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Welcome to our new Israel Studies Teaching Fellow!

Professor Rafi Grosglik joins us as a Visiting Assistant Professor and will be located in the Department of Sociology. He is our first Israel Studies Teaching Fellow and is sponsored by the Israel Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from Ben-Gurion University. Most recently, he was a Research Fellow with the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University and taught at Boston University.  

His areas of interest make him a perfect fit with U.C. Davis; they include sociology of food, the ethics of organic food, globalization, environmental sociology and Israeli society. He is eager to learn more about the food culture of California. He will be teaching courses in Sociology and the Honors Program on food, culture, and society. More information about Professor Grosglik is listed under People.


Congratulations to the 2017 winners!

Recipients of the Don Kunitz Award for Academic Excellence 


Karen Xu
"Society and Anti-Semitism in Children’s Literature: Authority, 'Agency,' and Social Relationships
in Curious George"

Joshua Paull
"Seeds that Bloom the Desert: What Baba Joon Says About the Mizrahi Experience"




Spring 2017 Events


Poetry during the Holocaust and ‘Poetry after Auschwitz’ (Adorno)

Wednesday, April 5th ~ 4pm ~ 912 Sproul

Sven-Erik Rose 
Associate Professor
German and Comparative Literature
UC Davis


Germans, Jews, and the Theatre

Wednesday, April 19th ~ 4pm ~ 912 Sproul

Jonathan Hess 
Moses M. and Hannah L. Malkin Distinguished Professor of Jewish History and Culture
Professor of German
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Annual Emanuel Ringelblum Lecture

The Brothers Scholem: Two German Jews Confront the Twentieth Century

Monday, April 24th ~ 4pm-5:30pm ~ Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

Mirjam Zadoff 
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History
Indiana University 

Noam Zadoff 
Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and History
Indiana University



Past Events

The Third Temple Movement in Israel: From the Margins to the Mainstream

Tuesday, January 24th  ~ 12-1:30pm ~ 273 SS&H

Film and talk by

Rachel Z. Feldman 
PhD Candidate
Anthropology Department
UC Davis

Why are increasing numbers of religious Jews making pilgrimages to the Temple Mount and practicing sacrificial offerings? Feldman's dissertation research and film examine the recent mainstreaming of the Third Temple Movement in Israel, a messianic Jewish movement which seeks to rebuild the Third Temple on the Temple Mount, reestablish a Jewish kingdom, and renew a priesthood. In recent years, the Third Temple Movement has re-branded itself as a nonviolent movement, strategically using liberal discourses of "human rights" and "freedom of worship" to gain access to the Temple Mount as well as political, legal, and economic resources from the Israeli State. In response, Islamic NGOs and Palestinian activists have organized to resist the Third Temple Movement and potential Israeli annexation of the Haram ash-Sharif compound. 


The Valente Lecture in Music
Music in Israel: Forty Years of Shifting Boundaries, Connections, and Possibilities


Welcome Professor Eva Mroczek and Professor Seth Sanders!

Our new Jewish Studies faculty members in Religious Studies



Fall 2016 Events

The Ethics of the Algorithm:

Probing the Shoah Foundation’s Digital Archives of Holocaust and Genocide Testimony

Thurs, September 29th  ~ 4pm ~ Andrews Conference Room, 2203 SS&H

Todd Presner
Professor of German and Comparative Literature
Chair, Digital Humanities Program


Jewish Scriptures Before the Bible

Thurs, October 20th  ~ 4:30-6:30pm ~ Andrews Conference Room,  2203 SS&H

Reception follows talk.

Eva Mroczek 
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
UC Davis


Blind in Palestine: An Ocular History between Jews and Arabs (1918-1948)

Thurs, November 10 ~ 12-1:30pm ~ 1246 SS&H

Anat Mooreville 
Israel Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2017
UC Davis




Welcome, Dr. Anat Mooreville!

Dr. Mooreville is our incoming Israel Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year.



Congratulations to the 2016 winners!

Recipients of the Don Kunitz Award for Academic Excellence in Jewish Studies

 the Undergrad  Scholarship for Jewish Studies

Short Essay Winner: Megan Cliff
First Prize Research Paper: Marie Yelavich
Second Prize Research Paper: Peter Mills
Jewish Studies Scholarship: Zoe Robinow

Kunitz/scholarship 2016
From left to right: Peter Mills, Megan Cliff, and Zoe Robinow
(not pictured: Marie Yelavich)

Charlene Kunitz - 2016






Charlene Kunitz speaks about her husband, the late Don Kunitz.






 For more information about submissions and previous winners, click here.




List of 2016-17 Courses Available




Summer Session I & II Courses

Click here for more information





Congratulations to Professor Sven-Erik Rose for receiving the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association for Jewish Studies. His book, Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany, 1789-1848 (Brandeis University Press) won the award for the category of Philosophy and Jewish Thought.  

See Professor Rose's interview here.

Mazel tov Professor Rose! 


Congratulations to the 2015 winners of the Don Kunitz Award for Academic Excellence In Jewish Studies!

Short Essay Winner: Natascha Starr

First Prize Research Paper: Lara France

Second Prize Research Paper: Jack Mizes




Jewish Studies Faculty in the News!

Jewish Studies Faculty in the News!

Watch an interview with Emanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History David Biale:

With a resurgence of anti-Semitism across Europe, promoting Jewish culture can be a powerful vehicle for confronting anti-Semitism and strengthening a positive Jewish identity. Here in Germany, the Jewish Studies Department at Frankfurt University continues its highly respected conference series on the cultural history of the Jews with American historian David Biale, a leading international expert on Jewish history and culture. With Jewish communities now present in 75 countries, Jewish culture and Jewish identity are beginning to play an increasingly larger role in a globalized, multicultural world.