rril Leon Weiss
Noted Jewish historian to lead Frankel Center
and its new graduate studies institute.
tutes in the world, and the only one at a
publicly supported university.
Dash Moore says the institute will be
open for applications next year and the
first group of scholars in residence will
eborah Dash Moore, a leading
come in 2007.
authority in the field of
"The faculty here at U-M will be play-
American Jewish history, will
ing a central role in developing the cen-
head the Jean and SamUel Frankel
ter and giving it its shape," she said.
Center of Judaic Studies at the
Todd Endelman, current Frankel
University of Michigan's College of
Center director, will be on sabbatical
Literature, Science and the Arts.
next year. "He's done a tremendous
Dash Moore, who will be the
job in thinking up the basic outlines
Frederick G. L. Heutwell Professor of
for the institute and conveying the
History effective Sept. 1, leaves her post
excitement of its possibilities to the
at Vassar College, where she created and
Frankels and the
directed its Jewish
university, which has
been very pleased
New and challeng-
about this," Dash
ing at U-M will be
Moore said. "U-M is
the establishment of
the only university
the Frankel Institute
that's made this kind
for Advanced Judaic
of commitment to
Studies, which will
Jewish studies. It's
be created within the
very unusual and
very much part of
Center. A recent $20
why I wanted to be
million gift from the
involved in it."
— the largest gift
Moore is an accom-
dedicated to Judaic
plished historian and
studies at any
with broad knowledge
— makes possible
of the field of Jewish
the only major insti-
Deborah Dash Moore
studies. Her appoint-
tute for advanced
ment will enhance the
Jewish studies at a
University of Michigan's
public university in
reputation as a major center for research
and teaching in Judaica."
"It's a very exciting opportunity to
Dash Moore graduated magna cum
shape Jewish studies in the 21st centu-
laude, with honors in history, from
ry," Dash Moore said on her first day in
Brandeis University and received mas-
Ann Arbor last Friday. "It is a challenge.
ters. and doctoral degrees in history
The field is very diverse and can go in
from Columbia University.
many different directions. This is an
She also is the author and editor of
opportunity to help decide what direc-
nine books focusing primarily on 20th-
tions those should be, and an opportu-
century urbanization, migration, accul-
nity to do it collaboratively, to reach out
turation and community building •
to widening circles of people who find
among second- and third-generation
aspects of Jewish studies very exciting
and want to be involved."
Her most recent book, GI Jews:
Annually, up to 14 of the world's lead-
How World War II Changed a Gener-
ing scholars from various disciplines will
be invited to Ann Arbor for the academ- ation (Harvard University Press,
ic year to collaborate in advancing schol- 2004), examines the impact of
WWII military service on American
arly research on the history, culture, lit-
Jewish men. 0
erature, and religion of the Jews. It will
be one of only a handful of such insti-
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