Call For The Diarna Fellowship

Call For UCSC Summer Fellowship 2019

Now accepting applications for Summer 2019 Fellowship at Diarna! Apply by April 30, 2019 at 5.00 p.m. Diarna: Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life, pioneers the use of digital mapping and database technologies to virtually preserve and ensure untrammeled access to endangered Jewish heritage sites throughout the region.

Can Jewish Customs Be Crowd-Sourced?

By Shelley S. Hebert. Just over 100 years ago when the Russian activist and writer known as S. An-sky set out to undertake a Jewish ethnographic study in the Pale of Settlement, he used the best available technology of the era—including some of the earliest audio recording equipment developed by American inventor Thomas Edison. Now the tools […]

James Loeffler

Diller Lecture to feature talk on the history of Jews, human rights, and global democracy

By Scott Rappaport. Guest author and scholar James Loeffler will deliver the 2019 Helen Diller Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studieson Wednesday, February 20, at the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn on the UC Santa Cruz campus. He will speak on the topic: The Right to Be Heard–Jews, Human Rights, and Global Democracy. Admission is free and open to the […]

Response to Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue

. . .קֹ֣ול בְּרָמָ֤ה נִשְׁמָע֙. . . רָחֵ֖ל מְבַכָּ֣ה עַל־בָּנֶ֑יה “A voice is heard in Ramah . . . Rachel is weeping for her children.” (Jeremiah 31:15)   Dear Members of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Jewish Studies Community, We write in mourning for the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh and also in […]

Announcing Summer 2018 Diarna Fellows

Congratulations to this year’s Diarna Fellows!   Michelle Abraamian, Senior Major/Concentration: History, Americas and Africa Most Excited to: learn about digital mapping technologies and historical discoveries through geography relevant to modern issues.       Madeline Maria Carpou, Junior Major/Concentration: History Most excited to: get some hands-on experience in researching historical subjects, and also to engage more […]

Call For The Diarna Fellowship

Call For UCSC Diarna Summer Fellowship 2018

UCSC Center for Jewish Studies Summer Fellowship at Diarna Now accepting applications for Summer 2018! Apply by April 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Organization: Digital Heritage Mapping (DHM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, specializes in virtual documentation of global cultural heritage sites. DHM is partnered with the American Sephardi Federation at The Center for Jewish History […]

Image from the film Casablanca

Real-life ‘Casablanca’ story is even more dramatic than the Hollywood classic

The Times of Israel quoted Alma Rachel Heckman, the Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies and assistant professor of history and Jewish studies, in an article about a new book that explores the story of the many Jewish refugees in the Vichy Moroccan port of Casablanca fleeing the Holocaust. Heckman states that what might have befallen Casablanca’s Jews had […]

Alma Heckman

History professor Alma Heckman named Neufeld-Levin Chair of Holocaust Studies

August 03, 2017 By Scott Rappaport. Assistant professor of history and Jewish Studies Alma Rachel Heckman has been appointed as the new holder of the Neufeld-Levin Holocaust Endowed Chair at UC Santa Cruz. The interdisciplinary endowed chair was established in 1995 by Anne Neufeld-Levin, a former president of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board of Trustees, […]

2016 – 2017 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

The Jewish Studies Program invites submissions for the 2016-2017 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards. To encourage and reward outstanding research and writing on Jewish themes by undergraduates at UCSC, the Awards Committee will select four outstanding essays or senior theses that represent distinguished examples of undergraduate scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies. Students should […]