JBuzz News February 26, 2014: So What is Post Holocaust American Judaism?

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So What is Post Holocaust American Judaism?

Source: Boulder Jewish News, 2-26-14

The Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder together with the Department of Religious Studies and Naropa University are beginning a series of events that will examine Post Holocaust American Judaism, which is quickly becoming….READ MORE

JBuzz News February 20, 2014: Jewish Studies Chair Announced at UC Riverside

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Jewish Studies Chair Announced at UC Riverside

Source: UC Riverside, 2-20-14

“For nearly a decade the campus has worked toward the creation of an endowed chair in Jewish studies,” said Stephen Cullenberg, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Studies….READ MORE

JBuzz News February 13, 2014: Jennifer Hoyer: Professor Recognized for Work Establishing Jewish Studies Program

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Professor Recognized for Work Establishing Jewish Studies Program

Source: The Arkanas Traveller, 2-13-14

A UA German professor was recognized by the Jewish Federation of Arkansas for outstanding contributions to the Jewish community. Jennifer Hoyer, an associate German professor and acting head of the UA German department, received the Jane B. Mendel….READ MORE

 

JBuzz News February 7, 2014: Greece’s Aristotle University of Thessaloniki reopens Jewish studies department

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Greek University reopens Jewish studies

Source: Jewish Telegraphic Agency, 2-7-14

“The establishment of a chair of Jewish Studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has a special significance in a city whose history is directly linked to Jewish culture,” the university said in a statement….READ MORE

JBuzz News December 3, 2013: Potsdam becomes nucleus of Jewish studies in Germany

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Potsdam becomes nucleus of Jewish studies in Germany

Source: Religion News Service, 12-3-13

Phoenix native Maximilian Feldhake decided to study to become a rabbi at the newly founded School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam….READ MORE

JBuzz News August 22, 2013: Large grant for Jewish studies institute at University of California Berkley

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Large grant for Jewish studies institute at Cal

Source: Jweekly.com, 8-22-13

The Jim Joseph Foundation announced this week that it will award up to $1.2 million over five years to the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society. The BIJLILES, as it is known, is a 2-year-old interdisciplinary program….READ MORE

JBuzz News April 15, 2013: Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University marks 40th anniversary

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Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University marks 40th anniversary

Source: Indiana University, 4-15-13

A special concert featuring world-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler and Friends will highlight the 40th anniversary celebration of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University Bloomington….READ MORE

JBuzz News April 11, 2013: University of California Berkeley: Filling an ‘appetite for Jewish learning’

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Filling an ‘appetite for Jewish learning’

Source: JWeekly, 4-11-13

U.C. Berkeley has a large Jewish student body, and no lack of Jewish faculty members. But the university offers no undergraduate major in Jewish studies, an indication of the limited opportunities for advanced study and research in the field. While other high-level ethnic studies programs have flourished at the school — students can major in Asian American studies, Native American studies or Chicano/Latino studies, for example — the field of Jewish studies has lagged behind.

U.C. Berkeley now has a growing number of Jewish studies courses.

U.C. Berkeley now has a growing number of Jewish studies courses.

That changed two years ago with the founding of the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society — an interdisciplinary institute created to expand offerings and elevate the level of Jewish and Israeli studies on campus….READ MORE

JBuzz News March 1, 2013: Jill Fields: New Jewish Studies Certificate Program Established at California State University, Fresno Explores History, Culture, Religion

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Jewish studies explores history, culture, religion

Source: Collegian CSU Fresno, 3-1-13

Professor Jill Fields cherishes the rich roots of her Jewish culture. She wants students to have the opportunity to learn about it as well.

The Torah is the book central to the doctrine of the Jewish faith. Fresno State’s Jewish Studies Certificate program introduces students to such facets of Jewish history and culture. McClatchy-Tribune

The Torah is the book central to the doctrine of the Jewish faith. Fresno State’s Jewish Studies Certificate program introduces students to such facets of Jewish history and culture.
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With that wish comes the fulfillment of her goal – starting the Jewish Studies Certificate Program.

