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April 17, 2016, West Hartford Public Library – “Hidden Communities: Jews of Color in North America”

Lewis GordonProfessor Lewis Gordon Presents:

Hidden Communities: Jews of Color in North America

Sunday, April 17 @ 2:00 p.m.

Meeting Room, West Hartford Public Library

Stories of the Jewish people are told in a way that ignores what we have been for most of our history: people of color. Even the academic work of “experts” in Jewish studies reinforces the near-invisibility of Jewish people of color.

This talk will explore the circumstances that have led to such historical amnesia, and conclude with reflections on why it is important to recognize and celebrate the tapestry of Jewish diversity and the life-affirming possibilities it offers. 

Professor Lewis Gordon teaches courses in philosophy, Africana studies, and Judaic studies at UConn and at universities in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.  He is a member of Kehilat Chaverim. 

The talk is sponsored by Kehilat Chaverim and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Park in the Isham Garage and bring your ticket for validation at the library

Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation Internship Support Program

RosenbergThe Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation today announced it second annual Internship Support Program.
The program provides grants to college and graduate students who accept unpaid or low-paying internships with an organization (NGOs and not-for-profits) whose work aligns with the Foundation’s mission. The grants shall be used to support the recipient’s reasonable living expenses during the course of the internship.
“We are eager to support students who want to work with, and learn firsthand from, organizations that combat hatred and antisemitism,” said Justus Rosenberg, president of the Foundation. “As an integral part of the program,” Dr. Rosenberg added, “students will be mentored by our executive director, Kenneth Stern, a recognized international expert in hatred and antisemitism.”
Applications for 2016 Rosenberg Internships can be submitted between April 1, 2016 and April 29, 2016.

“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.

Be a Visiting Scholar in Biblical Hebrew at Indiana University!

IndianaUniversityThe Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University invites applications for a Visiting Scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year.  The Visiting Scholar will be expected to teach two courses in both the Fall and Spring semesters: Introductory Biblical Hebrew, and Intermediate Biblical Hebrew. The position provides a stipend of $45,000, and the successful applicant will also be able to apply for some research funding from the program. Ph.D. in Jewish Studies or a related field is desirable, but suitable ABD candidates will also be considered. Residency of the visiting scholar in Bloomington is strongly preferred.

To apply for this position, please submit the following:

  • cover letter addressing your research agenda for the year, your aptitude and experience in Biblical Hebrew, and your approach to teaching both the introductory and intermediate-level courses
  • curriculum vitae
  • three letters of reference

Materials should be sent via email to:  (subject line “Visiting Scholar Position”)

Deadline: April 15, 2016 or until position filled

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.
Deadline: March 25, 2016

Earn academic credit by volunteering this summer at an archaeological dig in Israel!

Hebrew UniversityThis summer, the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is continuing its exciting excavations at the Hellenistic site of Khirbet el-Eika in the Lower Galilee!
They are seeking volunteers, both graduate and under-graduate students, who will receive academic credits from the Hebrew University Rothberg International School.

Psychology Majors – Study Abroad in Tel Aviv this Summer!

UConn@Tel Aviv University is a new summer study abroad program that gives students a chance to pursue their studies in Psychology/Cognitive Science/Neuroscience. This 5 week program is led by Dr. Etan Markus (UConn Psychology) together with colleagues at Tel Aviv University.  Participants will take a UConn class supplemented with a second class focused on regional history, politics and/or culture.  They will also have organized activities and tours.

Tel Aviv/Jaffa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Bauhaus architecture.  It is also known as “The City that Never Sleeps.”  Tel Aviv University is a leading world institution with cutting edge research in both Psychology and Neuroscience.

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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


Jewish Organizing Fellowship

Join for Justice logoThe Jewish Organizing Fellowship is a professional development opportunity for Jewish young adults (21-30) to become full-time community organizers for social justice organizations, explore their Jewish identity together, and grow as leaders in pursuit of social justice.

This highly competitive year-long paid fellowship is open to Jewish young adults who have campus or professional experience working for social justice and are interested in systemic change and community building. The fellowship is also open to young people who hold organizing jobs and are seeking training, mentoring, and support.

Deadline: April 6, 2016

For more information, click here.