JTS Alumna Receives Fulbright Award

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July 27, 2009, New York, NY

Michal Raucher, a 2005 graduate of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies of The Jewish Theological Seminary, has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Scholarship to conduct dissertation research in Israel.

Ms. Raucher will use the Fulbright award to examine how rigorously Orthodox Jewish women in Israel understand their pregnancies in relation to two dominant ideologies in their lives: their religious outlook and their reliance on medical knowledge, even as Jewish law provides little legal guidance or rabbinic conversation about pregnancy. A particular focus of her research will be the pervasive use and the impact of ultrasound technology for these women.

Currently a doctoral candidate in religion at Northwestern University, where she is concentrating on bioethics, Ms. Raucher received an MA in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate student in JTS's Joint Program, she received a BA in Bible from List College and a BA in Religion and Science from Columbia University.

Fulbright awards are sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational Affairs. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Ms. Raucher is the first List College graduate to be selected for this prestigious honor.

List College offers the benefits of an educational experience that is, at once, Jewish and secular, small college and large university, through dual-degree programs with two of the finest institutions in the country: Columbia University and Barnard College. Prospective students are invited to contact the Admissions Office at (212) 678-8832 and visit the List College website for further information.