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

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JBuzz News July 29, 2012: Israeli summer camps venture into Jewish identity building

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Israeli summer camps venture into Jewish identity building

Source: JTA, 7-29-12

Noting the success of American camps, some Israelis educators are trying to adapt the concept to fit their youth when it comes to informal Jewish education and identity building….READ MORE»

JBuzz News July 19, 2012: Orthodox Union (OU) & Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) Create New Tuition Affordability Center for Jewish Day Schools

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OU, PEJE create new tuition affordability center

Source: JTA, 7-19-12

Two Jewish organizations have established a new center to collect and analyze tuition affordability programs for Jewish day schools.

The Jewish Day School Affordability Knowledge Center is part of a first-ever partnership between the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education and the Orthodox Union. The center will be devoted to researching, analyzing and circulating knowledge and practices about existing tuition affordability programs in order to help day schools figure out which programs are best suited for them….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 18, 2012: Michael Brenner: Is Brit Ban The Gravest Threat to European Jews Since 1945?

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Is this the gravest threat to European Jews since 1945?

Source: Salon (blog), 7-18-12

For Michael Brenner, a professor of Jewish history and culture at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and himself the son of two Holocaust survivors, the decision is déja-vu all over again….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 18, 2012: Taking to the battlefields with Jewish Civil War reenactors

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Taking to the battlefields with Jewish Civil War reenactors

Source: JTA, 7-18-12

The Jewish presence is felt as Civil War reenactors commemorate 150 years since some of the conflict’s major battles….READ MORE»

JBuzz News July 17, 2012: Iraq Rejects Offer for Return of Half of Jewish Archives

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Iraq rejects offer for half of Jewish Archives

Source: JTA, 7-17-12

Iraq has rejected a U.S. offer to receive half of the country’s Jewish Archives, which were removed from Iraq in 2003 following the U.S. launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom….READ MORE

JBuzz Reviews July 17, 2012: Bruce Kesler Reviews Edward Alexander: Historian Traces Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Present

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Historian traces anti-Semitism from antiquity to the present

Source: San Diego Jewish News, 7-17-12

Review of Edward Alexander’s The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal

Edward Alexander’s latest book, The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal, would better have been titled “The State of the Anti-Jews.” Edward Alexander is a professor emeritus of English as well as one of the better informed writers on matters Jewish, who brings this broad knowledge to a series of “critical appraisals” (using Matthew Arnold’s definition of “criticism”: “to see the object as in itself it really is”) that weave the continuity of anti-Jewish ignorance, indecency, inhumanity, cowardice, and illusion from the paragon of liberty, John Stuart Mill, to today’s Boycott, Divest, Sanction activists….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 16, 2012: In 1930s, Blacks told Jews: ‘We Shall Overcome’

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In 1930s, blacks told Jews: ‘We shall overcome’

Source: Haaretz, 7-16-12

The civil rights pin belonging to Joyce Ladner, a black student who studied under a Jewish professor in exile during World War II….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 15, 2012: Devin Naar: Rushing to Preserve Ladino Legacies with First Digitized Library

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Rushing to preserve Ladino legacies

Source: JTA, 7-15, 12

Devin Naar, a University of Washington assistant professor in Jewish studies, is creating the first digitized library of Ladino source materials….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 15, 2012: Nancy Petrey: Former Columbian Explores Church’s Jewish Roots

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Former Columbian explores church’s Jewish roots

Source: The Commercial Dispatch, 7-15-12

“Jewish Roots Journey: Memoirs of a Mizpah” is a chronicle of Nancy Petrey’s exploration of the Jewish roots of the church, and the deeper understanding she came to of scripture, church history and the history of modern Israel through intensive study….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 13, 2012: Matthew Grey: BYU Professor, Grad Help Discover Rare Mosaic in Ancient Jewish Synagogue

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BYU professor, grad help discover rare mosaic in ancient Jewish synagogue

Source: Phys.Org, 7-13-12

In late June, archaeologists discovered a rare mosaic floor in a synagogue in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq, near the Sea of Galilee.  The discovery has garnered national headlines and been described by experts as a ‘stunning’ find, given the quality of the artwork and how rare the mosaic would have been at the time. BYU professor Matthew Grey and recent BYU graduate Bryan Bozung were part of the archaeological team that unearthed the mosaic. In fact, Bozung, now a grad student at Yale, made the initial discovery.  “Discovering a mosaic like this is one of the most exciting moments in an archaeologist’s career,” Grey said. “Uncovering a piece of art that no one has seen for 1500 years is an incredible experience.”…READ MORE

JBuzz News July 9, 2012: Helene Sinnreich: Jewish Council Seeks Holocaust survivors in Mahoning Valley

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Jewish council seeks Holocaust survivors in Mahoning Valley

Helene Sinnreich, director of the Youngstown State University Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, is working on the project and is seeking the help of members of the Jewish Community to share their history with her and her research assistant…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