Йосеф-Хаим Йерушалми

Йосеф-Хаим Йерушалми


Professor of Jewish History was honored May 15 at the sixth annual Jewish Cultural Achievement Awards ceremony in New York City. Yerushalmi received the Historical Studies Award, presented by Leon Wiseltier, literary editor of The New Republic, and Weiss-Halivni received the Textual Studies Award, presented by President Rupp. The awards, established by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture in 1990, are presented annually by the NFJC to honor outstanding artists, scholars, patrons and cultural institutions whose works reflect the creative interaction of American and Jewish culture. The awards category for Jewish scholarship was added in 1994 to the original arts awards, which are considered the Jewish community's equivalent of the Kennedy Center honors. Yerushalmi, who is also director of Columbia's Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, has been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships. His latest book, Freud's Moses: Judaism Terminable and Interminable, received the 1992 National Book Award. The National Foundation for Jewish Culture, founded in 1960 by the Council of Jewish Federations, is the central cultural agency of the American Jewish community, and is dedicated to strengthening Jewish continuity and fostering an American Jewish cultural identity.