Prairie Village native earns Department of Education fellowship to study Yiddish

Michael Lebovitz (left) and Maggie Boyles, KU’s two recipients of the Department of Education fellowships.

A Prairie Village native’s proclivities for the study of Jewish languages has earned him a prestigious fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education.

Michael Lebovitz was one of two University of Kansas Jewish Studies students to earn the DOE’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for this summer and the following school year. With support from the fellowship, Lebovitz will study Yiddish in a six-week program at the YIVO-Bard Institute Summer Language Program in New York.

“My grandparents spoke this language and I have a deep connection to Jewish history,” Lebovitz said in a statement released by the department. “I have always been very excited about learning about Jewish heritage and there is no better way to do that than to learn the language of European Jewry.”

In addition to the Yiddish language, Lebovitz will be studying Jewish history, literature, theater and food