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TIMOTHY DEBOLD (JSMA ’05) has begun Ph.D. work on the Jewish Studies track of the Religious Studies program at Stanford University, working with Midrash and Rabbinic literature as well as early Rabbinic culture and the greater Greco-Roman social context of late antiquity.


NATHALIE DEBRAUWERE-MILLER (Ph.D. ’00) has been promoted to associate professor with tenure in the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University.  Her first book, Envisager Dieu avec Edmond Jabès, was published by Les éditions du Cerf in 2007, with subvention assistance from the Jewish Studies Enrichment Fund of TIJS.


Jarvis.JPGELISE JARVIS (JSMA ’04) is Associate Director for Law Enforcement Outreach with the Anti-Defamation League in New York.  In 2009, she and David Friedman, Director of ADL's National Law Enforcement Initiatives, accepted the FBI’s Director's Community Leadership Award, which honors individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs and violence in America.  The award recognized Law Enforcement and Society (LEAS): Lessons of the Holocaust -- an innovative ADL training program organized in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum -- as well as the ongoing partnership between ADL and the FBI.


SHANA MINKIN (JSMA ’00) completed her Ph.D. in history at NYU and accepted a three-year teaching position at Swarthmore College beginning in September 2009.  Her specialty is the social history of the modern Middle East, with a focus on 19th and 20th century Egypt, with a particular interest in cities, cosmopolitanism, foreign and minority communities, and questions of public and private space.


JENNIFER LASZLO MIZRAHI (C ’86) is the founder and president of, an organization that reaches out to 76,000 reporters around the world in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Arabic to provide facts to accurately report on Israel.  She is also active in many Jewish organizations with a particular interest in special needs kids.


JORDAN D. ROSENBLUM (JSMA ’03) is the Belzer Assistant Professor in Classical Judaism in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies and the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research focuses on the literature, culture, and history of the early rabbinic (tannaitic) movement.  His new book, Food and Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism (Cambridge University Press, 2010), explores the intersection between early rabbinic food regulations and identity construction, and was the subject of an NPR Rosenblum book cover.jpginterview with Jean Feraca. Research on this project has led Professor Rosenblum to publish, present papers, and teach about such topics as the history of Jews and Chinese food; pork in discourse by and about Jews from antiquity to modernity; kosher olive oil in antiquity; and the connection between cookbooks and identity formation.





SARAH WILLEN (PhD Anthropology ’06) was a lecturer at Harvard University for the academic year 2006-07.  After four years in a tenure track position in medical anthropology at Southern Methodist University, she has now accepted a tenure track position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut.


LEAH WOLFSON (PhD Comparative Literature’08) is an Applied Research Scholar in the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  As such, she engages in research and programming on Jewish Studies and the Holocaust.  Her research projects include contributions to the series, Jewish Response to Persecution, 1933-1946.  Together with her colleagues in University Programming, Leah also organizes and facilitates workshops for scholars and graduate students on a variety of topics related to Jewish studies and the Holocaust.


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