Summer Study or Work Programs

Summer Archaeological Opportunity in Israel

The Jezreel Valley Regional Project is calling for volunteers for the 2017 Legio Excavation from June 24 to July 21. This four week archaeological field school with take place at the base of the Roman VIth Ferrata Legion.

There is an optional preseason tour of sites in Northern Israel that includes Tel Dan, Baniyas, Hazor, Capernum, Bellevoir, Sepphoris, Nazareth, Beth Shean, Jezreel and Megiddo; it will run June 17 to June 22.

Academic credit is also available through the University of Hawai’i (preseason tour required for credit).

Additional information can be found at www.jezreelvalleyregionalproject.com.

Summer 2017 – UConn Brain and Behavior in Tel Aviv

There will be an information session on Monday, March 6th 2017 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Bousfield room A101, led by Dr. Etan Markus.

Learn more about the program, including:

  • The details of the UConn’s honors class – PSYC 2500 Learning & Memory with Dr. Etan Markus (3 Credits)
  • The Tel Aviv university class options:
    •  History: One Hundred Years: History and Memory in Tel Aviv/Jaffa (3 Credits)
    • Politics: Islamic Politics and Terror in the Middle East (3 Credits)
    • Arabic: Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (4 Credits)
  • Credits and transferring credits
  • Budget and fellowships
  • Campus life, housing, dining, night life, beaches
  • Having an attached “social Resident Assistant” to guide you through Israeli society
  • Tel Aviv and Israel: personal safety, tipping, transportation.
  • More on the extra activities that are included in the program, including weekly Israeli cooking classes, special lectures, and weekend trips

Can’t make it or need more information? Contact Dr. Etan Markus at etan.markus@uconn.edu.

Upstander Academy – Registration Deadline

Dodd lobbyThe Dodd Center and the Upstander Project are proud to present the Upstander Academy, an inquiry-based professional development opportunity for secondary educators with a focus on genocide and human rights education.
The first Intellectual Humility in Public Discourse Summer Institute, the Upstander Academy will help teachers promote social emotional competencies and learning, foster intellectual humility, and address complex historical and cultural issues.
Learn About:
  • New content about post-genocide Rwanda and cultural genocide against Native Americans through forced removal of children;
  • Methodologies designed to provide exposure to intellectual humility for learning and justice;
  • Innovative teaching techniques that support the Inquiry Arc, and critical and creative thinking;
  • Instructional strategies that bridge the social studies to social and emotional learning;
  • Ways to celebrate and model the skills of upstanders;
  • Opportunities to join a community of professionals that integrates human rights and genocide education into classrooms.
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2016

For more information, click here.

“The Spirit of Jewish Nationalism”: A Tikvah Summer Institute for College Students

TikvahTikvah is offering an intensive one-week institute for college students living in America, Canada, or elsewhere in the Diaspora. The institute will explore the moral and spiritual roots of Jewish nationalism, and the current intellectual and strategic challenges confronting the modern Jewish state. During the institute, students will study the careers and intellectual legacies of the great thinkers and statesmen of Jewish nationalism, both ancient and modern, and engage in a close reading of George Eliot’s great Zionist novel, Daniel Deronda.
Dates: August 7, 2016—August 12, 2016
Admission will include room, board, and a $500 stipend.
 
For more information or to apply, click here.

Israel Academic Travel Awards – Summer 2016 – Deadline approaching!

Israel collageGlobal Affairs, Judaic Studies, and Middle East Studies are pleased to announce a competition for four awards for academic study in Israel in the summer of 2016. The competition is open to UConn undergraduate and graduate students.
Each award of $1500 may be used to defray expenses such as airfare and registration costs.
This program is not open to current seniors graduating in May 2016, or to incoming students.
For more information, click here.
Deadline: March 25, 2016

Volunteer with JDC Entwine Multi-Week Jewish Service Corps!

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JDC Entwine is gearing up for big things! We have opportunities to volunteer in 11 different countries, impacting diverse humanitarian and Jewish communal needs. Argentina, Bulgaria, India, Israel, Turkey, Hungary, Russia and Moldova are just a few of the incredible places you could be spending your summer!

For more information please visit: http://jdcentwine.org/mw-summer/index.html

To apply: http://bit.ly/MWSummer 

Application deadline: April 11, 2016

For any questions please contact Naomi at Naomi.Levin@jdc.org 

Summer Camp Positions Available for College Students and Educators

Cohen Camps logoLooking for summer work?  Cohen Camps is accepting applications for counselors and specialists for their their summer camp programs located near Cape Cod and in southern New Hampshire.  Camps run from June 22 - August 18, 2016.   These positions are ideal for undergraduates!

Department heads and leadership positions are also available for educators & graduate students (starting June 21).

Visit their website to apply 

Shaking Foundations: Advanced Summer School for Graduate Students in Jewish Studies

Katz LogoJune 19-23, 2016 at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, UPenn

Whether in response to change or in pursuit of it, Jews have engaged in a perpetual process of creating, rebelling against, and transforming foundational texts, institutions, and ideas. Likewise, modern research has challenged traditional understandings of Jewish texts, recast the histories of formative events and people, and questioned fundamental ideas and beliefs.

These two complementary themes are the subject of Shaking Foundations, an intensive, week-long program for graduate students in all areas of Jewish studies. Faculty from Israel, Europe, and the United States will employ a variety of disciplinary approaches (literature, history, anthropology, legal studies, philosophy, etc.) as the group investigates moments of disruption in Jewish life and thought.

Shaking Foundations will bring graduate students together in a small group for an immersive experience in interdisciplinary Jewish studies, exposing them to innovative scholarship, broadening their intellectual perspectives, and allowing them to engage with internationally recognized scholars as well as their peers from around the world. It will also include opportunities for professional development, a visit to the Katz Center’s rare book room to learn about the extraordinary Judaica collection housed there, and directed excursions in the historic center of Philadelphia, where the Katz Center is located.

This program is offered at no cost, including all excursions and most meals. Fellowships to cover transportation and lodging are available for students who do not have applicable funding from their home institutions.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016

For more information, click here.

Helix Project – Widen Your Cultural Lens – Explore History of Central and Eastern Europe

helix_ProjectThe Helix Project immerses students in the history of European Jewish life — filled with joy, coexistence, and creative potential. This summer, undergraduate and graduate students have the rare opportunity to explore the history of Central and Eastern Europe through the interdisciplinary lens of Jewish culture. Over three weeks of travel through Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland, the Helix Project traverses the historical heartlands of a millennium of Jewish life.
Breaking down barriers between past and present, students are immersed in the cultural life of Central and Eastern Europe. The Helix Project gives unique insight into the pre- and post-Soviet borderlands — the former Pale of Settlement — while gaining new understanding of the complex multi-cultural worlds that have existed in these lands for centuries.

This is not a trip only for or about Jews. The program approaches Jewish culture as the product of many different traditions, places, and ideas across national, ethnic, religious, and cultural lines of all sorts. The Helix Project explores these messy, joyful, sometimes tragic, sometimes beautiful realities. And Helix welcomes the participation of people of all backgrounds. Applications for Helix 2015 are due March 2nd.  We welcome applications from students in all fields, and a background (personal or academic) in Jewish Studies is not required. The program begins on July 6, with an intensive week of cultural and language education in Southern California. Then, students spend the next two weeks exploring the heart of Jewish Europe, learning and discussing with leading scholars and with a challenging and inspiring group of peers.

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