Dean of Touro’s Lander College at Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY. Academic specialization in Jewish history and thought. Extensive experience with faculty development and student services. Strong interest in new teaching technologies and online education in general.
A native of northern Ontario, Canada, Henry Abramson received his PhD in History from the University of Toronto in 1995 and held postdoctoral and visiting appointments at Harvard, Cornell, Oxford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is author of six books, including A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920 (Harvard, 1999) and Reading the Talmud: Developing Independence in Gemara Learning (Feldheim, 2006/Createspace, 2012), and many scholarly articles. His research has been recognized with prestigious fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. A sought-after lecturer, he has addressed audiences in Japan, Israel, Europe, and across the United States and Canada. He has appeared in two documentary videos and is the recipient of the Excellence in the Academy Award from the National Education Association. His weekly lectures in Jewish history are viewed by thousands world wide.
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Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services, Touro College South, Miami Beach FL 2006-present* Currently serving as founding Chief Academic Officer of branch campus, supervising faculty and staff in six majors and several pre-professional disciplines * Designed, implemented and currently supervise all aspects of Student Services on campus * Instituted innovative First Year Information Seminar for new students * Nurtured full-time and adjunct faculty in research and teaching, with a special emphasis on utilizing new teaching technologies and publishing
University Library Scholar of Judaica, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL 2002-2006* Curated large Yiddish-language holdings and other Judaica in the Special Collections Department * Initiated annual Kultur Festival, celebrating Eastern European Jewish culture, a major University-wide multidisciplinary exhibition that is now in its second decade under the leadership of Maestro Aaron Kula
Associate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL 2002-2006* Taught courses and conducted research in Jewish history and thought * Served in numerous committees at the Department, College, and University level
Fellow, Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford University, Oxford UK, Summer 2003.* Participated as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Representation of the ‘Other:’ Jews in Medieval Christendom”
Eugene and Daymel Shklar Fellow in Ukrainian Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge MA 2002. Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute* Conducted research in the Houghton Rare Books Library on Ukrainian-Jewish history
Assistant Professor of History; Holocaust and Judaic Studies, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton FL 1996-2002* Taught courses and conducted research in Jewish history and thought * Served in numerous committees at the Department, College, and University level
Guest Curator, Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach FL, 2000-2001.* Curated exhibit: “The Art of Hatred: Images of Intolerance in Florida Culture” * Published exhibit catalog and wrote docent guide
Slovin/YIVO Visiting Assistant Professor of Eastern European Jewish Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1995-1996. Department of Near Eastern Studies.* Taught courses on the Holocaust and Eastern European Jewish history * Conducted research on PhD dissertation in Olin Library
Visiting Scholar, Center for Research and Documentation of East European Jewry, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel 1993-1994* Conduced research on PhD dissertation in National University Library of Hebrew University * Participated in regular Center for Advanced Study seminars * Presented dissertation research at Israeli Historical Society (Merkaz Zalman Shazar)
Ray D. Wolfe Fellow for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 1992-1993. Department of History* Conducted research on PhD dissertation at Robarts Library * Taught course on Modern Jewish History
Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 1989-1992. Department of History* Led weekly undergraduate seminars in several Jewish history courses under supervision of Professors Jacques Kornberg, Michael Marrus, and Joseph Shatzmiller
Doctor of Philosophy (History), University of Toronto, 1995.
Research Supervisor: Professor Paul R. Magocsi. Internal Reader: Professor Michael Marrus. External Reader: Professor Zvi Gitelman. Thesis: “Jews and Ukrainians in Revolutionary Times: Autonomy, Statehood, and Civil War, 1917-1920.” Major field: Russian Empire and Soviet Union, 1698-1991; minor fields in East Central Europe and Kievan Rus’.
Diploma in Interdisciplinary Ukrainian Studies, Kiev State University, Ukrainian SSR, 1990.
Master of Arts (History), University of Toronto, 1990.
Honours Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), University of Toronto, 1989.
Maimonides on Teshuvah: A New Translation and Commentary (5th edition, 2017)
Reading the Talmud: Developing Independence in Gemara Study (Feldheim, 2006/Createspace, 2012).
