Jewish Studies 2014: Refereed Publications and other scholarly activities

On this page: Book chapters | Refereed Journal Articles | Dictionary Entries and Book Reviews | Non-refereed Publications | Presentations in Academic Contexts | Research Grants | Visiting Appointments and Fellowships | Official Positions in Learned Societies, Journals, Academic Organizations | Peer Reviewing | Community Lectures | Official Positions in Community Organizations



Book Chapters

Hundert, Gershon, “Language Acquisition as a Criterion of Modernization among East Central European Jews,” Reappraisals and New Studies of the Modern Jewish Experience: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Seltzer, ed. Brian Smollett and Christian Wiese. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2014, 13-28.

 Levy, Barry, “Judaism,” in The Crisis of the Holy. Challenges and Transformations in World Religions, edited by Alon Goshen Gottstein (London: Lexington, 2014) pp. 87-110.

Refereed Journal Articles

Halevi-Wise, Yael, “Agnon’s Conversation with Jeremiah in A Guest for the Night: Aginut in an Age of National Modernization” AJS Review 38.2 (2014): 395-416.

 Halevi-Wise, Yael, “Where is the Sephardism in A. B. Yehoshua’s Hesed Sefardi/The Retrospective?” Sephardic Horizons 4.1 (Winter 2014):

 Heller, Dan, “Obedient Children and Reckless Rebels: Jabotinsky’s Youth Politics and the Case for Authoritarianism” Journal of Israeli History. Accepted 29 September 2014. Published 2 February 2015.

Dictionary Entries and Book Reviews

Kaplan, Lawrence, “More Nevukhe ha-Zeman,” Enzyklopadie judischer Geschichte und Kultur, Band 4 (2014) Verlag J.B. Metzler, pp. 231-235.

Non-refereed Publications

Fraenkel, Carlos, “A Guerrillero-Gentleman,” The Nation, January 20, 2014.

 Fraenkel, Carlos, Romanian translation of the above in Lettre International: Romania 88 (2014).

 Fraenkel, Carlos, Portuguese translation of the above in Revista Brasileiros 80 (2014).

 Kaplan, Lawrence, “Kashrut and Kugel: Franz Rosenzweig’s The Builders, “Jewish Review of Books (Winter, 2014), pp.41-43.

 Kaplan, Lawrence, “Thoroughly Modern Maimonides?” Review essay of Recent Literature on Maimonides.  Jewish Review of Books  5:3 (Fall, 2014), pp. 12-15.


Presentations in Academic Contexts

Aberbach, David, “Nationalism and Poor Law:  Shakespeare and Wordsworth”, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

 Aberbach, David, “Walt Whitman, American Nationalism and the Revolutions of 1848-49”, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University.

 Aberbach, David, Opening lecture on European Jewish patriotism, 1789-1939 at conference:  Jewish Conditions:  Theory of Nationalism, Montreal.

 Caplan, Eric, “The Educational Philosophies of Mordecai Kaplan and Michael Rosenak,” (with Jeffrey Schein), at the Annual Conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education,” American Jewish University, Los Angeles, June 9, 2014.

 Caplan, Eric, Moderator and discussant, “Kaplan and Social Justice,” Architect of the Jewish Future: a Conference on the Life, Work, and Legacy of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, Georgetown University, March 3, 2014.

 Caplan, Eric, “Five Enduring Ideas in the Thought of Mordecai M. Kaplan,” Georgetown University, January 27, 2014.

Caplan, Eric, co-chaired with Dan Cedarbaum and Jacques Berlinerblau the conference, “Architect of the Jewish Future: a Conference on the Life, Work, and Legacy of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan” which took place at Georgetown University, March 2-3, 2014.

 Fima, Lea, “The Collapse of the Zionist Dream: From Socialism to Capitalism in Ra’anan Alexandrowicz's film James’s Journey to Jerusalem (2003)”, 30th International Association for Israel Studies (AIS) Conference on ISRAEL: LEADERSHIP & CRITICAL DECISIONS" at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, June 25, 2014.

 Fraenkel, Carlos, “Did the son rebel against the father? Abraham ben Maimonides and the Sefardi philosophical legacy in the East,” Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, February 2014.

