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Winter 2011



merican University’s Jewish Studies Program and Center for Israel Studies explore, inside the classroom and out, the critical issues facing the Jewish people in a historical and contemporary context. We are advancing scholarship, teaching students, and serving our community,

especially by shining a spotlight on Israeli culture and society. While we invite you to take note of our activities of the past year, please join us in the coming year for lectures, concerts, symposia, film

Pam Nadell, Director, Jewish Studies Program

screenings, and conferences. Our sincere thanks go to those of you who have sustained our teaching, our students, and our scholarship with your generosity. And, again, we ask you to consider a gift to the Jewish Studies Program, Center for Israel Studies, or Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Endowment to support all that we do to advance learning on our campus and in our community about the Jewish people and Israel. ■

Laura Cutler, Director, Center for Israel Studies

AU Museum Receives Contemporary Israeli Art Adapted from article on AU’s Web site by Maggie Barrett Donald Rothfeld, of New York City, has given the Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art to the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The collection—151 pieces of contemporary, mixed-media Israeli art—

comes with the Rothfeld Fund, a $50,000 endowed gift to support maintenance and exhibition costs. Chronicling Israel’s history, the collection includes the works of numerous prominent and emerging Israeli artists, including works by See Art Collection p. 2

Sigalit Landau, DeadSee, 2004. Photograph

Sigalit Landau, DeadSee, 2005. Photograph

Special Events Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence, and the Cold War Within days of the release of “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence, and the Cold War,” hundreds of media outlets, including the New York Times, Jerusalem Post, and CNBC, ran stories on the 101page report, coauthored by AU history professor Richard Breitman. Based on newly declassified government docu-

Hitler’s Shadow event speakers (left to right): AU history professor Richard Breitman; Richard Ben-Veniste, Nazi War Criminal Records Group; Norman Goda, history professor, University of Florida; and William Cunliffe, senior military archivist at the National Archives

ments, Hitler’s Shadow reveals how after 1945 Western intelligence agencies declined to prosecute many Nazi war criminals—men responsible for the deaths of thousands, including captured Allied soldiers. Instead, the men, implicated in monstrous crimes, became pawns on the global Cold War chessboard. Rather than prosecuting many war criminals, the U.S. government turned to them for intelligence reports, because tracking war criminals was not a high priority. Breitman reflected: “I think some of the officials at the time shifted rather quickly their focus from what had happened in Germany to the next enemy . . . Insofar as they thought of Gestapo people as intelligence experts, they made all kinds of exceptions to what was supposed to be the general policy of not using Gestapo people.” Breitman and coauthor Norman Goda discussed the report in a symposium sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program (JSP), Department of History, and Center for Israel Studies. ■


CIS Annual Conference

Holocaust Studies Forum

In May 2011 CIS hosted its third annual Israel studies academic conference co-sponsored by the AmericanIsraeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. This year’s theme, “Turmoil in the Middle East: Israel’s Challenges and Opportunities,” drew more than 200 faculty, students, and members of the public to hear AICE scholars address research topics such as “Is Democracy or Economics Driving Upheaval in the Middle East?” and “Cyber Space and Security in the Knowledge Society.” ■

Inaugurated in fall 2009, the Holocaust Studies Forum connects top scholars in the field of Holocaust research with American University students and the broader public with a series of lectures and discussions. The forum is jointly sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Department of History, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

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painter Moshe Kupferman, a Holocaust survivor and founder of the Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot (a community in northern Israel that commemorates Jews who fought back against Nazism); Elad Lassry, a photographer whose work was recently shown at the Museum of Modern Art; sculptor, video, and installation artist Sigalit Landau; and video artist Yael Bartana. Works by Lassry, Landau, and Bartana are showing at the 2011 Venice Biennale, a major exhibition of contemporary art that takes place in Venice, Italy. Rothfeld gave the collection to the American University Museum, the largest

n “Babi Yar: The Holocaust by Bullets in Kiev and Its Aftermath,” Karel Berkhoff, associate professor, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Sr. scholar in residence of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

n “Holding on to Humanity: The Cultural Life in Terezín and Its Place in Postwar Memory,” Anna Hajkova, PhD candidate in history at the University of Toronto and Ben and Zelda Cohen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. n “Survival in Siberia: Polish Jewish Refugees in the Soviet Union During WWII,” Eliyana Adler, research associate, Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, University of Maryland, and Sosland Foundation Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. ■

Additional lectures and programs Sponsored by the Center for Israel Studies and the Jewish Studies Program Don and Susan Rothfeld, in front of their painting Kupferman Untitled by Moshe Kupferman, hosted a CIS event in October at their home.