A Prayer for the Government: Jews and Ukrainian in Revolutionary Times, 1917-1920 Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies, Ukrainian Research Institute/Harvard Judaic Texts and Studies, Center for Judaic Studies), 1999. Translated in 2017 by Dukh i Litera under the title Molytva za vladu: Ukraintsi ta yevrei v revoliutsinu dobu (1917-1920)
The Lost Wooden Synagogues of Eastern Europe, 1999, directed by Carl Hersh, produced by Albert Barry and Florida Atlantic University Libraries, 50 min. Academic Advisor. Released in English, Hebrew and Yiddish versions.
One of the Last, 2007, directed and produced by Ed Kucerak, Kublacom Pictures, 50 min. DVD. Appearance only.
“Powerpoint Supplement” for Jerry Bentley and William Ziegler, Traditions and Encounters, 3rd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.
“Two Jews, Three Opinions: Politics in the Shtetl at the Turn of the 20th Century,” The Shtetl: New Evaluations, Ed. Steven Katz, New York: New York University Press, 2007, 85-101.
“Deciphering the Ancestral Paradigm: A Hasidic Court in the Warsaw Ghetto,” Ghettos 1939-1945: New Research and Perspectives on Definition, Daily Life, and Survival, Ed. Paul A Shapiro, Washington DC: Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Museum, 2005, 129-146. Audio recording of formal presentation available at link above.
“A Double Occlusion: Sephardim and the Holocaust,” Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry: From the Golden Age of Spain to Modern Times, ed. Zion Zohar, New York: New York University Press, 2005, 285-299.
“‘This is the Way it Was!’ Textual and Iconograpic Images of Jews in the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Press of Distrikt Galizien,” Why Didn’t the Press Shout? Journalism and the Holocaust, Ed. Robert Moses Shapiro, New York: Yeshiva University Press, 2003, 537-556.
“Metaphysical Nationality in the Warsaw Ghetto: Poles and Other Non-Jews in the Wartime Writings of Rabbi Kalonimus Kalmish Shapiro,” Contested Memories: Poles and Jews during the Holocaust and Its Aftermath, Ed. Joshua Zimmerman, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003, 158-169.
“Depicting the Ambiguous Wound: Circumcision in Medieval Art” (with Carrie Hannon), The Covenant of Circumcision: New Perspectives on an Ancient Rite, Ed. Elizabeth Wyner Mark, Hanover and London: Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England, 2003, 98-113.
“Nachrichten aus Lemberg: Lokale Elemente in der antisemitischen Ikonographie der NS-Propaganda in ukrainischer Sprache,” in Grenzenlose Vorurteile: Antisemitismus, Nationalismus und ethnische Konflikte in verschiedenen Kulturen, Series; Jahrbuch des Fritz Bauer Institut, Band 6, Eds. Irmtrud Wojak and Susanne Meinl, Frankfurt am Main: Fritz Bauer Institut, 2002, 249-267.
“Foreword to the Turei Zahav of Rabbi David ben Shmuel HaLevi (Volodymyr 1586 L’viv 1667)” in Ukraine: Developing a Democratic Polity, Essays in Honour of Peter J. Potichnyj, Ed. Stefania Szlek Miller, Edmonton: CIUS, 1996, 97-108. [Also published as journal article, listed below]
“Shouldering the Burdens of History: Aspects of the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter since Independence,” Society in Transition: Social Change in Ukraine in Western Perspectives, Ed. Wsevolod Isajiw, Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2003, 203-212.
“The End of Intimate Insularity: New Narratives of Jewish History in the Post-Soviet Era,” Construction and Deconstruction of National Identities in Post-Soviet Eurasia, Ed. Tadayuki Hayashi, Sapporo: Hokkaido University, 2003, 87-115.
“Circumcision: Visual Arts,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2011)
“Ukraine,” The YIVO Encyclopedia of the Jews of Eastern Europe ed. Gershon David Hundert, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2:1930-1937.
“Well – Yes, a New Synthesis! A Response to Mr. Fisher,” Revolutionary Russia 16:2 (London, 2003), 94-100.
“Studying the Talmud: 400 Repetitions and the Divine Voice,” Thought and Action 27:1 (Spring 2001), 9-18. Winner of the Excellence in the Academy Award for 2001 in the category of The Art of Teaching.
“Just Different: The Last Jewish Family of Ansonville, Ontario,” Canadian Jewish Studies: Etudes Juives Canadiennes 9 (2001), 155-169.
