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Title: HaTanin
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Language: English
Creator: Center for Jewish Studies, University of Florida
Publisher: Center for Jewish Studies, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 1991
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Newsletter of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida No. a. t991/


Under the Gun of Recession


As most of you may know, the
University of Florida is taking a major
financial beating due to the acute, linger-
ing recession. Like every other depart-
ment and program at the University, the
Center for Jewish Studies has experi-
enced major cutbacks in its budget over
the past year. Two recent cuts have been
devastating, with reductions in the
Center's annual State funds in the 40%
range. Worst of all, the two vacant Jewish
Studies faculty positions we were hoping
to fill have been summarily consumed by
the system. Undoubtedly, it will take sev-
eral years to recover from these fiscal and
faculty-position losses.
Clearly the University and the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where the
Center is ensconced, will one day begin
to rebuild. At that time it is essential that
the Center be ready to seize the day and
recapture the progress it has demonstrat-
ed in recent years.
This a request -an appeal, really to
our loyal and potential donors and
friends: Please help us maintain the level
of activity we have shown over the years,
so that when the time comes in 1993 or
1994, the Center will be in a position to
flourish once again.
The Board of Associates of the Center
- friends from around the State of
Florida who have given magnificent sup-
port for Jewish Studies gathered in
Gainesville at the end of October to dis-
cuss the current situation and the long-
range future. High on the agenda is a
campaign for a new Professorship in


Jewish Studies and efforts to maintain
and increase the rate of acquisitions in the
Price Library of Judaica. Plans to accom-
plish these goals are already in the mak-
ing. Another goal is to develop a
Graduate Program in Jewish Studies, but
this may have to wait for an upswing in
future State funds.
In the meantime, the Center has indeed
maintained its high visibility on the cam-
pus and has continued to attract good
numbers of students. This Fall Term
about 370 students have registered in
Jewish Studies courses. The estimate is
that the program will register nearly 700
students during the course of the year.
There continues to be strong interest
in the B.A. Major in Jewish Studies,


RaId Hilberg qare thi inaugural lecture of the
Hany Rich Endowment in Holocaust Studies


with 20 25 students enrolled annually in
the Major. Minor (or Certificate) students
number nearly 40 at this time.
(continued p.7)



Jewish Studies Instructional
Staff 1991-93

Warren Bargad. Director (Modem Hebrew
Language and Literature)
Avraham Balaban (Modem Hebrew
Language and Literature)
Shlomo Deshen, Visiting Fulbright Scholar
(Traditional Jewish Societies)
Dora Friedman (Hebrew)
Andrew Gordon (American Jewish
Literature)
Howard Green.tein. Adjunct Lecturer(The
American Jewish Experience, The
Holocaust and Its Roots)
Sheldon Isenberg (Jewish Mysticism;
Classical and Modem Judaism; Women in
Judaism)
Allan Lehmann, Adjunct Lecturer (Classic
Jewish Texts)
Barry Mesch (On Leave)
James Mueller (Hebrew Scriptures)
Melvyn New (The Modem Jewish Novel)
Harry Paul (History of the Jews in France
George Pozzetta Immigratnon and Ethnicily
in American History)
Daniel Schroeter (ewich Hisror
Harold Stahmer I Modern Jewih
Philosophies)
Kenneth Wald (Religion and Politics)









Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence


The Center for Jewish Studies has been
awarded a grant by the Council for
International Exchange of Scholars
(CIES), Washington, D.C., for a
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the
Spring semester of 1992. Dr. Shlomo
Deshen, Professor of Social Anthro-
pology in the Dept. of Sociology and
Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University has
been selected for this prestigious aca-
demic award.
Professor Deshen attended the Hebrew
ULniversity of Jerusalem where he com-
pleted a B.A. in Jewish History and
Sociology and graduate studies in
Contemporary Jewry and Sociology. He
completed his education with a Ph.D. in
Social Anthropology from Manchester
University in England in 1968.
He has held faculty positions with both
the Bar Ilan University and Tel-Aviv
University Departments of Sociology and
Anthropology and has been the Dorot
Professor of Anthropology at New York
University, a lecturer at the American
Museum of Natural History and, in 1990,
the Padnos Professor of Judaics and
Anthropology at the University of
MichJga1n.


Dr. Deshen is the author or co-author of
several works dealing with various
aspects of African Jewry, including his
most recent monograph, The Mellah
Sot ier.: Jewish Community Life in
Sherifian Morocco, which was published
in 1989 by the University of Chicago
Press.
During the Spring, Dr. Deshen will
teach two classes: "The Experience of


Dr. ShlomoDeshen, Visiting FIulb ightl Stchllat.


Disability" and "Traditional Jewish
Societies." "The Experience of Dis-
ability" will uncover the nature of living
with a physical impairment, as experi-
enced by disabled people. In particular,
the following disabling conditions will be
discussed: blindness, .tuttering. deafness,
dwarfism, obesity and epilepsy. The
course will be offered through the
Anthropology Department at the
University of Florida.
"Traditional Jewish Societies", offered
through Jewish Studies, will examine
Jewish cultures and societies that func-
tioned according to traditional ay', of
the Old World. The course will empha-
size the value of Jewish traditional life,
ranging from Morocco to the Yemen, to
Iraq and India.
This is the second Fulbright grant
awarded to the Center for Jewish Studies
by CIES. In 1988-89, Prof. Yaacov Bar-
Siman-Tov, Senior Lecturer in the
Department of International Relations at
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
taught and conducted his research at the
University of Florida in the Departments
of Political Science and the Center for
Jewish Studies.


1990-91 Graduates in
Jewish Studies

Ten students graduated with majors in
Jewish Studies in the 1990-91 academic
year: Eileen Greenhaum. Elliot Levy,
Sheri O'Donnell, Kevin Weiss, Gwynn
Kessler. Hadas Kohn, Danielle Leader.
Elissa Rudd, Jodi Samuels and Terri
Schwartz.
The Center for Jewish Studies congrat-
ulates them all. (see page 7 for profiles of
some recent Jewish Studies B.A. Major
and Certificate graduates)


Certificates Awarded
1990-91

Fifteen students were awarded the
Certificate (Minor) in Jewish Studies in
the 1990-91 academic year: Daniela P.
Cohn, Molly Jalenak, Craig Kolman,
Alyse Slaff, David Berkowitz, Larisa L.
Fisher. Audra Lane, Monique Ferguson,
Dara Greenspan, Sherry Reiz. Kimberly
Ann Kassow, Margaret Millender, Caren
Beth Ridge, Adrienne Lea Savel, Alan
Weinstein.
Jodi Samuels was awarded a
Certificate in Jewish studies and also
completed the requirements for a B.A.
Major in Jewish Studies.


1991 Bnai Zion Award

Ms. Jennifer Zimbel of Gainesville,
Florida, received the 1991 Bnai Zion
Award for Excellence in Hebrew. The
award in made by the Bnai Zion
Foundation of New York.






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