Mar 18, 2010

Gender Studies & Full Tuition Fellowships at The Davidson School

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Program Spotlight: Jewish Gender and Women's Studies

Arranged marriage, polygamy, female writers of Yiddish and Hebrew poetry, images of masculinity in the Midrash, gender in the Bible, and men and women in American Jewish culture—these topics and more form the subject matter of classes in Jewish Gender and Women's Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Offered by The Graduate School of JTS, this unique interdisciplinary MA program appeals to students —from every JTS school—who are intrigued by questions about gender roles in contemporary Jewish communal life, Jewish history, and Judaism. For some students, the personal, intellectual, political, and spiritual end up becoming intertwined because of their studies and experiences in this program. 

As current student Ilana Cohen explains, "Studying the role of women, and more broadly the concept of gender, in Judaism is one of the best ways to gain a comprehensive understanding of the past, present, and future." Cohen enjoys the opportunity to study with a world-class faculty and the rich offerings of the largest program of Judaic Studies in North America. Director Stefanie Siegmund is "very excited to welcome new students into the BA and MA programs."

To learn more about the program, click here

The Davidson School Offers Full-Tuition Fellowships for Exceptional Applicants for Fall 2010 

Thanks to the generosity of the Jim Joseph Foundation, the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS is pleased to offer full-tuition fellowships for exceptional MA applicants for fall 2010. The Davidson School offers full-time, part-time, and distance learning MA programs in Jewish Education with opportunities for specializations in day school education, synagogue school administration, and informal and communal education. The Davidson School welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds who have a wide range of professional goals within Jewish education. All applicants will be automatically considered for the fellowships. To view the application and its requirements, visit For more information on the MA program, visit or contact Abby Eisenberg, director of Admissions, at (212) 678-8022. 

Some highlights and benefits of the MA degree: 

  • The MA curriculum provides a strong foundation in Judaica and education, and weaves together academic study and career preparation while providing students with close mentoring from our world-renowned faculty members. 
  • The Davidson School offers flexible degree options with full-time, part-time, and distance-learning programs that offer specializations in day school education, synagogue school administration, and informal/communal education. 
  • Students may take courses at Teachers College, Columbia University in areas such as early-childhood education, special education, and arts education. 
  • The MA application deadline is May 1, 2010, and all applicants will be considered for the prestigious full-fellowship award. To view the application and its requirements, click here. 

For more information on The Davidson School and our flexible degree options, please visit our website at, or contact Abby Eisenberg, director of Admissions, at (212) 678-8022 or

JTS Admissions Directors
Abby Eisenberg (The Davidson School, The Graduate School)
Missy Present (List College)
Mordy Schwartz (The Rabbinical School)