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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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Dr. Craig Perry: A Student's Perspective

Sasha Rivers, an Emory junior majoring in Arabic and Jewish Studies, profiles Prof. Craig Perry, who is currently teaching the course, “Medieval Egypt: A History of Everyday Life.”
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Emory historian Deborah Lipstadt confirmed as U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism

Described by the White House as “a renowned scholar of the Holocaust and modern antisemitism,” Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies in Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and the Department of Religion.

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Student Spotlight: Drew Mindell Explores Jewish Themes in Playwriting

Across the diverse cast of Emory undergraduate students, Drew Mindell (22C) stands in his own spotlight as an aspiring playwright who often uses his medium to explore Jewish themes.  With multiple awards already under his belt, Mindell has authored standout pieces including Made Me A Match, winner of the Georgia Theater Conference's one-act play competition; and ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare (or at least our best approximation), which won the prestigious David L. Shelton Award and earned a staged reading through the 2021 Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival.

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Deep Dive: Pazit Kahlon-Shelnutt and the Hebrew Language Program

While Jewish Studies at Emory covers several disciplines, a knowledge of Judaic languages is fundamental to all the work students and professors do in areas such as Jewish history, Jewish literature, Israel Studies, and the study of classical texts.  Hebrew Lecturer Pazit Kahlon-Shelnutt serves as the Director of the Hebrew Program, and possesses a noteworthy passion for cultivating her students’ experience both inside and outside the classroom.
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