Studying the Holocaust is Dr. Aleksiun’s calling. “On the one hand,” she explains, “It’s a horrific tragedy. To the extent to which it can be used for learning, however, it is imperative to examine what enabled it to happen.” As a professor of Modern Jewish History and the Holocaust at Touro Graduate School of Jewish Studies for the last 14 years, Dr. Aleksiun specializes in the social, political and cultural history of modern East European Jewry. She has written extensively on the subject. Her book, Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust, will be published as part of the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization series in 2020.
When Rabbi Ronen Neuwirth moved to the United States from Israel to pursue a master’s degree at Touro’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies (GSJS), he brought with him deep experience in Jewish leadership and innovation.
Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies welcomed its first Ph.D. program candidates in September 2018. In doing so, Touro furthers its commitment to academic excellence in Jewish Studies and ensures that there will be scholars and teachers available to fill future vacancies for Jewish academics in high schools, colleges and graduate schools. The new doctoral program will build upon Touro’s highly-regarded master’s program in Jewish Studies, and augment Touro’s already considerable contributions, through published writings and scholarship, to the collective knowledge of the intellectual, social and political history of the Jewish people in the past millennium.
Akiva Eisenstadt wears many hats: husband, father, businessman, and community leader. For the past 15 years, he has served as Assistant Rabbi and Rosh Kollel of Congregation Shaarey Torah, affectionately known as "The Shtieble," in his community of Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. He also oversees business development for his wife’s interior design business. And perhaps his most important role is father to his five children, ages 7 to 15.
On any day, you may find Rivka Schiller translating historical documents for a filmmaker, researching a celebrity’s genealogy for a TV show or tracking down and translating an article about a Jewish artist who perished in the Holocaust.
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.”
Touro College’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies (GSJS) will launch a Ph.D. program in Jewish Studies in September 2018. The program will be Touro’s first doctoral level course of study in the arts and sciences, and will build on Touro’s highly-regarded master’s program in Jewish Studies.
Tech-savvy and Yeshiva don’t often show up in the same sentence.
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.
More than 1,000 master’s degree recipients were honored at the Touro College Division of Graduate Studies (DGS) Commencement Ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York City on June 16.