On Friday, May 10, The Program in Jewish Studies awarded the 2019 Morris and Shirley Rapoport Award in Jewish Studies to graduating seniors Katherine Webber and Chloe Wilson.
Every year the Rapoport Award is given to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated exemplary achievement and dedication in Jewish Studies courses over his or her undergraduate career. Recipients have demonstrated a commitment to integrate the study of Jews and Judaism into his or her major area of study, in keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the minor in Jewish Studies.
Both Webber and Wilson wrote senior honors theses in their respective major fields on topics related to Jewish Studies, demonstrating their commitment to the study of Jewish life. Webber’s thesis for the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, advised by Dr. Melissa Weininger, focused on a study of LGBTQ Jewish identity among Orthodox Jews in Israel. Wilson’s thesis for the Department of Religion, advised by Dr. Nikki Clements, analyzed innovation in ritual practices related to the mikvah. Both students also earned a minor in Jewish Studies.
Photo: 2019 Rapoport Award winners Chloe Wilson and Katherine Webber with Dr. Melissa Weininger and Dr. Matthias Henze