2014 Research Award Winners

Yeshuv & Israel

Natan Aridan
Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism
“The Contribution of Female Diplomats, Spouses, and ‘Significant Others’ to Israeli Diplomacy, 1948–1976”

Esther Carmel-Hakim
University Of Haifa
“Writing Palestine: Dorothy Kahn Bar-Adon”

Meir Chazan
Tel Aviv University
“Women and Guns: Women’s Military Activity in the Yishuv, 1907–1945”

Ofira Gruweis-Kovalsky
Herzl Institute University of Haifa
“Secular Conservative — Women in Right-Wing Parties in the State of Israel during the 1950s and 1960s”

Liora Halperin
University of Colorado, Boulder
“A Murder in the Grove: Conceptions of Heroism and Martyrdom in Late Ottoman and Mandate Palestine”

Wendy Zierler
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
“Agnon and Baron: Gender, Journey, and Diaspora in Modern Hebrew Fiction”

Creative Arts

Hilla Ben Ari
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
“Na’amah — A Tribute to Nachum Benari”

Moran Benit
Hebrew University
“Ronit Matalon: Israeli Writer and Intellectual”

Judith Baumel
Adelphi University
“Cousins A–Z”

Rebecca Cypess
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers
“Listening to Sara Levy”

Gail Levin
Baruch College
“Recovering Sonia Delaunay’s Identity as a Jewish Woman: Biography and Art History”

Tahneer Oksman
Marymount Manhattan College
“‘How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?’: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs”

Rebecca Pristoop
Jewish Museum, NYC
“Passion, Pop and Politics: The Banks Sisters and the Vietnam War Era”

Monica Steinberg
“From Judy Gerowitz to Judy Chicago: The Re-branding of an Identity”

Shira Stav
Ben Gurion University
“Familial relations in Modern Hebrew Literature: Between incest and Intertext”

Frieda Vizel
Sarah Lawrence University
“A Yiddishe Mamme”


Elissa Bemporad
Queens College – CUNY
“The Jewish Male Predator and His Female Prey: Gender Aspects of the Blood Libel in the Soviet Union”

Katarzyna Czerwonogóra
Viadrina University, Frankfurt
“Self-organization as a tool for emancipation. Local and international mobilization of Zionist women at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century in Poland and Germany”

Shaun Jacob Halper
Yale University
“Mordechai Langer (1897–1943) and the Birth of the Modern Jewish Homosexual”

Jacob Lackner
University of Oklahoma
Abstract: “Stubborn Men and Malleable Women: Gender and Jewish Conversion to Christianity in the High Middle Ages”

Saskia Coenen Snyder
University of South Carolina
“Diasporic Gems: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Global Commerce”


Michelle Facos
Indiana University
“Emma Lamm Zorn: Jewish-Swedish Ethnographer and Philanthropist”

Rachel Gordan
University of Toronto
“Laura Z. Hobson’s ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’”

Kate Stewart
Library of Congress
“The Books of Ruth: The Life and Times of Librarian Ruth Rappaport”

Film & Video

Michal Aviad
“Dimona Twist”

Aviva Kempner
“The Agnieszka Holland Film Project”

Lily Rivlin
“Heather Booth: Changing the World”

Gender, Culture, Religion & Law

Hauwa Ibrahim
University of Rome
“Boko Haram, Borderless Terrorism: Women Can Turn Back the Clock”

Families, Children and the Holocaust

Beth B. Cohen
California State University – Northridge
“Saving Jewish Girls: Gender and Ultra-Orthodox Efforts to Rescue and Rehabilitate Child Survivors”