Honors and Awards

Susan Bender of Hawaii received the Justice Levinson Award for her paper in constitutional law titled “Regulating Pornography Through Zoning: Can We ‘Clean Up’ Waikiki and Kaimuki?” The paper will be published in the University of Hawaii’s Law Review.

Raquel Bengio Bensimon was honored with the Sephardic Heritage Award, given by the Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel in Los Angeles. Ms. Bensimon is the first woman to receive this honor since the award was created in 1962.

Rosellen Brown of Houston won the $1,000 Janet Heidinger Kafka prize for fiction for her third novel, Civil Wars (Knopf).

Dr. Paula Hyman, Dean of the Seminary College of Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, has been awarded a Fellowship for Independent Study and Research by the National Endowment for the Humanities for 1986-87.

Tamra Janowitz, a fiction writer from New York City, was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Inc. The foundation provides grants to deserving scholars and professionals in the fields of arts and humanities.

Maxine Kumin of Warner, New Hampshire, received the $10,000 Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets for distinguished poetic achievement.

Barbara Mandel of Cleveland has been inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. Ms. Mandel, President of the National Council of Jewish Women, was recognized for improving the status of women.

Scholarships for 973 Israeli women attending more than 50 institutions of higher education have been awarded by the Perpetual Scholarship Fund of Pioneer Women/Na’amat.

Stipends were given to a diverse cross-section of women — the largest number studying technical subjects as part of a campaign to encourage women to pursue high-technology employment. Judges awarded extra points to students (including Arab and Druze women) planning to enter male-dominated fields, and older women resuming their studies. One hundred mothers were also awarded scholarships.

The Perpetual Scholarship Fund was established in 1967; its grants are made possible by special gifts to Pioneer Women/Na’amat.