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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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History Made! Dr. Miriam Udel Serves as Chaplain of the Day in the Georgia House of Representatives

TIJS’ Judith London Evans Director Miriam Udel was honored last week as Chaplain of the Day in the Georgia House of Representatives, offering an invocation and benediction at the start of the legislative session. This represents the first time an Orthodox Jewish clergy member – and apparently, a female rabbi of any denomination - has led the Georgia State House in prayer. Join us in celebrating this exciting occasion and step forward in Georgia history! 
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TIJS Undergraduate Grants in Action

The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) provides awards and grants to undergraduate students to support activities that enrich the academic experience, such as study abroad, intensive language training, and travel for research or participation in conferences and workshops. The Institute supports a wide range of subject matter and experiences, as evidenced by how two recent recipients utilized their respective grant funding: Leah Bader, a political science and Arabic studies double-major who traveled to Israel for research, and Adina Peck, a pre-health track psychology major who landed an Atlanta-based internship exploring mental health.

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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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