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Introducing New Kiev Judaica Collection Research Fellow, Dr. Laura Tomes

Kiev Judaica CollectionThe I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection of the George Washington University Libraries is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014-2015 Kiev Senior Research Fellowship.  Awarded every two years, the Fellowship provides a stipend for a graduate, post-graduate, or independent scholar to conduct research using the Kiev Judaica Collection.

The Senior Fellowship has been awarded this year to Dr. Laura Tomes, a director at Hillel International, who will exploit the historical and bibliographic materials of the Kiev Collection towards her book-length study of Sabbath schools and Reform Jewish education in America between 1873 and 1923.  Dr. Tomes holds degrees in theology and Jewish studies from Oxford and a doctorate in religious studies from Georgetown University.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to enhance my research on the development of pedagogies in American Jewish education, and I look forward to using the extensive resources of the Kiev Collection,” said Dr. Tomes, who will be taking up her Fellowship in the new year.
This award marks the third iteration of the Kiev Fellowships.  The first Senior Fellowship was held by Dr. Jonathan Skolnik, Assistant Professor of German at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, whose subsequent book, Jewish pasts, German fictions: history, memory, and minority culture in Germany, 1824-1955, was published this year by Stanford University Press.  The second Senior Fellow was Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, director of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Albany, State University of New York.  Prof. Trachtenberg
advanced his research on the Algemeyne Entsiklopedye, the first comprehensive encyclopedia in Yiddish, launched in Berlin in 1932 on the eve of the Nazi period.

Established by Dr. Ari and Phyllis Kiev in 1996, the Kiev Judaica Collection is based on the private library of Dr. Kiev’s father, Rabbi Dr. I. Edward Kiev (1905-1975), one of the preeminent Judaica librarians of the 20th century.  Housed since 1998 in the Kiev Room of the Gelman Library, the collection contains more than 28,000 volumes, along with Jewish graphic art, archives, recorded music, ephemera, artifacts and ritual objects.  

For more information visit the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection.  


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