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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.


  • We Have Winners!

    One of our great pleasures--and a key component of our mission--at the Center for Jewish Studies is support for our outstanding graduate and undergraduate students. Congratulations to the winners of our 2015 prizes and scholarships!

    Sharon Park--Theresa and Nathan Berman and Leo and Lillian Gross Graduate Scholarship in Jewish Studies

    Elisheva Rosenberg
    --Leo and Lillian Gross Scholarship in Jewish Studies

    Santidad Clarke and Katelyn McCarthy (co-winners)--Goldenberg Prize for outstanding essays in Jewish Studies

    Dylan Singer
    --Jonathan Paradise Modern Hebrew Study Prize

    (Continue Reading)04/22/15
  • Join the Center for Jewish Studies and Religious Studies for an end of the year lunch celebration!

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    (Continue Reading)04/21/15
  • The Fall 2015 JWST Course List is Here!

    We've released our course list for Fall 2015! You can register for these classes at ONESTOP starting Monday, April 20th. We encourage you to look them over, and consider working with one of our world-class faculty in the fall. Feel free to contact us at with any questions you may have. We'd also welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the Jewish Studies major and minor, and the Hebrew minor.

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    (Continue Reading)03/20/15


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