“When I learned about AU’s Israeli Studies Program and met the staff, I was convinced that this was the right venue for the work. The beauty of the Katzen Arts Center and the Washington, D.C., location made it a ‘slam dunk.’” university-affiliated art museum in the Washington, D.C., area to inspire dialogue about Israel, a natural fit given AU’s Center for Israel Studies (CIS) and undergraduate minor in Israel studies. The center—one of the premier centers of its kind in the nation—presents the creative and intellectual contributions of modern Israel in the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities. Its programs highlight Israel’s history, unique political democracy, multicultural society, economic development, immigrant absorption, and international contributions. “When I decided to gift the collection, I felt that the work should be gifted to a non-Jewish Israeli–affiliated institution. I wanted the artist’s work ‘out there’ to be seen, discussed, and compared with that of their peers across the globe,” Rothfeld said. “When I learned about AU’s Israeli

The 2010–2011 lectures were:

n “Blindness or Complacency? Why Did So Many German Jews Wait So Long to Leave Nazi Germany?” Mark Roseman, professor in AU’s Department of History; Pat M. Glazer, chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University; and Ina Levine, invitational scholar of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

n “A Tale of Two Capitals: Contemporary Jewish Dialogues in Israel and the U.S.,” conference at AU co-sponsored by Hebrew University, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, Israel in DC, and Jewish Agency for Israel. n “American Jewish Sportswomen, Gender and American Culture,” Linda Borish, Western Michigan University. n “The Arab Lobby,” Dr. Mitchell Bard, American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. n “Capitalism and the Jews,” author Jerry Muller. Part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival. Co-sponsored by Judith and Herbert Weintraub.

Tal Shochat, Crazy Tree (detail), 2005. Photograph

studies program and met the staff, I was convinced that this was the right venue for the work. The beauty of the Katzen Arts Center and the Washington, D.C., location made it a ‘slam dunk.’” Works from the collection will be exhibited at the Katzen, coinciding with events co-sponsored by the American University Museum and the Center for Israel Studies. The gift also honors Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, whom Rothfeld knows personally. ■

n “Coercing Strength, Beaten by Weakness: Israel’s Triangular Deterrence,” Boaz Atzili, School of International Service (SIS). n “Eddie Cantor: America’s Most Popular Entertainer,” David Weinstein, National Endowment for the Humanities. n “Gender, Archeology, and the Bible,” Sandra Scham, Catholic University of America. n “Hassidic Journeys into the Afterlife: A Jewish Mystical Approach to Death, Dying and the Life beyond the Physical Realm,” Leila Berner, scholar in residence, AU Department of Philosophy and Religion. n “India’s Israel Policy,” P. R. Kumaraswamy, Jawaharlal University, co-sponsored with Middle East Studies@AU and the American Jewish Committee.

n “Israel as a Model of Innovation,” Liora Katzenstein, Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Management of Innovation (ISEMI); co-sponsored by Kogod Business School and AU Students for Israel. n “Israeli-Syrian Peace Talks,” Josef Olmert, SIS. Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies@AU. n “Jerusalem Besieged: 4,000 Years of Conflict in the City of Peace,” Eric Cline, George Washington University. n “Jewish/Muslim Relations: Bridging the Divide,” Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies; and Washington Hebrew Rabbi Bruce Lustig; moderated by Jon Donvan, ABC News. Co-sponsored by SIS, Muslim Student Association, and Jewish Student Association. n “Jewish Influence in American Politics 1930s to the Present: The Issue of Jewish Refugees,” Fred Lazin, Abensohn Visiting Professor in Israel Studies. Co-sponsored by American Associates, BenGurion University of the Negev. n “The Life and Legends: Simon Wiesenthal,” Israeli historian Tom Segev; co-sponsored by Embassy of Israel.

