The LA Review of Books launched an online forum on Prof. Alexander Kaye's book, "The Invention of Jewish Theocracy: The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel." The forum grew out of the book launch event held at Brandeis in February 2020. The forum opened May 21, 2021 with Prof. Kaye's essay on the idea of a halakhic state; read it here. Look out for these upcoming contributions to this forum from other Brandeis faculty members: "The Anglo-Jewish Nomocracy of Isaac Herzog" by Prof. David S. Katz; "Inventing A Jewish Feminist Theocracy" by our associate director Dr. Shayna Weiss; and "Cultural Contradictions of The Nation-State" by our own Prof. Yehudah Mirsky.
Visit Brandeis' New Jewish Experience Website
Brandeis has launched a new website devoted to discussing pressing issues facing Jews today: What does it mean to be a Jew? Why is antisemitism on the rise? How is the relationship between diaspora Jews and Israel evolving? The Jewish Experience features research by Brandeis’ world-class faculty, articles on history, culture and traditions and profiles of students and alumni who are leading Jewish organizations and using their intellectual and material gifts to help heal the world - on campus and beyond. The site was inspired by the Framework for the Future, which lays out the strategic vision for the university.
Be sure to check out the section devoted to Israel and the Middle East.
Schusterman Center News
September 17, 2021Just in time for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, our own Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna & Dr. Zev Eleff's article "When Etrogim Briefly Grew on Trees" in Segula Magazine offers an economic history of the Etrog, with a focus on the New World. Read the article on The Jewish Experience, a new initiative at Brandeis University. (Check out their section on Israel and the Middle East.)
September 9, 2021
Happy New Year from the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies! As we bid farewell to the past year, 5781 according to the Jewish calendar, we are proud to share with you an overview of what we have accomplished, even in the face of the global pandemic. Check out the highlights!
August 12, 2021The New York Times Style section quoted Schusterman Center director Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna on the Orthodox concept of modesty in dress. Read the article, "In ‘My Unorthodox Life,’ Fashion Is a Flash Point."
August 10, 2021The Jewish Telegraphic Agency quoted Schusterman Center associate director Dr. Shayna Weiss in the article, "The creator of ‘Srugim’ is turning to fans to finance his next project," by Ben Sales. She reflects on the much loved Israeli TV show Srugim, Israeli TV, funding for the arts, and how Srugim creator Laizy Shapira may be a victim of his own success. Read the article.
August 10, 2021Bluefield State College published an article about their faculty member Dr. Debjani Chakrabarti's 2021 Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) fellowship. Dr. Chakrabarti teaches sociology and hopes to develop a study-abroad program that can be cross-listed with Bluefield State’s Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Read the article.
August 10, 2021
Prof. Yehudah Mirsky's newest book, "Towards the Mystical Experience of Modernity: The Making of Rav Kook, 1865-1904" (Academic Studies Press) comes out today. Read about it and see the excellent feedback it has already received. This monograph focuses on the hitherto unstudied earlier period of Rav Kook, tracing the emergence of distinctively modern forms of Jewish mystical experience, with decisive implications for the later histories of nationalism, religious ethics and politics and more.
The Hebrew language edition of his first book, "Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution," published earlier this year, has drawn a powerful response in Israel. A new member of Parliament, Prof. Yossi Shain of Tel Aviv University, talked recently about the book from the parliamentary podium. He's been interviewed about the volume many times in the past few months. The most recent appearances have been on Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi's show on Israel Public Radio on August 5 (watch it, from 13:55 to 33:25), and on Roi Yozevitch’s book channel on Youtube, August 9, (watch it). On August 11, he will be intereviewed on Kan Moreshet Kan 11, another Israel Public Radio show, tomorrow, August 11. He has also been invited to speak at a yeshiva where the students combine their studies with active duty military service.
August 5, 2021
Roanoke College in Virginia published an article on faculty member Jonathan Snow's participation in the 2021 Summer Institute for Israel Studies. Prof. Snow coordinates Roanoke College's International Relations and Middle East Studies programs. Entitled "Fellowship offers faculty member an enlightening study of Israel," the article discusses Dr. Snow's takeaways and teaching goals in the wake of the program. Read the article.