 Fraenkel, Carlos, “Violence and Intolerance in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” Oriental Institute, Oxford University, April 2014.

 Halevi-Wise, Yael, “Encounters with the State, Modernity and Secularism,” invited lecture at McGill’s annual symposium on Ethnicities and Religious Cultures


 Heller, Dan, “Terror on the Jewish Street? Poland's Zionist Press on Violence, Generational Conflict and the Limits of Youth Politics.” (14 December 2014)

 Heller, Dan, “Right-Wing Zionism, Antisemitism and the Boundaries of Polish Identity, 1935- 1939” (23 November 2014)

 Heller, Dan, “Jabotinsky and the Politics of Youth” Forum for Young Scholars, Tel Aviv University (9 June 2014)

 Heller, Dan, “Nashim u-leumiut: Hama'avak al zehutan shel nashot betar be-polin” Tel Aviv University (9 June 2014)

 Heller, Dan, “Jabotinsky's Daughters: Gender and Nationalism in the Betar Youth Movement” YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (2 March 2014)

 Hundert, Gershon, “The Experience of the Transition from Commonwealth to Empire: The Case of Galicia,” Conference: Making History: The Dialectics of Jewish History in Eastern Europe and in the Land of Israel. Jewish. Hebrew University, Jerusalem. December 2014.

Hundert, Gershon, “An 18th-Century Galician Jewish Merchant and His Meetings with Christians,” Conference: Controversies, Conversion and Dialogue: Jews and Christians in Time and Place. Jagiellonian University, Kraków, June 2014.

 Hundert, Gershon, “Leibush the Lawless and His Border Tavern,” Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, April 2014.

 Hundert, Gershon, Organizer/Convenor, “Second Conference: Recovering the Records of European Jewish Autonomy 1500-1800,” Hebrew University, Jerusalem, July 7-8, 2014

 Kaplan, Lawrence, “David Hartman and Joseph Soloveitchik,” An Evening in Memory of David Hartman, Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University, March 2014.

 Kaplan, Lawrence, “Maimonides as Halakhist and Philosopher,” Invited Lecture, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia. July, 2014.

“Peshat, Parables, Prescriptions, and the Purpose of the Guide of the Perplexed,” Association of Jewish Studies, Baltimore Maryland, December, 2014

 Kaplan, Lawrence, “Between Philosophy and Halakhah: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Lectures on the Guide of the Perplexed,” Department of Jewish Thought, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, December, 2014.

 Kaplan, Lawrence, “Abraham Joshua Heschel on the Religious Significance of the Land of Israel,” Jerusalem, Israel, International Conference on Abraham Joshua Heschel, Van Leer Institute, December, 2014.


Fima, Lea, McGill Paper Presentation Grant for a paper presentation at the 30th International Association for Israel Studies (AIS) Conference at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel ($1,500)

 Fraenkel, C. SSHRC Partnership Grant, 2013-19 ($2.297.800) “Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies.” Co-Applicant (PI: Paul Yachnin)

 Hundert, Gershon, Rothschild Foundation Europe; Recovering the Records of European Jewry: The Pinkassim Project. September 2014; June 2017. £100,000 (one of three Principal Investigators). The award is held at the University of Leipzig.

Hundert, G. SSHRC; Insight Development Grant; Recovering the Records of European Jewish Autonomy 1500-1800; June 1, 2013; May 31, 2015; Award Holder; 64,198.

 Hundert, G. SSHRC; Insight Grant; Experiencing Change: A Galician Jewish Wine Merchant in the 18th Century; April 1, 2012; March 31, 2015; Award Holder; 80,332.



Visiting Appointments and Fellowships

Aberbach, D. Visiting fellow, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, and and the London School of Economics, Department of International Development.

 Caplan, Eric, as Vice-President of the Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood, planned and oversaw the launch of the website,

 Fraenkel, Carlos, Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, Oxford University (2014).

 Fraenkel, Carlos, Course leader for new international Masters program Intellectual Encounters in the Medieval Islamicate World, FU Berlin (2013-14).