n “Medieval Jewish Proofs for the Existence of God,” Devorah Schoenfeld, Loyola University Chicago. n “The Mountain and the Wall: Mount Herzl and the Western Wall as Changing Symbols of Commemoration in Israel,” Michael Brenner, Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich. n “New Perspectives on the Holocaust in France,” Alain Michel, scholar in residence, Jewish Studies Program. n “Peace in the Mideast: The Next Steps,” Congressman Robert Wexler. Co-sponsored by Kennedy Political Union. n “Peace through High Tech,” Smadar Nehab and Dr. Ramzi Halabi, Israeli NGO Tsofen. Co-sponsored by Kogod School of Business, Ameinu, and OneVoice. n “Reflections on the Place of Jerusalem in the Zionist Imagination,” Eran Kaplan, Princeton University. n “Space and Place in the Israeli Cultural Imagination,” Barbara Mann, Jewish Theological Seminary. n “Transformation in Egypt,” Kristin Diwan, SIS; Hillary Mann Leverett, Yale University; and Boaz Atzili, SIS. n “Zionism from the Southern Cone: Argentina, Sephardim and Israel,” Adriana M. Brodsky, St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Tom Segev


F ocus on A rts , C ulture , and SheshBesh Promotes Cultural Respect through Music

Study Abroad and Internship Experiences Shape Jewish Studies and Israel Studies Grads

ambassador. Backgammon, says Arnheim, “is a game everyone The Arab-Israeli musical ensemble SheshBesh brought its plays in the Middle East, regardless of background or race or message of peace around the world to American University last religion or age. It is a game that April, thanks to the CIS and its supporters brings people together.” and co-sponsors: the AU Department of “The multicultural nature of the Performing Arts Music Program, Embassy band and its music fit with the multiof Israel, American Friends of the Israel cultural environment at AU,” said Philharmonic Orchestra, Susan and Samuel Laura Cutler, CIS director. “In finding Lehrman, and the Speigler Endowment bridges to unite people, the ensemFund. SheshBesh, with musicians from the ble meshes with the cooperative Israel Philharmonic and talented Arab Israeli spirit I feel at American University.” musicians, was founded by Israel Standing ovations greeted both Philharmonic Orchestra flautist Yossi of the group’s performances, a Arnheim, to show how music can help tranpublic performance and one for scend cultural and religious conflict. 100 students in the Department The name SheshBesh, which is Turkish of Performing Arts’ Live Performance for the board game Backgammon, symbolYossi Arnheim with SheshBesh musicians Lab. ■ izes the ensemble’s role as a kind of cultural

“Tough Guys” and Israeli Films Last spring AU’s Jewish Studies Program collaborated with George Washington (GW) University’s Judaic Studies Program to present Tough Guys: A Trio of Documentaries on American Jewish Men, a series exploring ideas about Jewish masculinity in America. The series, also supported by the Spiegler Endowment Fund, marked the first collaboration between the two Jewish studies programs. The Foundation for Jewish Culture prepared the program materials. Leading post-film discussions were AU Jewish studies faculty Pamela Nadell and Lisa Leff and GW Judaic studies director Jenna Weissman Joselit. The Center for Israel Studies kicked off its seven film screenings for the year at the Avalon Theatre with the Israeli comedy A Matter of Size, followed by a discussion with Washington Post food editor Bonnie Benwick and filmmaker Yael Luttwak. CIS also joined the AU Center for Social Media and University of Maryland’s (UMD) Gildenhorn Center for Israel Studies in screening Israeli director Yoav Shamir’s controversial documentary Defamation. A lively discussion took place after the film with Shamir; Yoram Peri, who holds UMD’s Kay Chair in Israel Studies; and CIS director emeritus Russell Stone. In addition, CIS co-sponsored film screenings at the Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Literary Festival and at the Washington Jewish Film Festival. AU’s Abensohn Visiting Professor Fred Lazin and history scholar in residence Maina Singh also provided commentary on some of the films in the festivals. ■

Peter Beinart Delivers Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture In February before a large crowd, Peter Beinart presented the annual Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture discussing his provocative New York Review of Books essay, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment.” Beinart, a fellow at the New America Foundation, senior political writer for the Daily Beast, and associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York, touched off a national debate with his essay about the values central to young liberal Jews in America and their implications for the fate of Zionism. Beinart, an observant Jew, critiqued a Jewish establishment he said is out of touch with young, nonorthodox Jews who want to support Israel but are unwilling to remain silent about certain Israeli policies, such as those concerning settlements. “Young American Jews have essentially been asked to make a choice between their liberal values and Zionism, and for better and for worse, and I very much mean it for better and for worse, I think they’ve by and large chosen liberalism over Zionism.” Beinart said he wrote the piece because he wants his children “to love Israel for its declaration of independence, which envisions a nation of ‘freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the Hebrew Prophets.’” Saving liberal Zionism in the United States, he asserted, is the great American Jewish challenge of our age. The Center for Israel Studies, School of Public Affairs, and Kennedy Political Union co-sponsored the lecture. ■ Peter Beinart speaking at AU.