“The Esh Kodesh of Rabbi Kalonimus Kalmish Shapiro: An Unique Treatise on Communal Trauma among Hasidim in the Holocaust,” Transcultural Psychiatry 37:3 (Montreal, 2000), 321-335.
“The Prince in Captivity: Reading Hasidic Discourses from the Warsaw Ghetto as Sources for Social and Intellectual History,” Journal of Genocide Research 1:2 (London,1999), 213-225.
“Life Imitates Art Imitates Life: The Famine, the Holocaust, and Australia’s Darville/Demidenko Affair,”The Ukrainian Quarterly 50:4 (New York, 1997), 353-365.
“A Ready Hatred: Depictions of the Jewish Woman in Medieval Antisemitic Art and Caricature,” Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research 62 (Jerusalem and New York, 1996), 1-18.
“Foreword to the Turei Zahav of Rabbi David ben Shmuel HaLevi (Volodymyr 1586 L’viv 1667),” Journal of Ukrainian Studies 21:1/2 (Toronto, 1996), 97-108. [Also published as book chapter, listed above]
“The Scattering of Amalek: A Model for Understanding the UkrainianJewish Conflict,” East European Jewish Affairs 24:1 (London, 1994), 39-47.
“Collective Memory and Collective Identity: Jews and the Rusyns During the Holocaust,” Carpatho-Rusyn American 17:3 (New York, 1994).
“Electronic Mail for the Technologically Timid,” American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Newsletter 33:2 (Stanford, 1993), 21.
“Jewish Representation in the Independent Ukrainian Governments of 1917-1920,” Slavic Review 50:3 (Stanford, 1991), 542-550.
“Metropolitan Sheptyts’kyi’s Hebrew Correspondence, 1903,” Harvard Ukrainian Studies 15:1/2 (Cambridge, 1991), 172-176.
“Historiography on the Jews and the Ukrainian Revolution,” Journal of Ukrainian Studies 15:2 (Edmonton, 1990), 33-46.
Encyclopedia of Ukraine, 5 vols. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988-1993:
“Nakhman of Bratslav,” 3:527
“Schechtman, Joseph,” 4:551
“Tcherikower, Elias,” 5:180
“The Jew in History,” Nishma 8 (New York, Toronto), August 1991.
“Standing Up for Ukrainian Jews,” The Globe and Mail, (Toronto) May 4, 1990, A7. Also reprinted in Novyi shlakh, (Toronto Newspaper), June 9, 1990, 4.
Conference Papers: Invited
“Should We Tear Down Statues of Khmel’nytskyi and Petliura? Contemporary Reflections on Conflicting Visions of National Heroism and Villainy,” Conference on The 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Revolution and the Proclamation of Ukraine’s Independence,” The Shevchenko Scientific Society in America, The Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the U.S., and The Ukrainian Institute in America, New York, January 2018.
“Lighting the Lantern,” American Ideas Workshop, Tikvah Foundation, Glen Cove, NY, May 2015.
Discussant, “The Jewish and Russian Question in Imperial and Civil War Ukraine,” Association for the Studies of Nationalities Conference, Columbia University, April 2013.
“Gam zeh ya’avor: Normalizing National Narratives between Ukrainians and Jews in the 21st Century,” Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference, Columbia University, April 2010.
“The Petliura Question,” Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter Initiative: Shared Historical Narratives, Ditchley Park, Oxford, UK, December 2009.
“Rabbis, Rebbes, and the Crisis of Jewish Narratives at the Turn of the 20th Century,” Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies/YIVO Institute of Jewish Research, New York City, March 2008.
“Khmel’nyts’kyi, Petliura, Bandera – Jewish Perceptions of Paradigmatic Ukrainian Leadership and National Liberation,” Facing Catastrophe: Jews and Non-Jews in the Ukraine During the Holocaust, Tkuma Institute, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, October 2003.
“The End of Intimate Insularity: New Narratives of Jewish History in the Post-Soviet Era,” conference on Construction and Deconstruction of National Identities in Post-Soviet Eurasia, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, July 2002.
“The Aftermath of the Holocaust in Ukraine,” conference on The Aftermath of the Shoah, Arizona State University, February 2002.
“Maase avos siman le-banim: Weekly Bible Readings as Spiritual Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto,” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, November 2001.
“Ukrainians? In Anatevka? Shtetl Jews Discover the Ukrainians,” The Shtetl: New Evaluations of its History and Character,” Boston University, November 2001.
