Second-Year Student in the College, Max Teplitz, documents the decline of the New York Deli. See his short film, Kosher Style, and read more here.

The Greenberg Center welcomes to campus Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Baruch J. Schwartz as the Greenberg Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies for Winter Quarter 2018. Read more.

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies has received a generous gift from Joyce Z. Greenberg AB'52 that will support the ongoing interdisciplinary study of Jewish culture, history, and religion of the Center and ensure that this mission will continue into the future. Read more


On November 2, Greenberg Visiting Professor for Autumn 2017 Prof. Chaim Gans delivered a lecture entitled, "Jews, Palestinians and Israel: Three Historiographies, Three Moralities, Three Roadmaps." Click here to read more.

The University of Chicago celebrated the completion of the Zohar: Pritzker Edition.


The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies was created in 2009 as an inter-divisional center in the Divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Divinity School whose aim is to nurture dialogue among the many disciplines, scholars, and students engaged in Jewish Studies at the University. Building on the particularly theoretical and interdisciplinary intellectual culture of Chicago, the Center aims to raise new questions and catalyze unexplored connections that will reconfigure the boundaries of Jewish Studies both within and beyond the walls of the University

Jewish Studies ranges from the ancient world to today, from Israel to the ends of the Diaspora, from Hebrew to Arabic and Yiddish. Its literatures, peoples, religious traditions, history, and culture are investigated in every discipline in the human sciences. The University of Chicago is a leading center of multidisciplinary scholarship and education in Jewish Studies. Our faculty and students pursue the varied fields of Jewish Studies in departments such as Germanics, History, Music, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Philosophy, Political Science, Slavic Languages and Literatures, the Committee on Social Thought, and in the Divinity School. The University boasts special strengths in the interdisciplinary constellations of Bible, ancient Near Eastern history and archeology, and the history of scriptural interpretation; medieval Jewish thought and intellectual history; German-Jewish literature and culture; and modern Jewish history, philosophy, and culture.

The Center is also engaged in developing new models for undergraduate education in Jewish Studies and new institutional structures to enhance graduate students’ departmental training. It also serves as a hub to coordinate and publicize the many resources in Jewish Studies available at the University, and it guides students to them. It coordinates the awarding of dissertation year fellowships and provides undergraduate and graduate student travel and research grants.


Applications for Dissertation Completion Fellowships for academic year 2018–2019 are now being accepted. Applications are due by April 11, 2018. For information on how to apply for this fellowship, please refer to the... read more

Student Conference and Research Travel Grants

The Center for Jewish Studies offers travel funding for students giving presentations at academic conferences and for those who must travel away from the University to... read more

Congratulations to our award recipients!

Awards for dissertation year fellowships, travel and research grants, and this year's new student lectureship have been announced. Thank you to all of our donors who make... read more