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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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TIJS Hosts Alumni Panel on "Why be a Jewish Studies Major or Minor?"

Enjoy a moderated conversation with accomplished Jewish Studies alumni as they reflect on their experience in school and how their degree impacted their professional trajectory in small or more significant ways. The panel featured Emory alumni Sarah Blenner 07CJoel Frankel 07BSydney Hertz 17C, and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi 86C in a conversation moderated by TIJS Executive Director, Paul Entis 92C.

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TIJS Launches New Annual Theme Initiative

As 2023 begins, the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies’ Undergraduate Engagement Committee pioneers an exciting new direction for the unit, launching its first annual theme to engender cross-course collaboration and enhance undergraduate participation beyond the classroom.  In light of this post-Roe moment in American history and the critical conversations happening now in Emory’s home state of Georgia about reproductive health and justice, a committee comprising Professors Craig Perry, Kate Rosenblatt, and Geoff Levin, and chaired by Ellie Schainker chose “Gender and Reproduction” as the inaugural theme.
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