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Within the consortium, a full-time graduate student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may enroll in one graduate cross-registered course each term.

Boston College, Boston University and Tufts are the schools that participate in the cross-registration consortium.


Graduate Student News



Lenny Padro (NEJS MA student) and his wife welcomed Myles Christopher Prado into the world on May 20, 2011,   Myles weighed in at 8lbs. 11 oz. and measured 21.5 inches.

Congratulations to Lucia Finotto who exchanged wedding vows with Robert (Rob) W. Gardener on May 19th 2011 in Marblehead, MA.


Jamie Bryson (NEJS MA student) and his wife announce the birth of their first child, Nathaniel Ethan Bryson on November 20, 2009.  He weighed in at 7 pounds and was 19-1/2". 

Congratulations to Tomer Levi (PhD '10) whose dissertation on the Jewish community of Beirut has awarded him the Ben Zvi Institute Prize for research in the area of Sephardic and Mizrahi heritage.


Baby Brown-deVostBronson Brown-deVost (NEJS Ph.D. student) and his wife, Sarah, are thrilled to announce the arrival of a little brother for Bronson, Jr.

The baby was delivered on September 30, 2009, at 6:12 a.m. and is eagerly awaiting a name. Congratulations to all!

The Jerusalem Post article on September 22, 2009, "A Site to Remember," features our Ph.D. student, Shay Rabineau's hikes on the Israel National Trail.

Shay plans to do his doctoral research on hiking trails and tourism in Israel, and he has created, which features his hike blog, frequently asked questions, recommended equipment, maps, as well as initiation of his INT Data Book translation into English.


Congratulations to Tomer Levi, who successfully defended his dissertation, "The Shaping of a Levantine Community:  The Jews of Beirut, 1860-1939" on September 10, 2009. He will receive his Ph.D. in February 2010.

Tomer will be presenting his dissertation material at the Association for Jewish Studies' annual conference in Los Angeles in December, 2009.



Lots of love to Sarah "Sally" Zahavah Cypess, newborn daughter of our Ph.D. student Joshua Cypess and his wife, Rebecca. Sarah arrived on May 22, 2009, five weeks early at 5 lbs. 2 oz., 17" tall, and graduated quickly from the Brigham-NICU. Both mom and baby are home and doing well.

Indiana University

Congratulations to Deborah Skolnick Einhorn, NEJS Ph.D. student, who has been awarded the inaugural Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Women's Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University for 2009-10. This is in recognition of her research focusing on women’s philanthropy or gender differences in philanthropic behavior and giving. She will use the award to help complete her dissertation, "The Power of the Purse: Jewish Women's Philanthropy and Social Change."

>News Release June 2, 2009

Jacob Moses Loewenthal StickneyNEJS Ph.D. student Daniela Loewenthal and her husband welcome home Jacob Moses Loewenthal Stickney, born May 5, weighing 7 lb. 14 oz. and 19.5 inches.  

 Best wishes to all!


 Scarlett Miriam MattisonCongratulations to NEJS master's student Kevin Mattison and his wife, Sarah, on the birth of their daughter Scarlett Miriam Mattison on May 3, 2009. She weighed in at 9-1/2 pounds!

Congratulations to Allyson Gonzalez, recipient of the NEJS Teaching Fellow Prize for 2009-10. This is in recognition for her contribution to teaching at Brandeis. An Awards Reception will be held at Usdan, International Lounge at 3:30 p.m. May 13, 2009.

Congratulations to Mina Muraoka!

As part of its educational and promotional initiatives in the field of American Jewish history, the American Jewish Historical Society annually awards prizes to outstanding students and scholars. They are pleased to announce the following award for 2009:

The Ruth B. Fein Prize is awarded to Ms. Mina Muraoka for archival work related to her study, "Jews and the Russo-Japanese War: the Triangular Relationship between Jewish POWs, Japan, and Jacob H. Schiff." 


Congratulations to Curt Dunagan who will receive a NEJS Ph.D. in February for his dissertation, "The Lost World of Przemysl: Interethnic Dynamics in a Galician Center, 1868-1921."


