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




Professorship sparks expanded Jewish studies at CWRU

Source: Cleveland Jewish News, 5-3-12



“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