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Center for the Study of Judaism and Jewish Culture

peace cloth
The inspiration for Peace Cloth, a tapestry by Professor of Art Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, came from flags, prayer shawls and woven cloths from diverse culture groups.

Geifman Endowment in Judaica

The Geifman Endowment in Judaica was established in 1992 by late Rock Island residents Gerry and Morris M. Geifman. Through their generosity, Augustana College offers a juried student competition titled "A Response to the Holocaust" and co-sponsors a yearly guest lecture in Judaic Studies and Culture.

Funded by the endowment, Augustana's Tredway Library maintains a large, growing collection of materials related to Jewish culture and the Holocaust. In cooperation with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the Geifman fund supports the yearly Yom Hashoah observation by sponsoring the service's guest speaker on campus.

Gerry and Morris M. Geifman Scholarship

The Gerry and Morris M. Geifman Scholarship is a merit-based award of $1,000 presented to an incoming, first-year or transfer student at Augustana College, renewable annually. 

The scholarship is awarded to students entering Augustana in odd-numbered years. The deadline is Friday, March 8, 2019.

• Details and application

Geifman Prize in Holocaust Studies

Supported by the Geifman Endowment, the Geifman Prize in Holocaust Studies is an annual student competition with awards up to $500. A submission may take the form of an essay, research paper, poem, drama, film, artwork, musical composition, or other creative expression. 

Past winners and applicants may submit new work. The deadline is Monday, April 8, 2019, by 5 p.m.

• Details and application

Faculty members of The Center for the Study of Judaism and Jewish Culture serve as adjudicators. Depending upon the format, submissions will be evaluated according to depth of research, scholarly writing style, and creativity. The Augustana Honor Code guidelines apply to all submissions.

Past winners of the Geifman Prize

Java Jews
The Java Jews at the 2017 Stone Lecture, specializing in their brand of "highly caffeinated Klezmer" music.
Java Jews

The Stone Lectureship in Judaism

The Stone Lectureship in Judaism was established in 1983 by family and friends of Dr. and Mrs. Alex B. Stone. The purpose of the endowment is to provide a yearly lecture and an expanded program in Judaic studies at Augustana College.The Stone Lectures began in 1984 with Herbert Weinberg of Hebrew University.

The 2016-2017 lecturer was Dr. Jonathan Petropoulos, the John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College. Here is a link to his lecture.

Here is a list of all lecturers.

Center for the Study of Judaism and Jewish Culture board members

Janina Ehrlich (chair), professor of music
David Ellis, professor of history
Jason Mahn, associate professor of religion
Doug Parvin, associate professor of philosophy
Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, professor of art 
Heidi Storl, professor of philosophy
Chris Strunk, associate professor of geography
Mike Wolf, professor of geology