Jacob Cytryn served as Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Kehilat Shalom, Skokie, IL.

In February, 2008 he spoke on “L'inu'i Nafshoteinu: Denying Ourselves and the Denial of Self in Jewish Education” and “Moreh Derech laMadrichim: Some Thoughts on the Potential of Camp Counselors as Jewish Educators.”

In March 2008 at the Central Region United Synagogue Youth, Spring Convention, Cleveland, OH, he spoke on “The Constitution, Middletown, and Harry Potter,” “On the Evolution of Halachah Case Studies on the Conservative Movement's Halachic Process,” “Driving on Shabbat, the Imahot, Homosexuality, Mamzerut, and Women's Obligations in T'filah,” “Clifford the Big Red Dog and Shabbat haParah: Making Halachah Relevant for Us.”

At USY Youth Directors’ Professional Development Kallah, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, in June 2008, he spoke on “The Constitution, Middletown, and Harry Potter: On the Evolution of Halachah.” He published "Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha,"at He served as on-line Book Group Facilitator, Alumni Book Groups, Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania; Art Spiegelman's Maus, March 17-21, 2008 (with Prof. Alan Filreis), Frencesco Rosi's film The Truce (based on Primo Levi's The Reawakening), forthcoming May, 2009.


Molly DeMarco presented her paper "'The Cows of Bashan': The Beautiful and the Damned" at the 2008 New England Society of Biblical Literature Annual meeting.


Lucia Finotto received a 2004 Dorot Foundation Grant for Travel to Israel. In 2006 she was awarded a Tauber Institute Research Grant for the project Medieval Inquisitions and the Jews: The Case of Sicily. In 2006 she also presented a paper at the Association of Jewish Studies Conference in San Diego, “Medieval Inquisitions and the Jews: the Case of Sicily.”In 2007 she presented “Dante Alighieri's Comedy and Islam” at Harvard University.

In 2008 she presented "Attitudes Towards Jews and Crypto-Jews in Medieval Sicily: Ecclesiastical Powers, Secular Rulers and the Inquisitions" at the First International Conference on Inquisition Studies, Springfield, Missouri, and "Analyzing Anti-Jewish Violence in Late Medieval Sicily. Power, People and Perceptions" at the conference “Beholding Violence. A Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Culture” at Bowling Green State University (for publication in a collection of essays entitled "Beholding Violence" by Ashgate Press in 2009).


Rachel Fish and her husband David Cutler are happy to announce that Ezra Reuven Cutler was born on December 21, 2008, weighing 5 lbs., 12 oz. All are doing well.
Ezra Cutler


Congratulations to NEJS doctoral student, Eric Fleisch and Hornstein master's degree student, Rebecca Fleisch, on the birth of their son, Oren, on January 7, 2009. The baby weighed in at a hefty 9 lbs., 3 oz.! Baby Fleisch


Randall Geller delivered a talk on his dissertation research at an American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise conference September 2008. He also received the following scholarships: American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise Scholarship Award, April 2008; Schusterman Center Academic Scholarship, Brandeis University, 2008-2009; Research Scholarship Award for dissertation, 2008-2009.


James Getz is serving as adjunct professor at Eastern University, Christian Studies department, and at Temple University Intellectual Heritage department. He presented a paper at the Society for Biblical Literature - New England Region in the spring, "The Nazirite Proscriptions in Numbers 6,” and presented a paper, "Hurrying the Analogy: The Analogical Function of Hurrians and Beds in CAT 1.132" at the SBL National, November 2008.


Alexandra Herzog presented a paper in 2008 on “’Yentl the Yeshiva Boy:’ A Comparison Between Isaac Bashevis Singer's Short Story and Barbra Streisand's Adaptation" at a conference on Religion and Sexuality organized by the European Union of Jewish Students amongst other European organizations in Belgrade, Serbia.
In March 2009, she will present a paper "Isaac Bashevis Singer's Erotic Underworld: A study-case of 'Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy'" at the Association for Comparative Literature (ACLA) at Harvard University.

