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Graduate Fellowships in Jewish Studies

With the admission of four students in fall 2009, TIJS inaugurated a new fellowship program for PhD students who specialize in Jewish studies. Grounded in the interdisciplinarity that characterizes Jewish studies, the program reflects the desire of TIJS faculty to train future scholars while maintaining the disciplinary base of their scholarship. Students admitted to any department of the Laney Graduate School may be nominated by the department for the five-year top-off fellowship. Up to four students may be admitted to the program each year. Demonstrated academic excellence in both Jewish studies and the disciplinary field—including competency in a Jewish language—is the primary criterion for admission, along with the degree of fit with the TIJS faculty’s research strengths and goals.

Students awarded the fellowships in fall 2009 include:

Jason Schulman

Jason Schulman grew up in Englewood, New Jersey. He attended the Ramaz Upper School in New York, received his BA in history from Columbia University, studied abroad for a semester at the University of Melbourne, spent a year at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and is now pursuing a PhD in history at Emory University. His specialization is American Jewish history.

Nehemia Stern

Nehemia Stern received his BA in 2006 from Binghamton University with a double major in Judaic studies and anthropology. In 2008 he also received an MA in cultural anthropology from Binghamton. He is now a PhD student in the Jewish Religious Cultures course of study of the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory. Stern is broadly interested in the anthropology of Jews and Judaism, the history of social theory, and modern Jewish thought.

Ariel Svarch Ariel Svarch is a PhD student in Latin American history. He studied history and journalism at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. His main research interests are the culture and sociability of immigrants, particularly eastern European Jewish immigrants to Latin America in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Nicole Tilford

Nicole Tilford is a second-year PhD student in Emory’s Hebrew Bible program, with a focus on early Jewish hermeneutics. She completed both her BA in classical Greek and Latin and her MA in religions of western antiquity at Florida State University. Throughout her studies, Tilford has been increasingly fascinated by Jewish communities from the period between 200 B.C.E. and 200 C.E. and how they reflected upon and interpreted their ancestral traditions. She is also interested in the conception of medicine and disease in the late Hellenistic and early Roman eras and how these early views of the human body influenced texts of this era.








About this Publication

spcrFirst Person:
Jacob Wright

Jacob Wright is assistant professor of Hebrew Bible in Candler School of Theology and a core faculty member in the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies.

Graduate Student Profile:
Craig Perry

Craig Perry’s academic career exemplifies the scholarly process of moving from the general to the specific and provides an unusual glimpse into the development of a scholar.

A Kleyne Velt: Renewal of Yiddish Studies at Emory

Claiming the status of the only all-Yiddish college a cappella group in the world, A Kleyne Velt (“A Small World”) burst on the scene at Emory this past year.

Rothschild Memorial Seminar on Justice in the Judaic Tradition

The first Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild Memorial Seminar, honoring the late Atlanta rabbi and civil rights leader, was delivered by Ellen M. Umansky, Carl and Dorothy Bennett Chair in Judaic Studies at Fairfield University.

Student Papers

Blumenthal AwardsTIJS presents the annual David R. Blumenthal Awards. These awards go to undergraduate and graduate students who best link the knowledge, insights, values, and perspectives of Jewish realities to broader human concerns.

Donor Profile:
Janice Rothschild Blumberg

Janice R. BlumberA $50,000 gift from the Rothschild family, members of Atlanta’s Jewish community, and corporate benefactors has established the Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild Fund for Jewish Studies.





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