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Listen and Learn: Shaul Kelner, “The Soviet Jewry Movement”

University of Michigan, Judaic Studies 2015-16 Frankel Institute Secularization/Sacralization Fellow, Shaul Kelner Project Title: Strategic Sacralization in American Jewish Politics: The Contradictions of Cultural Mobilization in the American Soviet Jewry Movement Click here to listen to the Frankly Judaic podcast.

Professor Ari Joskowicz: New Article and Special Review

The Journal of Politics, Religion and Ideology just published a special review forum on Ari Joskowicz’s co-edited volume Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times. Read the article here. Additonally, Professor Joskowicz has a new article in Jewish … Read more

Statement on Immigration Executive Order

The following statement reflects only the views of the individual signees. February 3, 2017 As teachers and researchers in Islamic Studies and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, we stand together to oppose President Trump’s executive order to suspend the admittance … Read more

Blanchard wins Jewish Studies Essay Contest

Alyssa Blanchard’s essay “’Let’s End this Charade’:  Performance and Jewish Identity” has been named the winner of the 2016 Jewish Studies Essay Contest.  Focusing on Dara Horn’s 2009 novel All Other Nights, set during the Civil War era, Blanchard discusses … Read more

Lucas Wilson, MTS, MA

Reflecting the strength of our Program in Jewish Studies, student Lucas Wilson, MTS, MA received the Zaglembier Society Scholarship from The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. This award recognizes students who “have a passion for keeping the … Read more

Judy Klass Receives Act One: One Act Publishing Offer

Judy Klass’s short play Ismene’s Press Conference, a re-imagining of Antigone by Sophocles, is in press at Brooklyn Publishers, which has already published two of her short plays as stand-alone scripts. Her short play Performance Art recently made the finals in the … Read more

Classical Judaism (JS1200)

Catalog Description: History of the Jewish people from biblical origins through the 2nd century CE. The Hellenistic Age, the Age of the Maccabees, Roman rule, and the rise of the Rabbis and Rabbinic literature. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: … Read more

11/13/2014: Brandeis U's ChaeRan Freeze visits Vanderbilt

Brandeis University’s Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Dr. ChaeRan Freeze, comes to Vanderbilt on November 13th. “Illness and Everyday Life in Imperial Russia” Thursday, November 13th, 12:00PM, Buttrick 123 Lunch Provided     BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Dr. Freeze … Read more

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Events!

Events for the 2015-16 academic year have wrapped up, but stay tuned to the website for the latest information regarding events for 2016-17!

Joskowicz Publishes New Book on Jewish Anti-Catholicism

The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France By Ari Joskowicz Stanford University Press, 2013 From the publisher’s website: The most prominent story of nineteenth-century German and French Jewry has focused on Jewish adoption of liberal middle-class values.The Modernity … Read more

Allison Schachter

Director, Program in Jewish Studies Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English B.A. (Stanford University 1996) Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley 2006) 615.322.1172 allison.schachter@vanderbilt.edu 142 Buttrick Hall Allison Schachter specializes in modern Jewish literature and culture, with allied interests in … Read more