Bor Named Pearlstone Professor


Hana Bor, a professor at Towson University’s Department of Family Studies and Community Development, has been selected as the Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone
Professor. It is the first time the professorship has been conferred since the Baltimore Hebrew University was folded into Towson as the Baltimore Hebrew Institute.

With the additional resources of the professorship, Bor hopes to further develop Holocaust education, expand study abroad opportunities — including in Israel for faculty — and host an international conference for Jewish educators at Towson.

“I want to do Holocaust education and research and develop some more new courses in the long run and, hopefully, take a group to Eastern Europe,” she said. “I want to grow and study professionally.”

Bor, director of the Master of Arts in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Services program, has been involved in Jewish education for more than 30 years. In addition to her background in social work in Israel, she’s worked as a day school teacher, religious school principal and adjunct professor. As a faculty member of Baltimore Hebrew University, Bor joined Towson in 2009 when the merger went into effect.

Karen Eskow, chair of the Department of Family Studies and Community Development, nominated Bor for the professorship because of her “commitment to education and Jewish learning, enthusiasm for her topics and attention to the students at all levels,” she said.

“She’s creative. She is full of ideas and she makes them happen,” Eskow said. “She’s everything that one would want … to have this role at the university.”

Bor launched Towson’s first study abroad trip to Israel. She’s taken students twice and is currently writing a grant for a third trip, which she hopes to lead later this year. She sees a study abroad trip for faculty to Israel to as leading to joint publications between academics in both countries.

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  1. Hana
    I am so proud of you and your success at Towson. You have accomplished so much in such a little time. Your strengths, achievements and good name is known throughout. A great acknowledgement for your life’s work. I am honored to know you.
    Mazel Tov and wishes for continued successes.


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