JBuzz News August 22, 2014: Colleges truncate programs in Israel, West Bank due to conflict

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Colleges truncate programs in Israel, West Bank due to conflict

Source: JTA, 8-22-14‎

Several colleges have pulled students out early from summer study-abroad programs in Israel and the West Bank due to the conflict between Israel and Hamas….READ MORE

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JBuzz News August 21, 2014: Jewish Student Assaulted at Temple University

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Jewish Student Assaulted at Temple University

Source: Jewish Exponent, 8-21-14

The school did, however, receive significant negative attention in June after an adjunct professor made inflammatory statements in an online forum about the Holocaust and Jewish influence in academia. A Temple University spokesman initially told a….READ MORE

JBuzz News August 21, 2014: NYU Calls Off Fall Study Programs In Israel Over Security Concerns

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NYU Calls Off Fall Study Programs In Israel Over Security Concerns

Source: CBS Local, 8-21-14

Other U.S. Colleges Pull Students From Area; Some Say Schools Overreacting….READ MORE

JBuzz Features August 20, 2014: The ‘Mainstreaming’ Of Jewish Studies

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The ‘Mainstreaming’ Of Jewish Studies

Source: The Jewish Week, 8-20-14

Houston – Administrators at Texas Christian University, an institution in Forth W orth affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination, needed some advice last year on starting a Jewish studies program, which is now in the planning stages….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 24, 2014: Former Senator Joe Lieberman To Take Professor Post At Yeshiva University

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Lieberman To Take Professor Post At YU

Source: The Jewish Week, 6-24-14‎

“We are thrilled to welcome Senator Lieberman, whose public life and values serve as a model for our students, especially those who aspire to careers in public service while embracing Orthodox Judaism,” said Dr. Selma Botman, university provost…READ MORE

JBuzz Features May 4, 2014: Who Gets to Define Jewish Studies?

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Who Gets to Define Jewish Studies?

Source: Chronicle of Higher Education, 5-4-14

While a great deal of Aaron Hughes’s “Jewish Studies Is Too Jewish” (The Chronicle Review, March 28) is spurious and objectionable, we will restrict our comments to his cheap shots at the Jewish Review of Books….READ MORE

JBuzz News April 14, 2014: Sylvia Barack Fishman earns national Jewish studies honor

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Fishman earns national Jewish studies honor

Source: Brandeis University, 4-14-14

Sylvia Barack Fishman, the chair of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department, the Joseph and Esther Foster Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life, and co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, is 2014 recipient of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry’s Marshall Sklare Award….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 Musings January 7, 2014: Historian Jonathan Sarna elected president of the Association for Jewish Studies

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Historian Jonathan Sarna elected president of the Association for Jewish Studies

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Brandeis University Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History Jonathan Sarna was elected President of the Association for Jewish Studies at their annual meeting this past December as was reported by Brandeis University on Monday, Jan…READ MORE

JBuzz News December 20, 2013: AAU, Jewish Studies Group Condemn American Studies Association’s Academic Boycott

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AAU, Jewish Studies Group Condemn Academic Boycotts

Inside Higher Ed , 12-20-13

Leaders of the Association of American Universities and the Association for Jewish Studies on Friday condemned academic boycotts — a topic in the news due to the vote by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli universities….READ MORE

JBuzz News December 17, 2013: Jewish Studies scholars rue ‘misguided’ boycott of Israeli academia

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Jewish Studies scholars rue ‘misguided’ boycott of Israeli academia

Source: Haaretz (blog), 12-17-13

As the American Studies Association endorsed a boycott of Israeli universities and academic institutions Monday, colleagues at the Association for Jewish Studies gathered in Boston for their annual conference where several called the boycott “misguided”…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 1, 2013: Rabbi Aaron Panken named the new president of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

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Aaron Panken, a pilot who will head Reform rabbinical school, eyes horizon

Source: JTA, 8-1-13

Rabbi Aaron Panken. (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)

Rabbi Aaron Panken. (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)

With this week’s announcement that Rabbi Aaron Panken will be the new president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the temple in suburban New York now has produced two major Reform leaders in two years. (The other is Rabbi Rick Jacobs, who two years ago ceded the pulpit of the Scarsdale synagogue to become president of the Union for Reform Judaism….READ MORE

JBuzz News July 14, 2013: Hillel taps Eric Fingerhut, former congressman, as CEO and president

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Hillel taps Eric Fingerhut, former congressman, as CEO and president

