The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Third 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 Leora Rosenberg, a student from New York University, who received the first-tier award for her essay, "Ishmael: A Parallel and Antagonist"; Joshua Jeffreys, a student from Rutgers University, who received his second-tier award for the submission "Irony in the Mishnah"; and Hana Nudelman of New York University, who earned her third-tier award with "The Holocaust: More than History." Honorable mentions were given to Jonathon Catlin, a student at the University of Chicago, for "Post-Holocaust Ethics: Styron, Wiesel and Levi," and to Natalie Bornstein of Smith College for her piece, "Deconstructive Tropes and Jewish Humor in Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm." 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 many excellent submissions on a variety of topics from students of Jewish studies at a wide range of colleges and universities," says Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History and Walter and Sarah Schlesinger Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at JTS. "I and my faculty colleagues were most impressed by the breadth of students' interests, the quality of their papers, and their evident passion for Jewish studies. I'm so pleased that we at JTS can recognize these aspiring scholars for their fine work."