JBuzz News May 3, 2012: Jay H. Geller: Professorship sparks expanded Jewish studies at Case Western Reserve University

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Professorship sparks expanded Jewish studies at CWRU

Source: Cleveland Jewish News, 5-3-12

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“As the Jewish studies program grows, it will become a magnet for Jewish students interested in Jewish studies.” Jay H. Geller, CWRU professor

For Case Western Reserve University professor Jay H. Geller, a passion for history was cultivated as a young child in Houston.

His maternal great-grandfather was a cantor who immigrated to the United States in 1910, Geller had been told, and his paternal great-great-grandfather was a rabbi and Talmudic scholar who arrived in the United States in 1892. Both settled in Galveston, Texas. As he was growing up, Geller remembers hearing fascinating stories of their voyages and adventures. While enjoying the folklore, he initially aimed to reconstruct the details surrounding his own ancestry. His interest in delving into the past eventually expanded to world history, particularly German Jewish history.

In January 2011, Geller became the first Samuel Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies within the history department at Cleveland’s CWRU. The appointment followed the repurposing of funds from the Samuel Rosenthal Center of Judaic Studies to a professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences. Peter J. Haas, the Abba Hillel Silver Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the religious studies department, was on the search team….READ MORE

Siegal College & Case Western Reserve University form partnership for Jewish Studies continuing adult education

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Siegal College, CWRU form partnership

Siegal College & Case Western Reserve University

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When it was announced earlier this week that Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Siegel College will combine their adult education into a new initiative, the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at CWRU, representatives from all the involved entities expressed enthusiasm for what the future holds.

Michael Siegal, board chair of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, hopes that as the program takes shape for this fall, Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community will be equally excited.

“(The partnership) creates a perpetuation of a great Jewish studies program, and certainly it enhances Case, which I think is very important for the future of Cleveland,” he said. “We hope that the community recognizes that this positive outcome can lead to positive change. With the additional input of Case, this could be a much stronger program. I hope the community embraces it, and I hope the attention given to it will bring more support from the community.”…READ MORE