Samuel Silverberg

Samuel Silverberg
Mentor: Dr. Vassili Schedrin
Center for Jewish Studies
"Research is a passion of mine. The process of discovering information provoked by curiosity continues to drive me into research. Furthermore, I enjoy being able to decipher answers to questions that I have on a particular topic. As an aspiring Rabbi, research will be a large part of my career for many years to come."


Jewish Studies


Vocal Performance

Research Interests

  • Judaism
  • Zionism
  • Reform Movement

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Gershon Jewish Studies Scholarship
  • CLAS Turlington Scholarship
  • Kolko Memorial Scholarship
  • History Honors Thesis Workshop


  • Hillel
  • Gator Guest Services
  • Club Tennis


  • UF School of Music Ambassador
  • B'nei Brith Youth Organization
  • Relay for Life

Hobbies and Interests

  • Judaism
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Travel

Research Description

The Connection of Zionism and Reform Judaism Throughout History

The objective of my research project is to answer some of the many questions in regards to the correlation of both the movement of Reform Judaism and Zionism over time. The beginning of this relationship had a much larger gap of interests than today's prevalence. I plan on using first person sources as well as scholarly reports to discover the processes and contributing factors that caused such a drastic change in the Reform Movement's view on Zionism.