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.
Local interfaith leaders gather to discuss how Medieval Spain's Jewish, Muslim and Christian Cultural Cooperation holds relevance for our Metro area
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Free and open to the public
A lecture by Vanessa Ochs
Monday, April 7, 2014
2324 Emerson Ave. S., Minneapolis
After 25 years, the story of "Women of the Wall" is finally making front page news in America and Israel. Why did it take so long for religious rights of Jewish women in Israel to matter to more than a few feminist activists? What caused the tide to shift? And what is really going on behind the scenes in the many interest groups involved in this struggle? Vanessa Ochs, an early director of the International Committee for Women of the Wall, has been chronicling its history since its inception 25 years ago.
On Wednesday, February 5th, 2014, Professor Alejandro Baer spoke to the community at Beth El Synagogue, giving a talk entitled, "Global Holocaust Memory and the New Anti-Semitism." A video of that talk is now available by visiting the Center's YouTube channel.
The University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to present its Tenth Annual Community Lecture Series, in cooperation with synagogues and other sponsoring partners across Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join us as writers, filmmakers, and scholars from varied fields address intriguing questions relevant to the Jewish experience today.
This series is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Julia K. & Harold Segall.
Events are free and open to the public. A reception follows each lecture.