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

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JBuzz News July 2, 2014: Historian Jonathan Sarna leaves hospital, thanks supporters

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Historian Jonathan Sarna leaves hospital, thanks supporters

Jonathan Sarna, a leading scholar of American Jewish history, has returned home from the hospital two months after collapsing at his daughter’s college graduation…READ MORE

JBuzz News June 24, 2014: Spanish town named ‘kill Jews’ to seek Jewish studies center

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Spanish town named ‘kill Jews’ to seek Jewish studies center

Source: JTA, 6-24-14

The Spanish town in the process of changing its name because it contains the words “kill Jews” is promoting plans to open a Jewish studies center….READ MORE

JBuzz May 21, 2014: Historian Jonathan Sarna Hospitalized, In Critical Condition

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Historian Jonathan Sarna Hospitalized, In Critical Condition

Source: The Jewish Week, 5-21-14

Sarna, 59, the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, fell ill at a May 17 graduation ceremony for his daughter at Yale University….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 26, 2014: So What is Post Holocaust American Judaism?

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So What is Post Holocaust American Judaism?

Source: Boulder Jewish News, 2-26-14

The Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder together with the Department of Religious Studies and Naropa University are beginning a series of events that will examine Post Holocaust American Judaism, which is quickly becoming….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 22, 2013: Large grant for Jewish studies institute at University of California Berkley

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Large grant for Jewish studies institute at Cal

Source: Jweekly.com, 8-22-13

The Jim Joseph Foundation announced this week that it will award up to $1.2 million over five years to the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society. The BIJLILES, as it is known, is a 2-year-old interdisciplinary program….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 May 10, 2013: Geza Vermes: Dead Sea Scrolls professor dies

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Dead Sea Scrolls professor dies

Source: Jewish Chronicle, 5-10-13

Dead Sea Scrolls professor Geza Vermes has died aged 88 of cancer.

Prof Vermes was the Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at Oxford, best known for his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jewishness of Jesus….READ MORE

JBuzz News April 30, 2013: Alvin Rosenfeld: Jewish Studies Program founder awarded Indiana University Bloomington Provost’s Medal

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Jewish Studies Program founder awarded IU Bloomington Provost’s Medal

Source: Indiana University, 4-30-13

Indiana University Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel has presented the Provost’s Medal to Alvin Rosenfeld, a distinguished scholar of literature and Holocaust studies who established the university’s Jewish Studies program and led it for decades.

Robel presented the medal at a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at IU Bloomington. Rosenfeld is the Irving M. Glazer Chair of Jewish Studies and a professor of English and Jewish studies in the College of Arts and Sciences….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 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: Jewish scholar Rabbi David Hartman, founder of the Hartman Institute, dies at 81

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Jewish scholar Rabbi David Hartman dies

Source: JTA, 2-10-13

Rabbi David Hartman, a Jewish scholar who founded the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, has died….READ MORE

David Hartman, rabbi known for promoting pluralism in Jewish world, dies at 81

Source: WaPo, 2-10-13

Hartman Institute/Associated Press – This undated photograph provided by the Shalom Hartman Institute shows rabbi David Hartman, one of the world’s leading Jewish philosophers who promoted both Jewish pluralism and interfaith dialogue. The Shalom Hartman Institute, founded by the rabbi more than 30 years ago, said Hartman died Sunday Feb. 10, 2013, after a long illness.

Rabbi David Hartman, one of the world’s leading Jewish philosophers who promoted both Jewish pluralism and interfaith dialogue, has died. He was 81.

The Shalom Hartman Institute, founded by the rabbi more than 30 years ago, said Hartman died Sunday after a long illness.Hartman is survived by his wife and five children. His funeral was scheduled for Monday….READ MORE

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

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

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