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Schusterman Center News

Prof. Yehudah Mirsky quoted in The New York Times

November 16, 2022

Prof. Yehudah Mirsky was quoted in The New York Times article, "As Netanyahu Nears Power, the Far Right Wants to Oversee the Army," published on November 16, 2022. Read the article.
Prof. Yehudah Mirsky quoted in Wall Street Journal

November 6, 2022

Prof. Yehudah Mirsky was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, "Behind Benjamin Netanyahu’s Win in Israel: The Rise of Religious Zionism," published November 6, 2022. Read the article

Dr. Shayna Weiss is teaching a Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning class

October 12, 2022

On October 12 & November 16, 2022, our associate director Dr. Shayna Weiss is teaching a Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning class: Israeli Current Events, in-person at Temple Emanuel of Newton. Topics will include the upcoming elections in Israel, the impact of the war in Ukraine, Orthodoxy and the state, and more! Register online. Questions? Contact
Dr. Shayna Weiss quoted in EJewish Philanthropy

September 30, 2022

Schusterman Center associate director Dr. Shayna Weiss is quoted in EJewish Philanthropy, in the article, "Chabad and YU are partnering to teach college classes and Israel advocacy," published September 30, 2022. Read the article.
Schusterman Center named as a leader in the field of Israel Studies

September 23, 2022

In his opinion piece, “The unique value of Israel studies,” published September 23, 2022 in EJewish Philanthropy, Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro names the Schusterman Center as a leader in the field of Israel Studies and a model for how to “foster a space where Israel can be studied and taught with rigor, nuance and sophistication.” Read the article.
Happy New Year! Shanah Tovah!

September 20, 2022

Happy New Year/Shanah Tovah from the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies! On the threshold of a new academic year, we're excited to share with you our 2021-2022 year in review. This was a momentous year for us. Read on to learn why.
Our first graduate of the academic year!

September 19, 2022

Congratulations to our newest Schusterman doctral fellow graduate, Dr. Iddo Haklai! On September 19, 2022, he successfully defended his dissertation, "'To Hear the Calling Voice of God' - The Religious Thought of the Religious-Zionist Labor Movement in Mandatory Palestine, 1922-1948." Dr. Haklai graduated from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. We are proud of him and look forward to his continued growth and success. Learn more about our Schusterman Doctoral Fellowships in Israel Studies.
Dr. Shayna Weiss responds to controversial New York Times article

September 16, 2022

As part of her role in the the Haredi Research Group, Dr. Shayna Weiss wrote a blog post for a forum, “Hasidic Education in New York: A Clash of Law, Politics, and Culture,” published on September 16, 2022. The forum is a response to a controversial September 11 New York Times article about Hasidic education in New York. Dr. Weiss’s piece is about what the article means for Hasidic girls and women. Read the forum. The Haredi Research Group is an international collaborative of scholars committed to the study of Haredi history, culture, and life in the United States, Israel, Europe, and elsewhere.
Dr. Shula Mola give opening lecture in Harvard's Black & Jewish Voices series

September 12, 2022

On September 12, 2022, our post-doctoral fellow Dr. Shula Mola presented the first lecture in the 2022-23 Black & Jewish Voices series at Harvard University, presented by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Her presentation, entitled "'I was not black, I became black here': Formation of Blackness in Israel," was recorded. Watch the recording.
Prof. Mirsky's series on Rav Kook for the Avi Chai Foundation

September 4, 2022

During September 4-8, 2022, Professor Yehudah Mirsky presented a five-part series, in Hebrew, on Rav Kook for the Avi Chai foundation. Watch the recordings. Prof. Mirsky is one of the world’s foremost experts on the pivotal figure. His highly-praised "Rav Kook: Mabat Hadash" (Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir, 2021) is the revised Hebrew edition of his widely-acclaimed volume, "Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution" (Yale University Press, 2014).
Meet our new doctoral fellow, Skyler Inman

