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Targum Shlishi Announces Funding for Research on Jewish Studies Topics

September 17, 2008 – Targum Shlishi is awarding four grants of $2,500 each during the 2008-09 academic year for dissertation research on Jewish Studies topics for students based either in the U.S. or Israel.

This is the third year that Targum Shlishi has awarded grants for dissertation research. The research subjects of past grantees have included explorations of Judaism in postwar America, Jewish youth in interwar Poland, Crypto-Jews in Brazil, and the role of Jewish music literacy in Jewish education.

“Targum Shlishi is deeply committed to supporting Jewish education. We do so because quality Jewish education is crucial to the future of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, we believe there are serious weaknesses in the quality and delivery of Jewish education, which is why we support initiatives of all types and for all ages, ranging from early childhood to adult education, from classroom learning to teacher and administrator development,” says Aryeh Rubin, director of Targum Shlishi. “We established our grant funding for dissertation research to foster original scholarship, which is vitally important to the health and development of Jewish education. We have been impressed and inspired by the applications received in previous years for this grant – there’s a good deal of intriguing scholarship underway, but we need more.”

To apply for a grant, applicants must submit:

  1. A brief description (up to 1,000 words) of their dissertation topic and the stage they are at in their research.
  2. Biographical information – a paragraph describing their educational background and where they are currently studying.

Information should be e-mailed by November 17, 2008 to Judy Dach, education consultant for Targum Shlishi,; any questions should also be addressed to her. After receiving the brief description, Targum Shlishi may contact applicants requesting further information.

For in-depth information about the recipients of last year’s grant for dissertation support, please visit the initiatives page on Targum Shlishi’s website,

About Targum Shlishi

Targum Shlishi, a Raquel and Aryeh Rubin Foundation, is dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today. Premised on the conviction that dynamic change and adaptation have historically been crucial to a vibrant and relevant Judaism and to the survival of its people, Targum Shlishi’s initiatives are designed to stimulate the development of new ideas and innovative strategies that will enable Jewish life, its culture, and its traditions to continue to flourish. For more information on the foundation, visit its website:

Judy Dach
Phone: 954.559.9390


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