requested from the Halpern Fund
  • the student’s academic advisement transcript

·         a letter of recommendation from a Pitt faculty member familiar with the student’s academic work and the proposed project should be e-mailed OR sent in hard copy.

Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the Dietrich School is eligible. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in at least one Jewish studies class (including Hebrew language) at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director to discuss their ideas prior to applying.  For any questions about the award, please contact:  Adam Shear, Director, Jewish Studies,

Masters program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts at The George Washington University

The Masters program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts at The George Washington University offers up to 85% of funding if applicants apply by February 1. 

Please forward this information to Jewish/Holocaust Studies alumni and current professors to share with their students. 

This 13-month Masters program prepares graduates for professional careers in Jewish museums, JCCs, college campus organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings. 

Students conduct field placements in D.C. at the following institutions:
  • United States Holocaust Museum
  • Hillel International
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Smithsonian
In addition, students are funded to complete a Summer Capstone Fellowship outside D.C. or internationally ( i.e. POLIN Museum, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, The Yiddish Book Center, and museums in Israel). 

I am happy to answer any questions. 

Thank you,

Ilana Weltman, M.Ed., M.A.
Project Director, Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University

(202) 994-6281 (office)