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Judaic Studies

Affiliated Faculty / Staff

Barry Trachtenberg: Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of the Judaic Studies Program at the University at Albany (SUNY), I was trained in Jewish history at the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D.), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University (Post-graduate Diploma) and also hold degrees from the University of Vermont (M.A. in U.S. history) and Rowan University of New Jersey (B.A. in English). My book, The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917 (Syracuse University Press, 2008) examines the impact of the 1905 Russian Revolution on the formation of Yiddish scholarship. I am currently working on two monographic-length projects.

The first of these is under contract with Bloomsbury Press and is tentatively entitled “Race, Refuge, and Remembrance: The United States and the Nazi Holocaust”. This work adopts an integrated approach that brings together general United States and American Jewish historical research, recent studies on whiteness, and the literature on the “instrumentalization” of the Holocaust. In it, I examine the response of the United States government, the general public, and the American Jewish community to the rise of Nazism in Germany and Austria and then to World War II and Holocaust. I argue that discussions on the resettlement and rescue of European Jewry not only concerned the specific case of Jews themselves but were also part of a much larger set of national conversations on the changing definition of whiteness, the status of Americanness, and the question of who would have full rights of citizenship before the law.

My second project, “‘Bible for the New Age’: The Nazi Holocaust and the Exile of Yiddish”, is an examination of the only attempt to publish a comprehensive encyclopedia in the Yiddish language, considers a broad range of historiographical questions on the shifting agenda of Yiddish-language research and the ways that the Nazi Holocaust shaped Jewish historians’ understanding of their task. In support of this project, I have been awarded a Summer Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2008), a Fellowship from the Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan (Spring 2009), and the Kiev Judaica Collection Fellowship Program at George Washington University (2012-13). In 2011, I co-led the Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for Faculty at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and I occasionally teach for the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University's Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization.

Recently, I have been appointed to the Board of Scholars of Facing History and Ourselves and to the Academic Council of the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University.

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Professor Bob Gluck is a musical composer, pianist, historical writer, and Reconstructionist rabbi. His music crosses boundaries between jazz and electroacoustic music traditions. His scholarly work traces cultural issues within the international history of electronic music; his published articles also span a wide range of Jewish communal concerns. Gluck is author of "You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band" (2012) and “The Miles Davis ‘Lost’ Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles (2016), both from University of Chicago Press. Among his nine recordings are ‘Infinite Spirit: Revisiting Music of the Mwandishi Band’, 'Something Quiet' and 'Returning' FMR Records) and ‘Tropelets’ (Ictus Records). His multimedia installation "Layered Histories" (with visual artist Cynthia B. Rubin), tracing the real and imagined travels of the "Marseilles Bible," has been shown internationally. Gluck studied at the Julliard, Manhattan and Crane schools of music and he holds degrees from the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he was ordained as a rabbi. He is associate professor of music at the University at Albany.

Martha Tuck Rozett is a professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she has taught and served in various administrative capacities since 1973. In May 2002 she was named a Collins Fellow, the university’s major award for service. She received a BA in English from Harvard University and a PhD in English from The University of Michigan. Her teaching focuses mainly on Shakespeare and on contemporary historical fiction. She is the author of The Doctrine of Election and the Emergence of Elizabethan Tragedy, Talking Back to Shakespeare, and Constructing a World: Shakespeare's England and the New Historical Fiction. Rozett has served as Director of Graduate Studies, MA Advisor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Associate Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts in the course of her career at Albany. Her activities in the Albany community include serving on the Education Committee of Capital Repertory Theatre and on the Board and the Scholarship Committee of Congregation B’nai Shalom, and serving as a judge for the English Speaking Union’s regional Shakespeare competition. She is also a member of the board of Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany.