September 1, 2022

We are excited to welcome our newest Schusterman Scholar, doctoral fellow Skyler Inman. A  PhD student in Anthropology, her research interests include ethnicity and migration, nationalism and the self, as well as family, identity, belonging, and the political and ideological formation of young people. She received a BA in English from Yale University, and an MA in International Development Studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Before coming to Brandeis for her doctoral studies, she worked as a multimedia storyteller, writing, photographing, and producing radio pieces about a range of topics. Her dissertation will look at identity and belonging amongst non-Jewish youth in South Tel Aviv—primarily the children of asylum seekers and foreign workers—who are coming of age in Hebrew-speaking social and educational environments while grappling with their identities as the Israeli national "other." See all our Schusterman Scholars.
Prof. Yehudah Mirsky on Israeli TV

August 30, 2022

Israeli public television's Kan 11 interviewed (in Hebrew) our own Prof. Yehudah Mirsky on the 87th anniversary of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook's death (on the Hebrew calendar), about his book "Rav Kook: Mabat Hadash" (Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir, 2021). The book is the revised Hebrew edition of his widely-acclaimed volume, "Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution" (Yale University Press, 2014), and like the original English edition, it is drawing wide praise. Watch the interview
Join our team!

August 8, 2022

Are you looking for a dynamic position that will challenge and inspire you? Join our welcoming team! The Schusterman Center is searching for a Program Administrator to plan and implement the logistics for all Center events -- virtual, hybrid and in-person -- including our flagship Summer Institute for Israel Studies. This position also handles the Center’s financial transactions, such as payments and deposits. You will join a small but mighty team of dedicated professionals, working with scholars and speakers from all over the world in a stimulating and collaborative atmosphere. Learn more and apply today! 
Shayna Weiss quoted in the Times of Israel

August 5, 2022

Our associate director Dr. Shayna Weiss interviewed for and quoted in The Times of Israel article, "The Maccabiah Games are dead; long live the Maccabiah Games," on August 5, 2022. Read the article, which offers a sociocultural and historical analysis of the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition, which takes place every four (4) years in Israel, often referred to as "the Jewish Olympics." 
Celebrating two new graduates!

July 14, 2022

Congratulations to our newest Schusterman doctral fellow graduates, Dr. Karen Spira and Dr. Yair Bar-Zuri! Dr. Bar-Zuri defended his dissertation "Embracing Contradiction in the Writings of Aharon David Gordon and Yosef Haim Brenner" on June 23, 2022. Then on July 14, 2022, Dr. Spira defended hers, "Disadvantaged and Orphaned Jewish Children in Palestine, 1881-1939." Both of the freshly minted PhDs graduated from Brandeis' Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. We are so proud of them, and look forward to their continued growth and success. Learn more about our Schusterman Doctoral Fellowships in Israel Studies.
Abraham Accord country faculty attend Summer Institute for Israel Studies

June 29, 2022

For the first time since its inception in 2004, the Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) hosts five participants from institutions in the Abraham Accord countries of Bahrain, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).While the program has hosted participants from Muslim-majority countries before, this is the first time, thanks to a generous grant, that faculty from North African and Gulf State institutions will participate. These trailblazers teach at the National Defense College in the UAE, Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, among others. Joining them at the program this summer are another 18 faculty members, who teach in colleges and universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. The 2022 Summer Institute runs from June 29 - July 10 at Brandeis, and continues July 11-21 in Israel. Read more about this exciting development in the Boulder Jewish News
Center prepares Fulbright-Hays participants for Israel

June 27, 2022

During June 25-27, 2022, the Schusterman Center hosted a 3-day orientation for Israel-bound participants in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program for secondary school educators, in preparation for their five-week seminar in Israel. We provided a crash course on Israeli culture, history, innovation, the conflict, a mini Hebrew and Arabic ulpan (immersive language learning) and more. Participants ranged in age from 29 to 64 and teach in California, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. We are honored that the U.S. Department of Education chose us for this task, and proud to have been part of these educators' Fulbright experience. 
Jonathan Sarna on The Mapping Project

June 23, 2022

Our director Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna is quoted in the Jewish Journal's story, "The ‘Mapping Project’: How worried should Jews be?" originally published on June 23. Read the article