Current Students

Meet Cohort V!

alexaAlexa Asher

From: San Francisco, CA
Background: Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya, Israel. BA in Persuasive Communications

What brought you to the University of Haifa?
I was attracted to the multidisciplinary style of the program. The courses offered give students the opportunity to explore so many different areas of Holocaust scholarship.

Interests in Holocaust Studies: Women’s Holocaust experience and the psychological impact on motherhood and family life.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?
The diversity of the student group.

What is your favorite part of living in Israel?
The feeling of family everywhere you go.

What would you like to do with your degree?
Eventually to pursue a PhD in either Genocide Studies or Human Rights Studies with an emphasis on the female experience.


tamarTamar Taylor

From: London, UK
Background: BSc in Critical Care from Kings College University

What brought you to the University of Haifa?
Living here as a volunteer for the last two years, I heard that Haifa University not only had an International School, but offered the course in Holocaust Studies. So I applied, and here I am!

Interests in Holocaust Studies: From a very young age, reading my first book ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel, profoundly affected me as someone non-Jewish, and has led me to a deep empathy and love and support for both the Jewish people and Israel. Now that I have spent some time living in Israel and have met Holocaust survivors and have heard some of their stories, I want to ensure that many others from a non-Jewish background would gain more understanding of this period of Jewish history.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?
Meeting students from all over the world, getting to know some, hearing others’ stories about why they are here, doing this course.

What is your favorite part of living in Israel?
The people, the way they love and embrace life, unique to Israel I feel. The beaches are pretty nice too!

What would you like to do with your degree?
I would like to use it as a platform to inform and educate non-Jewish people, particularly of how the effects of the Holocaust are still felt today, throughout the generations of those who survived, and the part it has played in the modern State of Israel.


elanaLani Berman

From: The United States/Israel
Background: B.A. in English Literature from Yeshiva University
My undergraduate thesis explored Art Spiegelman’s “Maus,” attempting to understand the literary devices utilized by a second generation survivor telling his father’s story. After completing my BA, I moved to Israel and completed an MA in Contemporary Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I am a guide in the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum and teach online courses on the history of the Holocaust and the modern roots of antisemitism and racism.

What brought you to the University of Haifa?
The Weiss-Livnat MA offers a unique perspective on the Holocaust and provides opportunities to pursue the Holocaust from different angles.

Interests in Holocaust Studies: As we transition to no longer having Holocaust survivors to tell their story firsthand, I want to play a role in shaping Holocaust education for future generations.

What is your favorite aspect of the program?
I find the multidisciplinary approach of the Weiss-Livnat program to be innovative, exemplifying the direction of Holocaust education I want to be a part of. Embarking on this journey with students from diverse backgrounds is equally exciting and enlightening.

What is your favorite part of living in Israel?
I love feeling connected to the history of this country and watching my children play an active role in the chain of Jewish history.

What would you like to do with your degree?
I hope to pursue a PhD and to develop new curricula on the Holocaust.


Interested in applying for our MA in Holocaust Studies Program?  You could be a part of Cohort VI! You can find the application and more information at our website: http://holocaust-studies.haifa.ac.il/

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