Derek Penslar wins AIS Award

Derek Penslar

Congratulations to Derek Penslar, William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, for winning the Association for Israel Studies (AIS) Lifetime Achievement Award 2022. The AIS Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a senior scholar in any field of Israel Studies whose lasting and path-breaking contributions have significantly shaped the field. …

New Harvard Judaica Student Research Papers

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New Harvard Judaica Student Research Papers are now available online or in print. Latest papers include: The Holocaust in American Jewish Life: Redefining Memory, Community and Activism, 1960-1976 by Raya Koreh ’18 The Impact of Experience on Israeli Entrepreneurial Success by Max August ’20  Friends or foes?: Palestinian Arabs in the Eyes of American Women Zionists,…

CJS announces recipients of 2022 Harry and Cecile Starr Prizes in Jewish Studies

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The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Harry and Cecile Starr Prizes in Jewish Studies. Shoshana F. Boardman ’22, a senior in Winthrop House, and Jonathan Louis Katzman ’22, a senior in Dunster House, won the Starr Prize for their exceptional senior theses. Shoshana, a…

CJS announces recipients of 2022 Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies

The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies. Shoshana F. Boardman ’22, a senior in Winthrop House, was awarded first place for her essay “Babylonian Incantation Bowl Onomastics.” Sonia F. Epstein ’22, a senior from Eliot House, submitted…

Welcome to our 2022-2023 Fellows

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Please join us in welcoming our 2022-2023 Fellows. The Starr Fellows are recent Ph.D. recipients working on topics in Jewish Studies and the Arts, including History of Art and Architecture, Visual Studies and Visuality, History of Music, and Ethnomusicological studies, Film Studies, History of Theater and Dance, Performance Studies. The Faculty co-hosts for this cohort are:…

End of Year Reception for our 2021-2022 Fellows

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On May 11, the CJS held a reception to celebrate the 2021-2022 academic year’s Starr and Silver Fellows, visiting research scholars and professors. We wish all of you a wonderful summer and great success in your future endeavors!…

The CJS welcomes Annette Yoshiko Reed

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Annette Reed, MTS ’99, is currently a Professor in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Department of Religious Studies at New York University, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2017. Her research spans Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity, and Jewish-Christian relations in late antiquity, with a focus on…

Arie Krampf: “Israel’s Hawkish Neoliberalism: From Rabin to Netanyahu”

Book cover: A. Krampf, 2015. The National Sources of the Market Economy: Economic Development in the Period of the Formation of Israeli Capitalism (Magnes Press,)

Event sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies Arie Krampf is a Rohr Visiting Professor at the Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Government at Harvard University and Associate Professor at the Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo. Prof. Krampf research focuses on the interaction between security and economy in context of small…

Derek Penslar wins CJL Award

Derek Penslar: Theodor Herzl, The Charismatic Leader Book Cover

Congratulations to Derek Penslar, William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, for winning the Canadian Jewish Literary Award in History for his recent publication, Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader (Yale University Press)….

Center for Jewish Studies Staff Schedule

The Center for Jewish Studies staff are currently working with hybrid (office-remote) schedules.  You may reach our office by e-mail at cjs@fas.harvard.edu.  You may also reach or find individual staff directly: Rachel Rockenmacher at rlrocken@fas.harvard.edu, Administrator, 617-495-5977 Working in office most Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; working remotely most Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00…