Posts Categorized: Highlight

Judaic Studies professor engages students through video textbooks

April 6, 2018

Professors are constantly searching for innovative ways to engage their students. Judaic Studies professor Dr. Ken Hanson is leading the charge with courses that use cinematic productions and interactive video games to bridge the gap between the past and present. Hanson was the 2017 recipient of the Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in online Teaching. The award recognizes one outstanding UCF faculty member who has recently taught a “High Quality” online course. Recipients can only be... Read More

Scholars Publish Jewish Enlightenment Book to Honor Moshe Pelli

September 29, 2017

Three scholars, namely Zev Garber, Lev Hakak, and Shmuel Katz have recently undertaken to edit a jubilee volume (Festschrift) in honor of Moshe Pelli, authority on the Hebrew Haskalah (the Jewish Enlightenment), as well as longtime Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Judaic Studies and the Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies at University of Central Florida. In order to bring this project to fruition, they contacted some twenty fellow scholars in the field of... Read More

New book by Prof. Moshe Pelli

October 14, 2016

Professor Moshe Pelli, former director of the UCF Judaic Studies, and Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies, has just published his new book by the Hebrew University’s Magnes Press in Jerusalem. The book is titled Kochvei Yitzhak, The Journal of the Haskalah in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1845–1873). It is a monograph and an annotated, computerized index to the periodical that has been published for an extended period of 28 years, in 37 issues. This is the... Read More

Prof. Moshe Pelli Published A New Book: The Journals of the Haskalah In mid-Nineteenth Century

April 21, 2015

Hehalutz (1852-1889); Bikurim (1864-1865): Professor Moshe Pelli, Director of UCF Judaic Studies and Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies, has just published his new book by the Hebrew University’s Magnes Press in Jerusalem. This is the fifth book in the series of monographs and annotated indices on periodicals of the Hebrew Haskalah (Enlightenment). This 500-page book deals with two major Hebrew periodicals published in mid-nineteenth century: Hehalutz... Read More

Pelli Wins Judaica Bibliography Award

May 29, 2014

Moshe Pelli is the 2014 winner of the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award. The award, funded by Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles, was established to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica bibliographies. The Association of Jewish Libraries honored Pelli for his recent book The Journals of the Haskalah (Hebrew Englightenment) from 1820 to 1845, which includes monographs and annotated indices to eight Hebrew periodicals published in Holland, Galicia, Germany and Lithuania in the 19th... Read More

The Passing of Dr. Dora Avni

August 22, 2013

I am saddened at the news that one of our former instructors, Dr. Dora Avni, passed away yesterday in Israel. Dora Avni taught our Hebrew courses for many years, and enriched our program with her enthusiasm, dedication, professionalism, and her love for Hebrew and for Israel. She continued her graduate work and a few years back she earned a Ph. D. Dora was a dear friend and loyal colleague, who will be remembered by hundreds of students who enjoyed her courses and by her friends... Read More

Moshe Pelli Publishes New Book on Haskalah Judaism

August 22, 2013

Moshe Pelli, Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies and director of the UCF Interdisciplinary Program in Judaic Studies, has published his new book in Israel. Titled Atarah Leyoshnah: Restore Judaism to Its Pristine Splendor, the book deals with the struggle of the early Hebrew Maskilim (enlighteners) in Germany in the last quarter of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth century to rejuvenate and redefine Judaism to be what this writer terms “the Haskalah... Read More

Pelli releases Haskalah and Beyond

September 29, 2010

A new book by Moshe Pelli entitled Haskalah and Beyond: The Reception of the Hebrew Enlightenment and the Emergence of Haskalah Judaism is now available from University Press of America. The book deals with the Hebrew Haskalah (Enlightenment)—the literary, cultural, and social movement in the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe. It represents the emergence of modernism and perhaps the budding of some aspects of secularism in Jewish society, following the efforts of the Hebrew and Jewish... Read More

Hillel volunteers in Alternative Summer Break

April 19, 2010

UCF students joined together on August 11-20, 2009 for a 10-day Short Term Service Program in Kharkov, Ukraine, sponsored by The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). They worked in conjunction with Ukrainian Hillel members volunteering in the homes of Jewish elderly, getting to know them, and helping them rebuild their homes. Students had the chance to learn the lives of those they visited and hear how the Holocaust and Communism had affected their lives. A large part of the... Read More

Hanson’s book traces the history of the family of Jesus

November 18, 2009

Kenneth Hanson's new book The Blood Kin of Jesus: James and the Lost Jewish Church from Council Oak Books traces the history of the family of Jesus following his death and the legacy of his family within Judaism. Using recent discoveries and original research, Hanson investigates the fate of Jesus's mother, brothers, sisters, and closest followers. According to Hanson, the Jerusalem Church led by his brother James spearheaded a powerful revival of devotion within Judaism, profoundly influencing... Read More