“A Derivative Hatred: Representations of Jewish Women in Modern Antisemitic Caricature,” Klutznick-Harris Symposium on Women and Judaism, Creighton University, October 2001.
“Four Hundred Repetitions and the Divine Voice: Talmudic Pedagogy and the University Setting,” National Education Association Annual Conference, San Diego, March 2001.
“Shouldering the Burdens of History: The Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter since Independence,” Problems of Development of Ukraine since Independence: A View from Canada, University of Toronto, November 1999.
“Response” to “Ukrainians and Jews in Revolution and Civil War: A Critical Assessment of Henry Abramson’s A Prayer for the Government,” Papers presented by Professors Taras Hunczak (Rutgers), Eric Lohr (Harvard), Richard Pipes (Harvard), and Antony Polonsky (Brandeis) Center for European Studies, Harvard University, October 1999.
Scholarly Lectures: Invited (Selection)
“The Talmud, the Internet, and the New Jewish Curriculum: Implications of the Information Age for the People of the Book,” JESNA Board Meeting Keynote Address, Boca Raton, February 2008.
“Singer in the Shtetl, the Shtetl in Singer,” University of Central Florida, October 2004.
“The Wartime Writings of the Piaseczno Rebbe,” St Edmund College, Oxford University, July 2003.
“An Intimate Insularity: The Triangular Framework of Ukrainian-Jewish History,” Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, July 2002.
“The ‘Ukrainian Famine’ vs. the ‘Jewish Holocaust:’ Reflections on Historical Reality and Ethnic Politics in Helen Darville/Demidenko’s The Hand that Signed the Paper,” Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, December 1996.
“Antisemitism as Cognitive Dissonance: Jews and Ukrainians in the Modern Period,” Program of Jewish Studies, Cornell University, January 1995.
“The Social and Economic Foundations of Modern Ukrainian Antisemitism,” Center for European Studies, Harvard University, October 1995.
“Understanding 1919: New Perspectives on Jews and the Ukrainian Revolution,” Harvard Seminar in Ukrainian Studies, Harvard University, March 1995.
“The Question of Antisemitism in Ukraine,” Roundtable with Professors Orest Subtelny and Andrew Wilson, Columbia University, New York, November 1994.
“Hayim bela’o: Ukrainim ve-Yehudim be-milhemet ha-ezrahit be-Rusyah, 1917-1920” Merkaz Zalman Shazar Israel Historical Society, Jerusalem, January 1994.
Conference Papers: General
“Sowing Flax and Trapping Deers: Narratives of Literary Origin in the Babylonian Talmud,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Washington DC (December 2008).
“Intersections of Technology and Tradition in Talmudic Study: Modalities of Religious Learning in Historical Perspective,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Toronto (December 2007).
“Entering the Mind of the Rebbe: New Research Based on Manuscript Emendations in the Warsaw Ghetto Writings of the Piaseczno Rebbe,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, San Diego (December 2006)
“The Imperative of Prophecy: The Twentieth-Century Hasidic Thought of the Piaseczno Rebbe, 1889-1943,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Boston 1998.
“Revisiting a Forbidden History: Recent Historiography of the Jews in PostSoviet Ukraine,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Boston, December 1996.
“Antisemitism and Misogyny in Medieval Art and Caricature,” “Women’s Voices,” Florida Atlantic University, November 1996.
“Ukrainians, Jews, and the Problem of Antisemitism,” “Remaking National Identities: First Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities,” Columbia University, April 1996.
“‘A Clean Cause Demands Clean Hands’: Symon Petliura and the Pogroms of 1919,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Boston, December 1995.
“‘This is the Way it Was!’ Textual and Iconograpic Images of Jews in the Nazisponsored Ukrainian Press of Distrikt Galizien,” Conference on Journalism and the Holocaust, 1933-1945, Yeshiva University, New York City, October 1995.
“Notes on the Nonexistence of Ukrainian Jewry,” Conference on “Peoples, Nations, Identities: the Russian-Ukrainian Encounter,” Columbia University, New York, November 1994.
“Tefilin and the Two-Headed Boy: The Socialist-Zionist Conflict in Ukraine, 1917-1919,” 63rd Annual Conference, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York City, November 1992.