Jerzy Mazur

  • Leo Baeck Fellowship - Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (Berlin – London – Jerusalem 2006 – 2007)
  • Professor of the Wayne State University Holocaust Education Study Tour in Poland, March 2007
  • International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry, University College London, July 2007
  • 2nd Jerusalem School for Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion, Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, July 2007
  • Visiting Assistant Professor – Schusterman Teaching Fellow 2008 Towson University, Maryland
  • Adjunct Research Fellow 2008-09 – Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Forthcoming publication: “Jewish street in late medieval Eastern Europe,” Zeitschrift für Jüdische Studien 2008
  • Signed a contract with the Brill Publishing House for forthcoming dissertation


Jeremy Morrison taught in the Meah program at Temple Israel (2007), directs the Adult Education Program, and teaches Bible to adults and children in a variety of settings at Temple Israel in Boston.


Monika Rice presented “The Necessity of Ethics after Auschwitz in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas,” to the Jewish Source Study Initiative Summer Seminar Confronting Catastrophe: Jewish Religious Responses to the Holocaust, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, August 2006. She has an article in Polin No. 21: "Phantom Fear of a Phantom People. Resisting a Phantom Book: A Critical Assessment of Recent Polish Discussion of Jan Gross’s Fear."

She also taught a course on Eastern-European Jewish history at Clark University in Spring 2008, and gave the speech "Face, Function, and Sanctity: Foundations of a Human Response to the Shoah" at the Holocaust memorial ceremony at Brandeis Hillel in October 2008.


Joseph Ringel

  • Israel Scholar Award - American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise; Fellowship - Schusterman Israel Studies Center - Brandeis University.
  • Presentation: "Lehahazir 'Atarah leYoshenah: The Shas Party and its Relationship to the Jewish State" –Association for Israel Studies Conference, May 2008.
  • Presentation: "Current Ideas on Religious Sephardic Identity" - Schusterman Israel Scholars Conference, Washington, DC - Sept. 2008.
  • Presentation: "What is a Sepharadi? A Debate between Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef and Rabbi Eliyahu Zinni" - Brandeis Schusterman Israel Scholars Seminar, Nov. 2008.


Vasily Shchedrin recently completed two articles: “Der Boyer Tsvishn Khurbos. Di Ershte Teg fun Sovetishen Yiddishen Teater un di Kurtse Piese fun Shloyme Mikhoels [Builder amid Ruins. Early Days of the Soviet Yiddish Theater and Short Dramatic Piece by Solomon Mikhoels],” Yerushalaimer Almanakh 28 (2008), in Yiddish; and “Osip Dymov,” entry in The YIVO Encyclopedia of East European Jewry, Yale University Press, 2008.


Michael Singer

  • Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award (ESL Department) - Spring 2007
  • GTR Award - Spring, 2006 for study in Israel; Dorot Travel Grant - Spring, 2006 for study in Israel
  • Leo Wasserman Endowed Fellowship 2008-09; Lown and Fischman Endowed Fellowship 2007-08
  • Biographies of four notable American Jewish women contributed to The Westminster Handbook to Women in American Religious History, eds. Lindley and Stebner (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008
  • Instructor, Institute of Reading Development - Summers 2007, 08
  • Paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature regional New England conference - April 2008


Deborah Skolnick-Einhorn

  • Articles in Journal of Jewish Communal Service (forthcoming), Sh'ma, JOFA Journal and Encyclopedia of American Women and Religion.
  • Received Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship for 2008-09.
  • Presented at the UJC General Assembly and at the UJC National Women's Philanthropy Board Retreat over the past year.


Michelle Taylor just completed the commentary on "Numbers" for the Biblica Africana Commentary Project, for publication in June 2009. Her article was chosen for a reading at the Biblica Africana Panel at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston, November 2008.


Kerrin Wood received a Provost Award and a GTR grant to study Classical Arabic in Jordan in summer of 2007. Her research was selected for the first annual Brandeis Graduate Student Poster Symposium in April.