P olitics AU enjoys a national reputation for fostering the real-world application of learning through its internships and top study abroad programs. We recently spoke with four JSP and Israel studies students about how these experiences have shaped their lives. Following her first trip to Israel with TaglitBirthright, Elizabeth Leibowitz, political science, SIS ’11, decided to minor in Israel Studies. “This trip left me wanting to learn everything I could about this awe-inspiring and mysterious country. . . I spent the summer and fall of 2009 living in Tel Aviv and attending Tel Aviv University. This experience was beyond words and I can’t recommend it enough to people I meet . . . This experience created a deep-seeded attachment to the country; because of my experiences in Israel, I am consistently striving to learn more and more about the country and its conflict.” Leibowitz’s last of five internships while at AU was at the Embassy of Israel, where she worked on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) outreach.

Liz Leibowitz with Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren

That experience paved the way to her current job as program manager for the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Jewish Organization Equality Index. Renee Best, Jewish studies, CAS ’11, also interned at the Embassy of Israel. Now in her last semester at AU, she is finishing her senior thesis and working at the embassy: “My internship turned into a job in the Cultural Affairs Department of the embassy. In my job I work to arrange venues for Israeli artists, musicians, [and] performers . . . I couldn’t have asked for a better job right out of school that combines my passion for Israel and my passion for the arts.” Tammy Schwartz, Jewish studies, CAS ’11, interned at B’nai B’rith International’s Center for Human Rights and Public Policy: “Most of my daily tasks involved researching and writing about issues important to the Jewish community, such as Iran sanctions, the Jonathan Pollard case, workplace religious freedom, foreign aid appropriations, and America’s dependency on foreign oil. I also

Renee Best with Tali Efraty, academic affairs officer, Embassy of Israel

Tammy Schwartz

tracked votes regarding Israel at the UN.” Of her study abroad experience at Hebrew University, she said: “Studying abroad allowed me to gain more independence and connect to Judaism in my daily life.” Steph Schey, Jewish studies, CAS ’11, studied abroad twice, at the CET Jewish Studies Enclave Program in Prague and at Tel Aviv University. “This experience was eye-opening and life-changing for me. I made new friends, strengthened my Jewish identity, and formed educated opinions about critical issues in the world.” Schey also interned for the American Jewish International Relations Institute (AJIRI), Project Interchange, and the OneVoice Movement and babysat regularly. “Through the combination of these experiences, I learned that I enjoy educating others and loved working with children.” Currently in an accelerated teacher-certification program while working toward a master’s in education and a D.C. teaching license, she also teaches pre-K/kindergarten at a local charter school. ■

Steph Schey

Dafna Kaffeman: What Could Be Sweeter Than Going to Paradise? Two Artists in Conversation American artist Mindy Weisel and Israeli artist Dafna Kaffeman discussed the connections between inspiration and the poetic and humanitarian possibilities of art at an event at the AU Museum. The discussion coincided with Kaffeman’s exhibit, What Could Be Sweeter Than Going to Paradise? which was guestcurated by Weisel. Kaffeman is head of glass studies at Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. ■

