The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies. Sonia Epstein ’21, a junior in Eliot House, and Joshua Moriarty ’21, a junior in Pforzheimer House, tied for first place. Epstein’s entry was “The ‘Nitzanim’ of 1948: Recentering Morocco in Moroccan-Jewish Education” and Moriarty’s entry was “Conflicting Imperatives: ‘Religious Praxis’ and Secular Ethics in Yeshayahu Thought.” Daniel Rosenblatt ’20, a senior in Pforzheimer House, won second place for his essay “Eden in the Garden State: Luxury and Liberation in the Jersey Homesteads Planned Community, 1936-1939.” Tamara Shamir ’21, a junior in Leverett House, also tied for second place.  Shamir’s essay was “Inventing Tradition: Marital Freedom and Halachic Solutions in Israel’s Religious Courts.” The Weinstein Prize, which is given to the Harvard University student(s) who submits the best undergraduate essay in Jewish studies, was established by Lewis H. Weinstein ’27, LL.B. 1930.

Sonia Epstein ’21, a junior, is the 2020 1st place co-winner of the Weinstein Prize

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Joshua Moriarty ’21, a junior, is the 2020 1st place co-winner of the Weinstein Prize

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Daniel Rosenblatt ’20, a senior, is the 2020 2nd place co-winner of the Weinstein Prize

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Tamara Shamir ’21, a junior, is the 2020 2nd place co-winner of the Weinstein Prize

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