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Marking an outstanding achievement in academia, Graduate School of Jewish Studies Associate Professor Dr. Natalia Aleksiun has earned three research fellowships for the current academic year at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York and the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in Lviv, Ukraine.
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Ira Bedzow is a triple threat. In addition to being an ordained rabbi, an accomplished scholar and a published author, he holds three advanced degrees. 
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Dr. Michael A. Shmidman has served as Dean of Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies since 1986, and was appointed to the Victor J. Selmanowitz Chair in Jewish History in 2003. He has been a member of Touro’s faculty and administration since 1981, when he was recruited to serve as the first director of the newly established Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
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As Jews around the world celebrate again Hanukah, the festival of lights, it is well to ponder a bit on the significance of this holiday. Over the lifespan of the Jewish people there have been renewed attempts to expel Jews from the stage of history. 
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A Master of Arts in Jewish History candidate, Passi Rosen-Bayewitz embarked on a study of Jewish professional women who had made a difference during the interwar years and the Holocaust period, between 1918 and 1945. Rosen-Bayewitz calls her subjects “ordinary women who accomplished extraordinary things”—very much like Rosen-Bayewitz herself.
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Having again commemorated Kristallnacht, the large-scale Nazi orchestrated pogrom in Germany, on November 9, 1938, that targeted all remaining Jewish small businesses and Jewish homes, torched hundreds of synagogues, and sent over 20,000 Jews to concentration camps—let us reflect on the underlying causes that led to this horrific event and the implications for other horrific events of our days.
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There is a global Jewish community, and each member has the opportunity to share its values with their immediate friends and neighbors. These are ideas held dear by Graduate School of Jewish Studies Class of 1989 graduate Rhonda Lillianthal, who now works as Director of The Center for Jewish Life at JCC Metrowest New Jersey.  In that capacity, she also directs a site of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Lillianthal spends each day helping Jews either rediscover or ignite their spirituality. Her teaching is an extension of the meaningful way that faith guides her own actions.
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Tech-savvy and Yeshiva don’t often show up in the same sentence.
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Avraham Groll is a 2016 graduate of Touro’s Graduate School Of Jewish Studies with a MA in Judaic Studies. He is the Director of JewishGen.org, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Museum of Jewish Heritage devoted to helping people research their Jewish roots, connect with relatives, and learn what it means to be part of the Jewish people. Avraham lives in Passaic, New Jersey with his wife and family.
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When Julie Golding’s grandparents decided to visit the local Holocaust museum in Miami Beach, they arrived at the exhibition, reflected at the memorial outside and both began to cry. They got right back into their taxi and returned to their hotel.  Explains Julie, “My grandmother told me that museums were not for those who had experienced the horrors of the Holocaust, but for the next generation that needs to learn and remember.” Julie often thinks about this incident when she’s designing exhibits and programs at several Holocaust museums where she has worked. “I’m always trying to ensure that the information is relevant and accessible to the next generation. Today there are very few living survivors. We are at a crossroads between lived memory and historical memory and the work of museums is becoming even more important.”