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.
Veteran educator Rabbi Dr. Shmuel (Stuart) Klammer, who earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University, is currently an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Jewish Studies and Lander College for Men. Previously the principal of The Hebrew Academy of Long Beach and The Maimonides School, he currently serves as Head of School at Shulamith in Brooklyn. His GSJS alumni have earned successful placements in schools such as HAFTR, DRS, Darchei Noam, Lander College for Men, and more; and in shuls all over the country from Philadelphia to Queens, Los Angeles to Monsey.
When Rabbi Leonard Garner retired after a four-decade-long career in healthcare as a Medicaid specialist, he decided that what he really wanted to do was study Jewish history.
Maya Balakirsky Katz, PhD, is Professor of Art History at the Lander College for Women of Touro College and on the faculty of Touro’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies. She earned her master’s and doctorate in art history at Bryn Mawr College. She is editor of Revising Dreyfus (Brill Press, 2013), co-editor of Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, and the author of The Visual Culture of Chabad (Cambridge University Press, 2010); her book Drawing the Iron Curtain: Jews and the Golden Age of Soviet Animation is forthcoming with Rutgers University Press. In this interview, we spoke to Professor Balakirsky Katz about her undergraduate experience at Touro, her inspiration and motivation to write, and why she’d love to gossip with Valentina Brumberg.
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.
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.