July 9, 2021
Schusterman Center professor Yehudah Mirsky and his book got some prime air time on the popular Israeli radio show "This is the place with Ehud Banai." The Hebrew edition of his acclaimed book, "Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution" (Yale University Press), came out this year in Israel, garnering praise and a good deal of media attention. Banai, an important Israeli artist and cultural figure, devoted several minutes near the beginning of the July 9 episode (starting around 6 minutes in) to discussing and praising the volume, laying the ground for reflections on the vexed question of healing the fissures in Israeli society. Hebrew speaker? Listen to the show.
July 27, 2021
The Jerusalem Post published an article about the Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) and our fellows' visit to the Ma'aleh Film School, a stop on the program's study tour of Israel. Read "Ma’aleh Film School hosts international academics for Israel primer" for the story.
July 21, 2021West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) interviewed faculty member Dr. Courtney Crowley for an article about her Summer Institute for Israel Studies fellowship this summer. "This was my third visit to Israel, but this fellowship will enrich my teaching far more than any other experience possibly could,” says Crowley, who teaches history at WTAMU. Read the article.
July 6, 2021
July 1, 2021David Bernstein interviewed our director Jonathan D. Sarna about removing ideology from scholarship on the SpeechCast video podcast. Bernstein runs the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values. Watch the episode.
June 30, 2021
Schusterman Center professor Ilana Szobel has a new book out this July: "Flesh of My Flesh: Sexual Violence in Modern Hebrew Literature" (State University of New York Press). In a June 30th review, Lilith Magazine calls the volume "urgent in its truth-telling, and essential in its revealed realities." Read the full review. Prof. Szobel's book is part of the SUNY series in Contemporary Jewish Literature and Culture.
June 21, 2021
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute held a forum on the book Prof. Yuval Evri's book, "The Return to Al-Andalus: Disputes Over Sephardic Culture and Identity Between Arabic and Hebrew" (Magnes Press, 2020; in Hebrew). Evri is an incoming faculty member joining the Schusterman Center faculty in August as Assistant Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies on the Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies. The panel discussion included former Schusterman Center visiting professor, André Levy (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), as well as Dr. Almog Behar (Tel Aviv University), Yafa Benaya (Shalom Hartman Institute), and Dr. Zahia Qundus (Tel Aviv University; Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin).
June 18, 2021Prof. Rohee Dasgupta, who teaches at Carleton University in Ottowa, Canada, launched "The Outsider Narrative," a podcast examining cultures, identities, migrations, and politics. Listen to the podcast on Sprottify or Anchor. Prof. Dasgupta is a Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2012 fellow. She teaches about identity politics, conflict studies, and Jewish identity and culture.
June 17, 2021Hebrew University hosted an international online symposium on Schusterman Center professor Alexander Kaye's book, "The Invention of Jewish Theocracy: The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel." Israel's president elect Isaac Herzog offered offered opening remaks, followed by comments from professors Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (Indiana University, Bloomington), Assaf Likhovski (Tel Aviv University) and Amihai Radzyner (Bar Ilan University), and a response from Prof. Kaye and an open discussion.
We're thrilled to announce that the 2021 Association for Israel Studies Yonathan Shapiro Award for Best Book in Israel Studies (for books published in 2020) has been awarded to "Israeli Community Action: Living through the War of Independence" by Paula Kabalo (Indiana University Press, 2020). The award pays tribute to outstanding scholarship in the history, politics, society, law, economics, state, and culture of Israel and also the pre-1948 Jewish community in Palestine. Kabalo's book is part of the "Perspectives on Israel Studies" series, a partnership with the Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, published by Indiana University Press.
Alexander Kaye, the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Chair of Israel Studies and Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, has received the Association for Israel Studies Young Scholar Award, an honor shared with co-recipient, Amnon Cavari of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. The Young Scholar Award recognizes an exceptional scholar who has made significant contributions to the field of Israel Studies, and whose record of publications and scholarship has demonstrated the potential to shape the field in the future.
According to the award committee, as cited in an AIS announcement: “Prof. Alexander Kaye’s particular interest is the legal thinking of Orthodox Zionists in the twentieth century. His work, and particularly his study about the relationship between law, religion and politics in Mandatory Palestine and Israel, has been uniformly praised and he has provided an original and useful contribution to the field of Israel studies. Prof. Kaye’s books and articles demonstrate his depth, intellectual complexity and ability to highlight new perspectives in a way that only few scholars have done, so early in their careers.”
