History: Holocaust

Dr. Joshua Karlip

Joshua M. Karlip is Associate Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, where he has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses since 2007.  His scholarship has focused on the relationship between traditional Judaism and modern secular Jewish movements such as Yiddishism.  He addressed this theme in his critically acclaimed book, The Tragedy of a Generation: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Nationalism in Eastern Europe, published by Harvard University Press in 2013.   Karlip’s forthcoming book, Oyfn Sheydveg [At the Crossroads]: Jewish Intellectuals and the Crisis of 1939 is a critical edition of a Yiddish journal that served as a forum for Jewish intellectuals to react to Nazism.  In this book, Karlip will recover this moment of ideological soul searching for the English reading public.  In addition to these volumes, Karlip also contributed a chapter to Jews in the East European Borderlands: Essays in Honor of John D. Klier (Academic Studies Press, 2012).  He has also published articles and book reviews in Jewish Social Studies, the Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook, East European Jewish Affairs, Jewish History, and Polin. In 2009-2010, Karlip served as a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University.  In 2012, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University.  In 2010-2011, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research awarded Karlip the Natalie and Mendel Racolin Memorial Fellowship.  Since 2011, Karlip has also served as a faculty member in the YIVO-Bard Institute’s Summer Yiddish Program.  Most recently, he was asked to become a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Center for Jewish History. Karlip has presented his research to scholars at international conferences in the United States and in Europe.  At the same time, he lectures in synagogues to lay audiences about many aspects of Modern Jewish History, the East European Jewish experience, and the Holocaust. Sample Titles Fiddler on the Roof: Life in the Real Shtetl? The Good Old Days?: Jews in Tsarist Russia Volozhin: The...


Dr. Shay Pilnik

The grandson of Holocaust survivors from Lithuania and Poland, who immigrated to Israel from the USSR about a decade after the founding of the Jewish state, Dr. Pilnik is the new director of the Emil and Jenny A. Fish Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center at YU. Prior to landing this position, he was the executive director of the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) in Milwaukee between 2014 and early 2020. Under his leadership, the organization doubled both its outreach and capacity, serving schools and communities across the state of Wisconsin with programming, lectures, teacher workshops, study abroad trips and more. Pilnik earned his bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majoring in Comparative Literature and Jewish Thought; an MA in Jewish Studies from McGill University and a doctoral degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary in the field of Modern Jewish Studies, which he earned in 2013.  His PhD dissertation dealt with the commemoration of the Babi Yar Massacre in Soviet Russian and Yiddish literature.  From 2008-2014, he was an adjunct instructor at the Universities of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Oshkosh, lecturing on a variety of topics including the Holocaust, modern Jewish history and culture, Judaism, Hebrew Bible, and the religions of the world.   Sample Titles ‘Don’t Ever Say the End is Near & Hope is Gone:’ Jewish Armed Resistance during the Holocaust Holocaust in Context: A Multi-faceted Exploration of the Shoah against the background of Modernity, Anti-Judaism and the rise of Modern German Culture Unbroken Silence: The Commemoration of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and the Story of Babi Yar Bearing Witness to those who Bore Witness: Teaching the Holocaust in a Survivorless...


Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter

Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter is University Professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future, at Yeshiva University. From 2000 to 2005 he served as dean of the Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Institute in Boston. He was the first rabbi of the Young Israel of Sharon, Mass., from 1977 to 1981, creating a vibrant and committed community. From 1981 to 2000, he served as rabbi of The Jewish Center in Manhattan, moving the congregation from 180 to more than 600 members over the course of his tenure, and also served as rabbi of the Maimonides Minyan in Brookline, MA from 2000 to 2005. Rabbi Schacter is co-author of the award winning “A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community: Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism” published by Columbia University Press in 1996; author of “The Lord is Righteous in All His Ways: Reflections on the Tish‘ah be-Av Kinot by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik” (2006); and close to 50 articles and reviews. He is founding editor of The Torah u-Madda Journal, a prestigious academic publication which has gained international acclaim. Rabbi Schacter holds a number of prominent Jewish communal positions. He served as founding present of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations of the Upper West Side from 1994 to 2000, is a member of the board of governors of the Orthodox Union and is on the editorial boards of Tradition, Jewish Action, BDD (Bechal Derachecha Da’ehu) and Jewish Educational Leadership. Sample Titles The Power of Connections: Thoughts on Rosh Hashanah Yom Hashoah Haskalah,Secular Studies and the Close of the Yeshiva in Volozhin in 1892 Facing the Truths of History Torah Umadda Revisited: The Editor’s Intro Ashkenazim, Sephardim and the Hannukah Menorah: A Study in Cultural Cross-Transference Beyond Rabbi Akiva’s Students Sefirah Mourning In Medieval And Modern Times The Concept of Amalek in Jewish Law and History Sitting in the Sukkah on Shemini Atzeret The Meaning and Significance of Tisha B’Av:...


Rabbi Ari Sytner

Rabbi Ari Sytner is Director of Community Initiatives at Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future where he works to help strengthen communities nationwide. Training community leaders, rabbis, and rabbinic students in the art of Jewish leadership, Rabbi Sytner uses his talents and passions to reach and inspire the full spectrum of the Jewish people. Rabbi Sytner is originally from Monsey, NY. A student of Rabbi Berel Wein, he has served on the pulpit for 13 years in out of town communities, 5 years in Des Moines, Iowa and 8 years in Charleston, South Carolina. Rabbi Sytner studied Psychology for his undergraduate degree, Education for his Masters, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Work. Sample Titles My Kidney Donation: A Personal Journey & Halachik Analysis Do Jews Believe in Karma? Achieving Stress-Free Living Angels & Demons Heaven and Hell: What do we Really believe? Lose Yourself in the Music: Why People get Entranced by Song Does Mazel Dictate our Destiny? Kaballah 101: What to Believe? Are Miracles Real? How Can we Tell? Divine Intervention: Can we Feel G-d in our Lives? Moses on the Corporate Ladder: Leadership Strategies from the Torah 3 Jews 4 Opinions: Why we Don’t See Eye to Eye Women in the Talmud Jewish Dilemmas in Bioethics Organ Donation Fertility & Reproductive Technologies in Halachah Stem Cell Research Hospice and End of Life Issues The Right to Die: DNR’s & Autonomy in Medicine Coping with Tragedy: A Jewish Perspective David’s Story: A Paraplegic’s Struggle to Live A Close-up Look at the Marriage of Rabbi Akiva Dating: Obstacles, Realities and Success Jewish Dating Practices: Past, Present & Future Successful Parenting for Raising Awesome Kids Honoring Parents in the Good Times & the Bad Making Marriage Great (And Painless) Dysfunctional Families in the Torah Religious Dilemmas in the Holocaust The False Messiah Phenomenon: A Look at Shabtai Zvi Why is Israel Always in the Spotlight? Esther’s Secret: A Fresh Analysis of Purim Secrets of the Pesach Seder...

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