2014 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

The winners of this year’s Jewish Undergraduate Research Awards include papers about cinema and the Holocaust, the philosophical fiction of Isaac Bashevis Singer, and the distinctive contribution of the filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen to the Jewish comic tradition. Elizabeth Ho, “Film and the Holocaust: The Mystery of Goodness”: Using Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List and […]

Professor Deutsch Receives Book Award

Professor Nathaniel Deutsch’s book The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement (Harvard University Press, 2011), has received the 2013 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the category of Social Science, Anthropology, and Folklore. The book offers the first complete translation of a little known but invaluable ethnographic questionnaire–and the story of an ambitious attempt […]

Recently published Jewish Studies Books

Celebration of Two New Jewish Studies Books November 13

By Scott Rappaport UCSC’s Center for Jewish Studies and University Library will present a celebration of two new books on Jewish Studies–featuring emeritus history professor Peter Kenez; professor of English and comparative literature Murray Baumgarten; and librarian Lee Jaffe–on Wednesday, November 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at UCSC’s Stevenson College (Silverman Conference Room) The authors and […]

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UCSC’s first online course draws 18K students

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports on USCS’s first online course. UC Santa Cruz’s first free course offered on the online Coursera platform has drawn more 18,000 participants, exceeding expectations by instructors of the 10-week literature and history class on the Holocaust. “I’m a great believer and am happy this is going on,” said professor Peter […]

Helen Diller (Photo: Jim MacKenzie)

UCSC to receive $500,000 in support of endowed chair in Jewish Studies

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has announced a major new gift to support the campus’s Jewish Studies Program. By Scott Rappaport. The Helen Diller Family will contribute $500,000 toward the establishment of a new Baumgarten Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies. A previous gift from the Dillers in 1997 established the Helen Diller Family Endowment […]

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2013 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

It is with great enthusiasm that the Center for Jewish Studies announces that the following undergraduates have received Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards for the 2012-2013 year. Jessica Gala, “Creation and Love: Where They Meet in the Hidden World of Women”: This comparative study of Rebecca Goldstein’s Mazel and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The Slave uncovers […]


Leviathan Celebrates a Gargantuan Feat

The student-run Jewish journal, which turns 40 this year, ranks among the longest-running Jewish-themed campus publications in the country.   Imagine how hard it would be to publish a respected quarterly magazine with a 100 percent turnover rate every three or four years, and keep it going for four decades. The students of UC Santa […]

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Israeli Filmmaker to Screen Acclaimed Documentary about Famed Architect

Award-winning documentarian Duki Dror in-residence at UCSC this winter as visiting artist   By Scott Rappaport. UCSC’s Film and Digital Media Department will present a free public screening of award-winning Israeli documentarian Duki Dror’s acclaimed film Mendelsohn’s Incessant Visions on February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Media Theater. The screening will be followed by a Q&A […]

Murray Baumgarten & Peter Kenez

Holocaust Course Goes Hybrid

The Humanities Division is pleased to announce an online component for the Literature/History course, “The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry.” Co-taught for over 20 years by Murray Baumgarten, Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Peter Kenez, Professor Emeritus, History, this hybrid course offers both online and on-campus elements and resources. Students on […]