Rosalie Katchen Travel Award Guidelines

Application deadline: Currently closed.

Please send a complete set of the following materials to the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.
Incomplete materials will not be considered.

  • Cover letter indicating:
       • current position
       • date/institution of doctoral degree
       •  research interests
  • Paper title and abstract
  • Copy of acceptance letter from AJS
  • Curriculum vitae

Mail materials to:

Professor Sylvia Barack Fishman
The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Mailstop 079
515 South Street
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02454-9110


Rosalie Katchen Travel Award

The Rosalie Katchen Travel Award is available to junior scholars presenting papers exploring topics related to Jewish women and gender issues at the Association for Jewish Studies Annual Meeting. Scholars who completed their dissertation within the past five years are invited to apply.

Awards are made as travel reimbursement for expenses up to $250 following the AJS meeting (upon submission of an original receipt).

2013 Award Winners:

Orit Avery
The Hartman Institute
“The Cry of the Concubine at Gilbeah; the Whisper of Ruth on the Threshing Floor: An Intertextual Analysis of Two Biblical Stories”

Efrat Bloom
University of Michigan
“In the Field of Jewish Eros”

Levi Cooper
Bar-Ilan University
“Do-it-yourself Miqva’ot: Creative Solutions to Legal Delinquency”

Shira Klein
Chapman University
“Faith in the Fatherland: Jewish Women and Italy’s 1938 Racial Laws”

Devi Mays
Jewish Theological Seminary
“A Love Story from the Old World that Ended in Tragedy in the New: Migration, Marriage, and Domestic Violence in the 20th Century Sephardic World”

Tahneer Oksman
Marymount Manhattan College
“Learned Mister Editor: Liana Fink’s Graphic Translation of Bintel Brief

Melissa Weininger
Rice University
“Girlfriends in Paradise: The Garden of Eden and the Location of Modernity”

Shayna Weiss
New York University
“A Beach of Their Own: A History of the Gender Segregated Beach in Tel Aviv”

Shira Weiss
Yeshiva University
“Halakhic Innovation in the Responsa of Hasdai Crescas: The Case of the Qatlanit

Murat C. Yildiz
“Societe Juive de Gymnastique, ‘Maccabi’: An Ottoman Jewish Civic Association”

View a list of past award recipients

Rosalie E. Katchen

Rosalie E. Katchen was the Hebraica Librarian at Brandeis University. In this role she gave indispensable assistance to faculty and students alike. Rosalie’s warmth, efficiency and deep knowledge of Judaica, as well as library and technical cataloguing, made her invaluable throughout the Jewish Studies research world. Rosalie directed the computerization of the Brandeis Hebraica collection and worked internationally to improve online cataloguing of Hebrew books, rare books and periodicals.

Rosalie was an active and cherished member of the HBI Academic Advisory Committee. A highly intelligent, thoughtful and caring friend and colleague, her courage and optimism inspired many.