Congratulations to Professor Barry Wimpfheimer whose book The Talmud: A Biography has won a 2018 National Jewish Book Award!  

Recent publicity and reviews of The Talmud: A Biography

Grace Overbeke wins the Luckens Prize

Congratulations to Jewish Studies Graduate Cluster student Grace Overbeke for winning the Mark and Ruth Luckens International Prize in Jewish Thought and Culture. The Luckens Prize is awarded by the Jewish Studies program at the University of Kentucky to the best unpublished, original essay by a junior scholar. Grace's entry was titled “Jean Carroll: The Beginning of Jewish Female Standup Comedians.”  

Podcast Interview with Sara Hirschhorn

In the latest episode of Jewish History Matters, an interview-based podcast for new research in Jewish Studies, Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn, the Visiting Assistant Professor for Israel Studies, discusses her book City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement (Harvard University Press, 2017), the recent winner of the 2018 Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature Choice Award and finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award.

Grace Overbeke featured in series on Jewish American Women in Comedy

Jewish Studies Graduate Cluster Fellow Grace Kessler Overbeke and Noah Gardenswartz, writer for the Emmy-award winning TV series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, recently presented  “From Jean Carroll to Mrs. Maisel: Jewish Women Comedians as Inspiration” at an event sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society in New York City. Their talk was part of the lecture series Not Just Funny Girl: Jewish American Women in Comedy co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish History, the Forward, and the Jewish Women's Archive.  Grace is a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Theatre and Drama, writing her dissertation on the stand-up comedian Jean Carroll.   

Crown Graduate Fellowship Recipient

Congratulations to Amanda Ruppenthal Stein, the recipient of the 2018-2019 Crown Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies. Amanda is a PhD candidate in Musicology in the Bienen School of Music. Her dissertation, “Sounding Judentum: Assimilation, Art Music, and Being Jewish Musically in 19th Century Germany” focuses on expressions of identity in Western art music. This project aims to bridge existing gaps between Jewish musicology and the study of Jewish culture and art more broadly while also contributing to 19th century German music scholarship.

Other Graduate Student Awards

Congratulations to Rachel Merrill Moss, Doctoral Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Theatre and Drama and a graduate student in the Jewish Studies Cluster, who has been named a Fulbright award finalist for 2018-19. Rachel will be based in Warsaw next year researching performances of Jewishness in Poland over the past century and how altering modes of performance can be brought into conversation with Polish national identity. The archival case studies she will be researching during the Fulbright year include the Yiddish and Polish versions of The Dybbuk (1920/1925), The Tempest (Shturem/Burza) in 1939, and Julius un Etel/Juliusz i Ethel in 1954. 

Tova Markenson, Doctoral Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Theatre and Drama has been named a recipient of a summer funding award from the American Academy for Jewish Research to support work on her dissertation Entrance Forbidden to the Yiddish Theatres: Performance, Protest, and Prostitution in Latin America (1900-1939)

Jill Stacey Harris Prize Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 prize winners for the best undergraduate essays in Jewish Studies, Jun Kyung You and Adina Goldman!  Jun Kyung You's paper “Morality as Means or Part of an End: Obscurities Surrounding the Status of Moral Perfection in Maimonides’ The Guide of the Perplexed,” was written for Professor Ken Seeskin's course on Maimonides. Adina's essay, “Rainmaker: Power, Presumption, and Precipitation in the Stories of Honi the Circle Maker,”  was written for Professor Richard Kieckhefer’s Religion and Magic course. 

Professor Barry Wimpfheimer's newly published The Talmud: A Biography

Congratulations to Professor Barry Wimpfheimer, whose book, The Talmud: A Biography, was recently 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

Professor Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern organizes "Relics of the Galician Jews" exhibit in Lviv, Ukraine

On March 28, 2018, the “Relics of the Galician Jews” exhibit opened at the Museum of Ethnography in Lviv, Ukraine. The exhibition commemorates the 85th anniversary of the first Jewish exhibition in Lviv (1933) and was curated by Dr. Ludmyla Bulgakova and co-organized by Dr. Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern University. The new exhibition features about 450 Jewish artifacts including etchings and paper-cuts, silver and golden wedding rings, bronze synagogue candelabra and hanukiot, brocade head-covers and prayer-shawl collars, ark covers and wooden decorative plates, porcelain and glass utensils, and other items. Together, the collection reflects every aspect of Jewish life in the area from the early 17th to the early 20th century. For coverage of the exhibit, click here.

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.

Professor Barry Wimpfheimer's Summer 2017 Faculty Fellowships

Professor Wimpfheimer was a fellow in two different Northwestern faculty programs over the summer of 2017. He participated in the Alice Kaplan Digital Humanities Workshop with a project titled, “The Talmud Project: A Digital Critical Edition.” He also participated in Weinberg College of Arts and Science’s Hewlett Fellows program to help design and shepherd his Fall 2017 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 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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Professor Balberg's Book Published

Congratulations to Professor Mira Balberg, whose book, Blood for Thought: The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature, was published by University of California Press.

To read more about the book or to order a copy, click here. 

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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