Faculty in the News: Jewish Life in Rhodes

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  • Adjunct Lecturer Isabelle Levy collaborated on an exhibition titled Los Corassones Avlan: Conversations on Jewish Life on the Island of Rhodes. The project is a collaboration between Kehila Kedosha Janina, the American Sephardi Federation, and Centro Primo Levi. The exhibit at 148 West 4th Street runs through November 24 is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://primolevicenter.org/.

  • Prof. Jeremy Dauber on his newest book, what he's working on, and who he'd invite to a dinner party.

  • Prof. Rebecca Kobrin lectured on the legacy of Jewish immigrants at the New City Jewish Center. Read more here.

Faculty in the News: The Washington Post and Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism

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  • "This week, as we mark the 25th anniversary of the greatest single loss of Jewish lives outside Israel since the Holocaust, it is imperative that we grapple with anti-Semitism as a global issue. An ideology that combines racism and right-wing politics, anti-Semitism has long pervaded Europe and the United States - and South America." Read more in the Washington Post op-ed by Prof. Rebecca Kobrin and Prof. Federico Finchelstein (The New School).

  • Prof. Beth Berkowitz’s essay “The Slipperiness of Animal Suffering: Revisiting the Talmud’s Classic Treatment” was published in Jewish Veganism and Vegetarianism.

Baron New Voices in Jewish Studies Award 

We are delighted to announce that the winners of the Baron New Voices in Jewish Studies Award are Elazar Ben Lulu (Ph.D., Ben Gurion University) and Alon Tam (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania). Elazar Ben Lulu works on issues of gender and ritual in Israeli Reform congregations; his research lies at the intersection of social sciences and Jewish Studies. Alon Tam’s work investigates the urban, social, and political history of Cairo’s coffeehouses, from the mid-19th to the early 20th century. Both recipients demonstrate the impressive vibrancy of scholarship being done by the next generation of Jewish Studies scholars. We will be welcoming them to our campuses in the coming academic year.

2019 Rabin-Shvidler Joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Jewish Studies

Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and Fordham University’s Center for Jewish Studies are delighted to announce that the joint post-doctoral fellowship in Jewish Studies for the 2019-2020 academic year will be held by Ayelet Brinn (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2019), whose dissertation on gender and the press examines the role "women's content" in American Yiddish press played in the history of the press, design, and format, and the Americanization of immigrant Jews. Her presence will add new dimensions to the teaching of modern Jewish history across a broad spectrum of interests. We look forward to welcoming her to our growing joint community of scholars. 

This fellowship has been made possible by the Stanley A. and Barbara B. Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship Fund at Columbia University and the Eugene Shvidler Gift Fund at Fordham University.

Faculty in the News: Newsweek, Jerusalem Post & The Council on Foreign Relations

  • Prof. Rebecca Kobrin weighs in on anti-Semitism in Newsweek.

  • Prof. Yinon Cohen, along with Tel Aviv University's Prof. Noah Levin Epstein and Prof. Amit Lazarus, examine the gaps between third generation Mizrachi and Ashkenazi Jews in Israel. Read more.

  • Prof. Rebecca Kobrin participated in a panel discussion on the rise of global anti-Semitism. Keep reading for the full transcript and video.

Spring@IIJS: In Dialogue: Jewish Polish Relations during The Second World War, Part III

On February 21, over 215 people joined us for a conversation on Polish-Jewish relations during WWII. This lecture was part of series of four events, jointly organized by the Jewish Studies Program at Fordham University, the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, meant to explore the complex history of Poland, with its shifting borders, focusing in on a shared, but much misunderstood, past of Polish Jews and Christians. The fourth and final event will take place on Sunday, May 5 at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. More details here.