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Johannes Kleiner
Jessica Ginsberg

Special congratulations to Jessica Ginsberg, who graduated magna cum laude in Jewish studies in May. Supervised by Don Seeman, she researched and wrote the honors thesis titled " 'Bring Me the Sword!': A Comparative Analysis of How a Modern Day King Solomon Might Approach Assisted Reproductive Technologies from the Jewish and Roman Catholic Perspectives." After graduation, Ginsberg worked for the summer in the Emory Jewish Genetic Disease Program in the Department of Human Genetics. She will work in a law firm during the coming year and begin law school in fall 2014. An abstract of her honors thesis follows.


" 'Bring Me the Sword!': A Comparative Analysis of How a Modern Day King Solomon Might Approach Assisted Reproductive Technologies from the Jewish and Roman Catholic Perspectives."

The advancement of reproductive technologies has caused modern medical science, jurisprudence, and ancient religious tenets to intersect in profound and unprecedented ways. With infertility plaguing more than 10 percent of women in the United States and 10–15 percent of married couples, different types of aggressive infertility treatments, many of which involve three or more parties, are becoming more common as couples and individuals aim to start families. Not only has the increased use of different reproductive technologies generated ethical dilemmas and bred political controversy, but also, on a broader level, it has challenged traditional understanding of familial relations and blurred notions of identity and consanguinity. Two vocal informants that shape contemporary conversation regarding the moral and ethical implications surrounding the use of assisted reproductive technologies are the Roman Catholic and Jewish traditions. This paper explores Catholicism and halakhic Judaism's understandings of the role of the family, origins of life, and the paradoxical relationship between divine sovereignty and human stewardship in the context of specific technological interventions in the reproductive process.


Congratulations to the following students who also graduated with BAs with a major in Jewish studies:

Rachel Melissa Orbach
Rachel Elianna Rosenthal
Joelle Shira Zegas

And with minor concentrations in Jewish studies:

Anna Naomi Lukacher
Vladimir Plotkin

Student Grants

Student Grants
(L. to R.) Magenta Williams, Ashley Crump, Zobida Dat, Rachel Duboff, Sahil Gilani, Anna Goodwin, Alivia Sahl, David Blumenthal

Through the generosity of endowment donors, TIJS is able to provide funding to students, both graduate and undergraduate, to support research, travel to conferences, language study, or participation in educational programs abroad. This year, all undergraduate awardees used their funding to assist with the costs of participating in the Emory Summer Sephardi Study Abroad program, a six-week academic tour of the Jewish experience in Spain and then tracing the paths of Sephardic Jews after the expulsion from Spain in 1492. This year's recipients of undergraduate student grants were:



Ashley Crump (History)
Zobida Dat (Linguistics/Sociology)
Rachel Duboff (Jewish Studies/History)
Sahil Gilani (Religion/Political Science)
Anna Goodwin (undeclared)
Brianna Poovey (Linguistics)
Alivia Sahl (Political Science/Jewish Studies)
Magenta Williams (Art History/Italian)




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Norman Stillman Delivers the 17th Tenenbaum Lecture

Tenenbaum LectureThis year, the 17th-annual Tenenbaum Family Lecture has brought us full circle, back to a topic connected to the one with which we started.
Moshe Idel Bridges Jewish Mysticism and Indian Religions

Moshe IdelMoshe Idel delivers a talk, "Hindu Thought in Hebrew Words: How Indian Thought Influenced Medieval Jewish Mysticism."
TIJS Faculty Highlights

Oded BorowskiTIJS to
honor Oded Boroswki with the spring 2014 Symposium and welcomes Nicholas Block.
Graduate Student News

We celebrate the TIJS-
affiliated graduate students who have completed their programs and received their doctorates this year.
Blumenthal Awards Go to Three Students

Blumenthal AwardsThe Blumenthal award is given to Emory students (graduate and undergraduate) who submit excellent papers, written in the past year, on any topic related to Jewish studies.

Thanks to Our Donors

Thanks to our donorsWe are grateful to the friends of TIJS for their generous donations that make so many of our programs possible.



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