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Judaic and Near Eastern Studies


William S. Addelson Memorial
Through the generosity of Mrs. Frances Addelson, this scholarship, named in memory of her son William S. Addelson ’67, will be awarded to an undergraduate who participates in an academic or volunteer program in, and approved by, the State of Israel.

Philip Weiss Memorial Award


Philip Weiss Memorial Award Application Spring 2013

Established in memory of Philip Weiss by his wife, Rachel Weiss, the Philip Weiss Memorial Award totaling $500 is awarded annually to a graduating senior who is majoring or minoring in Judaic Studies and has demonstrated academic excellence, as reflected in a most recent transcript and a relevant paper, written for any course, and related to Israel or Jewish Studies (ancient through modern periods). First priority will be given to graduating seniors. In absence of graduating seniors meeting the above conditions, an award may be made to an outstanding junior.

Selection of the recipient will be made by the Chair of Judaic Studies in cooperation with the Judaic Studies Scholarship Committee.

Philip Weiss Biographical Information

Philip Weiss was born into a traditional Jewish family in Tuszyn, Poland in 1916. He escaped to the Soviet Union at the onset of World War II and thereby was the only survivor of a large family. He came to the United States with his wife Rachel and daughter Halina in 1962.

Philip Weiss was known for his lively mind and keen sense of humor. He was widely read in Yiddish, Russian, Polish, and English.

The scholarship was given in reflection of his life-long appreciation for learning and education.

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