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DUE: January 29, 2018 The Sylvia and Moshe Ettenberg Research Grant in Jewish Education

The Network for Research in Jewish Education announces the opening of its annual grant competition for the Sylvia and Moshe Ettenberg Research Grant in Jewish Education. The grant provides the awardee(s) up to $20,000 of support for innovative and significant research and a significant contribution to the research literature in the field. The award may be used towards salary for the researcher, honoraria for outside scholars to advise on the project, for securing course release, or for project-related expenses. It may not be applied to institutional indirect costs. Applications for preliminary, intermediate, and final stages of a research project will be considered. The award is for one year only, and only current members of the NRJE can apply. One large grant will be awarded or several smaller grants, if the committee believes the applications warrant it. This grant is for the 2019-2020 academic year.
For further information on the award and how to apply, please see the application. Complete applications are due by January 29, 2018.



Emerging Scholars Award Now Accepting Applications


In 1999, the Network for Research in Jewish Education established a fund that provides assistance for graduate students conducting original research.  The amount of the award, which is capped at $3000 is intended to support research, underwrite technical and/or clerical support, or the purchase of equipment.

Award criteria

Applications will be evaluated according to their proposed contribution to scholarship on Jewish education.  Award-winning projects have the possibility to make significant advances in knowledge or in methodology that moves the field forward. Doctoral level students should have completed a proposal hearing or its equivalent.

Application process

By April 15, 2018, please compile a portfolio that includes:

  1. A description of your research project (1000 words maximum)
  2. A letter (not to exceed two pages) that explains:
    1. Your research progress to date
    2. The intended contribution of your research project
    3. The motivation behind your research efforts
    4. How this project fits into your larger program of research, looking forward.
  1. A budget for the amount requested, with as much specificity as possible.  The budget should include a narrative explanation for each item.
  2. Names and contact information for two referees.
    1. You should ask your recommenders to submit their recommendations individually and directly via email to Professor Ari Y. Kelman, Chair, Awards Committee

The Awards Committee will acknowledge receipt of all applications and will request further information if necessary. The Emerging Scholar Award will be announced at the 2018 meeting of the Network for Research in Jewish Education. The conference takes place on June 11-12, at The George Washington University in DC. The recipient will discuss the research project at the conference.

JJE archive now free on BJPA!

The Journal of Jewish Education from 1929 to 2007, totaling more than 2400 articles, is now fully searchable and available online at Stanford’s Berman Jewish Policy Archive ( ). 

Dr. Helena Miller, the Journal’s senior editor commented, “The Journal is delighted to be able to make its decades of volumes fully accessible through the BJPA. This development significantly advances the way Jewish education professors and students throughout the world will be able to teach and learn. We are excited that the premier international Journal of Jewish Education will now reach the widest audience possible thanks to the vision and work of the BJPA.”
Prof. Ari Y. Kelman of Stanford, co-director of BJPA remarked, “The BJPA is especially appreciative of the efforts of the Journal’s longtime publisher, Taylor and Francis, for giving permission to make its contents available.”
Prof. Steven M. Cohen of HUC-JIR, BJPA co-director added, “The BJPA is also grateful to the Lippman-Kanfer Institute for Living Torah for supporting the effort, and to the efforts of Jon Woocher (z”l) who enabled the digitization and acquisition of the Journal. Jon was a lifelong scholar, champion, and engine of Jewish education and he would be pleased to see that the contents of the Journal are now available to all who wish to use them to further the efforts of Jewish education in North America and around the world.”

Winners of the Sylvia and Moshe Ettenberg Research Awards

Mazal tov to the winners of the Sylvia and Moshe Ettenberg Research Awards for 2016-17 and 2017-18 are Ziva Reimer Hassenfeld (Brandeis University) and Sharon Avni (BMCC, CUNY).  You can read their abstracts here.

Great Opportunity for Emerging Scholars

The Network for Jewish Education is holding a mentoring seminar on Sunday, June 4 and Monday, June 5 at Brandeis University for emerging scholars (graduate students, junior faculty members, and early-career research-oriented practitioners). The application can be found at:

Application deadline: March 15

With generous support from the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University, the NRJE is once again holding its Emerging Scholars Mentoring Seminar prior to and in conjunction with the annual conference. As in the past, the goals of the seminar are (a) to create a supportive professional network among mentors and Emerging Scholars; and (b) for Emerging Scholars to hear the behind-the-scenes stories of how to succeed as a productive researcher in the field. We are very excited that Dr. Sharon Feiman-Nemser of Brandeis University will serve as our Scholar-in-Residence. At the seminar, Emerging Scholars will have time to speak with an individual mentor and to connect with peers and other mentors in group discussions and activities. The seminar will run from 2PM to 8pm on Sunday June 4 (the day before the start of the NRJE conference). There will also be some meeting time during the morning and afternoon of Monday June 5.

All graduate students, junior faculty members, and early-career research-oriented practitioners who are members of NRJE are invited to apply. Priority will be given to graduate students who have completed their coursework and to junior faculty within four years of degree completion. NRJE/CASJE will provide participants up to $500 to help defray travel costs (limited to airfare, accommodations, and/or ground transportation).

Questions? Contact co-chair Dr. Jeff Kress and Dr. Meredith Katz.