Artists Lillian Abensohn, Mindy Weisel, Dafna Kaffeman, and Dalya Luttwak

Dafna Kaffeman, Tactual Stimulation. Glass


Student Awards and scholarships

News from the Faculty Lynn Addington, School of Public Affairs (SPA), continues her collaboration with Yaacov Yablon of Bar-Ilan University examining school violence cross-nationally, especially in the United States and Israel. Their most recent publications appeared in the American Journal of Education and Victims & Offenders. Boaz Atzili, SIS, published his article “State Weakness and Vacuum of Power in Lebanon” in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Lecturing on the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict at the Foreign Service Institute, he also wrote an article for the Huffington Post on the 1967 border and appeared on the Radio Voice of Russia. Richard Breitman, Department of History (CAS), continues as editor in chief of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, published by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He recently published and submitted to the U.S. Congress, in collaboration with Norman Goda of the University of Florida, the report “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence, and the Cold War.” Erran Carmel, Department of Information Technology (KSB), continues to research Israeli technology firms. His most recent publication, “Rural Outsourcing: Delivering ITO and BPO Services from Remote Domestic Locations,” will appear in IEEE Computer. Carmel moderated an event on the divide in Israel’s high-tech sector, which featured two leaders of the Israeli nonprofit Tsofen. Gershon Greenberg, Department of Philosophy and Religion (CAS), serves as consultant to the International Archives Division of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Previously, he served as visiting professor in the Department of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at Hebrew University and at other universities in Israel. Alan Kraut, Department of History (CAS), chairs the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island History Advisory Committee and was elected vice president of the Organization of American Historians. He published “Dispersion, Pluralism, and the Nebulous Contours of Post-Jewish Identity” in American Jewish History and delivered the 12th annual Professor John C. Livingston Lecture in American Jewish History. Lisa Leff, Department of History and Jewish Studies Program (CAS), director of the Jewish Studies Program for the 2010–2011 academic year, continues work on her book


about Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski. Leff recently lectured at the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago and at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Robert I. Lerman, Department of Economics (CAS), presented a seminar, “The Potential for Expanding Apprenticeship in Israel,” at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute in Jerusalem on the need for an expanded role of apprenticeship in Israel. Alan Levine, Department of Government (SPA), who serves on the governing board of Hillel, published a new book, A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson, coedited with Daniel Malachuk. He was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities on the paper “The Idea of America in European Political Thought: 1492–9/11.” Allan Lichtman, Department of History (CAS), taught an Honors course entitled FDR, the Jews, and the Holocaust, based on his forthcoming book coauthored with Richard Breitman. Richard Linowes, Department of Management (KSB), recently lived in Japan researching how international businesses adjust to local cultures. He met with Israeli businessmen in Japan, Thailand, and India promoting cooperation between Israeli and Japanese companies and academics. Eric Lohr, Department of History (CAS), published “1915 and the War Pogrom Paradigm in the Russian Empire” in AntiJewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History. Gail Humphries Mardirosian, Department of Performing Arts (CAS), pioneer of AU’s Voices of Terezin Project, continues to teach about the Holocaust through performing arts. During the last academic year, the AU community saw DPA performances of I Never Saw Another Butterfly and a onewoman play on Anne Frank. Pamela S. Nadell, Department of History and Jewish Studies Program (CAS), has returned from sabbatical as director of the Jewish Studies Program and chair of the Department of History. She continues as a member of the Historians Team and as consulting historian for media to the new National Museum of American Jewish History, which opened on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall in November 2010.

Saul Newman, Department of Government (SPA), finished a comparative study on the impact of religious beliefs and terror on the willingness of Israeli Jews and Northern Irish Protestants to make concessions for peace. Newman was recently elected president of the Hillel board of directors and served on the search committee that hired the new Hillel executive director, Jason Benkendorf. Yossi Olmert, SIS, published “Syria and Israel—The Elusive Peace” in the Digest of Middle East Studies and “One Person, One Vote in Syria” in the Cairo Review. He presented “Jabotinsky, Begin, Lieberman: The Evolution of Right-Wing Thinking on the Status of Arabs in Israel” at the Association of Israel Studies annual conference at Brandeis University. Maina Singh, Department of History (CAS), was appointed senior associate fellow of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. She published “The Indian Jews in Israel—A Forgotten Diaspora?” in the Foreign Policy Research Centre Journal. Myra Sklarew, professor emerita, Department of Literature (CAS), continues to publish poetry and essays on Jewish themes. Jeffrey Sosland, Washington Semester Program and KSB, presented his research to the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations in Minneapolis on the Israeli-Palestinian water negotiations and presented his paper “Economic Interdependence and the Arab-Israeli Conflict” at the 2011 Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago. Howard M. Wachtel, professor emeritus, Department of Economics (CAS), is a member of the board of directors of the Association for Israel Studies and chairs the association’s Task Force on Israel Studies Centers and Professors. He is also a member of the advisory board of the AmericanIsraeli Cooperative Enterprise’s Israel Scholar Development Fund. Guy Ziv, SIS, new director of the SIS Summer Abroad in Israel Program, published “Cognitive Structure and Foreign Policy Change: Israel’s Decision to Talk to the PLO” in International Relations. He continues to write a blog for the Huffington Post about Arab-Israeli peacemaking. ■

