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Director of Judaic Studies receives Distinguished Alumni Award (Released: 12/5/95)

by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn -- Arnold Dashefsky, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut, recently received a Distinguished Alumni award from Gratz College in Philadelphia.

Dashefsky was one of 19 alumni from 1922-1968 to receive the award at a ceremony marking the college's 100th anniversary

"It is very gratifying that my work as a sociologist with a specialty in Judaic studies is greatly appreciated," he says.

Dashefsky, president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, credits Gratz for his success. "Gratz has provided me with a serious intellectual and academic approach to the higher learning of Judaic studies," he says.

Gratz is one of the oldest non-denominational colleges devoted to Judaic studies and the training of teachers for Jewish education. "These colleges were very popular at a time when Judaic studies was not well developed at colleges and universities around the country," says Dashefsky.

Dashefsky received his bachelor of Hebrew literature degree from Gratz College in 1963, and has been at UConn since 1969.

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