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Congratulations, Prof Joskowicz!

Ari Joskowicz’s book Rain of Ash has just been awarded the Ernest Fraenkel Prize – awarded for the best manuscript/book in Holocaust history by the Wiener Holocaust Library.

Congratulations, Prof Schachter!

Congratulations to Allison Schachter on being named a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award for her book, Women Writing Jewish Modernity 1919-1939.

Another new article from Prof Wasserstein

Professor Wasserstein has had another article – “Why desecrated graves in Jerusalem shouldn’t be dismissed” – published in the Religion & Ethics section of ABC.  

Congrats to Prof Schachter!

Allison Schachter wins Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies Read more here! “From the Jewish Provinces, Jordan Finkin and Allison Schachter’s translation of the Yiddish writer Fradl Shtok’s short stories, is a slim volume bursting with luminous…

New Article by Prof Wasserstein – The pope and the Jews

Check out this article by Prof Wasserstein published in the Religion & Ethics section of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – The pope and the Jews: How are we to assess Benedict’s legacy? “While his supporters speak of Pope Benedict XVI…

Congrats to Judy Klass!

Please join us in congratulating faculty member Judy Klass on the her new article about Rod Serling called “The Twilight Zone as Jewish Science Fiction” which was published in Jews in Popular Science Fiction: Marginalized in the Mainstream

New Publication from Amy-Jill Levine!

Join us in congratulating Amy-Jill Levine, previously a faculty member within Jewish Studies, on her new publication “Signs and Wonders: A Beginner’s Guide to the Miracles of Jesus” From a review: “Amy-Jill Levine has the rare and wonderful gift of…

Congrats to Prof Cohen and Prof Klass!

Our JS interim director and professor, Julia Cohen, has recently published a short article titled “American Days, Turkish Nights” about Turkish Jews in the US. Congratulations Julia! Read more here at: Professor Judy Klass currently has three of her…

Virtual Sermon by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine

On Sunday, February 21, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine delivered a virtual sermon for the First Sunday in Lent titled Listening for Dinah at the Riverside Church in the City of New York. Stream the entire service here.  

Piece by Allison Schachter published by De Gruyter

Allison Schachter, Chair of the Department of Jewish Studies, has a new publication in De Gruyter titled “Jewish Writing and Gender between the National and the Transnational” in Disseminating Jewish Literatures. Allison’s piece can be accessed here. De Gruyter publishes…

Article by Ari Joskowicz in American Historical Review

Ari Joskowicz, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, European Studies and History and the Director of the Max Kade Center for European and Jewish Studies, published an article for the October 2020 issue of the American Historical Review (AHR) titled “The…

Play published by Judy Klass, plus one staged and one to watch

Judy Klass, Senior Lecturer of Jewish Studies and English, recently published a play in Summer 2020’s Volume 12 of Qu, a contemporary literary magazine from Queens University of Charlotte. Klass’ short, humorous play The Emperor’s Interview riffs on the Hans…

Article by David Price appears in the Jewish Quarterly Review

  David Price’s article “The Sincerity of Their Historians”: Jacques Basnage and the Reception of Jewish History” recently appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the Jewish Quarterly Review. Price is a Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, specializing in the history…

New online piece for “The Conversation” by Phil Lieberman

Phil Lieberman has written a new online piece for The Conversation entitled “When religion sided with science: Medieval lessons for surviving COVID-19.” Ackerman-Lieberman is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Law, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, and Affiliated Assistant Professor of Islamic…

New faculty publication – Lenn Goodman

Professor Lenn Goodman has recently published a new body of work titled The Holy One of Israel.  This publication is available through Oxford University Press. Use the promo code AAFLYG6 to save! From the back cover: “The Holy One of Israel…

New Book by Jay Geller: Bestiarium Judaicum

From Fordham University Press: Given the vast inventory of verbal and visual images of nonhuman animals–pigs, dogs, vermin, rodents, apes disseminated for millennia to debase, dehumanize, and justify the persecution of Jews, Bestiarium Judaicum asks: What is at play when…

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…

Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times

Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times Ari Joskowicz and Ethan B. Katz, Editors University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015 From the publisher’s website: For much of the twentieth century, most religious and secular Jewish thinkers believed that they…

Lenn E. Goodman: Judaism, Humanity, and Nature

Lenn E. Goodman: Judaism, Humanity, and Nature. Volume 9 in the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers. Edited by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes. With an Introduction by Alan Mittleman Jewish Theological Seminary. Brill 2015. From the publisher’s website: “Lenn…

Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History, 1700-1950

By Julia Phillips Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein. (Stanford University Press, 2014)

This ground-breaking documentary history contains over 150 primary sources originally written in 15 languages by or about Sephardi Jews. Designed for use in the classroom, these documents offer students an intimate view of how Sephardim experienced the major regional and world events of the modern era. They also provide a vivid exploration of the quotidian lives of Sephardi women, men, boys, and girls in the Judeo-Spanish heartland of the Ottoman Balkans and Middle East, as well as the émigré centers which Sephardim settled throughout the twentieth century, including North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

The Business of Identity: Jews, Muslims, and Economic Life in Medieval Egypt

By Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman. (Stanford University Press, 2014)

The Cairo Geniza is the largest and richest store of documentary evidence for the medieval Islamic world. This book seeks to revolutionize the way scholars use that treasure trove. Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman draws on legal documents from the Geniza to reconceive of life in the medieval Islamic marketplace.

