The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies. Nancy Ko ’17, a junior in Kirkland House, and Elena Florence Hoffenberg ’16 and Jacob Moscona ’16, both seniors in Cabot House, have won this year’s Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies.  The Weinstein Prize, which is given to the Harvard University student who submits the best undergraduate essay in Jewish studies, was established by Lewis H. Weinstein ’27, LL.B. 1930.

“Iran’s Dreyfus: The Habib Affair of 1915 between Alliance and Empires” by Nancy Ko was awarded the first place prize.

“Of Nation and Neighborhood: Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew and the Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation of Harlem” by Elena Hoffenberg was also awarded the first place prize.

“Cloak of Meritocracy: Harvard’s ‘New Plan’ of Admissions and the ‘Jewish Problem’” by Jacob Moscona was awarded the runner-up prize.

The abstracts are available on the CJS website.

For more information, please visit the center’s website.