April 4, 2005
Jewish studies to host lecture by winner
of 2005 Koret history book prize
By Scott Rappaport
In celebration of the Koret Jewish Book Awards, the UCSC Jewish
Studies Program Research Colloquia will present a lecture by
Elisheva Baumgarten, winner of this years prestigious
Koret Jewish History Book Prize, at noon on April 12 at the
Cowell College Provost House.
The event is cosponsored by the Womens Studies Department
and admission is free.
The Koret Jewish Book Award is considered to be one of the
highest honors for authors writing prose on Jewish themes. Baumgarten
joins five other authors, including renowned Israeli novelist
Amos Oz, as a 2005 recipient of the award. Each award carries
a $10,000 prize, and the Koret Jewish Book Awards Ceremony this
year will be the centerpiece of a Jewish Literary Arts Series
in San Francisco.
Baumgarten was honored for her book, Mothers and Children:
Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe, published by Princeton
University Press and described as a richly detailed and
deeply researched contribution to our understanding of the relationship
between Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors. She will
speak at UCSC on the topic: Womens Rites: Birth
Ceremonies in Medieval Jewish Culture.
Baumgarten completed her doctorate in 2000 at the Hebrew University
in Jerusalem. She is a social historian and lecturer in the
Department of Jewish History and the Gender Studies Program
at Bar-Ilan University, specializing in the history of Jewish
women, Jewish family life, and Jewish-Christian relations in
medieval Ashkenaz. Baumgarten lives in Jerusalem with her husband
and three children.
For more information, contact the UCSC Jewish Studies Program,
at (831) 459-2566.
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