This month, we're excited to be focusing on members in the media. You and your colleagues represent the field of Jewish Studies as you write op-eds, give interviews, and see the diversity of your work highlighted everywhere from the Forward to the New York Times.
We're also pleased to be celebrating the accomplishments of 55 members, sharing pieces from our archive on making the most of summer, and thanking our 2022 donors for their support of Jewish Studies.
AJS Members In the Media
Demonstrating the Diversity of Jewish Studies
Focusing on US News & US History
From the Archive
Tips for Archival Summer Research
Academic Summer's Double-Edged Sword
Congratulations to Our Members
“This literature has been hiding in plain sight, but we all assumed it wasn’t there.”
Madeleine Cohen, Jessica Kirzane, & Anita Norich are featured in a New York Times article on Yiddish novels written by women. Read more.
“The experience of being Jewish in the South—I think it is distinctive.”
Josh Furman writes for Texas Monthly on the history of Jews in Texas. Read more.
“If you’re in religious studies, your job isn’t deciding if a religion is real or not.”
Jodi Eichler-Levine discusses Disney and religion, after she tweeted about a Disney-based Reddit question. Read more.
“Traditionally, Americans have seen manliness as uncharacteristic of, if not antithetical to, Jewish identity,”
AJS member Miriam Eve Mora writes in the Washington Post about how Volodymyr Zelensky could help change stereotypes about Jewish men. Read more.
AJS member Tamar Herzig discovered documents from 1610 which uncovered the treatment of Jewish slaves in Renaissance Italy, which used the rape of enslaved women as a bargaining tool to extort money from the local Jewish community. Read more.
"There can be no complete reckoning with the ills of American democracy without addressing antisemitism.”
James Loeffler, who was among the courtroom observers - and live tweeted - during the Charlottesville rally trial, was interviewed in the Forward. Read more.
“...visual records of atrocity serve as some of the most powerful teaching tools available.”
Jennifer Caplan writes in an op-ed about the banning of Maus by a Tennessee school board. Read more.
“Might the constitution guarantee abortion access as a first amendment, religious right?”
Rachel Kranson considers the history and future of potential abortion protections through the first amendment in this Washington Post op-ed. Read more.
“Removing the artists with Confederate ties rewrites art history.”
Samantha Baskind served as curator of an exhibit of 19th-century American Jewish art at Princeton University, which was canceled because two of its artists supported the Confederacy. Read more.
AJS member Shaul Kelner created a pop-up art installation of Vanderbilt University’s “Anchor Down, Step Up” COVID-19 campaign in recognition of its historical importance. Read more.
“As a South Asian Jew, I want to talk about what happens if you are somebody who has a foot in both worlds where you experience racism in one world and antisemitism in the other.”
Samira Mehta is the principal investigator of a new initiative entitled Jews of Color: Histories & Futures, which will seek to recover, study, and elevate the voices and experiences of Jews of Color in the US. Read more.
“Religious boys are more than twice as likely to earn grades that help them be competitive for college admissions and scholarships."
Ilana Horwitz writes in an essay for the New York Times on religion and education. Read more.
Sergio DellaPergola was part of a study which looked at more than 16,000 European Jews across 12 countries, which was intended to“create a thorough description of the Jewish identity of European Jews, by employing a methodology not attempted before, and by exploring what Jews across Europe think about their Jewishness in multiple ways.” Read more.
"Girls raised by Jewish parents articulate a self-concept marked by ambitious career goals and an eagerness to have new experiences"
Tips for Archival Summer Research
AJS News, July 2016 Issue
Preparation is the primary key for the archival researcher during the summer. Prior to heading to an archive, spend time looking at and searching through the organization's websites, online public access catalog (OPAC), and individual topical finding aids, as well as speaking or emailing with their research librarians and archivists....
Academic Summer's Double-Edged Sword
AJS News, June 2017 Issue
I remember my introduction to the double-edged sword of academic summer. At lunch my very first week on campus, my search committee chair (now a good friend) asked me excitedly: “How was your summer? Did you get a lot of work done?” Internally, I reeled: I had gotten married, gone on a honeymoon, and relocated to Michigan that summer. I had gotten no work done. It had not occurred to me to get work done. Was I expected to work while I was dancing or hiking or swimming or sightseeing?
