Prizes and Awards
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Prize in Arabic
This prize is given yearly to recognize excellence in the study of Arabic.
- 2020 - Xaveria Mayerhofer
- 2019 - Yujiao Su
- 2018 - Youssef Fahmy
- 2017 - Benjamin Notis
Henrietta and David Chassler Prize
This prize is given yearly to recognize an outstanding junior in NEJS.
- 2020 - Ariella Gentin
- 2019 - Jonathan Mohr
- 2018 - Rebecca Hersch
- 2017 - Joseph Barr
- 2017 - Rebecca Cohen
Nahum and Anne Glatzer Endowed Prize in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
This prize is awarded to student/s (usually PhD) for outstanding achievement in NEJS.
- Eric Harvey for the dissertation, “Sing to the Lord a New(-ish) Song: The Psalms of the Egyptian
Hallel across Two Thousand Years"
- Benjamin Steiner for dissertation, “The Jewish Marriage Contract: A Window into Jewish Social
- Celene Ibrahim for the dissertation, "From Hawaa to Huris: Female Figures in the Qur'an"
- Mostafa Hussein for the dissertation, "Hebrew Scholarship on Islam 1894 - 1950"
- Golan Moskowitz for the dissertation, "Wild, Outside, in the Night: Maurice Sendak, Queer American Jewishness, and the Child
- Aviv Ben-Or for the dissertation, "The Possibilities of an Arab-Jewish Poetics: A Study of the Arabic and Hebrew Fiction of Shimon Ballas and Sami Michael
- Daniel Judson for the dissertation, "Pennies from Heaven: The History of American Synagogues and Money"
- Allyson Gonzalez for the dissertation, "A Sephardic Network and the Politics of Late Spanish Exile, 1914-1968
Ruth Nessel Gollan Prize in Hebrew Language or Literature
This prize is awarded to student/s who have exhibited high scholastic achievement, completed at least one semester of Hebrew study and plan to enroll in any of the following: A fall or spring semester Hebrew program at an accredited university in Israel, an accredited university summer program in Israel or in the U.S. such as the School of Hebrew at Middlebury College, or at any accredited online Hebrew program.
- 2020 - TBD
- 2019 - Chelsea Todtfeld
- 2018 - NA
- 2017 - Orlee Anima & Matthew Schecter
- 2016 - Zoe Zelkha
Eli and Mollie Goodstein Prize in Hebrew
This prize is awarded annually to student/s demonstrating excellence in Hebrew.
- 2020 - Erin Chambers & Yuchen Tan
- 2019 - Hannah Cook, Sherry Ianne, Joseph Silber
- 2018 - Yael Jaffe & Sigal Sax
- 2017 - Camille Brenner
- 2016 - Yaakov Malomet
Morris Homonoff Prize in Yiddish
This prize is awarded annually to student/s who excel in the study of Yiddish literature, language, or culture.
- 2020 - Shoshana Finkel & Gabriel Freiman
- 2019 - Benjamin Shaiman
- 2018 - Gabriel Weinstein
- 2017 - Tristan Ramirez de Haro
- 2016 - Carolyn Langenbucher
Samuel and Jennie Raucher Prize
This prize is awarded yearly to student/s who excel in Hebrew or Judaic Studies.
- 2020 - Nicole Zador
- 2019 - Rebecca Hersch & Ezra Cohen
- 2018 - Jared Kraay
- 2017 - Rebecca Cohen
- 2016 - Malka Simkovich
Ezra Z. Shapiro Endowed Family Prize
This prize is awarded yearly to the outstanding student/s concentrating in NEJS who have demonstrated commitment to community service.
- 2020 - Talia Goodman
- 2019 - Max Silverstone
- 2018 - Isaac Kurtz
- 2017 - Emma Maier
- 2016 - Eliana Rosenthal
Rose and Joseph Weissman Prize in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
This prize is awarded to an outstanding senior in NEJS.
- 2020 - Liat Fischer
- 2019 - Zachary Narin
- 2018 - Joseph Barr
- 2017 - Gabrielle Hersch
- 2016 - Eliezer Buechler
Elsie Witt Award in Jewish Studies
This award is presented to a graduating senior who excels in Jewish Studies.
- 2020 - Jonathan Mohr
- 2019 - Leah McNeil
- 2018 - Yael Jaffe
- 2017 - Emma Silver
- 2016 - Noam Cohen & Hannah Kober
Doris Brewer Cohen Award in the Humanities
This award is given yearly to recognize an outstanding senior thesis or essay. For more information, please see the Doris Brewer Cohen Award page.