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Center for Jewish Studies

Center for Jewish Studies

Center for Jewish Studies

About Us

At the Center for Jewish Studies, we are dedicated to exploring the important questions about Jewish history and culture from antiquity to the modern age. Our acclaimed faculty, path-breaking research, expanding undergraduate program, and focus on deepening ties within the University attest to the success and ongoing promise of our mission: to foster a new understanding of Jewish culture and history.

We support the academic study of the historical, cultural, linguistic, ethnic, geographic, and religious diversity of the full range of peoples who identify themselves as Jewish, while fulfilling the educational mission of the liberal arts to promote critical thought, reflection on values, and analysis of sources.


  • Red Father Screening On June 4th


    The Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies, the Federal Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota present a film screening of

    Red Father

    Red Father tells the story of attorney Bernard Ades' struggle against legal racism. Mr. Ades also later fought fascism in Spain and was black-listed. The film features Bernard's daughter, Janet, who reflects on his legacy and questions his ideology.

    Following the film, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota Michael J. Davis will lead a discussion on the issues raised by the documentary.


    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    5:30 p.m. Reception

    7:00 p.m. Film Screening and Panel Discussion

    St. Anthony Main Theatre
    115 SE Main Street
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Interactive Museum Website on Jewish Figurines in Poland

    Erica Lehrer wrapped up our public lecture series before enthusiastic audiences at Congregation Beth Jacob and the Weisman Art Museum. Lehrer spoke of the revival of interest in Polish Jewry, and presented her fascinating museum exhibition on Jewish figurines in present-day Poland. She has an interactive website on the exhibition, which invites the reader to examine and react to these artifacts. We encourage you to check it out:

  • Free Speech at the UMN in the News

    The January symposium "Can We Laugh at Everything? Free Speech After Charlie" continues to resonate on campus. The Star Tribune ran an article on the University's handling of the affair, which includes a quote from our own Riv-Ellen Prell.

    Also see the story in The Washington Post:



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