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 20, 2020. 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
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2019 Summer Fellowship Award Recipients

The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History announces the selection of its Summer Fellows for 2019:

Jeremiah Lockwood Jeremiah Lockwood (PhD candidate, Stanford University)
Jeremiah Lockwood has played music around the world from Montreal Jazz Festival to the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali, as the leader of The Sway Machinery and as the guitarist in Balkan Beat Box. He was a recipient of the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, an Artist-in-Residence for the Forward and a Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Fellow. He is currently completing a PhD at Stanford University. His thesis focuses on cantorial music revivalism in the Chassidic community in Brooklyn, NY. His duo project Book of J (with singer Jewlia Eisenberg) released their debut album in 2018. Jeremiah is again collaborating with Jewlia on his current project, LA Archivera. LA Archivera is an exploration of the recordings of archivist Emily Sene. From the 1940s to the 1970s, Emily Sene gathered music without institutional support or academic background. Her collection documents and illuminates the experience of Sephardic Jewish immigrants to California through music.

April Rosenblum April Rosenblum (MA candidate, York University)
April Rosenblum is an MA candidate in History at York University. Her thesis follows microhistorical threads from a single crime in Philadelphia to the dissolution of grassroots urban interaction between white Jewish and Black communities in midcentury America. In 1971, an elderly Jewish shopkeeper’s murder by a younger Black man seemed to neatly fit Philadelphia’s headlines of rising crime and racial tensions. But beneath the surface lay a different story: of intimacy and interdependence between white Jewish and Black leftists in an age of political crisis. This research shifts focus from narratives of mutual betrayal to examine the postwar roots of Black-Jewish separation, the political tolls of the Cold War, and the unconventional bonds that endured.

 Alissa Schapiro Alissa Schapiro (PhD candidate, Northwestern University)
Alissa Schapiro is a PhD Candidate in Art History at Northwestern University. Her dissertation investigates the relationship between American cultural production and the Holocaust during World War II. She traces artistic, institutional, performative, and mass media-related practices in order to understand the ways in which the American cultural field mediated knowledge of the ongoing mass genocide of European Jews by the Nazis, while also questioning the impact of American antisemitism on these various projects.

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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