 Hundert, G. Adjunct Fellow, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. University of Pennsylvania (2013-2014)

Official Positions in Learned Societies, Journals, Academic Organizations

Fraenkel, C.  Subject editor for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

 Fraenkel, C.  Journal of Euro-Mediterranean Studies (editorial board)

 Fraenkel, C. Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Conflict, Reception and Mediation, Walter de Gruyter (one of three series editors).

 Halevi-Wise, Yael. Member of the executive board of Canadian Society for Jewish Studies.

 Halevi-Wise, Yael. Advisory board of Sephardic Horizons, an online journal devoted to Sephardic history and literature.

Hundert, Gershon, Editorial Board (review of articles; policy decisions): Kwartalnik Historii Żydów (Jewish Historical Inst. Warsaw)‎

 Hundert, Gershon, Editorial Board: AJS Review (Association for Jewish Studies)

 Hundert, Gershon, Academic Advisory Board, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York City.

 Hundert, Gershon, Editorial Board: Bloomsbury Studies in Central and Eastern Europe

 Hundert, Gershon, Academic Committee of the Jewish History in Galicia and Bukovina Project, Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 Hundert, Gershon, President, American Academy for Jewish Research


Peer Reviewing

Heller, Dan, Journal of Jewish Identities

 Heller, Dan, SSHRC Insight Grant Application.

 Hundert, G. External Reviewer: Stanford Humanities Center.

 Hundert, G. External Reviewer: School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton NJ.

 Hundert, Gershon, External Reviewer, Doctoral and Research Fellowships, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture

 Hundert, G. Reviewer of book ms. for University of Pennsylvania Press.

 Kaplan, Lawrence, review of major work on the Religious Philosophy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik for a prominent Israeli press.

 Kaplan, Lawrence, review of academic file of a faculty member in the area of Jewish philosophy who was being considered for promotion at a prominent American university.

Community Lectures

Caplan, Eric, “Kaplan and Heschel on Prayer,” Adath Shalom Synagogue, Bethesda, MD, March 1, 2014.

 Fima, Lea, “Grammatical Errors in the Hebrew Media and Israeli Public Sphere “(in Hebrew) presentation at a Professional Day for teachers at Bronfman Jewish Education Centre (BJEC), Montreal, December 5, 2014.

 Fima, Lea, “An Introduction to Ra’anan Alexandrowicz's Film James's Journey to Jerusalem (2003),” Delta Kappa Gamma, Montreal, April 8, 2014.

 Frank, Eshter, presentation of archival discoveries concerning Rokhl Korn at the 100th anniversary conference of The Jewish Public Library and participation in a workshop on the future of Yiddish books, October 2014.

 Halevi-Wise, Yael, Montreal Dickens Fellowship, “Teaching Dickens panel” (Westmount Library, Nov. 4, 2014)

 Halevi-Wise, Yael, Klezkanada lecture series, “Beyond the Dybbuk: Surrealism, Fantastic Literature and the Jews” (Laurentian retreat from August 19-24, 2014)

 Halevi-Wise, Yael, TBDJ Hampstead Synagogue, “Jeremiah in his time and ours,” Shavuot Holiday Lecture (June 5, 2014)

 Halevi-Wise, Yael, Montreal book club talk, “A. B. Yehoshua’s Nitzevet/The Extra,” (May 26, 2014)

 Halevi-Wise, Yael, Montreal book club talk, “A. B. Yehoshua’s Hesed Sefaradi/The Retrospective” (March 26, 2014)

 Heller, Dan, panel participant, “Academic Interviewing and the Job Talk”, McGill Career Planning Services, 23 October 2014.

 Heller, Dan, panel discussion at McGill Hillel: “Teaching and Learning about the Arab-Israeli Conflict at McGill,” 21 October 2014.


Official Positions in Community Organizations

Caplan, E. Vice-President, The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood, 2011-

 Caplan, E. Chair, The Jacob Zipper Education Award, 2004-

 Frank, E. Member of Yiddish committee Jewish Public Library

 Frank, E. Member of the J.I. Segal Awards Committee, Jewish Public Library.

 Halevi-Wise, Yael, Board Member, Klezkanada: Tradition, Innovation and Continuity

 Halevi-Wise, Yael, McGill liaison for the Center of Jewish Excellence Steering Committee