2016 Cashmere and Innovative Scholarship Award Winners

The Association for Jewish Studies Women’s Caucus is delighted to announce the winners of two important awards.

The Cashmere Subvention Grant in Jewish Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies has been awarded to Natalia Aleksiun and Elissa Bemporad for their forthcoming volume, Gender and Jewish Women in Central and Eastern Europe.

An honorable mention for this award goes to Professor Shira Kohn, for her Pledging Allegiance: Jewish Sororities and Civil Rights in Postwar America.

This year’s prize for Innovative Scholarship in Gender and Jewish Studies has been awarded to Sarit Kattan Gribetz, for “The Mothers in the Manuscripts: Gender, Motherhood, and Power in the Toledot Yeshu Narratives.”

We look forward to congratulating this year’s winners during the annual Women’s Caucus breakfast on Monday, December 19, in San Diego. Please join us!

Paul Hyman Mentoring Program APPLICATIONS REOPENED Due Aug 18

Re-opeing the 2016-2017 Paula E. Hyman Mentoring Program

To advance the field of Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies and to honor the memory of Paula E. Hyman, Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, with the support of the AJS and its Women’s Caucus, established a mentoring program for emerging scholars in the field. In this third year of the program we will again select a small group of emerging scholars and pair them with senior scholar mentors. They will be asked to meet, either in person or virtually, bimonthly and will stay an extra day at the 2016 AJS Conference at the program’s expense in order to discuss professional issues including moving from dissertation to book, landing one’s first position, thinking strategically about advancement, and balancing life and work.

Applications are welcomed from both non-tenure track and tenure-track scholars, as well as from scholars in non-traditional fields and independent scholars, who have received or will have received their Ph.D. degrees between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2016. Applicants must be current members of the Association for Jewish Studies and the AJS Women’s Caucus. You may establish or renew your membership(s) at http://www.ajsnet.org/enroll.htm. Mentors will be approached in consultation with the mentees.

Applications will consist of:
• Cover Letter including:
o Contact information
o Description of dissertation research and any other subsequent publications
o A one to two paragraph description of what you would like to achieve through participation in the mentoring program
o Names of three senior scholars as possible mentors with a sentence or two explaining why you chose each one. Please do not contact potential mentors; the Committee often goes beyond the applicant’s suggestions.
• Curriculum Vitae
• Contact information for two academic references

Materials should be submitted electronically to ajswomenscaucus@gmail.com with “Hyman Mentoring Program application” in the subject line by Thursday, August 18, 2016. We hope to complete the selection process by mid-September 2016.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner at anlerner@jtsa.edu or 212-678-8069 or 201-543-8148 (cell).
For a participant’s description of the program, use this link to a blogpost by Prof. Samira Mehta:
http://usreligion.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-paula-e-hyman-mentoring-program.html
For the Steering Committee:
Anne Lapidus Lerner, Co-Chair

Announcement: Paula Hyman Mentoring Program Applications Due June 22

Announcing the 2016-2017 Paula E. Hyman Mentoring Program

To advance the field of Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies and to honor the memory of Paula E. Hyman, Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, with the support of the AJS and its Women’s Caucus, established a mentoring program for emerging scholars in the field. In this third year of the program we will again select six emerging scholars and pair them with senior scholar mentors. They will be asked to meet, either in person or virtually, bimonthly and will be invited to stay an extra day at the 2016 AJS Conference at the program’s expense in order to discuss professional issues including moving from dissertation to book, landing one’s first position, thinking strategically about advancement, and balancing life and work.

Applications are welcomed from both non-tenure track and tenure-track scholars, as well as from scholars in non-traditional fields and independent scholars, who have received or will have received their Ph.D. degrees between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2016. Applicants must be current members of the Association for Jewish Studies and the AJS Women’s Caucus. You may establish or renew your membership(s) at http://www.ajsnet.org/enroll.htm. Mentors will be approached in consultation with the mentees.

Applications will consist of:
• Cover Letter including:
o Contact information
o Description of dissertation research and any other subsequent publications
o A one to two paragraph description of what you would like to achieve through participation in the mentoring program
o Names of three senior scholars as possible mentors with a brief statement explaining why you chose each one
• Curriculum Vitae
• Contact information for two academic references

Materials should be submitted electronically to ajswomenscaucus@gmail.com with “Hyman Mentoring Program application” in the subject line by Wednesday, June 22, 2016. We hope to complete the selection process by early July 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner at anlerner@jtsa.edu or 212-678-8069.

For the Steering Committee:
Anne Lapidus Lerner, Co-Chair

Announcing 2016 Prizes and Programs

Look under the Fellowships Tab to see this year’s information for:

Cashmere Subvention Grant in Jewish Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Prize for Innovative Scholarship in Gender and Jewish Studies
AJS Women’s Caucus Travel Grant
Paula E. Hyman Mentoring Program

Please contact us at ajswomenscaucus@gmail.com with any questions!

–Katja and Jodi

Meet Jodi Eichler-Levine and Katja Vehlow – New AJSWC Co-Chairs!

At the 2015 AJS conference, Jodi Eichler-Levine of Lehigh University and Katja Vehlow of the University of South Carolina became the new Women’s Caucus co-chairs!

Oren Segal Receives 2015 Innovative Scholarship Prize

Congratulations to Oren Segal, who was awarded the 2015 Women’s Caucus Innovative Scholarship Prize for his work, “Ashkenizing Homosexuality? Yossi Avni’s The One Who Does Not Know How to Ask.” Segal received his PhD from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is currently Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Shaun Halper Receives the 2015 Women’s Caucus Cashmere Prize

Shaun Halper is the winner of the 2015 Women’s Caucus Cashmere Prize for Innovative Scholarship in Jewish Gender, Sexuality and/or Women’s Studies, which provides a $1,000 subvention grant. Halper’s project, “Jewish Homosexuality and the Zionist Revolution: Mordechai Langer (1894-1943),” sheds new light on how scholars conceptualize Zionist masculinity and homosexuality. He is currently the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Postdoctoral Associate in Judaic Studies and Lecturer in History at Yale University.

Michal Raucher received an Honorable Mention for her work, “(Re)Producing Ethics and the Ethics of Reproduction: Reproductive Ethics among Haredi Women in Jerusalem.” Raucher is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Cincinnati and was also named a 2015-2017 Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Hasia Diner’s The Jews of the United States now available in Hebrew

Hasia Diner’s THE JEWS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1654-2000 (University of California Press) has been translated into Hebrew and published by Bialik Publishing. It is the first and only book on the subject available to Hebrew readers and can be purchased here.

Paula E. Hyman Mentorship Program Accepting Applicants for 2015-2016

Emerging Scholars interested in gender and Jewish studies, who have earned their doctorate between 2009 and 2015 are encouraged to apply. All applicants must be members of the AJS and AJS Women’s Caucus. See here for more details.