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Targum Shlishi Announces Grant Funding Opportunity for Dissertation Research on Jewish Studies Topic

October 15, 2009 – Targum Shlishi is awarding four grants of $2,500 each during the 2009-10 academic year for dissertation research on Jewish Studies topics for students based either in the U.S. or Israel. The foundation is now accepting applications for the award.

This is the fourth year that Targum Shlishi has awarded grants for dissertation research. The research subjects of past grantees have included explorations into student satisfaction with day school education, understanding the concept of free will as it relates to a Jewish marriage and get, the philosophy and life of Franz Rosenzweig, and Jewish music literacy.

“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. The description should include:

  • Name, email address, mailing address and phone number
  • Name of university presently attending and department of study
  • Title of dissertation
  • Description of dissertation topic
  • Main goal of the research
  • Relevance to your field
  • Methods used
  • Why it is important
  • Status of research thus far

In addition to the description of the topic, applicants must also include a paragraph of biographical information describing their educational background, related work, publications, and advisor’s name.

Information should be e-mailed by December 2, 2009 to Judith Dach, Ph.D., education consultant for Targum Shlishi at; 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 2007-08 grants 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.

Contact: Targum Shlishi


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