Making the Most of Summer
AJS News, August 2015 Issue
Laura Arnold Leibman
Summer: that glorious time when everything seems possible. Freed from the pressures of daily teaching and endless committee meetings, I can travel to archives, visit family, and finish the article I’ve dreamt of all spring term.
Yet more often than not, summer disappoints. ....
Eugene M. Avrutin (University of Illinois) & Elissa Bemporad (Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY) were awarded the Association of Jewish Libraries Reference Award for their co-edited book, Pogroms: A Documentary History.
Samantha Baskind (Cleveland State University) has been recognized as the school’s first-ever Distinguished Professor for her contributions to the Department of Art & Design, the College of Liberal Arts, and the university.
Noah Benjamin Bickart (John Carroll University) has been appointed the John Carroll University inaugural Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair in Jewish Studies.
Canan Bolel (University of Washington) has been awarded the New Horizons in Jewish Studies Graduate Essay Prize from the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Irvine for the essay “Jewish Body, Jewish Quarter, Jewish Disease: Spatialization of Cholera in Late Ottoman Izmir.”
Jennifer Caplan (Towson University) has been appointed the new Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Chair in Judaic Studies in the University of Cincinnati Department of Jewish Studies.
Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg (Colgate University) has been appointed Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Colgate University.
Mikhal Dekel (The City College of New York, CUNY) has been appointed a CUNY Distinguished Professor of English at City College of New York.
Robert Erlewine (Illinois Wesleyan University) has been appointed director of the Eastern Michigan University Center of Jewish Studies and a full professor with tenure in the Department of History and Philosophy.
Sarah Greenberg (Cornell University) has been selected as a 2022 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation fellow for “The Law is not in Heaven”: Authority and Covenant in Jewish Political Thought.
Sarit Kattan Gribetz (Fordham University) received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanties for the project, Jerusalem: A Feminist History.
Sara Halpern (St. Olaf College) received the 2022 Best Dissertation Award from the Ohio Academy of History Dissertation for her dissertation, Saving the Unwanted: The International Response to Shanghai's Jewish Refugees, 1943-1949.
Dana Herman (American Jewish Archives) is the 2022 recipient of the Women of Reform Judaism HUC Faculty Award.
Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) received an honorary doctorate from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland.
Alexander Kaye (Brandeis University) was a finalist for the Concordia University Library-Azrieli Institute Award for Best Book in Israel Studies for the book The Invention of Jewish Theocracy: The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel.
Yael Landman (University of Pennsylvania) has been appointed assistant professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Jessica Lang (Baruch College) has been appointed dean of Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.
Martina Mampieri (The Hebrew University in Jerusalem) has won an Alberigo Award Special Mention of Excellence by the European Academy of Religion for her monograph Living under the Evil Pope.
Miriam Eve Mora has been appointed Director of Programs at the Center for Jewish History.
Anita Norich (University of Michigan) has been appointed Academic Advisor to the Center for Jewish History Fellowship Program.
Haggai Ram (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) was the co-winner of the Concordia University Library-Azrieli Institute Award for Best Book in Israel Studies for the book, Intoxicating Zion: A Social History of Hashish in Mandatory Palestine and Israel.
Marina Rustow (Princeton University) has been awarded the 2022 Haskins Medal by the Medieval Academy of America for her book The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue.
Esther Schor (Princeton University) was awarded a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of intellectual and cultural history.
Sam Shuman (Fordham University) has been awarded the Michael Bernstein Dissertation Prize in Judaic Studies.
Rachel Smith (UCLA) has been selected as a 2022 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation fellow for The Jews of Yesteryear: Ethnography and the Politics of Representation in the Late Ottoman World.
Ilana Szobel (Brandeis University) was a finalist for the Concordia University Library-Azrieli Institute Award for Best Book in Israel Studies for the book Flesh of My Flesh: Sexual Violence in Modern Hebrew Literature.
Jeffrey Veidlinger’s (University of Michigan) book, In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust, has been shortlisted for the 2022 Lionel Gelber Prize.
