2013-2014 Prize Recipients

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.

The 2014 Goor Prize winner:

Graduate Student, Anna Torres, a Ph.D. student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Jewish Studies.


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.

The 2014 Brinner Prize winner:

Graduate Student, Rachel Friedman, a Ph.D. student in the Near Eastern Studies Department.