Edward Schwarzschild: I teach writing and literature in UAlbany's Department of English and I hold a joint appointment as a Fellow in the New York State Writers Institute. My two published books are The Family Diamond (2007), a collection of stories, and Responsible Men (2005), a novel, which was a finalist both for the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Samuel Goldberg and Sons Foundation Prize for Jewish Fiction. These days, I'm finishing up a new novel. I've been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zarazgoza at Teruel (2009) and a Visiting Writer at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2010). I've recently been named a Fiction Fellow by the New York Foundation for the Arts (2015) and Writer in Residence at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Study, HWK) in Delmenhorst, Germany for the summers of 2016 and 2017. Schwarzschild's website.

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Contingent Faculty

Arthur Brenner teaches courses in European Jewish history. He studied history at the University of Pennsylvania before earning his doctorate in European history at Columbia University. He has taught at Columbia, New York University, City University of New York, Manhattan College, William Paterson University and Siena College. He wrote Emil J. Gumbel: Weimar German Pacifist and Professor and co-edited Death Squads in Global Perspective with Bruce B. Campbell, as well as several articles on German academic life and political violence in Weimar Germany. He has also been an instructor in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, a Jewish adult education program.

Rabbi Don Cashman teaches the course "Jewish Traditions and Practices." He studied Religion at Boston University before attending the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and New York. He has served as the Rabbi at the B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany since 1985.

Rob Edelman is a Lecturer at the University at Albany, where he teaches courses in film history in the Art History Department. He is a film commentator on WAMC (Northeast) Public Radio and a Contributing Editor of Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide and several other Maltin publications. He is the author of Great Baseball Films and Baseball on the Web (which cited as a Top 10 Internet book), and the editor of Issues on Trial: Freedom of the Press. His film/television-related biographies include Matthau: A Life; Angela Lansbury: A Life on Stage and Screen; and Meet the Mertzes, a double biography of I Love Lucy's William Frawley and Vivian Vance (all co-authored with Audrey Kupferberg), and his byline has appeared in many reference books and dozens of periodicals. He is a frequent contributor to Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game, edited by John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball; the author of an essay on early baseball films for the Kino International DVD Reel Baseball: Baseball Films from the Silent Era, 1899-1926; and is an interviewee on several documentaries on the director's cut DVD of The Natural.

Audrey Kupferberg is Director of Film Studies at the University at Albany, where she teaches courses in film history in the Art and Art History Department. She also is a film and video consultant, archivist, and appraiser, and has been Director of the Yale Film Study Center and Assistant Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute. With her husband, Rob Edelman, she has co-authored several books, including Matthau: A Life; Angela Lansbury: A Life on Stage and Screen; and Meet the Mertzes, a dual biography of Vivian Vance and William Frawley.

Rabbi Nomi Manon teaches “Survey of Jewish Civilization.” She is the Executive Director of University at Albany Hillel, where she works closely with hundreds of students in exploring Judaism and their Jewish identities. She studied anthropology and religion at Alfred University before studying for the rabbinate at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. She previously taught at Ursinus College, where she was also the Hillel Director.


Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) Faculty

Sarit Moskowitz is a Lecturer of Hebrew language in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC). A teacher of Hebrew for more than two decades, Dr. Moskowitz holds a PhD from Lesley University and a MA in Judaic Studies from Hebrew College. She teaches Hebrew both at UAlbany and Skidmore College.


Emeriti Faculty

Judith R. Baskin
Toby W. Clyman
Jerome Eckstein
Daniel Grossberg

Stanley J. Isser is an Emeritus Professor of Judaic Studies. Dr. Isser was trained an historian at Columbia University, where he earned a doctorate in ancient history with a specialty in Judaism and early Christianity. He is the author of The Dositheans: A Samaritan Sect in Late Antiquity (1976) and The Sword of Goliath: David in Heroic Literature (2003). His research interests in both Jewish and Christian histories include religious sectarianism, messianic thought and movements, and the historical and literary traditions about King David. He teaches courses on ancient and post-biblical Jewish history, biblical texts, and archaeology.