David Wolpe (Sinai Temple, Los Angeles) will be serving as visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School for the 2023-2024 year.
Oren Yirmiya (University of California, Berkeley) was recognized as runner-up for the New Horizons in Jewish Studies Graduate Essay Prize from the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Irvine for the essay “Forgetting the Words of the Wise: Tradition, Wisdom, and Crisis in Franz Kafka’s ‘On Parables’ and Talmud Bavli M. Shabbat 138b-139a.”
The following AJS members are among the 2021 National Jewish Book Award Winners:
• Simon J. Bronner (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Jewish Cultural Studies, winner in the Education & Jewish Identity category
• Justin D. Cammy (Smith College), editor & translator of Abraham Sutzkever’s From the Vilna Ghetto to Nuremberg: Memoir and Testimony, finalist in the Holocaust category
• Charles Dellheim (Boston University), Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern, finalist in the History category
• Nathaniel Deutsch (University of California, Santa Cruz), A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Williamsburg, winner of the American Jewish Studies Celebrate 360 Award
• Federica Francesconi (University at Albany, SUNY), Invisible Enlighteners: The Jewish Merchants of Modena, from the Renaissance to the Emancipation, finalist in the Writing Based on Archival Material category
• Federica Francesconi (University at Albany, SUNY) & Rebecca Lynn Winer (Villanova University), Jewish Women’s History from Antiquity to the Present, finalists in the Women’s Studies category
• Sonia Gollance (University College London), It Could Lead to Dancing: Mixed-Sex Dancing and Jewish Modernity, finalist in the Modern Jewish Thought and Experience category
• Jaclyn Granick (Cardiff University), International Jewish Humanitarianism in the Age of the Great War, winner in the Writing Based on Archival Material category
• Rachel B. Gross (San Francisco State University), Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, finalist for the American Jewish Studies Celebrate 360 Award
• Laura Arnold Leibman (Reed College), Once We Were Slaves, finalist for the American Jewish Studies Celebrate 360 Award
• Jeffrey Veidlinger (University of Michigan), In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pograms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust, finalist in the History category
The following AJS members are 2022-2023 University of Pennsylvania Katz Center Fellows, who will focus on the theme of Jews and Modern Legal Culture:
• Emmanuel Bloch (University of California Berkeley) for The Tsni’ut Laws: Halakhah and Metahalakhah in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
• Yonatan Y. Brafman (Tufts University) for Jewish Law, Philosophy, Systematicity
• Julie Cooper (Tel Aviv University) for Legal Foundations of the Diasporic Jewish Nation Noëmie Duhaut (Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz) for French Jews, Legal Practice, and the Construction of Empire
• Ayala Fader (Fordham University) for Haredi Jews, Health, and Legal Cultures
• Elisabeth Gallas (Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow) for “We Accuse!”: History of Jewish Indictments in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
• Tafat Hacohen-Bick (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) for Yirah, Law, and the Birth of Modern Hebrew Literature
• Dana Hollander (McMaster University) for German Legal Comparatism and the Modern Understanding of Jewish Law
• Tamir Karkason (Martin Luther University of Halle – Wittenberg) for Translating Citizenship: Jews and Ottoman Law in the Nineteenth Century
• Sarah Zager (St. Olaf College) for Deontology and Virtue Ethics in Halakhah
The following members recently received National Endowment for the Humanities grants:
• Sharon Avni (CUNY Research Foundation, Manhattan Community College) for the project “Speaking of Hebrew: Language and identity in contemporary American Judaism”
• Shira Klein (Chapman University) for the project “Jews and Race in the Italian Colonization of Africa, 1890-1945”
• Laura Leibman (Reed College) for the project “The Fabric of Belonging: Jews and Textiles in the Age of Empire”
• Amy Kerner (University of Texas, Dallas) for the project “Yiddish in Argentina from Mass Migration to the Dirty War (1890-1982)”
AJS Institutional Member News
The University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies received a $1M+ gift, which will endow the Stuart B. and Barbara Padnos Professorship in Jewish Thought.
