News & Bulletins

Congratulations to David Shyovitz!

Congratulations to faculty member David Shyovitz, who was just named the winner of The Medieval Academy of America's 2016 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize! Professor Shyovitz won this award for his article “Christian and Jews in the Twelfth-Century Werewolf Renaissance” in the Journal of the History of Ideas.

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2015 National Jewish Book Award Finalists

Congratulations to faculty members Laurie Zoloth and Phyllis Lassner! Jews and Genes: The Genetic Future in Contemporary Jewish Thought, which Professor Zoloth co-edited with Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, was named a finalist for the 2015 National Jewish Book Award in the Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice category. Leah Garrett’s book, Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reimagined the American War Novel, was named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the American Jewish Studies category. Young Lions was published through Cultural Expression of World War II: Interwar Preludes, Responses, Memory, a book series which is edited by Professor Lassner. Read more about the winners and finalists here.


NEW Center Newsletter

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Read Professor Mira Balberg's recent contribution to

"Late Antiquity and the New Humanities Forum."

Congratulations Shaul Mitelpunkt!

Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellow in Israel Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor in History, Shaul Mitelpunkt!  He will be moving to the UK for his new post as Lecturer in American History at the University of York!  Best wishes, Shaul, and thank you!

The Jill Stacey Harris Prize in Jewish Studies

We are pleased to announce this year's Jill Stacey Harris Prize in Jewish Studies awardee! Congratulations to Katherine Strair (WCAS) for her essay entitled, "I.L. Peretz's Socialist "Impression" of the Shtetl." The paper was written for Professor Marcus Moseley's Jewish Studies/German/Yiddish 266, "Introduction to Yiddish Culture: Images of the Shtetl" course. Congratulations!

National Jewish Book Award Winner

Professor Yohanan Petrovshky-Shtern's newest book, The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe (Princeton University Press, 2014) has just been awarded the 2014 National Jewish Book Award in the category of History. The text challenges popular misconceptions of the shtetl, arguing that from the 1790s-1840s, the shtetl was a thriving community rivaling any other in Europe. New York Times book review here.


Recent Events

Our recent three-day conference Between Baghdad and Haifa brought together international scholars to discuss and explore the work and life of award-winning Israeli author Sami Michael. View an interview between Ha’aretz literary editor Benny Ziffer and Sami Michael in addition to a performance of traditional Iraqi-Jewish music by renowned Israeli musician Yair Dalal.

Philip M. & Ethel Klutznik Lecture in Jewish Civilization "Dealing with 'Difficult' Prayers: Jewish Liturgy in an Age of Jewish-Christian Dialogue"On Thursday, May 28, Ruth Langer, Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College, overviewed the history of Birkat Haminim, an ancient prayer that has been understood as anti-Christian for much of its history. Langer framed this issue in the context of recent traditionalist attempts to reinstate such prayers in the liturgy despite their polemical meanings in an unprecedented age of religious dialogue. This program was co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

View Professor Langer's lecture at this link.

Manfred H. Vogel Memorial Lecture in Judaic Studies“Is It Good to Give? The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex” On Thursday, April 23, Lila Corwin Berman, Director of the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University enlightened the audience on the history of American Jewish philanthropy.

Watch the video "Is It Good to Give? The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex"

“2015 Knesset Elections: A Shift in Israeli Politics?” On Thursday, March 5, Yoram Peri, University of Maryland and Elie Rekhess, Northwestern University shared insights on the upcoming Israeli elections.

Watch the video "2015 Knesset Elections: A Shift in Israeli Politics?"

On Saturday, October 25, best-selling author Gary Shteyngart presented the 2014 Renée and Lester Crown Speaker Series lecture, "Still Falling: Gary Shteyngart Returns," in partnership with The Chicago Humanities Festival.

Watch the video here.



On Thursday, October
23, experts from Northwestern University, Brandeis University and the Chicago Council for Global Affairs participated in a panel discussion on "Gaza and Beyond: Israel, The Palestinians, and the Arab World."

Watch the video of "Gaza and Beyond"








Upcoming Events

Allan and Norma Harris Day of Jewish Study
Sunday, February 1410:00 AM
Off-Campus - Bernard Weinger JCC

Allan and Norma Harris Day of Jewish Study
Sunday, February 142:00 PM
Off-Campus - Florence G. Heller JCC

“Jewish American World War II Novels: Young Lions”
Tuesday, March 14:30 PM
Evanston - Norris University Center Lake Room, 203

Jewish Studies graduates

Jewish Studies majors at the Weinberg College convocation.

About the Center

The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, the home of the Jewish Studies Program at Northwestern, is a vibrant community of teachers and scholars dedicated to transmitting and expanding knowledge, both in the classroom and through numerous lectures, symposia, and other events of interest to the general public as well as the campus population.

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January 28, 2016