2017 JDC Archives Fellows Announced

The JDC Archives is pleased to announce five fellowship recipients for 2017:

  • Joseph Benatov, Lecturer in Foreign Languages in the Modern Hebrew Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania, is the recipient of the Fred and Ellen Lewis / JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Benatov’s project explores JDC activities in Bulgaria in 1944-1949, including JDC’s support for the country’s Jewish community and the organization’s role in the immigration of Bulgarian Jews to Israel.
  • Naida Mihal Brandl, Chair of Judaic Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, was awarded the Fred and Ellen Lewis / JDC Archives Fellowship. Dr. Brandl will research JDC’s role in the reestablishment of Jewish religious communities in Croatia (Yugoslavia) in the aftermath of the Shoah.
  • Jacob Eder is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany. As the Sorrell and Lorraine Chesin / JDC Archives Fellow, Dr. Eder will conduct research on his project, “Transnational Jewish Humanitarianism: American Jewish Relief Organizations and Global Jewish Politics.”
  • Denis Kozlov is Associate Professor of History at Dalhousie University in Canada. For his Ruth and David Musher / JDC Archives Fellowship, Dr. Kozlov will work on his project, “From the Soviet Union to the West during the 1970s and 1980s: Transnational Migration and the Problem of Freedom.”
  • Omri Tubi, a PhD Candidate in Sociology at Northwestern University, is the Martin and Rhoda Safer / JDC Archives Fellow. Mr. Tubi will examine reconstruction activities in Mandatory Palestine. Mr. Tubi’s research focuses on the relationship between public health campaigns (including the eradication of malaria) and Jewish state-formation.

Learn more about the JDC Archives Fellowship Program. Fellows are selected by the JDC Archives Fellowship Advisory Committee, chaired by JDC Board member David Colman. Other members of the committee are: Prof. David Engel, Prof. David Fishman, Prof. Jane Gerber, and Ruth Musher.

Read about the projects of former JDC Archives Fellows and watch them speak about their research here.