News & Events

Holocaust Heroes in the Most Unexpected Places


April 16, 2018

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in partnership with the UCF History Department and Judaic Studies Program welcomes Dr. Normal Berdichevsky as he uncovers the narrative of those who did everything in their power to stand up against the Holocaust. The event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat by... Read More

Judaic Studies professor engages students through video textbooks


April 6, 2018

Professors are constantly searching for innovative ways to engage their students. Judaic Studies professor Dr. Ken Hanson is leading the charge with courses that use cinematic productions and interactive video games to bridge the gap between the past and present. Hanson was the 2017 recipient of the Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in online Teaching. The award recognizes one outstanding UCF faculty member who has recently taught a “High Quality” online course. Recipients can only be... Read More

Scholars Publish Jewish Enlightenment Book to Honor Moshe Pelli


September 29, 2017

Three scholars, namely Zev Garber, Lev Hakak, and Shmuel Katz have recently undertaken to edit a jubilee volume (Festschrift) in honor of Moshe Pelli, authority on the Hebrew Haskalah (the Jewish Enlightenment), as well as longtime Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Judaic Studies and the Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies at University of Central Florida. In order to bring this project to fruition, they contacted some twenty fellow scholars in the field of... Read More

Pelli Publishes Sixth Book on Hebrew Enlightenment


October 14, 2016

Professor Moshe Pelli, former director of the UCF Judaic Studies, and Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies, has just published his new book by the Hebrew University’s Magnes Press in Jerusalem. The book is titled Kochvei Yitzhak, The Journal of the Haskalah in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1845–1873). It is a monograph and an annotated, computerized index to the periodical that has been published for an extended period of 28 years, in 37 issues. This is the sixth book... Read More

New book by Prof. Moshe Pelli


October 14, 2016

Professor Moshe Pelli, former director of the UCF Judaic Studies, and Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies, has just published his new book by the Hebrew University’s Magnes Press in Jerusalem. The book is titled Kochvei Yitzhak, The Journal of the Haskalah in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1845–1873). It is a monograph and an annotated, computerized index to the periodical that has been published for an extended period of 28 years, in 37 issues. This is the... Read More

[Fall 2015] JST 3930: ST: Great Minds in Jewish History


August 4, 2015

Instructor: J. Phillips-Berger | Credit hours:... Read More

[Summer 2015] JST 3120: Hebrew Scriptures


August 4, 2015

Instructor: . Hanson | Credit hours:... Read More

Prof. Moshe Pelli Published A New Book: The Journals of the Haskalah In mid-Nineteenth Century


April 21, 2015

Hehalutz (1852-1889); Bikurim (1864-1865): Professor Moshe Pelli, Director of UCF Judaic Studies and Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies, has just published his new book by the Hebrew University’s Magnes Press in Jerusalem. This is the fifth book in the series of monographs and annotated indices on periodicals of the Hebrew Haskalah (Enlightenment). This 500-page book deals with two major Hebrew periodicals published in mid-nineteenth century: Hehalutz... Read More

Pelli Wins Judaica Bibliography Award


May 29, 2014

Moshe Pelli is the 2014 winner of the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award. The award, funded by Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles, was established to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica bibliographies. The Association of Jewish Libraries honored Pelli for his recent book The Journals of the Haskalah (Hebrew Englightenment) from 1820 to 1845, which includes monographs and annotated indices to eight Hebrew periodicals published in Holland, Galicia, Germany and Lithuania in the 19th... Read More

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