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

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JBuzz News January 27, 2013: Yad Vashem marks worldwide commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Yad Vashem marks worldwide commemoration

Source: Jerusalem Post, 1-27-13

“Gathering the Fragments” brings in collection of personal items at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem….READ MORE

JBuzz News January 25, 2013: Université de Montréal: New course studies Quebec Jews

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New UdeM course studies Quebec Jews

Source: Canadian Jewish News (blog), 1-25-13

A small group of Université de Montréal (UdeM) students from disciplines as diverse as political science, anthropology and education began studies Jan. 22 on a subject of common interest: the Jews of Quebec….READ MORE

JBuzz News January 20, 2013: Deborah Dash Moore: History of Jewish New York takes 2012 National Jewish Book Awards honors

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History of Jewish New York takes 2012 National Jewish Book Awards honors

Source: JTA, 1-20-13

A history of New York Jewry took Jewish book of the year honors in the 2012 National Jewish Book Awards.

The three-volume “City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York,” published by the New York University Press and edited by Deborah Dash Moore, won the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year award, the Jewish Book Council announced Jan. 15….READ MORE

JBuzz News January 17, 2013: Jeffrey Shoulson: Judaic Studies Expert Joins University of Connecticut Faculty

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Judaic Studies Expert Jeffrey Shoulson Joins UConn Faculty

Source: UConn Advance (blog), 1-17-13

That ambition is part of the overall approach to Judaic Studies at UConn, which grew last year not only with Shoulson’s appointment, but with the arrival of Professor Susan Einbinder from Hebrew Union College as well, joining Professor Stuart Miller…READ MORE