May 25, 2021
On May 25, 2021, Dr. Renee Garfinkel interviewed Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2014 fellow Cary Nelson on The New Books Network’s Van Leer Jerusalem Series on Ideas podcast. They discussed Nelson's latest book, "Not in Kansas Anymore: Academic Freedom in Palestinian Universities" (Academic Engagement Network, January 2021), the first empirical study of campus life under the Palestinian Authority and Hamas governance. Nelson Listen to the interview. Cary Nelson is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a former president of the American Association of University Professors, and current chair of the Alliance for Academic Freedom. He is the author or editor of 35 books, most recently Israel Denial: Anti-Zionist, Anti-Semitism, & The Faculty Campaign Against the Jewish State.
May 25, 2021
May 21, 2021
March 25, 2021Yehudah Mirsky, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies faculty member, Profesor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis, and former member of the U.S. State Department's human rights bureau, explores what Israel's most recent election says about the decline of Israeli democracy and its lessons for the United States. Read the full article in Foreign Policy.
Uri Bialer's 2020 book, "Israeli Foreign Policy: A People Shall Not Dwell Alone" has won the Haikin Prize from Haifa University's Haikin Chair in Geostrategy. The book is part of the Perspectives on Israel Studies series at Indiana University Press, which the Schusterman Center co-sponsors with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. This prestigious award is given for an exceptional, original book in geopolitics on Israel or the Middle East that is published during the past three years. It carries with it an award of NIS 50,000. It is shared this year with another publication by co-winner, Professor Joseph Alpher. Watch the author discuss the book in a webinar held by UCLA's Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies on January 25, 2021.
Our very own associate director Shayna Weiss is quoted in the forthcoming February 2021 issue of Harper's Magazine. Read the article, "Signs of the Covenant: The old media of the ultra-Orthodox," which was co-written by Jamie Levin, an alumna of the 2019 Summer Institute for Israel Studies.
December 10, 2020Sarna one of 15 prominent Jewish leaders invited by The Forward to participate in a roundtable discussion related to the Israeli Knesset's "Diaspora Day".
December 9, 2020Interview with Sivan Mazal Rajuan Shtang and Vered and Tamar Nissim about their December 10th talk as part of the Studio Israel: Conversation Series titled The Empire Shoots Back: From Survival Labor to Political Action in Mizrahi Feminist Video Art.
December 9, 2020Interview by Rabbi Micha Odenheimer in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. Includes text as well as link to video interview at end.
The newest book in our Perspectives on Israel Studies series, Michal Shaul's "Holocaust Memory in Ultraorthodox Society in Israel," is due out December 8, 2020. How did the Ultraorthodox (Haredi) community chart a new path for its future after it lost the core of its future leaders, teachers, and rabbis in the Holocaust? How did the revival of this group come into being in the new Zionist state of Israel? The book offers a rare mix of empathy and scholarly rigor to understandings of the role that the community's collective memories and survivor mentality have played in creating Israel's national identity. Learn more about the book. The Perspectives on Israel Studies series is sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2010 Fellow Ariel I. Ahram has authored a textbook, "War and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa," now available from Polity Press. Dr. Ahram is an associate professor and chair of Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech School of Public & International Affairs. Learn more about the book.
We are delighted to share a this appreciative review of the pathbreaking work of our own alumnus, Gangzheng She, PhD '18, NEJS, “The Cold War and Chinese Policy toward the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1963–1975” in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Winter 2020 issue. Read the abstract of She's article, then read the review, by Mohammed Al-Sudairi, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. Dr. She is now Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
On August 3, our own Alexander Kaye, the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies, led a webinar, "Jewish Theocracy vs. Democracy - the Battle over Israel's Identity," for f the Hiddush series, "Israel/Diaspora at a crossroads - Religion, Law, and Morality in challenging times." Hiddush, an NGO that deals with religious pluralism in Israel, presented the webinar in partnership with Ruach Hiddush [Rabbis and Cantors for Religious Freedom in Israel], JPLAN [Jewish Pluralism Legal Action Network] and AAJLJ [American Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists]. Prof Kaye is the author of "The Invention of Jewish Theocracy: The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel."
