Student Prizes in Jewish and Hebrew Studies

 

THE PHILIP ALEXANDER PRIZE FOR UNDERGRADUATE JEWISH STUDIES

This £100 prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the highest grade in a Jewish Studies-related module or dissertation' at the University of Manchester. It honours the Centre's first co-director Philip Alexander, FBA.

2017 winner: Samantha Calvert, 'The Changing Discourse of Holocaust Representation' (supervised by Cathy Gelbin).

2016 winner: Chloe Fullerton, 'To what extent is colonialism, through the British Mandate legislation in Palestine, still existent?' (supervised by Moshe Behar).

2015 winner: Eloise Philp, in Screening the Holocaust (taught by Cathy Gelbin).

2014 winner: Joseph Bellman, in Fundamental Debates in the Study of Israel/Palestine (taught by Moshe Behar).

2013 joint winner: Daniel Walker, 'Henry VIII and the Rabbis: What Role Did Italian Rabbis Play in Henry VIII's Great Matter and What Does This Imply for Jewish-Christian Relationships in the Period?' (supervised by Renate Smithuis).

2013 joint winner: Leo Mercer, 'Is a Nonfoundationalist Jewish Philosophy Possible? The Reparative Theology of Tamar Ross and Peter Ochs as Case-Study' (supervised by Alex Samely).

 

THE BLES HEBREW PRIZES

The Bles Hebrew Prizes are awarded annually for 'the encouragement of Hebrew studies' at the University of Manchester. These prizes are usually awarded for performance in the Hebrew Language course units taught by Sophie Garside and Malka Hodgson.

2017 Hebrew level 3: A prize of £100 was awarded to Lawrence Rabone.

2016 Hebrew level 3: A prize of £100 was awarded Jake Herman.

2015 Hebrew level 1: A prize of £100 was awarded to Rhiannon Heaven.
 
2015 Hebrew level 2: A prize of £200 was awarded to Lawrence Rabone.
 
2015 Hebrew level 3: A prize of £300 was awarded to Miruna-stefana Belea.

2014 Hebrew level 3: A prize of £300 was awarded to Joseph Bellman.

2014 Hebrew level 1: Prizes of £100 each were awarded to Orsolya Plesz and Lawrence Rabone.

2013 Hebrew level 2: A prize of £200 was awarded to Miruna Belea.

2013 Hebrew level 3: Prizes of £200 each were awarded to Miriam Saffer and Imogen Pickup.

2012 Prizes of £100 each were awarded to Daniel Kyle (final year), Joseph Bellman (second year), and Belea Miruna-Stefana (first year).

2011 Prizes of £100 each were awarded to Natasha Bligh and Adam Rossano.

 

THE BERNARD JACKSON PRIZE FOR A MASTER'S DISSERTATION IN JEWISH STUDIES

This £100 prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the highest grade for a master's dissertation in Jewish Studies' at the University of Manchester. It honours the Centre's second co-director Bernard Jackson.

2016 winner: Miruna-Stefana Belea (MA in Biblical Studies), 'Magic and Religion: Parabiblical elements on four amulets from Moses Gaster collection' (supervised by Renate Smithuis).

2015 winner: Caroline Kaye (MA Religions & Theology), 'The Wicker Man: A Trace of the Holocaust? An Analysis of The Wicker Man (1973) as a Post-War Phenomenon' (supervised by Alex Samely). 

2014 winner: Emmanuele Massimi (MA Biblical Studies), 'From Personal Recollection to Cultural Memory: Clues from a Comparison of the Damascus Document/Rule of the Community/Luke Acts' (supervised by George Brooke).

2013 winner: Tereza Ward (MA Jewish Studies), 'Erasure of Memory - Children who survived the Holocaust, and their struggle for survival' (supervised by Bill Williams). This dissertation also won the 2013 Hassé Memorial Prize (see below).

 

THE BAJS STUDENT ESSAY PRIZES

The British Association for Jewish Studies awards the annual national BAJS Student Essay Prize in both undergraduate and postgraduate categories (£200 each). The following are winners from the University of Manchester.

2016 First place postgraduate: Miruna Belea, 'The Magical Use of Religious Texts: A Cognitive Approach to Religious and Cultural Textual Elements on an Amulet from Gaster's Collection at the John Rylands Library' (supervised by Todd Klutz).

2013 Joint first place undergraduate: Leo Mercer, 'Is a Nonfoundationalist Jewish Philosophy Possible? The Thought of Tamar Ross and Peter Ochs as a Case Study' (supervised by Alex Samely).

2013 Joint first place undergraduate: Rhian Evans, 'The Early Transmission and Interpretation of Malachi' (supervised by George Brooke).

2009 First place undergraduate: Hannah Atkinson, 'A Comparison of the Views and Assumptions of the Holocaust Theologies of Eliezer Berkovits and Paul van Buren' (supervised by Daniel Langton).

2008 Joint first place postgraduate: Simon Mayers, 'An Examination of the Judaism-Jewishness Dialectic within Jewish Studies' (supervised by Philip Alexander).

2004 Second place undergraduate: Fiona Eatwell 'Popular Conceptions of the Jew in the Medieval Period' (supervised by Daniel Langton).

 

OTHER PRIZES

2014 Joint first prize (£500) for the BRISMES Graduate Article Competition: Roman Vater, 'Beyond bi-nationalism: The Young Hebrews versus the "Palestinian issue"'.

2013 Joint award for Hassé Memorial Prize (Dept of Religions and Theology, University of Manchester): Tereza Ward, 'Erasure of Memory - Children who survived the Holocaust, and their struggle for survival' (supervised by Bill Williams). This dissertation also won the 2013 Bernard Jackson Prize (see above).