The MSt in Jewish Studies Alumni
Our former students are spread throughout the world, and enjoying success in a variety of professional, academic and business fields. We always like to hear from our alumni, so whatever you are doing, do get in touch – like the contributors below.
Student Alumni News
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Oksana Fedorko (1998-99)
Right now (February 2003) I am busy preparing to move to the USA, where I hope to live permanently, so my life is probably going to change a lot. Since my year in Oxford, I have finished a Master's in Cultural Studies in Kiev, and last year I spent in The Netherlands studying at Leiden University for a Master's in Non-Western Studies. I was working there on Heikhalot literature, and studying Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. I got married in 2001, and in a couple of months hope to join my husband who is now living in the States. Hopefully, after I recover from the culture shock, I will somehow combine studies and work!
Heather Field (1998-99)
(Kirsten) Hannah Holtschneider (1995-96)
Sevdalina Ilevska-Voynova (1999-2000)
I am working for the Bulgarian government, helping parliamentary political parties with their outreach. We have local elections on October 26th, and I am running a national Voter Education and Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign. This involves voter registration, combatting vote buying, securing access for the disabled, monitoring election day activities and so on. It keeps me pretty busy; and I am popular because I also administer funds. I have some international assignments in the former Soviet republics and the Balkan countries, predominantly Georgia and Kosovo, where I am the leading consultant for their local NGO election activities. My husband also travels extensively, but mainly to Western Europe. Since last year he has been teaching computer system administration at the University of Sofia. We have 2 girls now: you might remember Yana, she turned 5 in August, and we have a baby girl Boyana, who just turned one. As you see, we are not very imaginative in terms of names! Yana wants to be a ballet dancer, so she goes to ballet classes. The baby is cute and has just learned to say mama. We are still in touch with some friends from Yarnton. This summer both Robyn from Australia and Elizabeth from Germany visited us in Bulgaria. It was so nice to see them, we had a wonderful time together.
Deborah Jacobs (2007-2008)
Mikhail Kizilov (1997-98)
Since graduating from OCHJS, I have spent several years in full-time and part-time research in Poland, the Crimea, Israel, Russia and Germany. In 2004 I returned to Oxford where I enrolled for a DPhil in the faculty of Modern History, and graduated in November 2007. My main area of research remains more or less the same, in the history of Crimean Jewry (Khazars, Krimchakim and Karaites) and different aspects of the history of the Karaite Jews in Eastern Europe. Between 1998 and 2007 I published a monograph and about fifty articles in English, Russian, German and Hebrew.
Aleksandra Kleczar (2000-01)
Jacqui Knowles (1996-97)
Amanda Langley (1998-99)
Pawel Maciejko (1997-98)
In 1998-99 I was a lecturer in Philosophy and History of Religion at the University of Warsaw. Then in 1999-2000 I held a Lady Davis Visiting Research Fellowship at the Deptartment of Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where I was also Research Fellow at Franz Rosenzweig Research Centre for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History. Since 2000 I have been Rawnsley Scholar, St Hugh's College, Oxford, and have been working on the intellectual history of the Frankist Movement in Poland, Bohemia, Moravia and Germany.