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Recent Publications, Lectures and Awards

Ellen Kellman, Awarded The Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowship and the Dora and Mayer Tendler Endowed Fellowship in Jewish Studies

Ellen Kellman has been awarded The Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowship and the Dora and Mayer Tendler Endowed Fellowship in Jewish Studies by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for her project on "Abraham Cahan, Louis Miller and the Yiddish 'Yellow Press'".

David Wright, Winner of University Mentoring Award

The Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award is an annual award for “outstanding ability as a mentor” by a member of the faculty involved in the supervision of graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Yehudah Mirsky, Recipient of "Choice Award" for the Sami Rohr Prize 2016

Rav Kook:  Mystic in a Time of Revolution, by Yehudah Mirsky, has been awarded the "Choice Award" for the 2016 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature by the Jewish Book Council.

Read his finalist interview here.

Students elected to Brandeis Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to Abigail Denemark (minor), Samuel Marlowe (major), Leila Goulden Naitove (minor) and Eliana Rosenthal (major).

Mostafa Hussein awarded Dissertation Year Fellowship

Mostafa Hussein, PhD candidate, has received a 2016-17 Dissertation Year Fellowship at the Frankel Center, University of Michigan.

Panel discussion of Sylvia Barack Fishman's new book

The Brandeis Justice, (3/22/16) features a full page story about the event sponsored by HBI featuring a panel discussion about Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman's new book, Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families:  Paradoxes of a Social Revolution.

Gennady Estraikh (NYU) writes Yiddish account of Tauber Institue event

A wonderful account in Yiddish of the Tauber Institute's​ scholars' workshop on Soviet Jewish History and Literature at Brandeis organized by ChaeRan Freeze and Sylvia Fuks Fried

Article by Benjamin Steiner accepted for publication

PhD candidate Benjamin Steiner has had an article accepted for publication later this year in the American Jewish Archives Journal. 

Golan Moskowitz Receives the Lukens Prize

PhD candidate Golan Moskowitz's essay "Wild American Things?:  The Postwar Child and Jewish American Coalescence," was chosen as winner of the annual Mark and Ruth Luckens Essay Competition in Jewish Thought and Culture.  This prize is awarded for the best unpublished essay that is also suitable for oral presentation to a general audience and written by a graduate student or recent PhD.  He delivered the paper at a public lecture in early February 2016 at the University of Kentucky.

Celene Ibrahim's Article in NY Times Op-Ed

Celene Ibrahim's article "Do Non-Muslims Help or Hurt Women by Wearing Hijabs?" was recently published in the New York Times Op-Ed section.  Celene Ibrahim is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

>read her article

Jonathan Sarna is Awarded the Lee Max Friedman Award Medal

Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society is pleased to announce that the 2016 winner of the Lee Max Friedman Award Medal for distinguished service in the field of American Jewish history has been awarded to Professor Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. The medal is awarded for special achievements in research, scientific or popular writing, teaching, encouragement and/or support of specific historical projects.  Professor Sarna has excelled in each of these areas.  He is editor, author and co-editor of more than thirty books, and has written across the entire span of American Jewish History.

The medal will be awarded to Professor Sarna during the Biennial Scholars’ Conference of the Academic Council on June 20 at an event open to the public.

The Friedman Medal is named in memory of a past president of the American Jewish Historical Society.

Jonathan Sarna Publishes Article

An opinion piece in the FORWARD about the centennial of Louis Brandeis' nomination to the US Supreme Court, "100 Years Later, Has Louis Brandeis's Supreme Court Nomination Changed Anything?" written on January 27, 2016.

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Ilana Szobel Authors Article

Ilana's Szobel's newest article, “Lights in the Darkness”: Prostitution, Power and Vulnerability in Early Twentieth-Century Hebrew Literature was published by the Indiana University Press, Prooftexts 34 (2): 2015, pp. 170-206.

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Tzvi Abusch Authors Book

An important magical text against witchcraft from Mestopotamia, the book The Magical Ceremony Maqlu: A Critical Edition was published by Koninklijke Brill in 2016.

