OCTOBER 3, 2007 – Targum Shlishi is awarding four grants of $2,500 each during the 2007-08 academic year for dissertation research on Jewish Studies topics for students based either in the U.S. or Israel.
This is the second year that Targum Shlishi has awarded grants for dissertation research. The research subjects of past grantees have included explorations into Jewish American women’s memoirs, the educational community and negotiation of religious values in a pluralistic day school, and what it means to be American and Jewish in the postwar years.
“Supporting educational initiatives is one of the most important things we do as a foundation. We believe that Jewish education is the key to our future, and to that end, we have funded educational projects across the spectrum over the years, from early childhood to lifelong learning, from programs aimed at students to programs for teacher improvement,” notes Aryeh Rubin, director of Targum Shlishi. “In supporting dissertation research, we are making a statement about the critical importance of Jewish Studies. We believe that funding in this area of inquiry is seriously lacking, and that more dissertations would be produced if there was more financial support for Jewish Studies.”
To apply for a grant, applicants must submit a brief description (up to 1,000 words) of their dissertation topic and the stage they are at in their research. They must also include a paragraph describing their educational background and where they are currently studying. Information should be e-mailed by November 16, 2007 to Judy Dach, education consultant for Targum Shlishi, firstname.lastname@example.org; any questions should also be addressed to her. After receiving the brief description, Targum Shlishi may contact applicants requesting further information.
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: www.targumshlishi.org.
Contact: Judy Dach