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 will deliver a lecture entitled, "Jews, Palestinians and Israel: Three Historiographies, Three Moralities, Three Roadmaps." Click here to read more.

The University of Chicago celebrates the completion of the Zohar: Pritzker Edition. (See the events calendar for full details.)

 

Eva Hoffman delivers the Leo and Sarah (Bunny) Horvitz Memorial Lecture October 3. (See the Events Calendar for full details.)

Remembering our longtime supporter Philip Gossett and the endowment he facilitated, the Jean and Harold Gossett Fund in Memory of Holocaust Victims Martha and Paul Feivel Korngold. Read more.

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.

News

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

The Laing Prize has been awarded to David Nirenberg for his book Neighboring Faiths. Prof. Nirenberg is the Dean of the Social Sciences Division and a member of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. See the recent... read more