Israel Studies Research Grants Available

The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies invites students and faculty from across Northwestern University to submit applications for grants in support of research in the field of Israel Studies. For more information click here.

New opportunities to learn about water research and technology in Israel and the Middle East

Northwestern University students interested in learning more about water research and technology are encouraged to apply for several opportunities available this year on campus and abroad. For more information click here.

Professor Barry Wimpfheimer's Book Published

Congratulations to Professor Barry Wimpfheimer, whose book, The Talmud: A Biography, was just published by Princeton University Press.
"Wimpfheimer brilliantly opens the door into the complex and fascinating world of textual study, allowing readers to comprehend the origins, structure, and impact of this foundational Jewish text. Erudite and accessible, this is a book for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the centrality of the Talmud in Jewish scholarship and life."--Tova Mirvis, author of The Book of Separation: A Memoir

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Professor Barry Wimpfheimer's Summer Faculty Fellowships

Professor Wimpfheimer will be a fellow in two different Northwestern faculty programs. Over the summer he will participate in the Alice Kaplan Digital Humanities Workshop with a project tentatively titled, “The Talmud Project: A Digital Critical Edition.” He is also participating in Weinberg College of Arts and Science’s Hewlett Fellows program to help design and shepherd his upcoming Fall course “Jews and the Transgender Moment.”

Congratulations to Mira Balberg and David Shyovitz!

Congratulations to our faculty members, Mira Balberg (Religion) and David Shyovitz (History) who were promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.

Professor Shyovitz' Book Published

Congratulations to Professor David Shyovitz, whose book, A Remembrance of His Wonders: Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Ashkenaz, was just published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

"A Remembrance of His Wonders is an excellent achievement that deals with central research questions regarding the understanding of the wondrous in nature by the Jews of Ashkenaz. David I. Shyovitz presents fascinating parallels between the writings of the German Pietists and contemporary Christian texts, showing that their understandings of nature are quite similar."—Israel Yuval, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

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2016- 2017 Jill Stacey Harris Prize Awarded

Congratulations to Senior Alex Duner for his paper “People of the Book: How Media Innovations Shape the Textual Authority of the Talmud,” which was written for Professor Barry Wimpfheimer's Religion course, The Talmud: A Methodological Introduction. 

Professor Seeskin's Book Published

Congratulations to Professor Kenneth Seeskin, whose book, Thinking about the Torah, A Philosopher Reads the Bible, was just published by the Jewish Publication Society. Michael L. Morgan, coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to Modern Jewish Philosophy, writes that Seeskin "is a master teacher, and hence his book has a directness and simplicity about it that is captivating, and even stunning at times."

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Professor Barry Wimpfheimer becomes Weinberg College's first professor to offer a MOOC!

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2017-2018 Crown Family Fellowship Recipient

Congratulations to Grace Overbeke, the recipient of the 2017-2018 Crown Fellowship in Jewish Studies. Grace is a student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Theatre and Drama, where she is writing a dissertation on the stand-up comedienne Jean Carroll, who was  voted the "The Nation's #1 Comedienne" in 1950 but has been largely forgotten by historians of comedy and, in particular, by historians of Jewish comics.

Overbeke has discovered an incredible archive of material saved by and otherwise connected to Carroll, including interviews conducted for a documentary film about her that was never made. She employs historical methods, performance analysis, and ethnographic research to explore how Carroll used and defied stereotypical ideas of what it meant to be a Jew and a woman in  America in the middle of the 20th century.