Lauren Barr received CIS’s award for the best paper or poem related to Israel for her paper “Understanding the Role of the OneVoice Movement.” “I was always involved with Jewish community life in high school and, when I began studying international relations at American University, my Jewish roots and values compelled me to become involved in issues related to Israel. I quickly developed a passion for learning all I could about the region and finding ways to support the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. These interests led me to found the OneVoice Movement at AU, a forum for students of all backgrounds to have respectful, informed discussion about the conflict, and I led two student delegations to Israel and the West Bank through the Alternative Breaks Program. The paper I wrote for the Israel Writing Competition was inspired by my experiences working with OneVoice . . . and was my effort to understand the role and Laura Cutler, Lauren Barr, and Myra Sklarew impact of such peacebuilding work. It is my hope that positive initiatives like OneVoice continue to gain support and work for a better future.” Barr is currently a master’s candidate in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Program. The annual award was established by professor emerita of literature Myra Sklarew in memory of her uncle Benjamin Reinkel and aunt Eva Wolpe Reinkel and in honor of her uncle Harry Rinkel. Congratulations to these outstanding students! ■

comings and goings Randall Geller, Department of History (CAS), joins the history and Jewish Studies faculty, having recently earned his doctorate in Israel studies and Middle Eastern history at Brandeis University. Prior to beginning his doctoral work, he lived in Israel and worked as a journalist, lecturer, and tour guide. Geller is currently revising a manuscript entitled “Non-Jewish Minorities and the Question of Military Service in the Israel Defense Forces, 1948–1958.” Calvin Goldscheider returns this year as scholar in residence for Jewish studies and Israel studies. A Typical Extraordinary Jew: From Tarnow to Jerusalem is his new book, coauthored with Jeffrey Green. Goldscheider continues to write and lecture on Israeli society and Jewish identity. Fred Lazin, Department of Sociology (CAS), continues his research on the Soviet Jewry movement in the U.S. In the past year, he lectured widely on Israeli society and politics, giving more than 40 lectures in venues such as the Institute of Sociology in Prague and delivering a keynote address on immigrant absorption in Israel at the Israeli embassy. Alain Michel, was scholar in residence at AU in fall 2010. Founder and director of Elkana Publishing and former director of the French desk for seminars and education at Yad Vashem, Michel has written about the history of the French Jewish scouting movement and the experiences of French Jews during WWII. Michel writes, “AU provided me with the tools to move forward with my work in a peaceful setting that proved extremely fruitful. I am particularly grateful to AU colleagues Lisa Leff and Richard Breitman for their assistance in my research.” Michel's new book will be published this November under the title Vichy and the Shoah. ■


to our generous supporters, the following students received scholarships and awards this year. ■ Kris Berenson, Jane and Jerrold Goodman Scholarship ■ Lisa Paquette, Jane and Jerrold Goodman Scholarship ■ Eleanor Rose, Jane and Jerrold Goodman Scholarship ■ Rebecca Levy, Stephen and Lynn Greenfield Family Scholarship ■ Renee Best, Everett and Marion Gordon Scholarship Einar Bar Shira received the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Foundation Scholarship for an Israeli student studying at AU.

Center for Israel Studies American University’s Center for Israel Studies is one of the nation’s premier centers for educating about today’s Israel—its achievements and its challenges. Our approach is multidisciplinary, going beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel’s history, vibrant society, culture, multiethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical issues. The center’s goal is to enhance scholarship and knowledge in the university and the wider community about a multifaceted Israel. Using AU’s expertise in global education, and its central location in Washington, D.C., CIS seeks to connect Israel to the next generation of young leaders and to serve as a national and international hub for nurturing and catalyzing Israel studies. Jewish Studies Program American University’s commitment to the Jewish Studies Program dates back to the early 1970s. Since then, AU’s Jewish Studies Program has included a major and a minor and offered courses across the curriculum, including in our General Education Program, for all AU students. The program takes great pride in being the first in the nation to offer a minor in Israel studies.


