Revel Year In Review 2021-2022


In our last “Year in Review,” the main focus was how the world had changed in the previous 18 months, given the COVID-19 pandemic that had swept the world. For all of the very real challenges associated with that period, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies emerged as a stronger school with a wider reach and a larger student body. Student numbers continue to grow. Looking at our traditional student body, the combined total of Masters and Doctoral students at Revel has increased dramatically between Fall 2019 and Fall 2022. In addition, this Fall, we welcomed our first intake of South Korean students, with nine students from the Republic of Korea taking courses in Biblical Hebrew and Ancient Judaism.

Revel’s faculty maintain their presence in the most prestigious venues for both presentations and publications, and we continue to hold events with a wide reach. Most notably, Revel hosted a conference marking the 25th yahrzeit of Rabbi Professor Yitzchak (Isadore) Twersky in September, about which you can find out more in the following pages. Finally, I wish note Revel’s gratitude to its many supporters, and while ordinarily we would not single out individuals, it seems only right for me to publicly express my gratitude to the Katz family, longtime supporters of Revel, and announce that It is my great honor to now represent Revel as the Dr Mordecai D. Katz Dean. יהי זיכרו ברוך This “Year in Review” newsletter contains many of the highlights from the past eighteen months, as we continue to provide the best there is to offer in academic achievement and communal engagement. 2023 promises further exciting developments, which I hope to be able to share with you in next year’s newsletter.

With all best wishes,

Daniel Rynhold, PhD Dr. Mordecai D. Katz Dean

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