Reviews Appearing or Forthcoming in the Following Journals
American Historical Review
Association for Jewish Studies Review
Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism
Canadian Slavonic Papers
Canadian-American Slavic Studies
East European Jewish Affairs
European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms
Harvard Ukrainian Studies
Journal of Ukrainian Studies
Research Grants and Awards
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, “Becoming an American Writer: The Life and Work of Isaac Bashevis Singer,” October 2004. Grant for curating FAU contributions to a collaborative traveling exhibit with the Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities at the University of Texas.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship, Oxford University, Summer 2003. Theme: “Representation of the ‘Other’: Jews in Medieval Christendom.”
Eugene and Daymel Shklar Fellow in Ukrainian Studies, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, Summer 2002.
Scholar/Humanist Fellowship, Florida Humanities Council, 2002.
Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, November 2001.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend, 2000.
Researcher of the Year Award, Florida Atlantic University, 2000.
Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, January 2000.
Third Place for Creative Excellence, US International Film and Video Festival, 2000.
Videographer Award of Distinction for Religious Documentary, Videographer’s Society, 2000.
Louis Wolfsohn II Historical Media Center Award, 2000.
Slovin/YIVO Fellowship, Cornell University, 1995-1996.
Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), Ottawa, 1990-1994.
Morris M. Pulver Fellowship, Jerusalem, 1993-1994.
Ray D. Wolfe Fellowship for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies, Jewish Studies Programme, University of Toronto, 1992-1993.
Neporany Exchange Fellowship for Research in Ukraine, Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies, 1992.
Max Weinreich Fellowship for Advanced Jewish Research, Max Weinreich Centre for Advanced Jewish Research, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York, 1992.
Research Grant, Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, 1992.
Research Grants, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto, 1991, 1992.
Research Grants, Department of History, University of Toronto, 1991, 1992.
Research Grant, Petro Jacyk Educational Foundation, Toronto, 1992.
Research Grant, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 1991.
Fellowship, Soviet Academy of Sciences/International Association of Ukrainianists, Kiev, 1990.
Stephen Cooper Award for Jewish Leadership, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Toronto, 1990.
Reuben Leonard Wells Scholarship for Academic Excellence, University of Toronto, 1989.
Herschel William Gryfe Scholarship for Jewish History, University of Toronto, 1989.
Rabbi Isserman Prize for Studies in International and Interracial Relations, University of Toronto, 1988.
Norma Epstein Award for Creative Writing, University College, 1986.
Emil L. Fackenheim Scholarship for Jewish Thought, Hillel Foundation, Toronto, 1984.
Distinguished Honors Professor of the Year, University Scholars Program, Florida Atlantic University, 2002.
Kathleen Raymond Award for Excellence in Teaching, IMPAC Award (Individuals Making Personal and Academic Contributions), Florida Atlantic University, 2001.
Distinguished Professor of the Year, Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, Xi Omega Chapter, Florida Atlantic University, 2001.
Excellence in the Academy Award (category: The Art of Teaching), National Education Association, 2000.
1999/2000 Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Florida Atlantic University, 2000.
Award for Outstanding Teaching, Lifelong Learning Society, Florida Atlantic University,1999.
Manuscript evaluator for the following publishers/journals:
Acta Slavica Iaponica
Harvard Ukrainian Studies
Pittsburgh University Press
Syracuse University Press
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Editorial Board Service
Editorial Board, Holodomor Studies, 2010-
Editorial Board, Tkuma, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, 2004-
Editorial Board, Thought and Action: The NEA Journal in Higher Education, 2001-2004.
Editorial Board, HJudaic, electronic mail journal, 1993-1999. Book Review Editor, 1995-1999.
Editorial Board, Jewish Scholarship in Eastern Europe, electronic mail journal, 1997-
Coordinator, Chair of Ukrainian Studies Seminar, University of Toronto, 1991-1993
Languages (primarily reading knowledge)
Aramaic, French, German, Hebrew, Russian, Ukrainian, Yiddish. Some Spanish, Creole.
Dr. Abramson was born and raised in Iroquois Falls (population 4,500), a milling town in northern Ontario, Canada. After completing a degree in Philosophy at the University of Toronto, he became a professional downhill ski instructor. Fortunately, he met his wife Ulana, also a ski instructor, and with her encouragement he returned to graduate school to study History under Professor Paul Robert Magocsi. He currently lives in Surfside, Florida with his wife and several children. The skiing is terrible, but somehow they manage.
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