Cohen Publishes New Book on Sephardi Jews in the Ottoman Empire

Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era By Julia Phillips Cohen Oxford University Press, 2014 From the publisher’s website: The Ottoman-Jewish story has long been told as a romance between Jews and the empire. The prevailing view is that…

Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era

By Julia Phillips Cohen. (Oxford University Press, 2014)

The Ottoman-Jewish story has long been told as a romance between Jews and the empire. The prevailing view is that Ottoman Jews were protected and privileged by imperial policies and in return offered their unflagging devotion to the imperial government over many centuries. In this book, Julia Phillips Cohen offers a corrective, arguing that Jewish leaders who promoted this vision were doing so in response to a series of reforms enacted by the nineteenth-century Ottoman state: the new equality they gained came with a new set of expectations. Ottoman subjects were suddenly to become imperial citizens, to consider their neighbors as brothers and their empire as a homeland.

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…

The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France

By Ari Joskowicz. (Stanford University Press, 2013)

The most prominent story of nineteenth-century German and French Jewry has focused on Jewish adoption of liberal middle-class values. The Modernity of Others points to an equally powerful but largely unexplored aspect of modern Jewish history: the extent to which German and French Jews sought to become modern by criticizing the anti-modern positions of the Catholic Church.

A Jew's Best Friend? The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History

Edited by Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman and Rakefet Zalashik. (Sussex Academic Press, 2013).

A Jew’s Best Friend discusses specific cultural manifestations of the relationship between dogs and Jews, from ancient times to the present, highlighting the constant tension between domination/control and partnership which underpins the relationship of humans to animals, as well as the connection between Jewish societies and their broader host cultures.

Lieberman Publishes New Book on Jews and Dogs

A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog Throughout Jewish History By Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman and Rakefet Zalashik Sussex Academic Press, 2013 From the publisher’s website: A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog throughout Jewish History discusses specific cultural manifestations of the…

Diasporic Modernisms: Hebrew and Yiddish Literature in the Twentieth Century

By Allison Schachter. (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Spanning from 1894 to 1974, Diasporic Modernisms traces the development of a diasporic aesthetic in the shifting centers of Hebrew and Yiddish literature, including Odessa, Jerusalem, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and New York. Through an analysis of Jewish writing, Schachter theorizes how modernist literary networks operate outside national borders in minor and non-national languages.

The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us

By Douglas Knight and Amy-Jill Levine. (Harper Collins Publishers, 2011).

Passed down for generations, compiled between 500 and 100 BCE, and finalized around the time of Jesus, the various accounts in the Hebrew Bible took shape under a variety of cultures. Knight and Levine explore this diverse history and equip us with the critical tools necessary to understand what the ancient texts originally meant.

The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity

By Jay Geller. (Fordham University Press, 2011).

Mapping the dissemination of and interrelationships among corporeal signifiers in German-speaking cultures between the Enlightenment and the Shoah, The Other Jewish Question will appeal to readers interested in psychoanalysis, in Jewish studies, in cultural studies, and in the whole question of “the body.”

The Jewish Annotated New Testament

Edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler. (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Although major New Testament figures were Jews, living in a culture steeped in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture from which it grew–until now. In The Jewish Annotated New Testament, eminent experts put these writings back into the context of their original authors and audiences, and explain how these writings have affected the relations of Jews and Christians over the past two thousand years.

Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli Birthright Tourism

By Shaul Kelner. (New York University Press, 2010).

Since 1999 hundreds of thousands of young American Jews have visited Israel on an all-expense-paid 10-day pilgrimage-tour known as Birthright Israel. This ethnographic analysis provides an on-the-ground look at this hotly debated and widely emulated use of tourism to forge transnational ties.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone World

By Nathalie Debrauwere-Miller. (Routledge, 2009).

With interdisciplinary analyses of texts whose origins span the diversity of the Jewish and Muslim traditions, the provocative essays collected in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone World offer startling insights into the meaning of the volatile history of this conflict in the Francophone world.

Maimonides and His Heritage

Edited by Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Lenn E. Goodman, and James Allen Grady. (SUNY Press, 2008).

This volume celebrates the depth and breadth of Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides’ (1138–1204) achievements. The essays gathered here explore the rich diversity of a heritage that extends over eight hundred years.

On Freud’s Jewish Body: Mitigating Circumcisions

By Jay Geller. (Fordham Unviersity Press, 2007).

Through a symptomatic reading of Freud’s corpus, from his letters to Fliess through the case of Little Hans to Moses and Montheism, this book demonstrates how “circumcision”—the fetishized signifier of Jewish difference and source of knowledge about Jewish identity—is central to Freud’s construction of psychoanalysis.

The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus

By Amy-Jill Levine. (Harper Collins Publishers, 2007).

Amy-Jill Levine helps Christians and Jews understand the “Jewishness” of Jesus so that their appreciation of him deepens and a greater interfaith dialogue can take place. Levine’s humor and informed truth-telling provokes honest conversation and debate about how Christians and Jews should understand Jesus, the New Testament, and each other.