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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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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:

  • 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