lilacorwinbermanDr. Lila Corwin Berman
Murray Friedman Professor
Director, Feinstein Center

Lila Corwin Berman is Associate Professor of History at Temple University. She holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Berman received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Yale. She is author of Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (2009). The book has been awarded recognition from the Center for Jewish History and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and was a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize. Berman is currently completing a book entitled Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion Postwar Detroit (University of Chicago Press, 2015) that traces Jews’ movement away from urban America in the postwar years. The project has received support from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including the Journal of American HistoryJewish Social StudiesAmerican Jewish HistoryReligion and American Culture, the Forward, and Sh’ma.

Isserman-photo-301Dr. Nancy Isserman
Coordinator, Feinstein Center

Dr. Isserman has worked for the Feinstein Center for many years on projects such as creating oral history archives on Jews in Leftist Politics in Philadelphia and Soviet Jewry Advocacy. She served as project director for Challenge and Change: History of Jews in America and the issue of government funding of faith based social services and has staffed conferences and editing several Feinstein Center publications. Dr. Isserman is also the Senior Research Fellow at Council for Relationships where she has been the co-director of the Transcending Trauma Project, a qualitative research project, consisting of in-depth interviews of almost 300 Holocaust survivors and three generations of family members on resilience and coping pre, during and after World War II. She is a co-author of Transcending Trauma:  Survival, Resilience, and Clinical Implications.   Dr. Isserman has published articles, book reviews, and co-edited books on topics relating to trauma and Holocaust survivors, the contemporary Jewish experience, marriage and family relationship education, and on tolerance in survivors. Currently, she is also collaborating with the Oral History Division of the Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to analyze attitudes towards perpetrators found in the Judith Kestenberg Child Survivor Interviews Archive. Isserman’s PhD from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, “I Harbor No Hate”: Tolerance and Intolerance in Holocaust Survivors received the 2004-2005 Braham Dissertation Award.

AriellaBiopicAriella Werden-Greenfield
Graduate Student Fellow, Feinstein Center

Ariella Werden-Greenfield is pursuing her Ph.D. in Religion at Temple University where she works as the Graduate Student Fellow at the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Her research interests include Judaism in the Americas, Afro-Caribbean religion, food and religiosity, and race, racism, and identity construction. Ariella has taught a variety of courses for the Religion, Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies departments at Temple University including “Race and Poverty in the Americas,” “Women in Religion” and “What is Judaism?” She is currently working on her dissertation, an effort that interrogates the role of the Hebrew Bible in the lives of Rastafari. Through an analysis of Rasta exegetical strategies, she hopes to illuminate the existential shift that embracing the Bible offers to Rastafari and investigate the production of knowledge, rationality and truth in Rastafari communities. From 2009 through 2013, Ariella served as the coordinator of the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies at Temple.

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