JBuzz News September 9, 2013: Seventh-century treasures discovered at foot of Temple Mount




Seventh-century treasures discovered at foot of Temple Mount

Source: JTA, 9-9-13

Gold and silver coins and jewelry dated from the seventh century were discovered at an excavation at the foot of the Temple Mount, Hebrew University researchers said….READ MORE

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




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 August 8, 2012: Study at Hebrew University – without the Hebrew




Study at Hebrew U. – without the Hebrew

Source: Haaretz, 8-8-12

Study at Hebrew U. – without the Hebrew. Israeli universities offer an ever-expanding selection of English-language higher education programs that cater to Jews and non-Jews alike….READ MORE

JBuzz News June 29, 2012: Robert Wistrich: Jews in Contemporary Britain




Jews in Contemporary Britain

Source: Jewish Times of Southern New Jersey, 6-29-12

Professor Robert Wistrich is Neuburger Professor of European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the head of the University’s Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. Wistrich began by stating that hatred against Jews and Israel is a controversial, passionate subject. While not wanting to be labeled a panic- monger, he noted that events in Britain during the last decade are a real cause for anxiety. Anti-Semitic incidents have risen to new peaks, calling for acute concern, but not hysteria, he said…..READ MORE

York University ‘may tie with Hebrew University’




York ‘may tie with Hebrew University’

Source: The Jewish Chronicle, 11-24-11

Students at York University will vote next week on whether to link up with Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.

A referendum was initiated by politics student Jacob Campbell, who said he wanted to stand up for Israel and curb anti-Israel and antisemitic activity on British campuses.

If students vote in favour, York University Students’ Union (YUSU) will “work to build links with students at the Hebrew University” and will encourage York University itself to twin with the Israeli institution.

Mr Campbell said he decided to launch the twinning initiative earlier this year when the National Union of Students adopted a number of anti-Israel policies, since dropped. Last year a window in his student house was smashed after he displayed an Israeli flag.

Mr Campbell, who is not Jewish, also cited fellow students’ negative responses to the resignation of Lawrence Binitie, YUSU racial equality officer, who quit following an argument with a local councillor.

Mr Binitie was discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Jewish York City Council member David Levene when he told Mr Levene: “I would be ashamed if I were from Israel, or even Jewish”. He later added that he believed Israel’s “atrocities… are as severe as apartheid South Africa”.

The possible twinning will be debated at YUSU on Tuesday, with voting running from the following day until December 5.

JBuzz News: Hebrew University Ranked 57th, Rising in Prestigious Poll




Source: JTA, 8-18-11

Hebrew University was ranked 57th in a prestigious annual ranking of the world’s universities, moving up 15 spots from the previous year.

Seventeen of the top 20 universities in this year’s survey by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China were American, led by Harvard, Stanford and MIT in the top three spots.

Other Israeli universities joined Hebrew University, which was No. 72 last year, in the rankings.

Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science and Haifa’s Institute of Technology were placed in the 102-150 grouping, and Bar-Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University were in the 301-400 spots. The groupings of the five schools were unchanged from a year ago.

Cambridge University in Britain was ranked fifth and Oxford was 10th. The University College of London rounded out the top 20.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University surveys 1,000 universities and ranks the top 500.

Hebrew U. Professor Robert Wistrich Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Source: Right Side News, 2-27-11

Wistrich Named Leading Scholar In The Field Of Anti-Semitism,

His Masterwork A Lethal Obsession Awarded ‘Best Book Of 2010’

The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced today that the Center’s director, Professor Robert S. Wistrich, has been awarded the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism (JSA) ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in recognition of his lifelong scholarly contributions to the study of anti-Semitism.

Prof._Wistrich_1Because of his commitment to investigating anti-Semitism and fighting it in all its emerging forms, the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism is proud to acknowledge Prof. Wistrich as the leading scholar in the field and present him with this Lifetime Achievement Award,” the publication’s editors, Steven K. Baum, Neal E. Rosenberg, Lesley Klaff and Steven L. Jacobs, said in a written statement.

“We are appreciative of Prof. Wistrich’s scholarly efforts in the ongoing struggle against anti-Semitism and believe such acknowledgment is long overdue.”

Prof. Wistrich holds the Neuberger chair for Modern European History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the author and editor of 24 books, several of which have won international awards.  These include Socialism and the Jews, The Jews of Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph (winner of the Austrian State Prize for Danubian History and Antisemitism), and The Longest Hatred (recipient of the H.H. Wingate Prize for non-fiction in the U.K.).

“His numerous books and articles and invaluable contributions to landmark film projects set the standard for other scholars and have paved the way for graduate students to continue his work in the study of anti-Semitism,” the statement concludes.

The JSA also named Prof. Wistrich’s magnum opus, A Lethal Obsession: Antisemitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad (Random House, 2010), the ‘Best Book of 2010’ on the topic of anti-Semitism.

