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.
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 Prof. 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
Winners of the Blumenthal Award, undergraduate and graduate travel and research grants announced:
Blumenthal Award winners
Travel and research grant award winners
View the Fall 2012 edition of the TIJS NEWSLETTER
Video and audio of Norman Stillman's 2013 Tenenbaum lecture "When Arabic Was a Jewish Language".
JS Seminar Series - Spring 2013
NEW! Graduate Certificate Program in Jewish Studies
Beginning in Fall 2011, the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) will coordinate a new 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. The program offers supplemental training in methods and languages; exposure to cross-disciplinary perspectives; funding opportunities for research, study, and travel; and mentoring in the professional culture of Jewish studies. Participants will be part of a vibrant intellectual community that brings together students and faculty members from across the university.
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