Source: JTA, 7-14-13

Eric Fingerhut, a former U.S. congressman and leader of Ohio’s system of public universities and colleges, has been tapped to serve as the next president and CEO of Hillel….READ MORE

JBuzz News May 29, 2013: Polish history professor Krzysztof Jasiewicz fired for blaming Jews for Holocaust

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Blaming Jews for Holocaust costs Polish prof his job

Source: JTA, 5-29-13

Polish historian Krzysztof Jasiewicz was dismissed from the Polish Academy of Sciences for laying some blame on the Jews for the outbreak of the Holocaust….READ MORE

JBuzz News May 21, 2013: Hebrew Union College: US Reform Jewish seminary reconsidering policy against intermarried students

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U.S. Reform Jewish seminary reconsidering policy against intermarried students

Movement already embraces intermarried couples; now may start ordaining rabbinic students who married outside the faith.

Source: Haaretz, 5-21-13

Should the Reform movement ordain intermarried rabbis? Hebrew Union College, which is the seminary of America’s largest Jewish denomination, is considering altering its current policy, which does not allow admission to its rabbinical, cantorial or education schools of applicants who are married to or partnered with non-Jews.

A growing chorus of voices — including newly-ordained and long-time Reform rabbis — says that changing it is the only way to be a truly inclusive movement. Other rabbis, including the HUC’s president, say that doing so would undermine their graduates’ ability to model ideals of Jewish commitment, a key part of a rabbi’s role….READ MORE 

JBuzz News May 21, 2013: Barbra Streisand to receive honorary PhD at Hebrew Universty in Jerusalem

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Barbra Streisand to receive honorary PHD in Jerusalem

Source: BBC News, 5-21-13

The award is in recognition for her human rights work and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people. Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew University, said they were “deeply proud” to honour her….READ MORE

JBuzz News May 6, 2013: Monitoring Professors Who Hate and Attack their Country

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Monitoring Professors Who Hate and Attack their Country

Source: The Jewish Press (blog), 5-6-13

These professors utilize their position as a means to prove the justness of their cause while the fact that they are Israeli adds a sense of legitimacy….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 April 9, 2013: Laurel Leff: How, and why, some Jewish scholars were left behind

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How, and why, some Jewish scholars were left behind

Source: News@Northeastern, 4-9-13

Northeastern Holocaust Commemoration

At the Northeastern Holocaust Commemoration, Bernard A. Stotsky Professor Laurel Leff (right) explained that American universities had one of the few lifelines to extend to refugees fleeing Europe to escape Nazi persecutions, but they didn’t do enough. Photos by Brooks Canaday.

During the 1930s and early 1940s, fac­ulty posi­tions offered by Amer­ican uni­ver­si­ties served as one of the few life­lines for hun­dreds of thou­sands of scholars trying to flee war-​​torn Europe to escape per­se­cu­tion. Yet far too often, the uni­ver­si­ties didn’t do enough to save these refugees and even offered chill­ingly dis­mis­sive rea­sons for not doing so, according to Laurel Leff, asso­ciate pro­fessor in the School of Jour­nalism and the Bernard A. Stotsky Pro­fessor of Jewish His­tor­ical and Cul­tural Studies at Northeastern….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 February 10, 2013: Alexander H. Joffe: BDS and the Jewish Studies Trap on Brooklyn College’s Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Event

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For more on the controversy over Brooklyn College’s Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Event see complete news coverage on Israel Advocacy 101

Alexander H. Joffe: BDS and the Jewish Studies Trap

Source: The Algemeiner, 2-8-13

The recent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) event at Brooklyn College featuring professional Palestinian Omar Barghouti and celebrity anti-Israel academic Judith Butler was true to form. A dual purpose was served. For one, students and staff were treated to calls for the destruction of Israel, conducted in a quasi-academic setting, with the implicit endorsement of the institution. Second, as always, trap was sprung on opponents of such campus abuses. Having successfully planned the event and represented it as an intellectual exploration of the one state solution, in which Israel is made extinct, the inevitable complaints regarding its one-sidedness and borderline antisemitism were met with the usual howls of censorship and demands for academic freedom. Politicians became involved on both sides. City Council members were opposed to the campus and tax dollars supporting an anti-Israel recruitment rally. Mayor Bloomberg then came out in favor, and with characteristic tact and insight, condemned the event’s content and scolded the presumably close-minded opponents, wittily telling them to apply to school in North Korea….READ MORE