A Lethal Obsession, an encyclopedic work spanning over 2,000 years of world history, provides a definitive look at the various streams of anti-Semitism through the ages, and explores the connections between the resurgence of global anti-Semitism and contemporary social and political issues….READ MORE

Hebrew University: Homeless Holocaust Survivor Leaves $100,000 Donation to Israeli University

Homeless Holocaust Survivor Leaves $100,000 Donation to Israeli University

Source: AP, 8-9-09

Hebrew University has received a surprise donation of more than $100,000 from an unexpected benefactor — a woman who survived the Nazi Holocaust and appeared to be destitute, a university official said Sunday.

Upon her death two years ago, a homeless Holocaust survivor living on the streets of New York City willed the gift to the university. The Jewish woman lived out of a shopping cart in Manhattan and had no known relatives, said Yefet Ozery, Hebrew University’s director of development and public relations.

The university first learned about the gift three months ago but did not receive the money until this week. It will be used to fund scholarships for medical research students, according to the woman’s wishes, Ozery said, refusing to disclose her name. The story was first reported by The Jerusalem Post daily.

Hebrew University of Jersualem Appologizes for Calling $100,000 Donor ‘Homeless’

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education 8-14-09

Hebrew University of Jersualem has apologized for saying that a donor who bequeathed it more than $100,000 was a homeless woman in New York, the Daily News reports. Rather, Ida Fischer was an Austrian Jewish refugee who fled Vienna with her mother in 1938 after the Nazis killed her father.

Newspapers around the world had initially quoted a Hebrew University spokesman as saying that the late donor had lived out of a shopping cart in Manhattan. In its article last week, The Jerusalem Post helpfully showed what a homeless person might look like, had the donor actually been homeless.

Ehud Netzer: An Israeli archaeologist is certain he has solved the mystery of Herod’s final resting place

Finding King Herod’s Tomb

After a 35-year search, an Israeli archaeologist is certain he has solved the mystery of the biblical figure’s final resting place

Source: Barbara Kreiger in Smithsonian Magazine, 7-1-09

Shielding my eyes from the glare of the morning sun, I look toward the horizon and the small mountain that is my destination: Herodium, site of the fortified palace of King Herod the Great. I’m about seven miles south of Jerusalem, not far from the birthplace of the biblical prophet Amos, who declared: “Let justice stream forth like water.” Herod’s reign over Judea from 37 to 4 B.C. is not remembered for justice but for its indiscriminate cruelty. His most notorious act was the murder of all male infants in Bethlehem to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy heralding the birth of the Messiah. There is no record of the decree other than the Gospel of Matthew, and biblical scholars debate whether it actually took place, but the story is in keeping with a man who arranged the murders of, among others, three of his own sons and a beloved wife.

Long an object of scholarly as well as popular fascination, Herodium, also called Herodion, was first positively identified in 1838 by the American scholar Edward Robinson, who had a knack for locating biblical landmarks. After scaling the mountain and comparing his observations with those of the first century Jewish-Roman historian Flavius Josephus, Robinson concluded that “all these particulars…leave scarcely a doubt, that this was Herodium, where the [Judean] tyrant sought his last repose.” Robinson’s observation was confirmed later that century by Conrad Schick, the famous German architect and archaeologist who conducted extensive surveys of Jerusalem and its nearby sites.

But where precisely was the king entombed? At the summit of Herodium? At the base? Inside the mountain itself? Josephus didn’t say. By the late 1800s, Herod’s tomb had become one of biblical archaeology’s most sought-after prizes. And for more than a century archaeologists scoured the site. Finally, in 2007, Ehud Netzer of Hebrew University announced that after 35 years of archaeological work he had found Herod’s resting place. The news made headlines worldwide—”A New Discovery May Solve the Mystery of the Bible’s Bloodiest Tyrant,” trumpeted the London Daily Mail…

Menaham Ben-Sasson elected Hebrew U. president

Source: JTA, 6-10-09

A former Knesset member has been elected president of Hebrew University. Menaham Ben-Sasson, a former rector and professor at the university, was elected Wednesday at the closing session of the 72nd meeting of the university’s board of governors. He succeeds Menachem Magidor, who served three four-year terms. Ben Sasson, who served in the Knesset from 2006 to 2009 as a member of the Kadima Party, told the board of governors that the world financial crisis has hit the university. “The financial situation is so severe as to cast doubt even on the opening of the coming academic year,” he said. “I call upon the government of Israel to honor its obligations and keep its commitments so as to ensure the further development of the university and to ensure the strengthening of the mother of Israeli higher education.”

Ben-Sasson, a professor of the history of the Jewish people at the university who had completed his doctorate there, served as rector from 1997 to 2001. He has taught or served as a fellow at Yeshiva University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Pennsylvania and the Russian National Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on the history of Jews in Islamic lands and on research on Maimonides.