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.


The Mitzvah Project

Roger Grunwald presents a one-person play and lecture that explores one of the most astonishing stories from World War II

Roger Grunwald

February 14, 2017


Best Buy Theater (Northrop Auditorium)

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


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

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

click here

To view Sam Freedman's The Shaky Covenant

click here

2016-2017 Community Lecture Series