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“When I first heard about the Jewish Studies minor, I had no idea the opportunities I would have as I went through my college career. Throughout my time as a Jewish Studies minor, I had earned a scholarship and was able to travel to Israel. Some of the requirements in the minor are to take a few history classes about Judaism and how it has progressed over its lifetime. The classes I have taken with the minor have opened up my eyes more about the religion and I understand it better than what I did. I am so glad I was able to pick up this minor and I encourage all to pick it up as well. You will learn so much from it!”

~Ciera Greene

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“In the fall of 2012 I finished up the coursework for my Jewish Studies minor at Kent State University. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Jewish Studies program for not only allowing me to take advantage of the Samuel Melton Foundation scholarship each semester, but also for allowing me to diversify my world view and achieve a new understanding of Jewish history, life, and culture. The courses that I have taken in pursuing my minor have proven to be some of the most interesting and eye opening courses that I have taken in my time at Kent State; and with extremely knowledgeable and approachable instructors, the courses were as enjoyable as they were insightful. I would strongly recommend that any student at Kent State University minor in Jewish Studies!”

~Aref Jadallah

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By allowing me to pursue my interest in the field of Jewish studies, the Melton Scholarship enabled me to experience all that the KSU Jewish Studies Program has to offer. The unique combination of history, religious studies, language, philosophy, and politics will help to continue a storied legacy of Jewish learning, and I feel that Samuel Melton would be proud of our program.

~Evan Gildenblatt

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I am writing this letter to express my gratitude toward the Jewish Studies Program. I was introduced to the Jewish Studies minor through Chaya Kessler while I was fulfilling my language requirements in her Hebrew class. As a student of Philosophy, I have always been interested in ancient cultures. This is why I chose Hebrew as my language of choice. Not only was the Jewish Studies minor very educational about Jewish history but also European and American history. In addition, being a Jewish Studies minor made me eligible for a scholarship which I received, and it was very helpful in paying for the expenses of education.  

Aside from the benefits of being a Jewish Studies minor, Chaya Kessler was the most helpful staff member I've encountered throughout the duration of my seven years at Kent State University. Not only did she go out of her way to inform me of the scholarship, she also made sure I got credit for every class I took, and she made it possible for me to be ready for graduation when I hoped. She is an inspirational educator who has genuine concern for the success of her students. I learned a lot from the program and owe a good deal of my confidence to her encouragements.

~Christopher Hawkins

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Candice Nemoff graduated in December 2013 with a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology, and minors in Jewish Studies and Religion Studies. She is very excited to be starting her theatrical career, and is moving to Philadelphia in the spring for an internship. Her time at Kent State would not have been so incredible without the generosity and encouragement from the Jewish Studies Program and specifically Chaya Kessler. Candice would personally like to thank the Samuel Melton Scholarship Foundation for her scholarships throughout her Kent State Career. She was also blessed to be able to work for the Jewish Studies Program and learned a lot of useful information from her time there. She enjoyed her classes in Hebrew, comparative religion, and Jewish studies. She was also very lucky to able to participate in the semi-annual May intersession trip to Israel in 2012. This was not her first time in Israel though; she had already spent Spring 2011 at Tel Aviv University, and loved every minute of it. Through her time at Kent State, she has become prepared to be a Jewish leader and educator and this would not have been possible without Chaya and the Jewish Studies Program.

~Candice Nemoff

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My name is Emily Lang and I am currently a senior at Kent State University. I am majoring in History with a minor in Jewish Studies and I am graduating in May 2011. The Jewish Studies Program at Kent State changed my undergraduate career and ultimately my career goals. I first was introduced to the program in Fall of 2009. I participated in a weekend trip to D.C. that was co- sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the Pan-African Department. I found out about all of the great courses and opportunities the program offered; I knew I had to be part of it. 

I became a Jewish Studies minor in the spring semester of 2009. Through my minor, I have had the opportunities to take coursework like Zionism and Israel and Jewish Women. I attended many programs sponsored by the program such as Holocaust survivor Betty Gold and Kabala expert David Ariel. I have been able to take an individual investigation with Jewish Studies professor, Sol Factor, where I took a closer look at the history of Jews in film and theater.  

This past year, I became an intern with the Jewish Studies Program. Under the supervision of the chair, Chaya Kessler, I helped organize programs, recruit minors, and expand the program. We brought in directors of documentaries and experts in subjects like Ladino. My favorite experience was taking a group of 50 college students to the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in early April. Through my work in the program, I was very fortunate enough to receive the Student Leadership Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.  

Before I was a Jewish Studies minor, I was not quite sure what career path I wanted to pursue. However, the Jewish Studies Program gave me the opportunity to take on an internship with the Ohio Historical Society last summer. This internship helped me decide to pursue a career in public history. This fall, I am starting graduate school for Museum Studies at SUNY Oneonta. I hope someday to work in a Jewish museum or historical institution. Where ever my career path takes me, I know the Kent State Jewish Studies Program helped me get there.

~Emily Lang

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