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.


We are now accepting scholarship applications!

To learn more about how to apply please check our scholarship page

Join us for our last community lecture of the semester.

Israeli Institute Visiting Professor, Shaul Shenhav, presents

"The Stories of Israel" on April 3 at 7:30pm,

Adath Jeshurun Congregation.

Check out our youtube channel to view past events.

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

To view Sam Freedman's The Shaky Covenant

click here

To view Michael Berkowitz's Rascals, Fugitives, and Gentlemen: The Hidden History of Jews and Photojournalism

click here



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