“This program is developed to provide students with opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Jewish people in the United States and around the world,” Fields said….READ MORE

JBuzz News January 29, 2013: University of Miami Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies Receives $1 Million Gift

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UM Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies Receives $1 Million Gift

Source: EON: Enhanced Online News (press release), 1-29-13

George Feldenkreis, member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees and prominent businessman, has given $1 million to the UM Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies. This significant contribution builds on his previous $2 million of support, which established the George Feldenkreis Judaic Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

“My hope is that this additional gift will allow the Miller Center and the George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies to continue to impart the wisdom and richness of Jewish culture and history and Jewish experiences through the ages”

The Feldenkreis Judaic Studies Program is a broad, flexible, interdisciplinary program designed for undergraduates to gain an understanding of Jewish civilization and its diverse cultural experiences. The program, which is non-theological in orientation, is an academic exploration of the multi-faceted, socio-historical, 4,000-year record of the Jewish people. Courses highlight the variety of cultural, political, social, and religious experiences of Jews in different times and places, providing a strong foundation for advanced academic study, professional careers in a variety of fields, and a more complex and rich understanding of the world…..READ MORE

JBuzz News October 28, 2012: For growing number of Polish gentiles, Jewish culture seen as part of their own heritage

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For growing number of Polish gentiles, Jewish culture seen as part of their own heritage

Source: JTA, 10-28-12

Marek Tuszewicki is doing doctoral work at the Institute of Jewish Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, teaches Yiddish at the Krakow JCC, and leads a club that brings together those who like to sing Chasidic songs and read Yiddish literature.

He also co-founded a Jewish literature and art quarterly called Cwiszn and publishes articles and poems in Yiddish.

There’s just one thing: Tuszewicki is not himself Jewish….READ MORE

JBuzz News October 23, 2012: Where Jewish Studies Captivates Non-Jews

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Where Jewish Studies Captivates Non-Jews

Source: The Jewish Week, 10-23-12

At City College, which is in Harlem, she’s hardly unusual: the Jewish studies program includes students from Bangladesh, Egypt, El Salvador, South Korea, Slovakia, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Trinidad and Thailand, as well as the Bronx, Harlem and Queens….READ MORE

JBuzz News October 22, 2012: Jewish studies not just for Jews

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Jewish studies not just for Jews

In order for the academic pursuit of Jewish studies to continue, it must appeal to a broader audience outside the Jewish community, said Judith Baskin, a Jewish scholar, author and professor….READ MORE

JBuzz News September 10, 2012: Michael Rosenzweig: Former Jewish History museum leader gets new job at Pardes Institute

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Former Jewish History museum leader gets new job

Source: Bizjournals.com (blog), 9-10-12

The former head of the National Museum of American Jewish History has a new post in Israel. Michael Rosenzweig will be president and CEO of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, he announced in a press release Sunday….READ MORE

JBuzz News August 15, 2012: Jewish studies flourish in China

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Jewish studies flourish in China

Source: The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A., 8-15-12

Yes, there is a burgeoning Jewish studies presence in the most populous country in the world. The most established program in the country is based at Nanjing University, and it is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 31, 2012: Paul Socken: Jewish studies at Waterloo receives unexpected gift

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Jewish studies at Waterloo receives unexpected gift

Source: Canadian Jewish News (blog), 7-31-12

The late Bette Hagey, “a real stalwart of the United Church” who died in 2009, left part of her estate to Waterloo’s Jewish studies program, said Waterloo professor emeritus Paul Socken. Socken, who founded the Jewish studies program and continues….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 18, 2012: Golda Och Academy Adds Choice to Revamped Judaic Studies Department

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Golda Och adds choice to Judaic studies dept.

Day school revamps curriculum to reflect trend for flexibility

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Flora Yavelberg, Judaic studies chair at Golda Och Academy, said the day school’s new curriculum aims to increase the flexibility while maintaining rigorous text study.

A core curriculum, two Judaic studies courses per semester, a competency exam, and an independent senior project: It sounds like a college admissions pitch.

But for high school students at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, a beneficiary agency of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, it’s a brand-new program set to begin in the fall. In a total revamping of the day school’s Judaic studies curriculum, students will be able to take more electives in Tanach (Bible) and Jewish thought and tradition after taking core courses during their freshman year (see sidebar).

