The fellowship, which will underwrite two full years of tuition, will be awarded to a student who demonstrates excellence and commitment to the study of Jewish women's history, literature, and culture, and who wishes to pursue a master's degree in Jewish Gender and Women's Studies at JTS. The JTS community is grateful to Albert Moss, z"l, who provided the funds in his estate for this to be created.
Dr. Tikvah Frymer-Kensky, z"l, was an outstanding scholar of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. Combining rigorous scholarship and a feminist perspective, she offered new insights into ancient worlds and their texts that are powerfully relevant to a contemporary audience. Her books, which make major contributions to the study of biblical religion, literature, and feminist criticism, include In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth; Motherprayer: The Pregnant Woman's Spiritual Companion; and Reading the Women of the Bible, which won the Koret Jewish Book Award in 2002 and National Jewish Book Award in 2003.
Until her untimely death from breast cancer in 2006, Dr. Frymer-Kensky was professor of Hebrew Bible and History of Judaism the University of Chicago Divinity School. She earned a bachelor's degree from City College of New York and a second bachelor's degree in Hebrew Literature in Bible-Talmud from JTS. Dr. Frymer-Kensky received a master's degree in West Semitics from Yale University, from which she also earned a doctorate in Assyriology and Sumerology.
Jewish Gender and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to afford students the opportunity to focus on the history and culture of Jewish women. Students examine Jewish women's texts and experiences and also learn to apply a gender-studies approach to traditional Jewish texts. They focus on one historical period or discipline, taking courses from among the many departments at The Graduate School; take full advantage of the opportunity to study with a world-class faculty; and enjoy the rich offerings of the largest program of Judaic Studies in North America.
The deadline to apply for the fellowship is Wednesday, April 1, 2009. Additional information is available by visiting www.jtsa.edu/jewishwomensstudies or by contacting Abby Eisenberg at (212) 678-8022.