Author: Pamela Weathers

Professor Karen B. Stern Presents “Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity”

On Thursday, April 4, 2019, Professor Karen B. Stern (Brooklyn College of CUNY) presented the UConn Center for Judaic Studies Gene and Georgia Mittelman Lecture in Judaic Studies: "Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity." The lecture was co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute, the Anthropology Department, and the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

2019 Undergraduate Student Award Recipients in Hebrew and Judaic Studies

The Center for Judaic Studies is proud to announce our 2019 undergraduate award recipients in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. The awards for excellence in Holocaust studies were presented at the Annual Academic Convocation on the Holocaust; awards in recognition of outstanding scholarship in Hebrew and Judaic Studies were presented at the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Annual Student Award Ceremony. Students studying at the Stamford campus received their awards at a ceremony in Stamford on May 14.

The awards of the Center for Judaic Studies are made possible thanks to the continued support of our donors. Through their generosity, we are able to support and recognize the achievements of our students.

The Cohen Henes Award

in recognition of outstanding scholarship in Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Daniel Barrack
John Bertenshaw
Alex Breinan
Jorge Cuautla
Troy Czerwinski
Abigail Edelman
James Kolb
Julia Markfield
Maria Oliveira
Lynita Reid
Katherine Scibilia
Danielle Toger
Angelina Zollo

The Frances and Irving Seliger Memorial Award

in recognition of excellence in Holocaust studies

Lauren Cenci
Isabelle Geller
Amy Hellrigel
Kaceylee Klein
Lauren Macy
Ashlynn Morse
Samuel Smyth
Sam Strizver

The Sylvia and Leo Dashefsky Award

in recognition of excellence in Hebrew

Emily Rich

Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life Announced

We are delighted to announce that Professor Avinoam Patt has accepted the position as Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life. He will begin the directorship in August 2019.

Professor Patt comes to UConn from the University of Hartford, where he has been the Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History and co-director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. He has also served as the Director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization at the University of Hartford. Previously, he worked as the Miles Lerman Applied Research Scholar for Jewish Life and Culture at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Professor Patt is an accomplished scholar in the fields of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies and has published extensively on Jewish responses to the Holocaust, Jewish Displaced Persons in postwar Europe, and American Jewish Fiction. He is co-editor of a newly published volume, The Joint Distribution Committee at 100: A Century of Humanitarianism, and author of a forthcoming book on the early postwar memory of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, The Jewish Heroes of Warsaw (to be published by Wayne State University Press).

We know you share our enthusiasm and that of the other members of the search committee, Sara Johnson, Jacqueline Loss, and Frederick Roden (with special thanks to Pamela Weathers, our administrator) in congratulating and welcoming Avinoam Patt.

Sebastian Wogenstein (Interim Director)

Stuart Miller (Academic Director)


Professor Stuart Miller to Present Humanities Fellow Research Talk March 26, 2019

Academic Director of the Center for Judaic Studies Professor Stuart Miller will present Humanities Fellow research talk: "From Temple to Home to Community: The Survival and Transformation of Ancient Jewish Life in the Wake of Catastrophe." 

The talk will be held on Tuesday, March 26, at 4:00 pm with a light reception at 5:00 in the Humanities Institute Seminar Room (Babbidge Library, 4th Floor)

Joint Statement from the Directors of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the Asian American Cultural Center, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, and the Human Rights Institute

The horrific attack on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch have left us heartbroken.  We stand in solidarity with the victims and their families, the people of New Zealand, and our Muslim neighbors here and around the world.  We stand against the malignant forces and repugnant ideologies of white supremacy, Islamophobia, and ethno-nationalism, which appear to have incubated and catalyzed this crime.

That many of those who worshiped at these mosques had fled violence and persecution in their home countries deepens the sorrow we feel for this tragedy.  That they sought asylum and were welcomed to New Zealand by Muslims and non-Muslims alike heartens us with hope that the community of Christchurch will respond to hatred and division with love and unity. 

The people of the United States and Connecticut are all too familiar with such senseless acts of violence, and our hearts go out to our Kiwi friends as they begin to reflect and rebuild.  As directors of programs at UConn rooted in a commitment to the fundamental human rights of all people, we pledge to continue our efforts to address violent racism, bigotry, and Islamophobia, and join President Herbst in rededicating ourselves to building “a world where all people can live together in peace.”

Glenn Mitoma
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Angela Rola
Asian American Cultural Center

Sebastian Wogenstein
Interim Director
Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life

Stuart Miller
Academic Director
Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life

Kathy Libal
Human Rights Institute

Molly Land
Associate Director
Human Rights Institute

Daniel Hershenzon Wins Sharon Harris Book Award 2019

Daniel HershenzonCongratulations to affiliated faculty member Daniel Hershenzon who won the Sharon Harris Book Award for 2019 for The Captive Sea: Slavery, Communication, and Commerce in Early Modern Spain and the Mediterranean (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018):  

The Harris Book Award Committee noted, “Prof. Hershenzon’s book is an illuminating study of the redemption of captives in the early modern Mediterranean. The Captive Sea traces the seizure of Christians and Muslims by pirates, their enslavement in hostile lands, and their occasional return through complicated systems of ransom. Deeply researched in Spanish archives, the book examines the flourishing of a slave system that differs from the Atlantic slave trade, and it shows the ways in which the trade in captives encouraged intercultural communication between Southern Europe and North Africa.” 

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