Inaugural Editors’ Message
The 2018 Editorial Board is proud to present the first edition of Avukah, the undergraduate journal of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A few months ago, Avukah was only an idea. Over the course of the Spring 2018 semester, the board has collaborated in the publication of a journal that highlights their peers’ work in the field of Jewish Studies. “Avukah” is the Hebrew word for “torch.” We find this term fitting, given our journal’s mission: to bring light to those topics – historical, religious, political, social, or cultural – related to Judaism, Jews, and Jewishness. Throughout the peer review process, our board committed itself to ensuring that this publication would illuminate the rich diversity of Jewish life in academia. We hope that future editions of Avukah will continue this tradition.
After receiving an overwhelming number of submissions on topics related to the Holocaust for Avukah’s Volume II publication, the editorial board saw it fit to devote a podcast series to the importance of Holocaust education and remembrance. Our podcast team interviewed eight exceptional undergraduate and graduate students on campus with a unique understanding of the importance of making sure that the Holocaust is not relegated to a footnote in history. Their testimonies are informed by their unique life experiences, travels, families, and personal connections to the Holocaust. With each episode, we hope that listeners learn more about this topic, take action to ensure that the Holocaust is never forgotten, and are moved to combat modern-day hatred and bigotry.
To listen, click here.