Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Passing of Dr. Dora Avni


August 22, 2013

I am saddened at the news that one of our former instructors, Dr. Dora Avni, passed away yesterday in Israel. Dora Avni taught our Hebrew courses for many years, and enriched our program with her enthusiasm, dedication, professionalism, and her love for Hebrew and for Israel. She continued her graduate work and a few years back she earned a Ph. D. Dora was a dear friend and loyal colleague, who will be remembered by hundreds of students who enjoyed her courses and by her friends... Read More

Moshe Pelli Publishes New Book on Haskalah Judaism


August 22, 2013

Moshe Pelli, Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies and director of the UCF Interdisciplinary Program in Judaic Studies, has published his new book in Israel. Titled Atarah Leyoshnah: Restore Judaism to Its Pristine Splendor, the book deals with the struggle of the early Hebrew Maskilim (enlighteners) in Germany in the last quarter of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth century to rejuvenate and redefine Judaism to be what this writer terms “the Haskalah... Read More