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Welcome to The Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies

welcome imageThe establishment of Emory University’s Institute for Jewish Studies in February 1999 gave institutional recognition to the university’s strength in the study of Jewish life and culture, and signaled Emory’s intention to become the premier site for Jewish Studies in the southeastern United States.

Dedicated to fostering the continued development of Jewish studies on the Emory campus, the Institute for Jewish Studies is the natural outgrowth of carefully laid groundwork. In recent years, Jewish Studies has flourished, as evidenced by new faculty appointments, including endowed chairs, new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, endowed lecture series, and enrichment funds to support student and faculty travel and study.

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Dr. Perry Brickman, longtime friend of TIJS, was honored recently with the Emory Medal. Read more here.

Samira Mehta, alumna of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Graduate Division of Religion - and current Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Albright College - was recently awarded a fellowship from the Library of Congress to "research the connections between contraception, especially the birth control pill, and American religion." Her latest article, Interfaith Kids Are Still Being Raised Jewish. Here’s How., is published in the Forward.

toronto‘Denial’ Premieres October 7 in Atlanta

‘Denial,’ a film about Emory professor Deborah Lipstadt’s 1996 libel trial against Holocaust denier David Irving, opens Friday night, October 7. The film, based on Lipstadt's acclaimed 2005 memoir, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, stars Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt, Tom Wilkinson as her British barrister, and Timothy Spall as Irving. The film crew was on campus back in February, capturing scenes and using Emory students as extras.

Read more about the film, the trial, and Professor’s Lipstadt’s experiences with each here.


Emory's Holocaust Denial on Trial website gets redesign and relaunch.

We are proud to hear that TIJS affiliated faculty member Joseph Skibell's book A Blessing on the Moon has been selected as one of the 100 must-read works of Jewish fiction. See here for the full list.

Holocaust American UnderstandingCongratulations to Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, on the publication of her latest book, Holocaust: An American Understanding, volume 7 of the Rutgers University Press series Keywords in Jewish Studies.

Never BetterCongratulations to Miriam Udel, Associate Professor of Yiddish and Jewish Studies, on the publication of her first book, Never Better: The Modern Jewish Picaresque, just released by the University of Michigan Press.

The movie trailer has been released for "Denial," a feature film due out this Fall that recounts TIJS professor Deborah Lipstadt's internationally publicized legal battle against a British Holocaust denier.

Read the Emory Report article

View the trailer


Actor Rachel Weisz and Emory professor Deborah Lipstadt on the set of "Denial."
Photo by Liam Daniel/Bleecker Street.

Twenty-first century technology is playing a role in uncovering 8th century BCE culture at this summer's dig at Tell Halif, Israel, led by TIJS core faculty member Oded Borowski and with the participation of Emory undergraduates partially funded by TIJS.

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Watch the March 28 discussion of "After Paris: Antisemitism, Jewish-Muslim Relations, and the Future of French Jews" with Maud Mandel (Brown University) and Samuel Ghiles-Meilhac (University of Paris VIII, Saint-Deni).

The 2016 Tenenbaum Lecture with Steven J. Zipperstein of Sanford University is available now for viewing!

Deborah Lipstadt's internationally publicized legal battle against a Holocaust denier is the subject of the new feature film "Denial." Producers Russ Krasnoff and Gary Foster, director Mick Jackson, and a film crew transformed the Quad into a temporary movie set to capture exterior shots of the campus for the final scenes of the film.

Based upon Lipstadt's acclaimed 2005 memoir, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the film stars Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt, two-time Academy Award-nominee Tom Wilkinson as her British barrister, and Timothy Spall as Holocaust denier David Irving.

Lipstadt and Blumenthals
Lipstadt (center) poses with Professor David and Mrs. Blumenthal, who played extras in the shooting of "Denial" on the Emory campus, February 2016.

Read about the Emory film shoot and more in the Emory Report.

Related: Watch video of Professor Lipstadt testifying at the Oxford Union "in favor of the proposition that Holocaust denial should not be criminalized in the 21st century."

TIJS welcomes three new graduate students as recipients of the 2015-2016 TIJS graduate top-off fellowships!


If you are considering studying Jewish studies at Emory, please contact the faculty or staff members listed below.


Director of Undergraduate Studies: Professor Catherine Dana
Undergraduate Program Coordinator: Malory Mibab


Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Miriam Udel
Graduate Program Coordinator: Tobi Ames


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