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The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies

Connecting scholars and students in the exploration of Jewish civilization and culture
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TIJS' Jews of Poland: History and Memory Study Abroad Experience

In Summer 2023, TIJS is excited to offer Emory undergraduates the study abroad experience of a lifetime: a ten-day summer study abroad program in Poland. The program, generously supported by the Berger Family Fund, will be led by TIJS core faculty member Ellie Schainker, the Arthur Blank Family Foundation Associate Professor of Modern European Jewish History.  Through this opportunity for on-site learning, Schainker aspires to provide students with the opportunity to explore a thousand years of Jewish life in Poland, study the history of Nazi occupation and Soviet domination, and consider the flourishing of Jewish life in Poland today alongside the country’s grappling with its history and role in the Holocaust.  
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Recent TIJS Graduate Highlight: Dr. Anastasiia Strakhova

After getting her BA in her home city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, and then her MA from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, recent TIJS graduate Dr. Anastasiia Strakhova traveled to the United States to continue her education. While studying Yiddish in New York, Dr. Strakhova found her curiosity about Jewish migration, which ultimately led to focusing her Emory research and dissertation addressing late Imperial Russian migration policies through the prism of racialization and criminalization of Jews
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Thoughts from the Newly-Appointed TIJS Director

Professor Miriam Udel reflects on her vision as she assumes the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies’ Judith London Evans Directorship.

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Q&A with Visiting Assistant Professor Alicja Podbielska

In the fall of 2022, Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion welcome Dr. Alicja Podbielska as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Holocaust and Antisemitism Studies for a three-year appointment. Dr. Podbielska completed her doctoral studies at Clark University in 2021, followed by a fellowship at Yale University. Her research focuses on the Holocaust, Polish-Jewish history, and cultural memory. A native of Poland, she studied in Germany and Israel before coming to the US. Her professional experiences, driven by keen interest in public history, include working at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. She is the recipient of many grants and research fellowships
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