Congratulations, 2020 Paul Robeson Scholar!

ChaninRebecca Chanin (class of 2020), double major in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, with an assortment of Hebrew language and Jewish Studies courses as well, completed her Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis entitled “At The Hands of Others: Stories of Holocaust Survival,” during academic year 2019‒2020.

Instead of a typical honors thesis, Rebecca took the route of creating a documentary film, using materials from the Shoah Project Visual History Archives (University of Southern California), along with other sources.

The documentary focuses on how the Muslim population of Albania saved the lives of Jews during World War II, based on the crucial cultural concept of Besa, ‘word of honor, keeping one’s promise’.

We are proud to make the film available here to the general public (with kind permission of the VHA project):


Finally, note further that Rebecca has been selected as an SAS Class of 2020 Paul Robeson Scholar, in recognition of her stellar undergraduate career at Rutgers University.

In July 2020, Rebecca will commence Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, here in New Brunswick.

Hebrew 405 at Michigan State University offered to Rutgers students

Univ of MichiganProf. Shachar Pinsker offers an advanced Hebrew course at the University of Michigan in the coming semester, Fall 2020.

Open to any student in the Big Ten Academic Alliance system through the CourseShare program.

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Prof. Yael Zerubavel

zerubavel 150px squareProfessor Yael Zerubavel is the winner of the AIS Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019. This award honors Dr. Zerubavel’s lifetime of exceptional scholarship and academic achievement in the field of Israel Studies, and recognizes that her lasting and path-breaking contributions have significantly shaped the field. Yael Zerubavel is a Professor Emerita in Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University. She is recognized as a pioneer in the field of cultural studies, collective memory and history as applied to Israel and its Jewish traditions. Her book Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition (U. of Chicago Press: 1995) practically launched this important discipline. Zerubavel is a prolific author who published in both English and Hebrew and the mentor of scores of graduate students. She founded the department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University in 2000 and was the Founding Director of the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, 1996-2018.

Is There a Jewish Continuity Crisis?


Is There a Jewish Continuity Crisis?

Monday, June 8
1:00 - 2:15 PM ET

Dr. Michal Raucher, Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies at Rutgers and Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, examines the phenomenon of Jewish leaders invoking the threat of a demographic crisis to implore young Jews to procreate at higher rates. Using biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary texts, she'll consider what it would mean to think about Jewish continuity not solely in terms of creating more Jews but also cultivating and supporting the values central to our tradition.

Note: The Zoom link for this session will be in the confirmation email that you will receive after you register at