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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Jewish Studies Open House

Jewish Studies Open House

April 12 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Humanities 1, Room 210 | Free Come discover what makes the Jewish Studies program at UC Santa Cruz such a unique and vibrant educational opportunity. Meet Jewish Studies faculty and students, learn about classes, internship opportunities, and the Jewish Studies intellectual community.  

A historic anniversary: 1516-2016 Beit Venezia for the Ghetto Quincentennial

For eight years now BEIT VENEZIA (previously known as The Venice Center for International Jewish Studies) has honored and continued the legacy of the Ghetto of Venice as a center of Jewish life, art, and learning. We are proud to have been the first to highlight the historic significance of the Ghetto Quincentennial (1516-2016) and […]

Call For Applications: Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

The Jewish Studies Program invites submissions for the 2015-2016 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.

Submissions: Students should submit their papers to the Department of History via e-mail attachment to historyundergrad@ucsc.edu by Monday, June 6th, 5:00pm. A letter of support from a faculty sponsor is recommended, but not required.

Questions: Direct any questions to the Jewish Studies Academic Advising Coordinator, Bruce Thompson at brunet@ucsc.edu.

‘Venice Ghetto at 500’ explores its legacy on Jewish life

by patricia corrigan , j. correspondent “Il Ghetto: The Venice Ghetto at 500,” a new exhibit at the Jewish Community Library, explores the history of the Venice ghetto and the centuries of Jewish life inside it. The exhibit, a joint presentation with the Museo Italo Americano of San Francisco, offers two sets of photos of […]