Welcome to The Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies
The establishment of Emory University’s Institute for Jewish Studies in February 1999 gave institutional recognition to the university’s strength in the study of Jewish life and culture, and signaled Emory’s intention to become the premier site for Jewish Studies in the southeastern United States.
Dedicated to fostering the continued development of Jewish studies on the Emory campus, the Institute for Jewish Studies is the natural outgrowth of carefully laid groundwork. In recent years, Jewish Studies has flourished, as evidenced by new faculty appointments, including endowed chairs, new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, endowed lecture series, and enrichment funds to support student and faculty travel and study.
TIJS core faculty member Don Seeman has reviewed the recent Pew study of American Jews, and it appears on the cover of the current issue of Jewish Review of Books.
Congratulations to Oded Borowski on thepublication of his latest book Lahav III: The Iron Age II Cemetery at Tell Halif (Site 72), published by Eisenbrauns, 2013.
Professor David R. Blumenthal has been elected to the Academic Council of the European Academy of Sciences, as representative of the Socio-economic sciences and Humanities.
The Library of Congress has selected Professor Deborah Lipstadt’s The Eichmann Trial for inclusion in its Talking Books program in which books are “narrated” and then distributed to libraries and programs nationwide for those with sight problems. Relatively few books are chosen [it’s a costly project] and among non-fiction works they look for books which are “important” and of “enduring value.”
We note with regret the passing of Maximilian Aue, Associate Professor and longtime faculty member in the Department of German Studies and affiliated faculty in TIJS. FULL EMORY REPORT ARTICLE
Jacob Wright's article on the Cyrus Cylinder appears in The Huffington Post.
Congratulations to Deborah Lipstadt (The Eichmann Trial) and Cornelia Wilhelm (The Independent Orders of B’nai B’rith and True Sisters: Pioneers of a New Jewish Identity, 1843-1914) whose new books were finalists for the 2011 National Jewish Book Awards.
Complete list of winners
Congratulations to Don Seeman on his receipt of a major grant from the Social Science Research Council's New Directions in the Study of Prayer to support his research project "Neighborhood Mystics: Ethnography of Everyday Transcendence in Chabad-Lubavitch." This fall he will launch the Forum for the Ethnographic Study of Religion at Emory University, an interdepartmental forum for the ethnographic study of religion drawing on faculty from the Department of Religion, the Department of Anthropology, the Graduate Division of Religion and the Candler School of Theology. For more information, see http://gdr.emory.edu/academic_program/fesre-home.html
News & Events
View the Fall 2013 edition of the TIJS NEWSLETTER
Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition (New York University Press, 2012), the first book by Emory History/JS alumna Marni Davis (Ph.D. '06) is a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature awarded annually by the Jewish Book Council. Read more about it here.
TIJS welcomes four new graduate students who are recipients of the TIJS graduate top-off fellowships.
Applications for the 2014 Blumenthal Awards are now being accepted! Submission deadline is March 21, 2014. See here for guidelines and information about previous years' winners.
Winners of the 2013 graduate and undergraduate travel and research grants announced!
Video and audio of Norman Stillman's 2013 Tenenbaum lecture "When Arabic Was a Jewish Language."
JS Seminar Series - Spring 2013
TIJS coordinates a graduate certificate program providing formal recognition of a Jewish-studies focus for Ph.D. students working in any department of Emory’s Laney Graduate School. Participants are part of a vibrant intellectual community that brings together students and faculty members from across the university. Visit the TIJS Certificate page for more information.
Emory Acknowledges Dental School Discrimination:
Sparked by a display in the “Jews at Emory” exhibit curated by Prof. Eric Goldstein in MARBL in 2006, Dr. Perry Brickman, well-known Atlanta dentist and leader of the Jewish community, began exploring the details of the anti-semitic discrimination he had experienced at Emory’s dental school in the 1950’s. READ MORE
Video and audio of Neal Gabler's 2012 Tenenbaum Lecture "Jewish American Filmmakers: From Sidney Lumet to Judd Apatow"
Article highlights the increasing diversity of Jews in America