Over the summer of 2007, documentary film-makers Dr. Menachem Daum and Dr. Oren Rudavsky deposited in the Brooklyn College Archives filmed interviews with Hasidic and other Orthodox Jews, together with related files. This collection strengthens and serves Brooklyn College's role as the center for the study of Brooklyn's Jewish communities.
The first Frances Haidt '44 Memorial Lecture was held on May 4, 2006, and delivered by Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman, chair of New York University's Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. The topic was "The Dead Sea Scrolls: Artifacts of Ancient and Modern Culture". It was co-sponsored by the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities.
Prof. Sara Reguer delivered the Phi Beta Kappa induction address on June 1, 2006, after graduation. She spoke on "Tracing the Shaping of a Career Through Primary Sources". Three students majoring in Judaic Studies and one minoring in it were inducted.
Professors Sharon Flatto and Robert Shapiro were awarded PSC-CUNY travel grants for 2006-2007.
Prof. Jonathan Helfand was appointed Director, CUNY Program for Study in Israel. He met with directors of Israeli universities on his first mission there in June 2006.
Robert Shapiro was awarded a Tow Fellowship for Faculty Travel in 2006/7, as well as a research fellowship from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture in 2006/7. He translated and edited the book, _Lodz Ghetto: A History_ by Isaiah Trunk, published in June 2006 by Indiana University Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. _Lodz Ghetto: A History_ was awarded a Bronze Medal in History in the ForeWord Magazine Annual Awards for the Best Books published in 2006.
During summer 2006, Prof. Shapiro was appointed historical consultant to the YIVO Archives to oversee the cataloging and preparation of the Hersh Wasser Collection of documents from the Warsaw Ghetto, with funding from the French Shoah Foundation (Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah), Paris. He is completing the project in summer 2007.
Prof. Shapiro traveled to Poland in June 2007, where he conducted research on Lodz Ghetto diaries and established contacts with the University of Lodz Center for Jewish Research. He also taught a Yiddish language class for researchers connected with the University of Lodz. While in Lodz, Poland, he lectured in Yiddish and Polish on the history of Lodz and its Jewish community.