Current Recipients

Congratulations 2015-2016 Prize Winners!

The Anne and Benjamin Goor Prize in Jewish Studies is intended to support, encourage, and stimulate research in the field of Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley. It was established in 1977 by Anne Goor in memory of her husband, Benjamin, and renamed upon her death in 2005. Prizes are awarded annually for the best undergraduate and graduate essays.

Congratulations to this year’s Goor Prize winners:

Undergraduate student, Nathan Wexler, on his essay, “Yeshayahu Leibowitz & Abraham Joshua Heschel: Political Critique as Theology in Post-Holocaust Judaism Mitzvah as an Antidote to Modernity”

Graduate student, Danny Luzon, on his essay, “Debating American Yiddish Literature in Theory: Modernist Representation and the Future of Yiddish for Lamed Shapiro and Yankev Glatshteyn”

Graduate student, Raphael Magarik, on his essay, “Milton’s Phylacteries:  Textual Idolatry and the Beginnings of Critical Exegesis”

The William Ze’ev Brinner Graduate Student Fellowship was established in the spring of 2014 in honor of the late Professor Ze’ev Brinner who taught Arabic and Islamic studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Berkeley from 1956 until his retirement in 1991, and served as Chair of the Department several times. In keeping with the Brinner family’s preference, the strongest candidates will have an intercultural or interfaith focus to their work.

Congratulations to this year’s winner:

Graduate Student, Ayelet Even-Nur, is a PhD candidate in the Near Eastern Studies Department. Her main research interests are contemporary Palestinian and Israeli poetry and art, and the way the interplay of language and body influences our understanding of these two forms and their effects on cultural patterns.