The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies is offering a big round of applause to this year’s graduating students, who persevered through a very unusual spring quarter to complete their studies at the University of Washington.
This year’s cohort of graduates includes two majors, seven minors, two graduate fellows, and a number of others who studied abroad through Jewish Studies, took Jewish language courses via Stroum Center opportunity grants, or participated heavily in student programming.
Jewish Studies Majors
Lily Rosencrantz graduated with a double degree in Jewish Studies and human centered design and engineering. Highlights of her time at the UW included studying abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and University College London, and participating in Hillel UW. Lily looks forward to traveling more, and perhaps pursuing a master’s in interaction design at University College London.
Jewish Studies Minors
Danielle Cohen majored in political science and minored in law, society and justice, as well as Jewish studies.
Grace Elizabeth C. Dy majored in biology and comparative religion and minored in education, learning, and societies as well as Jewish studies. Grace had the opportunity to travel a lot during their time at the UW, from studying immigration issues at the US-Mexico border to exploring Israel-Palestine to learn about the conflict. This summer Grace will study Hebrew through Middlebury College with the support of a Stroum Center opportunity grant. After that, Grace hope to work in the intersection of scientific and religious literacy or education, and/or counseling and advising work. Grace was the recipient of the Stroum Center’s inaugural Outstanding Student in Jewish Studies award.
Jacqueline Goodrich graduated with a history degree and minored in both Jewish studies and diversity. Jacqueline is a member of the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. During her time at the UW, she studied abroad in Germany, where she took a number of courses in Jewish Studies. Jacqui received the Excellence in Scholarship Holocaust Paper Prize in 2019. She is currently searching for a clinical research position and plans to apply to medical school.
Ellen Perleberg majored in linguistics and Near Eastern languages and civilization, and minored in Spanish and Jewish Studies. During her time at the UW, Ellen took both intensive Hebrew and Intensive Arabic, and participated in the Meza de Ladino (Ladino Study Table). Notably, Ellen received the Excellence in Scholarship Holocaust Paper Prize in her first year at the UW. Her next steps include earning a library science master’s and working in public libraries. More immediately, Ellen will be taking Ladino this summer at the University of Washington.
Friends of Jewish Studies
Kendra Berry majored in Germanics and has a strong interest in Yiddish studies. With funding from the Stroum Center, she attended the International Summer Seminar in Yiddish Language and Culture in Warsaw. She will be studying Yiddish again online this summer through the Workers Circle, with support from a Stroum Center opportunity grant.
Marissa Gaston majored in political science and minored in classical studies. She studied abroad at Ben Gurion University for an year, supported in part by opportunity grants. Marissa, who served as a Political Economy and Public Affairs intern at the US Embassy to the Holy See in Rome last winter, was recently selected by the John Jay Institute in Pennsylvania as one of their eight incoming fellows.
Alexander Peterson majored in economics and minored in statistics. While taking ulpan language study courses at Tel Aviv University, supported by an opportunity grant, Alex researched the intersection of Hebrew and political identity in Israel, supervised by Professor Naomi Sokoloff. Alex served as a member of the ASUW Senate and in that capacity helped organize the Anti-Semitism student working group. His next steps most likely include obtaining an M.A. in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University before applying to law school.
Bret Windhauser graduated with an M.A. degree from the Department of Near Eastern Cultures and Civilization this spring. Bret held the Mickey Sreebny Memorial Fellowship in Jewish Studies and was a recipient of the Israel Studies graduate grant as well as an opportunity grant for his research on black market trade between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.