American Society for Jewish Music
Charles Grunfeld Foundation
Dennis Schuman Charitable Foundation
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Family Foundation
Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation
Knapp Family Foundation, Inc.
Lehigh University Berman Center for Jewish Studies
Lucius N. Littauer Foundation
Maurice Amado Foundation
Michael H. Baker Family Foundation
Rice University Program in Jewish Studies
Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation
Saramar Charitable Fund
Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture
Yale University Judaic Studies Program
Howard L. Apothaker
Zachary M. Baker
Lawrence and Bonnie Baron
Judith R. Baskin
Sarah Bunin Benor
Nancy E. Berg
Lila Corwin Berman
David and Rachel Biale
Julia Phillips Cohen
Martin D. Cohn
Michael D. Comins
Alanna Cooper and Moshe Shapiro
Jessica Cooperman and Hartley Lachter
Krista N. Dalton
Deborah Dash Moore
Fabio and Zenilde DeLima
Lynne Dewhurst McBurney
Hasia and Steve Diner
Paula Eisenstein Baker
Todd and Judith Endelman
Harriet A. Feinberg
Seymour N. Feldman
Adam and Naomi Ferziger
Robert E. Fierstien
David M. Freidenreich
Joshua J. Furman
Jane S. Gabin
Gregg E. Gardner
Jane S. Gerber
Dara Ellen Goldman and Itai Seggev
David M. Gordis
Judith S. Greenblatt
Ronnie Avital Grinberg
Aaron Hahn Tapper
Christine Hayes and Michael Della Rocca
Jonathan and Gladys Hecht
Lynne E. Heller
H. Susannah Heschel and James Aronson
Anne Golomb Hoffman
Elizabeth E. Imber
Alfred L. Ivry
Jessica and Daniel Kirzane
George and Carol Jochnowitz
Willa M. Johnson
Jonathan Boyarin and Elissa Sampson Boyarin
Alison L. Joseph
Gary and Roz Judd
Robin E. Judd
David Zvi Kalman
Jason Kalman and Dana Herman
Edward and Janna Kaplan
Samuel D. Kassow
Debra and Michael Kaufman
Ari Y. Kelman
Hillel J. Kieval
Reuven and Hava Kimelman
Melissa Klapper and Noah Gradofsky
Shira M. Kohn
Matthew A. Kraus
Miriamne Ara Krummel
Ruth Langer and Jonathan Sarna
Phyllis and Jacob Lassner
David Levine Lerner
Jon A. Levisohn
Laura S. Levitt
Andrea Lieber and Ted Merwin
Julia R. Lieberman
Deborah E. Lipstadt
Lital Levy and Kenneth Reisman
Judit and Daniel Liwerant
Lauren Gottlieb Lockshin
Lynn Kaye and Alexander Lewis Kaye
Susan Marks and Bruce Black
Maud Mandel and Steven Simon
Natan M. Meir
Michael A. Meyer
Douglas Morris and Marion Kaplan
Phillip and Kathleen Munoa
Patricia and David Munro
David N. Myers
Pamela S. Nadell
Daphne Lazar Price
Moria Ran Ben Hai
Yosef Dov Robinson
Moshe and Lynne Rosman
Elizabeth and Elias Sacks
Richard Sarason and Anne Arenstein
Daniel B. Schwartz
Shuly Schwartz and Eric Fishman
Kenneth R. Seeskin
Robert M. Seltzer
Kay K. Shelemay
Sam S. B. Shonkoff
Stanley and Susan Sokoloff
Ori Zarah Soltes
Benjamin D. Sommer
Carolyn Starman Hessel
David B. Starr
Lauren B. Strauss
Lance J. Sussman
Michael D. Swartz
Norman A. Turkish
Nick Underwood and Annabel Kaplan
Daniel and Judith Walkowitz
Herbert and Judy Weisberg
Steven Weitzman and Mira Wasserman
Beth S. Wenger
Rebecca Winer and Julian Yates
David J. Wolpe
Sunny S Yudkoff
Gary P. Zola
Zachary M. Baker
Judith R. Baskin
Shaul and Pam Kelner
Ruth Langer and Jonathan Sarna
Michael A. Meyer
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