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Short-Term Research Fellows

Inaugural Class: Fordham-NYPL Research Fellows in Jewish Studies


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Congratulations to the inaugural class of Fordham-NYPL Research Fellows in Jewish Studies! This joint pilot fellowship program is for scholars in all fields of Jewish Studies from outside the New York City metropolitan area and provides support for their on-site research at The New York Public Library, especially the Dorot Jewish Division. For the duration of the fellowship, fellows will receive an affiliation with Fordham University and give one public presentation and one faculty seminar.

We are pleased to announce the fellowship winners for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Short-Term Fellows

Gabriella Abramac : Sociolinguistic Superdiversity in Hasidic Communities of New York
Former Visiting Fulbright Professor, New York University
Dr. Abramac is a former Fulbright Scholar. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Zagreb in Croatia, a Certificate in Holocaust Studies from Yad Vashem, a Certificate in Global Studies from NYU, and a Certificate in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture from the YIVO/Bard Uriel Weinrech Summer Program.

Menahem Blondheim : The Yiddish Sermon in the United States, 1881-1939
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Blondheim is the Karl and Matilda Newhouse Professor of Communications, Department of History and Department of Communication, and the Director of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Boaz Huss : Isaac Myer and the Kabbalah in America in the Late 19th Century
Dept of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Huss is Professor in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva. He received a Ph.D. from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and has held fellowships at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, and a Fulbright Fellowship at Yale.

Gil Ribak : “A Feeling of Self-Disgust Attacks Me”: The Attitudes of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants toward African Americans in a Transnational Perspective
University of Arizona
Dr. Ribak is Assistant Professor at the Center for Judaic Studies, University of Arizona. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He served as Director of the Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, and was the Lewin Postdoctoral Fellow in American Jewish History at Washington University in St. Louis.

David Stromberg : A Yiddish Writer in America: Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1935-1957
Institute for Contemporary Jewry / Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Stromberg received his Ph.D. from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Contemporary Jewry. He is also Editor and Literary Advisor of the Estate of Isaac Bashevis Singer with the Zamir Revocable Trust.

Lidia Zessin-Jurek : Homeless memory? The memoirs of the Polish Jewish survivors in the Soviet Union outside the Holocaust and the Gulag memory cultures
German-Polish Research Institute, Collegium Polonicum/Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder-SÅ‚ubice
Dr. Zessin-Jurek received her Ph.D. in History and Civilisation from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Currently she holds a research fellowship in European Holocaust Research Infrastructure from the European Council, and is a research associate at the Polish-German Research Institute, Collegium Polonicum in Frankfurt a/Oder.


The Fordham-NYPL Fellowship Program in Jewish Studies is made possible by the Eugene Shvidler Gift Fund at Fordham University and additional gift funds to Jewish Studies at Fordham University.

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This looks like a wonderful new program. Congratulations to all involved!

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