Accomplished Schusterman Scholar and Doctoral Fellow, PhD '17, NEJS, Dr. Mostafa Hussein has a new article in Ha'aretz on Hebrew and Jewish studies in Egypt that explores the development of this knowledge and its place within the Egyptian culture from the beginning of the 20th century until today. Read "Jewish Studies on the Nile: The Rise of Hebrew and Jewish Degrees in Egypt". Dr. Hussein is an intellectual historian studying the intertwined worlds of Jews and Muslims in the modern Middle East. He is a faculty member at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan and LSA Collegiate Fellow at UM's International Institute.
Our own Alexander Kaye, the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies, was interviewed online on June 8, 2020 about his recent book, The Invention of Jewish Theocracy: The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel (Oxford University Press, 2020). Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, President and Dean of Valley Beit MIdrash in Phoenix, AZ interviewed Prof. Kaye. Watch the interview on YouTube, or listen on SoundCloud.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) has honored our director Jonathan D. Sarna this month by naming him a 2020 Superstar. CJP awards this designation to volunteers who make a substantive positive impact in the community. As Chair of the CJP Jewish Journalism Task Force, Dr. Sarna "brought his expertise, academic approach, and creativity to lead an incredibly engaged and thoughtful group of volunteers. Jonathan asked challenging questions and engaged CJP in a new way of thinking through research and analysis. brought his expertise, academic approach, and creativity to lead an incredibly engaged and thoughtful group of volunteers. Jonathan asked challenging questions and engaged CJP in a new way of thinking through research and analysis." Read more.
We are proud to congratulate core Schusterman Center faculty member Gannit Ankori on her new position as Interim Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum, which will begin July 1st. Dr. Ankori is Professor of Art History and Theory and Chair in Israeli Art at the Departments of Fine Arts, and the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She has published and lectured extensively about modern and contemporary art from a global perspective, with emphasis on issues pertaining to gender, nationalism, identity, religion, trauma, exile, hybridity, disability, and their manifestations in the creative arts. Please join us in congratulating Professor Ankori on her appointment. We wish her every success as she assumes this new and exciting challenge!
We are proud to announce our new Research Guide to Israel Studies, a one-stop shop for Israel Studies queries, needs, and information. Launched on May 12, 2020, this free guide contains resources for researchers of every kind. From the high schooler writing a class report, to a journalist looking for reliable information, to a senior academic with thirty years' experience, everyone - especially those now working from home - will find it invaluable. Produced with the Israel Studies faculty at Brandeis University, in conjunction with other leading scholars, and edited by our associate director, Dr. Shayna Weiss, this is the most comprehensive guide of its kind available. Explore the Research Guide to Israel Studies, and share it with everyone in your life interested in learning more about Israel.
Schusterman doctoral fellow Iddo Haklai has published his first scholarly article. "Four Paradigms of Legal Change: American Conservative Halachic Rulings on Women’s Roles in Synagogue Practice" appears in Volume 40, Issue 2 of Modern Judaism: A Journal of Jewish Ideas and Experience, published by Oxford University Press. Haklai's research focuses on the theological frameworks and concepts developed by thinkers within the religious-Zionist labor movement in British Mandatory Palestine, and their integration of religious traditionalism, Zionism, modernism and social-democratic ideas. Read the abstract.
On May 7, 2020, our associate director Shayna Weiss appeared in Identity/Crisis, a new weekly roundtable podcast about news and ideas helmed by Yehuda Kurtzer, president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. In this episode, Kurtzer discusses the Netflix series Unorthodox and depictions of Jewish culture in TV and film with guests Joseph Cedar (director of Oscar-nominated Footnote), Naomi Seidman (author of My Scandalous Rejection of Unorthodox in Jewish Review of Books) and our very own Shayna Weiss, Brandeis University's resident Israeli television scholar. Listen to the episode.
On April 29, our associate director Dr. Shayna Weiss delivers the lecture "A Day in Degania: Building a Secular Utopia in Israel's First Kibbutz" for the CJP Genesis Forum monthly series. Sessions are recorded and made available online. We will post a link to Dr. Weiss's talk once it is posted.
On April 22, our director, Professor Jonathan D. Sarna, participates in the virtual conversation: (Jewish) Journalism in (the Coronavirus) Crisis. The discussion is part of The Forward's new series, #ForwardFocus: Talks in Trying Times.
On April 17, Alexander Kaye, the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Chair of Israel Studies, chaired an online book talk by Derek Penslar about his recently published Theodore Herzl: The Charismatic Leader, The webinar was a presentation of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University.