School administrators say the revised curriculum has been developed solely for GOA by faculty and administrators, but also with various outside influences….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 8, 2012: Muhlenberg College to Start Offering Jewish Studies Major

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Muhlenberg College to start offering Jewish studies major

Source: The Express Times – LehighValleyLive.com, 7-8-12

The college’s first new major in six years, Jewish studies will be introduced in September 2013 due to the success of the school’s minor program….READ MORE

JBuzz Features June 20, 2012: Jewish Studies Programs in China: Ancient Jewish proverb says…

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What is the latest academic rage in China? Science? Medicine? Computers? How about Jewish Studies? A Center for Jewish Studies recently opened in China offering degrees up to the PhD level and there are already over 200 students. Although there has been a Jewish community in China for centuries with a very complicated history, we don’t tend to think of China as being a place in which Judaism would be a topic of study. All the more surprising that the Jewish program is well funded and growing rapidly….READ MORE

JBuzz Features June 19, 2012: Yeshiva University Students Pursue Unorthodox Studies

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YU students pursue unorthodox studies

If Yeshiva University is “the flagship institution of Modern Orthodoxy,” as it is often called, then Mechon Hadar is the flagship institution of the traditional egalitarian set, a not-quite-movement made up mostly of independent minyanim concentrated in a few major cities. To most students at Y.U., Hadar—which runs America’s only full-time egalitarian yeshiva—would appear to be obviously out of bounds, but a few supplement their Y.U. education with the more liberal, mixed-gender learning available at Hadar…..READ MORE

JBuzz News June 15, 2012: University of Arizona Gets Graduate Certificate Program in Judaic studies

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UA gets graduate certificate program in Judaic studies

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona recently launched a stand-alone graduate certificate program….READ MORE

JBuzz News, May 10, 2012: University of Colorado Boulder Jewish Studies Program Grants First Degrees

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CU Jewish Studies Program Grants First Degrees

Source: Boulder Jewish News, 5-10-12
If you will it, it is no dream.”  Theodore Herzl

Professor David Shneer, Director and Jamie Polliard, Assistant Director.

Professor David Shneer, Director of the Program in Jewish Studies, invoked Herzl’s famous quote as he presided over the Program’s inaugural degree granting ceremony in the Board Room of Old Main on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus today.

He recounted the four-year journey of the program from certificate to major, and thanked everyone who had made it possible, from the students to the faculty to the family and community that supported him and the program over the years….READ MORE

JBuzz News May 3, 2012: Jay H. Geller: Professorship sparks expanded Jewish studies at Case Western Reserve University

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Professorship sparks expanded Jewish studies at CWRU

Source: Cleveland Jewish News, 5-3-12

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“As the Jewish studies program grows, it will become a magnet for Jewish students interested in Jewish studies.” Jay H. Geller, CWRU professor

For Case Western Reserve University professor Jay H. Geller, a passion for history was cultivated as a young child in Houston.

His maternal great-grandfather was a cantor who immigrated to the United States in 1910, Geller had been told, and his paternal great-great-grandfather was a rabbi and Talmudic scholar who arrived in the United States in 1892. Both settled in Galveston, Texas. As he was growing up, Geller remembers hearing fascinating stories of their voyages and adventures. While enjoying the folklore, he initially aimed to reconstruct the details surrounding his own ancestry. His interest in delving into the past eventually expanded to world history, particularly German Jewish history.

In January 2011, Geller became the first Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies within the history department at Cleveland’s CWRU. The appointment followed the repurposing of funds from the Samuel Rosenthal Center of Judaic Studies to a professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences. Peter J. Haas, the Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the religious studies department, was on the search team….READ MORE

JBuzz News April 15, 2012: Germany’s Federal government to fund new centre for Jewish studies in Berlin

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Germany’s Federal government to fund new centre for Jewish studies in Berlin

Source: University World News, 4-15-12

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research, or BMBF, is to provide funding for a new Jewish studies centre in Berlin. Several institutions in the Berlin area are supporting the centre, which was launched last autumn.

The BMBF will be supporting Berlin’s three largest institutions – Humboldt University, Free University and the Technical University – as well as the University of Potsdam, Abraham Geiger College and the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European-Jewish Studies with a total of €6.9 million (US$9 million) over an initial period of five years to establish the Berlin-Brandenburg Centre for Jewish Studies.

