Plotnick Prize Winners

2017

  • Burack, Emily' 17, “We are Speaking of Jewish Survival’: The Emergence of the Jewish Defense League.”
  • Farkas, Sandor'17, “The Domes of al-Haram al-Sharif in Palestinian National Identity”
  • Wien, Elise'17, “Third Night”

 

2014

  • Marissa L. Wizig ’14, “Our Minds Toward Masada”

2013

  • Gabrielle A. Mezochow ’13 for “Constructing a Survivor: The Americanization of Jewish Immigrants After the Holocaust”
  • Paola Ortega (MALS) for “The Literature of Extremity: A Style for the Unspeakable”

2012

  • Kurt Prescott ’12 for Chapter from a Religion thesis “From Dan to Beersheba.” The chapter discusses archeological evidence from Tel Dan and argues for its Israelite identity and for its significance in interpreting biblical accounts of the Jerusalem temple.
  • Nathan Gusdorf ’12 for Chapter from a Philosophy thesis “Adorian Marxism: The Concept of Critique.” The chapter defends Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment from Habermas’ criticism by retracing the structure of the dialectic and showing that the violence of fascist anti-Semitism is a specific, possible but not a necessary, outcome of the dialectic.

2011

  • Saul E. Zebovitz ’11 for “The Modern State of American Jewish Education”
  • Claire E. Scott ’11 for “Deutschkron: Ich Trug den Gelben Stern”
  • Kurt W. Prescott ’12 for “Pilgrimage to Sinai? Understanding Kuntillet Ajrud in the Context of Religious Pluralism”

2010

  • Nathaniel F. Obler ’10 for “Spinoza’s Shadow: Jewish Modernities in Maimon, Hess, and Freud”
  • Tien-Tien L. Jong ’10 for “Responses to Kant’s Moral Philosophy from Spinoza, Buber, and Levinas”

2008

  • Timothy M. Baker ’08 for “All that Glitters: Considering the Spanish Golden Age in Light of its Evidence and its Constructed Histories”
  • Jacob L. Schindel ’09 for “Secularity and Judaism in Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’”

2007

  • Dana S. Altshuler, MALS, for “Imagining and Imaging Anti-Semitism: Jewish Self-Hatred in 20th Century Literature and Culture”
  • Ashley B. Graham ’07 for “A Jewish American or an Americanized Jew? Eastern European Jews in German Jewish Institutions in New York City, 1880-1914”
  • Timothy M. Baker ’08 for “Hath Not a Jew...? Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Anti-Judaism from April 1933 to November 1933”

2006

  • Sara A. Givner ’06, for “Secular Yiddish Culture and Jewish Identity in America: A Study of New York-based Yiddish Schools and Summer Camps, 1930-1960”

2005

  • David Kerem for “On the Film Rendition of Yorim Kaniuk’s Himmo King of Jerusalem

2004

  • Samuel Stein ’04

  • Elisheva M. Hirschman-Green ’04

2003

  • Magdalena Panz ’05, for “Three Caskets and the Three Rings: Solving Riddles in the Merchant of Venice and Nathan the Wise”

2002

  • Sandeep Ramesh, ’05 for “Hybridity or Theoretical Chaos? The Location of Culture or the End of Culture? An Analysis of Homi K. Bhabha’s Framework of Hybridity and Its Drastic Shortcomings in Relation to the Holocaust”