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At the Center for Jewish Studies, we believe that dialogue and the exchange of ideas are essential to expanding the appreciation and understanding of Jewish history and culture. Through a variety of events—including seminars, lectures, and celebrations—we act as a hub for University and community discourse and learning.

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Recent News

  • Red Father Screening On June 4th


    The Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies, the Federal Bar Association, the Hennepin County Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota present a film screening of

    Red Father

    Red Father tells the story of attorney Bernard Ades' struggle against legal racism. Mr. Ades also later fought fascism in Spain and was black-listed. The film features Bernard's daughter, Janet, who reflects on his legacy and questions his ideology.

    Following the film, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota Michael J. Davis will lead a discussion on the issues raised by the documentary.


    Thursday, June 4, 2015

    5:30 p.m. Reception

    7:00 p.m. Film Screening and Panel Discussion

    St. Anthony Main Theatre
    115 SE Main Street
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Interactive Museum Website on Jewish Figurines in Poland

    Erica Lehrer wrapped up our public lecture series before enthusiastic audiences at Congregation Beth Jacob and the Weisman Art Museum. Lehrer spoke of the revival of interest in Polish Jewry, and presented her fascinating museum exhibition on Jewish figurines in present-day Poland. She has an interactive website on the exhibition, which invites the reader to examine and react to these artifacts. We encourage you to check it out:

  • Celebrate Jewish Heritage Month with the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

    The St. Paul JCC is hosting a reception in celebration of Jewish Heritage Month. Assistant archivist Kate Dietrick will highlight the history of the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, followed by St. John's Professor Emerita Annette Atkins, who will give the keynote address. The event is on Thursday, May 28th, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Registration is requested by May 21st.

  • Free Speech at the UMN in the News

    The January symposium "Can We Laugh at Everything? Free Speech After Charlie" continues to resonate on campus. The Star Tribune ran an article on the University's handling of the affair, which includes a quote from our own Riv-Ellen Prell.

    Also see the story in The Washington Post:

  • We Have Winners!

    One of our favorite activities at the Center, and central to our mission, is support for our excellent cohort of undergraduate and graduate students. Congratulations to our 2015 prize winners!

    Sharon Park......Theresa and Nathan Berman and Leo and Lillian Gross Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies

    Santidad Clarke.
    ....Goldenberg Prize for outstanding essays in Jewish Studies

    Katelyn McCarthy.....Goldenberg Prize for outstanding essays in Jewish Studies

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

    Dylan Singer.....Jonathan Paradise Modern Hebrew Study Prize


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