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Director’s Letter

Director J. LesserAs I write this, I am completing my first three-year term as director of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies (TIJS) and preparing for a scholar’s dream—a year’s leave in which scholarship is my primary responsibility. Given that TIJS recently has completed a self-study and external review, it is naturally a time of reflection on the development of Jewish studies at Emory.

We continue to move toward our goal of becoming one of the top programs in Jewish studies nationally and internationally. In that ambition, we are fortunate to have both the support of the Emory administration and supplemental funding from outside the University. This partnership allows for the hiring of excellent new faculty members along with a rich programming agenda and support for faculty and student scholarship. Although TIJS has been affected by the same economic difficulties experienced by other academic programs, careful and strategic management of resources has allowed focusing of efforts toward our goals.

It is also a time of transition for Emory College with the departure of Dean Robert A. Paul and the arrival of Dean Robin Forman. Dean Paul recognized Jewish studies as a prime example of interdisciplinary study and supported the growth of TIJS. Indeed, he considers the growth of TIJS one of the high achievements of his tenure as dean of Emory College (see http://www.college.emory.edu/home/news/quadrangle/). We look forward to working with Dean Forman as we continue this growth.

An obvious change—brought forcefully to us by cost issues, but clearly in line with trends in the academic and nonacademic worlds—is the move to an electronic newsletter. We hope you find it enlightening!

In this issue, please see these highlights of recent achievements:

  • Graduate Fellowships in Jewish Studies

  • First Person: Jacob Wright, who recently returned from a year at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and the S. Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies at Tel Aviv University

  • Graduate Student Profile: Craig Perry

  • A Kleyne Velt: Renewal of Yiddish Studies at Emory

  • Rothschild Memorial Seminar on Justice in the Judaic Tradition

  • Award-Winning Student Papers

  • Donor Profile: Janice Rothschild Blumberg

  • Photo Gallery

As always, for the most current information on TIJS, please visit our website at js.emory.edu.


 

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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.

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First 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.

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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.

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Donor Profile:
Janice Rothschild Blumberg


Janice R. BlumenthalA $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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Also:

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.

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.

Award-Winning Student Papers
TIJS 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.

 

 

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