Congratulations to Walker Robins, former Schusterman Center post-doctoral fellow and Summer Institute for Israel Studies alum, on the publication of his first book, Between Dixie and Zion: Southern Baptists and Palestine before Israel. The book examines Southern Baptist engagement with Palestine and the Palestine question prior to 1948. Dr. Robins revised the manuscript during his post-doctoral Israel Institute fellowship at the Schusterman Center. He is now a lecturer in history at Merrimack College in North Andover.
Rutgers University Press has published, Under Quarantine: Immigrants and Disease at Israel’s Gate, a recent book by Summer Institute for Israel Studies alumna Rhona Seidelman. The book is especially relevant at the present moment, as we live through the Coronavirus outbreak, a time marked by quarantines, some mandatory, others self-imposed, and related issues of immigration. Add it to your homebound reading list.
In January, AJC Jerusalem hosted a meeting of representatives of over ten Israeli universities and colleges for a discussion with AJC’s Israel-Diaspora Task Force, to explore the potential of a joint project. Our director, Jonathan D. Sarna co-lead the meeting with Dr. Steve Bayme, AJC’s Director of Contemporary Jewish Life department.
The Schusterman Center is proud to see so many of our faculty members presenting at the annual Association for Jewish Studies Conference. If you are at AJS, please consider attending these discussions.
- Jonathan Sarna will take part in roundtable Between Activism and Theology: A Critical Examination of the Role of Yitz Greenberg in American Judaism on Mon, December 16, 1:30 - 3:00 PM, Hilton Bayfront San Diego, Sapphire 410A.
- Shayna Weiss will be a panelist for Jews and other “Others” on Global Television on Mon, December 16, 1:30 - 3:00 PM, Hilton Bayfront San Diego, Aqua Salon AB. Her presentation is titled Reshaim Arurim: The Case of Linguistic Others in Israeli Television.
- Shayna Weiss will also participate in Building Bridges: Feminist Mentorship, Collaboration, and Coalition-Building roundtable on Mon, December 16, 5:15 - 6:45 PM, Hilton Bayfront San Diego, Aqua 307.
- Alexander Kaye will be a discussant at Exile in the Modern Jewish Imagination roundtable on Tue, December 17, 3:15 - 4:45 PM, Hilton Bayfront San Diego, Aqua 303.
The number of Israeli TV shows, movies and adaptations being released in the US is staggering. Read more about all the current and upcoming shows and movies from Israel that you can watch on Netflix. Gannit Ankori, Schusterman Center Faculty member and professor of Art History and Theory at Brandeis University who specializes in contemporary Israeli and Palestinian art, film and visual culture examines these shows and offers her comments in this new article in The Forward.
October 24, 2019Jonathan Sarna spoke at the New York Historical Society's celebration of the 150th anniversary of Mark Twain's INNOCENTS ABROAD, (1869). The anniversary is being marked by an exhibit on Mark Twain and the Holy Land at NYHS. Professor Sarna discussed the significance of Mark Twain's trip and his book, the transformation that steam travel produced, and the rise of holy land tourism in the second half of the 19th century. The noted American historian Prof. Gil Troy interviewed Professor Sarna on stage to the audience of 200, including notable members such as Ron Chernow and Roger Hertog.
Amy Spiro interviewed our associate director and resident expert on the politics of Israeli popular culture for her article, Assessing the Gal Gadot Effect on Israel's Image, which ran in The Jerusalem Post on June 20, 2019.
Associate director Shayna Weiss's Pop Toys and Power Politics: Israel and the Eurovision Song Contest, appeared May 13, 2019 in the Jewish Review of Books. "But not taking Eurovision seriously or ignoring it altogether means ignoring the power of cultural politics and performance. Eurovision is a deeply political activity disguised as a campy contest that hopes to transcend those very politics. For Israel, being part of Eurovision is a potent way of asserting its identity as a member of the community of nations. It’s a reflection of the classic Zionist idea of normalization, of creating a Jewish country that is a country like any other." Read the article.
On March 26, 2019 Professor Yehudah Mirsky will participate in a panel at the UN marking the 25th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide, The Genocide Convention at 70: From Definition to Implementation. The event is organized by the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations and the World Jewish Congress.
In his article, Understanding The New Post-Secular Israel, Professor Yehudah Mirsky parses some of the deeper currents in Israeli politics and society today. The article appeared in the New York Jewish Week on March 14, 2019. Useful reading in advance of the Israeli elections taking place April 9, 2019.
