In Memoriam

Eli Katz
Professor of Yiddish Language
Eli Katz studied Yiddish with Dr. Max Weinreich at City College of New York before going on to graduate work in Germanic linguistics. His best known works were his translations of older and modern Yiddish texts particluarly his edition of the 17th century Yiddish fable collection Sefer mesholim and his masterful translation of I.L. Peretz short stories. Prof. Katz published over 20 publications, and was a widely respected scholar, translator, teacher, and friend.
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Yael Chaver

Lecturer in Yiddish Language
Prof. Chaver works at the intersection of modern Yiddish and Hebrew cultures and literatures, with a particular interest in the Zionist Yiddish culture of pre-statehood Israel and in interwar European Yiddish poetry.
(Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)

John Efron

Department of History,
Director of the UC Berkeley Jewish Studies Program

Prof. Efron's academic focus is on the cultural and intellectural history of modern Jewry, with emphasis on the Jews of German-speaking Europe.  He is interested in the history of Jewish anthropology, the intersection of medicine and Jewish identity and the role that sceince has played in the modernization of the Jews.
(Ph.D., Columbia University)

Bluma Goldstein

Department of German
Prof. Goldstein's interests include Jewish life and culture in 19th and 20th century Austria and Germany, German-Jewish and Yiddish literature, and women's studies.
(Ph.D., Harvard University)

Chana Kronfeld

Departments of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies
Prof. Kronfeld teaches Hebrew, Yiddish and Comparative Literature with a special emphasis on modern poetry. She is interested in modernism, minor literatures, the politics of literary history, feminist stylistics, intertextuality, and translation studies.
(Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)

Naomi Seidman

Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union
Prof. Seidman works with Yiddish, modern Hebrew literature and the Midrashic imagination, feminist and literary theory and their applicability in literary analysis.
(Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)