University of Minnesota
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.


Don't worry if you can't make it to an event! All community lectures will be recorded and uploaded online.


To view Michael Barnett's The Star and the Stripes: Foreign Policies of American Jews

click here

To view Charlotte Fonrobert's Judaism in the Public Square: Taking Talmud to Town

click here


2016-2017 Community Lecture Series


Celebrate Sticks, Straw & Mud:
Jewish Settlers in the Upper Midwest

Come celebrate a new exhibit showcasing material from the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives. The event includes light refreshments and remarks by Archivist Kate Dietrick.

Monday, December 5, 2016

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Remarks from the archivist at 4:30 p.m.

Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery and Atrium
University of Minnesota, 222 21st Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55455


This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by November 28

Online Reservations

About the Exhibit
The lure of land and a new, prosperous life brought many immigrants to the far reaches of the Upper Midwest territories. This exhibit explores not only the universal perils of frontier life, but the challenges of doing so as a religious and cultural minority, which ultimately shaped the successes and failures of these Jewish pioneers.

The exhibit is open October 17, 2016 through January 27, 2017

The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.