Just in time for the U.S. House of Representatives March 6, 2019 vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, our director Jonathan Sarna has you covered with his five must-read books about American anti-Semitism. Check out his recommednations in BrandeisNOW.
Congratulations to our newly minted PhD, Dr. Amber Taylor! The newest graduate of our Schusterman Doctoral Fellowship program and of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department successfully defended her dissertation, "Contest and Controversy in the Creation of the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center, 1984-1987," on February 26, 2019. Dr. Taylor will bring her Israel studies expertise to bear in her new position as a writer/historian at the History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, focusing on women's history.
"2018 was, on top of everything else, one long procession of 70th anniversaries of the raft of monumental events of 1948. Those 70-year-old decisions were critical in creating the historical reality we have been living in for two generations, and, taken together, they comprise a set of ideas about what it takes to make a decent, livable world. Looking at those anniversaries together helps us better understand how and why that world is now coming apart, and what it might take to put at least some of it back together, and maybe even move forward..." Continue reading at Tablet Magazine.
Check out the latest issue of our journal "Israel Studies," Volume 24.1 (Spring, 2019). Read it online at JSTOR and Project MUSE. This issue features not one but two special sections, Art and Design, and Security and Foreign Policy Issues. Access the journal through an institutional subscription, or subscribe directly.
On November 18, our associate director Shayna Weiss is speaking at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. She will introduce a screening of Israeli TV show "Shababnikim," contextualizing it within the framework of Israeli culture and society. This event is part of the Festival's TLV TV Binge Day.
On November 12, the Association for Jewish Studies named Orit Rozin's "A Home for All Jews: Citizenship, Rights and National Identity in the New Israeli State" (Brandeis University Press: Schusterman Series in Israel Studies & Brandeis Series in Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law) the finalist for the prestigious Jordan Schnitzer Award in the category of Modern Jewish History and Culture: Europe and Israel. These awards recognize outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies and honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing.
At the Ruderman Journalist Mission, on November 7, Center director Jonathan Sarna spoke about "The American Jewish Community 2018: Past, Present, and a Glance at the Future" at a panel on American Jewry: The Next Generation. His co-panelists were our esteemed Brandeis colleagues Janet Krasner Aronson, Leonard Saxe and Michelle Shain of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Steinhardt Social Research Institute.
On November 8 Yehudah Mirsky spoke at the National Commission Meeting of the Anti-Defamation League, held this year in Houston, TX, on "Israeli Religious Pluralism and American Jewry."
Schusterman Center associate director Shayna Weiss was interviewed for "The ultra-Orthodox are the hottest thing on Israeli TV," a story in Public Radio International's Global Post.
On Tuesday, November 6, former Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat visited the Schusterman Center to meet with the six recipients of the Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergradute Israel Travel Grant, which he established in memory of his wife. Our grantees shared their projects with the Ambassador, and the other students, staff and faculty who came to hear the presentations. Their projects ranged broadly from playing an integral role in the launch of a cutting edge tech startup in Tel Aviv, to senior thesis research examining the ways that Jewish religious law accommodates the conflicting needs of observant individuals dealing with mental illness, to working in a biochemistry lab with a world-famous geneticist, to name a few. Brandeis students never cease to impress! Read about the 2017-2018 grantees and their intriguing projects!
Schusterman Scholar Gangzheng She, who graduated with his PhD only last spring, has already landed a tenure track position! Dr. She is now Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Tsinghua ranks 17th around the world - 1st in China and the 3rd in Asia - according to the QS World University Rankings 2019. See the rankings. Congratulations, Dr. She!
What reviewers are saying:
“The web of relationships woven by Palestinians—leaders and ordinary subjects of regimes that felt embattled and weak—was extraordinarily complicated and often changed as swiftly as did the regimes. Moshe Shemesh unravels these complexities and all students of the Middle East, no matter their background, will benefit.”
— Donna Robinson Divine, author of "Exiled in the Homeland: Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine"
“This impressive book reflects a lifetime of immersion in Palestinian history, and as a result, throws a great deal of new light on many aspects of Palestinian society and politics. Moshe Shemesh adds new facts and insights to virtually every major episode in the forty-year period he covers.”
— Avi Shlaim, author of "The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World"