The Feinstein Center at Temple University announces its annual summer fellowship to support research in the American Jewish experience. Predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars studying any area of American Jewish life are eligible for the grant of up to 4000. Applications should include a proposal of no more than five pages, a letter of recommendation, a CV, and a detailed budget of how funds will be used. Materials are due by March 18, 2019. We prefer that all application materials be emailed to feinsteincenter@temple.edu.

You may also mail the materials to:
Feinstein Center of American Jewish History Temple University
Temple University
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2018 Summer Fellowship Award Recipients

The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History announces the selection of its Summer Fellows for 2018:

Gregg Drinkwater Gregg Drinkwater is a PhD Candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder. Gregg’s research explores how gay and lesbian Jews transformed the landscape of liberal Judaism in the United States in the post-World War II era. By creating gay synagogues in the 1970s and asserting public gay Jewish identities, gay and lesbian Jews contributed to shifting the boundaries of normative sexual and gender roles within liberal American Judaism. These gay Jewish innovators paved the way for the ordination of gay and lesbian rabbis, the widespread adoption of ritual and liturgical innovations rooted in gay and lesbian experiences, and rapid shifts in Jewish perceptions of homosexuality. The Feinstein Center summer fellowship will support a research trip to New York City where Drinkwater will visit the archive at New York’s LGBT Community Center and conduct interviews with founding members of New York’s gay synagogue, as well as gay and lesbian Jews active in other grassroots gay Jewish groups in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Peter Labuza Peter Labuza is a PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California focusing on the rise of Hollywood’s entertainment law firms. His dissertation, “When A Handshake Meant Something: The Emergence of Entertainment Law and The Constitution of Hollywood Art, 1944-1967,” examines how a new class of entertainment lawyers aided individuals to establish themselves as artists within an industry that had previously espoused only entertainment. He looks at the history of Anti-Semitism in the history of Los Angeles’s legal profession and how Jewish solo practitioners came to redesign Hollywood through contracts, copyright, and tax law. In doing so, Labuza offers a new history of the postwar Hollywood that emphasizes how the Jewish American experience continued to define the industry through the critical junction between legal history and the business of American art in the 20th century.

Anastasiia Strakhova Anastasiia Strakhova is a PhD Candidate in History at Emory University. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Imagining Emigration: Crossing the Borders of Russian Jewry during the Era of Mass Migration, 1881-1917,” analyzes the impact of mass Russian-Jewish immigration to America on the Jewish population remaining in the Russian Empire. In particular, Anastasiia investigates how Jewish everyday life had changed since great migration started, what kind of new financial possibilities became available in the wake of emigration, and how new transnational Russian-Jewish identities were formed. She argues that America, as a prime destination of immigration, extended both the physical and mental borders of Russian Jewry. By studying the multifaceted interrelation between Russian Jews at home and in immigration, her dissertation pushes for a global understanding of Russian Jewry as a unified collective that expanded across vast stretches of space.

Special Awards Granted


  • Eric Goldstein (Dissertation Fellowship), Emory University Race and the Dilemmas of Jewish Identity, 1875-1945


  • Edward Shapiro (Research Grant), Seton Hall University Right Turn: Jews and the American Conservative Movement

  • Eugene Sheppard (Research Grant), Brandeis University Analysis of Leo Strauss’ philosophy and work post-World War II at the University of Chicago

  • Nathan Abrams (Research Grant), University of London The special role played by Commentary magazine in Jewish affairs, especially on the growth of American Jewish political conservatism.


  • Marc Dollinger (Doctoral Prize), Pasadena City College Turning Inward: Cultural Nationalism and American Jewish Life, 1964-1980

  • Karla Goldman (Doctoral Prize), Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute for Religion Beyond the Gallery: The Place of Women in the Development of American Judaism

  • Mary McCune (Special Grant in Women’s Studies), Ohio State University “Charity Work” as Nation-Building: American Jewish Women’s Activism and the Crises in Europe and Palestine, 1914-1929

  • Felicia Herman (Special Grant in Women’s Studies), Brandeis University The ways gender has shaped the religious lives of American Jewish women and men from the 1890’s to World War II.

  • Jane Rothstein (Special Grant in Women’s Studies), New York University Social and cultural history of the mikveh in the United States from the late nineteenth century through the 1940’s.

  • Jeremy Stolow (Special Grant in Women’s Studies), York University, Toronto, Canada Nation of Torah: Inspiring Stories and the Politics of Historiography in a Religious Social Movement

  • Aviva Ben-Ur (Special Grant in Women’s Studies), Brandeis University, Queens University Where Diasporas Met: Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews in the City of New York - A Study in Intra-Ethnic Relations, 1880-1950

  • Melissa Klapper (Special Grant in Women’s Studies), Rutgers University A Fair Portion of the World’s Knowledge: Young American Jewish Women and the Problem of Education, 1870-1920


  • Nancy Mykoff A Jewish Season: Ethnic-American Culture at Children’s Summer Camp (1918-1941)

  • Jay Eidelman (Research Grant), Yale University Jews in North America, 1790-1830

  • Regina Stein, Jewish Theological Seminary of America


  • Reena Sigman Friedman (Research Grant), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College History of the Reconstructionist Movement

  • Eli Faber (Research Grant), John Jay Criminal College Jews and Slavery in the English Speaking World

  • Alice Saldan (Research Grant), University of Kansas Eisenhower, American Middle East Policy, and Domestic Imperatives: American Zionism Confronts “Sympathetic Impartiality” 1993

  • Beth Wenger (Doctoral Prize), University of Pennsylvania New York Jews and The Great Depression

Feinstein Center for American Jewish History
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Dr. Lila Corwin Berman
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Associate Director
Ariella Werden-Greenfield
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