JTS Doctoral Candidates Receive Dissertation Grants from Targum Shlishi

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June 22, 2010, New York, NY

Three students from The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) are among fifteen doctoral students from the United and Israel to receive dissertation research grants from the Targum Shlishi foundation.

Geoffrey Claussen, a student in the Department of Jewish Thought at The Graduate School, is one of four first-level grant winners for his dissertation, Exploring the Moral Vision of Rabbi Simhah Zissel (Borida) Ziv (1824–1898). Danna Livstone, a student in the Department of Jewish Education at The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, received a second-level grant for Jewish Parents and Religious School: Recollections and Decisions, and Rachel Mincer, a student in The Graduate School’s Jewish History Department, received a second-level grant for Minhagim Books: Middlebrow Literature of the Late Medieval Period.

Grant recipients were selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants. Targum Shlishi distributes research grants to support dissertation research related to Jewish Studies. Acceptable topics may range from ancient to contemporary times, and include studies of Jewish theology, literature, political thought, and education, as well as the histories of particular Jewish communities.

Targum Shlishi is dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today. Premised on the conviction that dynamic change and adaptation have historically been crucial to a vibrant and relevant Judaism and to the survival of its people, Targum Shlishi’s initiatives are designed to stimulate the development of new ideas and innovative strategies that will enable Jewish life, its culture, and its traditions to continue to flourish.