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West Semitic Research Project: A consortium based at USC that includes Johns Hopkins, the University of Illinois and others to apply the newest technologies to the interpretation of ancient texts such as Ugaritic tablets and most prominently, the Dead Sea Scrolls ( See the coverage of our work with the consortium in the Jewish Standard.

Amulet Publication: former Revel students deciphered and interpreted an unpublished 5th-6th century silver Aramaic amulet (supported by a Schneier Center grant) and presented their work at the Society for Biblical Literature meetings. Published in 2010.

Yeshiva University Dead Sea Scrolls Project: Participation in a WSRP expedition to photograph Dead Sea Scrolls belonging to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate in Teaneck, NJ. Directors: Joseph Angel (Jewish History), Steven Fine (Jewish History).

The Nathan and Solomon Birnbaum Family Archive Project: The Nathan and Solomon Birnbaum Family Archive is the most important archive of the history of Zionism and the history of Orthodoxy still in private hands. Through the research of Professor Jess Olson, associate director of the YU Center for Israel Studies, this material is for the first time being thoroughly processed and utilized for scholarly purposes, most specifically through Dr. Olson's book (now under editorial review), an intellectual biography of Nathan Birnbaum. The Yeshiva University Center for Israel studies is excited to begin the next phase of work with the Birnbaum family and their important collection. Under the supervision of Dr. Olson, several of the most important documents in the archive are expected to be digitized and placed on the Web for all scholars by team of YU students during the summer of 2011. These high-quality images will be the basis for an extensive Web site devoted to the role of Nathan Birnbaum in the history of Zionism and Orthodoxy, an invaluable service to modern Jewish history. Additionally, these materials will serve as the basis for a volume, the most comprehensive to date, of Birnbaum's foundational articles and important correspondence.