Faculty Research and Updates

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Phil Brown who joined Northeastern this fall as University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences and Director of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute and serves on the Jewish Studies Advisory Board, is working on an edited book, “Summer Haven: The Catskills and the Holocaust,” with Holli Levitsky (chair of Jewish Studies at Loyola Marymount University).

The book will include their original research, as well as reprints of other scholars’ work that will be paired with reflections by those scholars and others.  Phil is also trying to figure a way to get the Catskills Institute website transferred from Brown University to Northeastern.

In July, Josh Jacobson spent time in Colorado guest conducting and teaching; his visit was featured in the Intermountain Jewish News.  Read the article online here.  Jacobson has also just finished writing an invited chapter entitled “Art Music and Jewish Culture Before the Jewish Enlightenment:  Negotiating Identities in Late Renaissance Italy” for the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music.  He will be conducting an open sing on December 2 with the Zamir Chorale of Boston as part of Limmud Boston.

In June, Jewish Studies Director Lori Lefkovitz was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, an honor “awarded to one individual each year who has produced scholarship of rare distinction, contributed in an outstanding way to Jewish communal and religious life in North America or Israel, and has acted in keeping with Reconstructionist ideals.”   This summer, she was the scholar-in-residence for a day of learning for the Rhode Island Board of Rabbis, and she delivered guest lectures at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, as a guest of the departments of English and Theology.  This fall she was the Bronfman Scholar-in-Residence for a week at William and Mary College and, closer to home, offered a guest lecture at Temple Hillel B’nai Torah.  She continues to serve on the advisory boards of Northeastern Hillel, the Jewish Women’s Archive, and the Hadassah Brandeis Institute.  She is completing a chapter on “Joseph and Masculinity” for a forthcoming volume on “Gender in Judaism and Islam.”

Bill Miles recently published Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey (see article in this newsletter). He also recently published “Between Ashkenaz and Québécois: Fifty Years of Francophone Sephardim in Montréal,” in Diaspora. A Journal of Transnational Studies vol. 16, no. 1&2.

Jennifer Sartori is completing the analysis of an online survey of American Jewish adoptive parents, which gathered close to 1000 responses.  Together with Dr. Jayne Guberman, her co-director of the Adoption and Jewish Identity Project, she is about to begin an in-depth oral history project of young adult adoptees raised in American Jewish families.

Steve Sadow has been on tour with the artists’ books “Identity and Diversity” that were featured in the last issue of Haverim. Since May, he has spoken at The Graduate School-CUNY, El Péndulo bookstore in Mexico City, Emmanuel College and the Argentine Consulate in New York. His chapter “Mood Swings: The Carnavalesque in Two Novels by Angelina Muñiz-Huberman” will appear shortly in Darrell Lockhart, ed. , New Approaches to Jewish Mexican Literature (Reno: University of Nevada Press).