Dr. Haim Rechnitzer, Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati to participate in Israel Studies Institute at Brandeis
Goal is to inspire the creation of Israel studies courses worldwide
Dr. Haim Rechnitzer, Assistant Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati will be one of twenty-one faculty members from institutions including the United States Air Force Academy and Trinity College Dublin who will attend the third annual Summer Institute for Israel Studies at Brandeis University (June 20 - July 5) and in Israel (July 7 - 13) this summer.
The institute was created to train faculty members from colleges and universities worldwide in a range of subjects about Israel, including settlement, immigration, nation-building, cultural studies and ethnic and religious-secular divides. The goal is for the academics to use the training offered at the institute to introduce new courses in Israel studies on their campuses.
"There's a dearth of teaching about Israel on American college campuses," said the institute's Executive Director Sylvia Fuks Fried. "The study of Israel in the American university is an emerging field whose growth and development are limited by an absence of qualified academics." She added that the goal of the institute, which was started in 2004, is to foster Israel studies in universities and colleges by providing faculty with serious academic understanding of Israel as a civilization and as part of the larger history of the Jewish people and the Middle East.
Dr. Rechnitzer, representing HUC-JIR, will be joining faculty members from Georgia State University, the University of Delaware, Trinity Florida International University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Alabama, and the University of Central Florida.
The success of the institute is measured by an increase in the number of courses on Israel and by the number of students enrolled in them. In the academic year of 2004-2005, Institute alumni taught nine courses and 250 students were enrolled. In 2005-2006, 23 courses were taught reaching more than 500 students.
The Brandeis University Summer Institute for Israel Studies is organized with the cooperation of the American Jewish Committee and is supported through the generosity of Arlene Zimmerman Kaufman and Sanford M. Baklor, Ronald Stephen Baron, Irwin and Roberta Chafetz, Stanley and Judith Frankel Family Foundation, Guilford Glazer, Shirley and Milton Gralla, Alan C. Greenberg, Phyllis and Joseph Gurwin, Roger and Susan Hertog, The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Ronald Kaiserman, Beth Schultz Klarman and Seth Klarman, The Dorothy and Julius Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations of the American Jewish Committee, The Koret Foundation, Stephen A. Levin, Edward C. Levy, Roland Lorie, Joseph Low, Judd D. Malkin, Eda and Joseph Pell, San Francisco Federation's Jewish Community Endowment Fund, Rebecca Amitai and Morty Schaja, The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Solelim Fund of UJA Federation of New York, and Louise and Michael Stein.