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Reuven Kimelman Authors Article

Reuven Kimelman's article: "State-Building Can Pave the Way to Statehood" was published in 2015 Tikkun Magazine by the Duke University Press.

>see article

Yehudah Mirsky Authors Articles

In his latest publication, Yehudah Mirsky authored: "Condeming fanaticism is the easy part" on January 17, 2016 as part of a Blog on

>see article

Ari Ofengenden Authors Articles

Ari Ofengenden's newest aritlce: "Monotheism, the Incomplete Revolution: Narrating the Event in Freud's and Assmann's Moses" was published in Symploke, Volume 23, January 2016, by the University of Nebraska Press.

>see article

Ari Ofengenden wrote an article entitled, "National Identity in Global Times: Therapy and Satire in Contemporary Israeli Film and Literature" published in The Comparatist, Volume 39, October 2015, by The University of North Carolina Press.

>see article

Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell Receive Award

Lincoln and the Jews:  A History has been granted the Award of Achievement by the Lincoln Group of New York.  The award will be given officially at the February, 2016 meeting of the group in New York City. 

Yehudah Mirsky co-authors Article

Yehudah Mirsky and Rabbi Reuven Zeigler co-authored a recent article entitled, "Torah and Humanity in a Time of Rebirth:  Rav Yehuda Amital as Educator and Thinker," published in Torah and Western Thought:  Intellectual Portraits of Orthodoxy and Modernity by Maggid Books.

>see article

52nd Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture

David Ellenson delivered the 52nd Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture on November 3, 2015.  He spoke on "To Reshape the World:  Interpretation, Renewal and Feminist Approaches to Jewish Law."  Professor Ellenson is the current Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, visiting professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Chancellor-emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he served as president of HUC-JIR from 2001-2013. Click on the link below to watch a video of the lecture.

>Watch the video

Eugene Sheppard article published

"Old Stones, a Black Cat, and a New Zion" has been published in the Jewish Review of Books in their Fall 2015 issue.

>see article

Ari Ofengenden Publishes Article

"Agency, Desire, and Power in Schnitzler's Dream Novel and Kubrick's Adaptation Eyes Wide Shut" by Ari Ofengenden was recently published in CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture.

>see article


National Library of Israel invites Professor Jonathan Sarna to review American Jewry archives

Jonathan Sarna

Professor Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, is helping the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem to enhance its American Jewry collection. 

>see article

Professor Yehudah Mirsky quoted in July issue of Haaretz

"U.S. Rabbis at Odds Over Moral Implications of Iran  Deal," by Debra Nussbaum Cohen | July 15, 2015 Haaretz DailyYehudah Mirsky

“A moral clarity” is needed to assure that the conditions of the agreement with Iran are upheld, said Yehudah Mirsky, an Orthodox-ordained rabbi who served as a special advisor to the U.S. State Department’s human rights bureau during the Clinton presidency.

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Distinguished scholar and teacher David Ellenson to lead the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

From left, David Ellenson, Lisa Lynch, and Ilan Troen

David Ellenson, an internationally renowned scholar of modern Judaism, has been appointed acting director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. See Brandeis NOW for more information.

In addition, we welcome him to NEJS where he will be teaching NEJS 166b:  Who is a Jew?  Jewish Status and Identify in Israel and America this fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 3:20 pm.  In the Spring 2016 semester, he will be teaching NEJS 156a:  Modern Questions, Jewish Answers:  Modern Jewish Responsa Literature.

Prof. Ilan Troen '63 elected president of the Association for Israel Studies

Ilan TroenIlan Troen '63, the Karl, Harry and Helen Stoll Professor of Israel Studies at Brandeis University, has been elected president of the Association for Israel Studies, the preeminent international society for scholarship and research of modern Israel. He formally assumed the presidency at the associations annual meeting June 3 in Montreal.See Brandeis NOW for more information.