MA and Dual MA in Education and Jewish Studies

Faculty and Staff


Professor Robert Chazan

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Co-Director
Phone: 212 998 8976
E-mail: rc2@nyu.edu

Dr. Robert Chazan is currently S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and Co-Director of the Programs in Education and Jewish Studies.  Professor Chazan's research focus is Jewish life in medieval Europe.  His three most recent books are: God, Humanity, and History: The Hebrew First-Crusade Narratives (Berkeley, 2000), Fashioning Jewish Identity in Medieval Western Christendom (Cambridge,2004), and The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom (Cambridge, 2006). 

Professor Chazan has served as Founding Chair of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, as President of the Association for Jewish Studies, and as President of the American Academy for Jewish Research.  He also currently serves as Co-Director of the Wagner-Skirball Double Masters Program in Jewish Professional Leadership and as Co-Director of Re/Presenting the Jewish Past, a program designed for improving the teaching of Jewish history in Jewish day schools.       

Area of Research, Interest
  •  Medieval Jewish History 
Degrees
  • B.H.L. Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City, 1958 
  • B.A. Columbia College, New York City, 1958
  • M.H.L. Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City, 1962
  • M.A. Columbia University, New York City, 1963
  • Ph.D. Columbia University, New York City, 1967
Select Publications
  • Medieval Jewry in Northern France (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974)
  • Church, State, and Jew in the Middle Ages (New York: Behrman House, 1980)
  • European Jewry and the First Crusade (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1987)
  • Daggers of Faith: Thirteenth-Century Christian Missionizing and Jewish Response (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1989)
  • Barcelona and Beyond: The Disputation of 1263 and Its Aftermath (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press,1992)
  • In the Year 1096: The Jews and the First Crusade (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1996)
  • Medieval Stereotypes and Modern Antisemitism (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1997)
  • God, Humanity, and History: The Hebrew First-Crusade Narratives (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of CaliforniaPress, 2000)
  • Fashioning Jewish Identity in Medieval Western Christendom (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  • The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006; Cambridge Medieval Textbooks)
Courses

HBRJD-GA 1005 - Recent Developments in Judaic Studies

HBRJD-GA 2455 - The Medieval Church and the Jews

HBRJD-GA 1518 - The History of Jewish Education over the Ages


Professor Bethamie Horowitz

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Co-Director
Research Assistant Professor
Phone: 212 998 5150
E-mail: 
bh64@nyu.edu

Socio-psychologist Bethamie Horowitz has conducted research about major issues and problems facing the Jewish people for more than two decades. She has an active research and consulting practice, working with a wide range of audiences: decision-makers, organizational and communal leaders, strategic planners, and the scholarly community.

She began her professional career studying "images in conflict" in the Middle East. As research director at New York UJA-Federation in the 1990s she designed and conducted the 1991 NY Jewish Population Study, and subsequently developed the groundbreaking Connections and Journeys Study documenting patterns of Jewish engagement among baby boomer and younger American Jews. She served as Research Director of the Mandel Foundation Israel from 2000 to 2006. Her "Trend Spotting" columns about noteworthy developments affecting American Jewry appeared monthly in The Forward from 2003-2007.

She teaches the core doctoral seminar in the Education and Jewish Studies at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

She received her AB from Harvard University in anthropology and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY in socio-psychology.