The Jewish Theological Seminary Announces Winners of its Second Annual Excellence in Jewish Studies Award

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May 15, 2012, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Second Annual Excellence in Jewish Studies Award, an honor bestowed by JTS upon three college students who have written and submitted superior English-language essays or papers in the field of Jewish Studies to The Graduate School of The Jewish Theological Seminary; all submissions are reviewed by select members of JTS's world-renowned faculty. This year's winners were Binyamin Goldstein, a student from Yeshiva University, who received the first-tier award for his essay, "The Hebrew of the Elohistic Psalter: Lexicon, Syntax, and Other Linguistic Features"; Isaac Moore of Bard College, who received the second-tier award for his submission, "From Division in Paris to Resistance in Vichy: The French Jewish Community During the Second World War"; and Brittany Rosenberg of Muhlenberg College, who earned her third-tier award with "Henrietta Szold and the Work of Hadassah: A Look at the Intersection of America, Zionism, and the Role of Women." Honorable mention was awarded to Anna Brand of Oberlin College for her essay, "Kavvanah, Devekut, and Emotionality in Hasidic Prayer." All of the winners received a cash prize, plus a signed copy of JTS Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen's book, The Jew Within: Self, Family and Community in America.

JTS, one of the world's leading centers of Jewish higher education, integrates rigorous academic scholarship and teaching with a commitment to strengthening Jewish tradition, Jewish lives, and Jewish communities. Part of this vision includes honoring aspiring scholars and leaders who have demonstrated excellence in Jewish studies. The JTS Excellence in Jewish Studies Award is open to current college sophomores, juniors, and seniors attending any school.

"We received outstanding essays on a wide variety of topics from Jewish studies students at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Israel," says Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and dean of Graduate Studies at JTS. "Reading their essays, I was impressed by the breadth of their interests, the quality of their work, and the evident passion for Jewish studies. I'm so pleased that we at JTS can recognize these aspiring scholars for their remarkable achievement."


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