JBuzz News December 19, 2012: Jewish Publication Society & University of Nebraska Press: A Jewish Publisher and a University Press Make Their Marriage Work

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A Jewish Publisher and a University Press Make Their Marriage Work

Source: Publishers Weekly, 12-19-12

Few Jews know it, but the Torah translation they crack open after they slide into the pews of their synagogue or temple was published by the nation’s oldest nonprofit Jewish press: the Jewish Publication Society (JPS).Neither do they know that JPS nearly shuttered last year, but has found new life through a collaborative relationship with the University of Nebraska Press.

That partnership has allowed JPS to continue its mission of delivering classical Jewish texts into the hands of scholars, students, and ordinary synagogue-goers…..READ MORE

JBuzz News December 18, 2012: Dead Sea Scrolls available in online library

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Dead Sea Scrolls available in online library

Source: JTA, 12-18-12

The Dead Sea Scrolls are now available online….READ MORE

JBuzz News December 12, 2012: Benjamin Nathans: University of Pennsylvania professor helps bring new Jewish Museum to Russia

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Penn professor helps bring new Jewish Museum to Russia

Source: Penn Current, 12-13-12

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View of Migrations and Shtetl Studios at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Russia. The museum opened in Moscow last month.

A new $50 million museum chronicling the richness and complexity of Jewish life and culture in Russia—the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center—opened in Moscow last month, and Penn’s Benjamin Nathans, the Ronald S. Lauder Endowed Term Associate Professor of History in the School of Arts & Sciences, played a key role in creating the state-of-the-art institution.

An expert on Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and modern European Jewish history, Nathans chaired the international academic advisory committee that designed the content for the 40,000-square-foot museum, and brought scholars from Russia, Israel, and the United States on board to compose the various exhibitions….READ MORE

JBuzz News December 12, 2012: Bar-Ilan University student kicked out of class for not wearing kippa

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Bar-Ilan student kicked out of class for not wearing yarmulke

Source: JTA, 12-12-12

A Bar-Ilan University Talmud professor kicked a male student out of his class for not wearing a yarmulke.

The incident reportedly occurred last week and later came to light on the Bar-Ilan Facebook page. A complaint posted on the page over the weekend by a classmate and the stream of comments following it were removed on Tuesday but then circulated by screenshot….READ MORE

JBuzz News December 11, 2012: Christoph Dieckmann: British professor awarded Yad Vashem book prize

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British professor awarded Yad Vashem book prize

Source: JTA, 12-11-12

A British university professor was awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research.

Christoph Dieckmann of Keele University was recognized for his two-volume book “German Occupation Policy in Lithuania 1941-1944.”

The Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research, in memory of Holocaust survivor Abraham Meir Schwarzbaum and his family members murdered in the Holocaust, is awarded for path-breaking scholarly research on the Holocaust….READ MORE

JBuzz News December 6, 2012: Rabbi Elijah Schochet: Humility vs. humiliation

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Humility vs. humiliation

Source: The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A., 12-6-12

“Humility is a quality that Judaism emphasizes to an extraordinary degree,” said Schochet, a professor of Talmud at the Academy of Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA), speaking during the panel discussion “Humility and Humiliation,” at AJRCA on Nov. 26….READ MORE

JBuzz News December 3, 2012: Gennady Estraikh: St. Petersburg: Then and Now

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St. Petersburg: Then and Now

Source: Lubavitch.com, 12-3-12

According to Professor Gennady Estraikh, the Rauch Associate Professor of Yiddish Studies at New York University, the influx of Jews, however small in number, would be crucial in forming a uniquely Russian Jewish identity….READ MORE

JBuzz News December 3, 2012: Baruch Halpern: Renowned scholar joins University of Georgia as Covenant Foundation Professor of Jewish Studies

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Renowned scholar Baruch Halpern joins UGA as Covenant Foundation Professor of Jewish Studies

Source: Online Athens, 12-3-12

An internationally recognized scholar whose work combines ancient history, archeology and religious studies has joined the University of Georgia as the inaugural holder of the Covenant Foundation Professor of Jewish Studies….READ MORE