“The centre is going to have an impact way beyond Germany,” Education Minister Annette Schavan said. “It follows the great tradition of Jewish scholarship in Berlin.”

The centre is meant to link up and concentrate academic activities in the field of Jewish studies. Also, via visiting professorships and fellowships, it is to boost international exchange with scholars, in particular from the US, Israel, the UK, France and the Commonwealth of Independent States countries. In addition, research posts are to be created for junior scholars.

The centre can count on a suitable environment for interdisciplinary activities.

History and civilisation studies approaches are featured at Humboldt University, while Free University Berlin has a Jewish studies bachelor programme and also runs a masters in conjunction with Berlin’s Touro College, a Jewish-sponsored independent institution of higher and professional education.

Bachelor and masters courses in Jewish studies at the University of Potsdam, just outside Berlin in Brandenburg, focus on religion, history and literature.

Technical University Berlin has a Centre for Research on Antisemitism, which was founded in 1982 to examine not only antisemitism but also, at a more general level, xenophobia and racism.

The Moses Mendelssohn Centre, meanwhile, conducts historical and philosophical surveys and research in literature, religion and the social sciences. Finally, Abraham Geiger College is a rabbinic seminary that was founded at the University of Potsdam in 1999.

The centre is in line with recommendations on theology and religion-related disciplines issued by the Science Council, Germany’s chief advisory body on research policy.

“What is particularly promising is cooperation between non-denominational scholars, for example from civilisation studies and social sciences, with denominationally bound colleagues at the Abraham Geiger College,” Schavan said.

JBuzz News April 3, 2012: Elon University: New Jewish studies minor unites courses into comprehensive study of culture

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Elon University: New Jewish studies minor unites courses into comprehensive study of culture

Source: Elon Pendulum, 4-3-12

It was during his first semester on campus that sophomore Mason Sklut discovered his interest in Jewish history and culture. Now, with the addition of a new program in Jewish studies, Sklut will graduate with a minor in the topic he loves.

Professor Geoffrey Claussen has been instrumental in the creation of the Jewish Studies Program. File photo by Julia Sayers.

“My first semester, I took Jewish Traditions with Michael Pregill, where I learned about how Judaism has become what it is today,” Sklut said. “Going back thousands of years in this class and discovering the ancient roots of my religion was an incredible experience for me.”

Sklut has taken multiple additional courses about Judaism and said he is fascinated with the diversity of the religion. The new program offers students an interdisciplinary minor tracing the culture and history of the religion.

“In many courses, it’s seeing how the community, generally throughout history, functioning as a minority group, related to other surrounding communities,” said Geoffrey Claussen, assistant professor of religious studies. “Being able to trace the very diverse experiences of the community through very different times and places is what the minor seeks to encourage.”

Claussen, who arrived at the university in the fall and has been instrumental in the formation of the program, said it seeks to unite a range of courses — including religious studies, foreign language, philosophy and sociology, among others — to illustrate the complexity and diversity of the Jewish communities.

Students interested in obtaining the minor must complete 20 credit hours, four in Jewish Traditions and the others from a selection of more than 35 course offerings.

Claussen said he has already spoken to some students who have fulfilled some of the requirements for the minor.

It is important for all students at Elon to have the opportunity to be exposed to religious diversity, and to explore further into traditions that they may be unfamiliar with.
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“Some students have had in mind over the last year that this was probably coming up, and they have planned ahead to some degree,” he said. “Or, just because of their own academic interests, some students have ended up taking many of the required courses.”

Junior Diana Abrahams will have completed all 20 credits by the end of the spring based on courses she was already enrolled in. Abrahams, who is Jewish, said she enjoys engaging in conversation about her religion.

“It is important for all students at Elon to have the opportunity to be exposed to religious diversity, and to explore further into traditions that they may be unfamiliar with,” she said.

Academic interest in Jewish studies has increased in North America in recent years, Claussen said, and the creation of such a program at Elon is beneficial to the university.

“Jewish families considering Elon have asked in recent years about whether there will be a Jewish studies program, and this program helps to make Elon attractive to that whole group of students,” Claussen said. “And this includes students who may not necessarily choose to minor in Jewish studies, but who want to know that the college supports taking the Jewish experience seriously as part of the liberal arts education.”

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