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The Center for Israel Studies and the Jewish Studies Program thank the following donors for their generous contributions. We count on donor support to ensure the vibrancy of our programs. Donors to CIS and JSP (*President’s Circle Donor) April 30, 2010–September 1, 2011 Lillian Klein Abensohn* Marilyn Armel* Charles and Ruth Bartfeld Leonard and Gabriela Bebchick Susan J. Becker Jason Benkendorf Dava Berkman Benjamin Brown* Rick and Pamela Brown* Ronald Brown Theodore Brown* Richard and Amara Chadwick Alan Cohen Arthur and Lyn Cohen Herbert and Brenda Cohen Morris and Dorothy Cohen Janis Colton Laura Katz Cutler Lisa Dick Mark Dorf Keith Eig Richard and Lois England* Jack and Trudy Exelbert Israel Feldman and Sharon Doner-Feldman* Norma Fenves Robert Finfer* Barry Forman* J. R. Franzen and Sandra Kloner Judith H. Friedman Craig Gardy Carl Gewirz Jonah and Sallie Gitlitz Stanley Goldberg Jane and Jerrold Goodman Isidore and Helen Goren Ada Green Bonnie Genkin Green Daniel Hirsch and Brenda Gruss Jerry and Linda Herman Kenneth and Rhoda Herman* Louise Klein Hodin Gisela Huberman* Judy Ramoy Johnstone Lauren Kart Robert and Karen Keats* Lori Lyons Kramer Amy Lampert Fred Lazin Michel Le Goc and Jacqueline Grapin Robert Lerman Fred Levin Mark Levitt*

Randall Levitt* David Manchester Daniel and Elaine Mann Renee Marlin-Bennett Sander and Irene Mendelson Jennifer Meyerhoff Annette Moshman Sid and Linda Moskowitz Pamela Nadell and Edward Farber Andrew Neft Sylvia Olivetti David Osnos Ronald and Toni Paul* Mindy Portnoy Anita Reiner Leon and Harriet Reiter Marian Rocker Joanne Rosendorf Irving Rosenthal Irwin and Sylvia Rosenthal Jerry and Micheline Rosenthal Donald and Susan Rothfeld* Jess Sadick Loretta Schaeffer Stephen Shapiro Roberta Schneidman Herman and Mary Schwartz Bruce Sklarew Myra Sklarew Stuart Sloame Jean Soman* Peter Starr* Russell and Rala Stone Norma Tucker Diane Abelman Wattenberg Matthew and Robin Weinberg Henry and Rickie Weiner Carey Weiss and Karen Pearce Stanley and Joan Weiss David Wexler Esther Wilner Paul Wolff and Rhea Schwartz*

k n a h T ! u o Y American Associates Ben Gurion University of the Negev American Friends of Hebrew University American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise American Jewish Committee Baxt Family Foundation* Berman Family Foundation* Gary and Carol Berman Family Foundation* Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival Ralph S. and Frances R. Dweck Family Foundation*

Embassy of Israel Samuel and Grace Gorlitz Foundation Jewish Agency for Israel The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Eleanor M. and Herbert D. Katz Family Foundation* Samuel and Susan Lehrman The Joseph and Rebecca Myerhoff Awards Committee* Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation* The Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Foundation Inc.* Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation* Curt C. and Else Silberman Foundation* Speigler Endowment Fund United Jewish Endowment Fund Washington Jewish Film Festival

Abensohn Fund Donations Lillian Klein Abensohn* Gary and Pennie Abramson* Maurice and Flora Atkin Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation* Marc and Nancy Duber* Herbert and Ruby Halperin* Bernard Hyams Robert and Arlene Kogod* Stuart Kurlander Alan and Amy Meltzer* Andrea Nordell Bruce and Amy Pascal Barry and Linda Perlis Sandra Pollen Richard and Monica Sussman Howard Wachtel WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT! For more information or to contribute to our programs, please contact: Center for Israel Studies 202-885-3780 Jewish Studies Program 202-885-2425

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Yediaut 2011  
Yediaut 2011  

Yediaut is the newletter from the Center for Israel Studies and the Jewish Studies Program at American University in Washington, DC.