Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies
1155 East 60th Street, Room 302A
Chicago, IL 60637


The Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies is organizing a series of lectures and conversations bearing on the October 7th Hamas attack, Israeli responses, the Gaza war, the histories embedded in the crisis, and the effects and implications for Jewish and Palestinian inhabitants of the region and for Israeli society. More info here.

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, now the Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg 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 Comparative Literature, 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 serves as a hub to publicize the many resources in Jewish Studies available at the University, and it guides students to them. It also coordinates the awarding of dissertation year fellowships, provides graduate student travel and research grants, and funds a variety of undergraduate projects.


Congratulations to Divinity School PhD candidate, Ranana Dine, who was awarded this year's Luckens Prize, given annually by the Jewish Studies program at the University of Kentucky to acknowledge outstanding graduate... read more

Bożena Shallcross, Professor of Polish Language and Literature in the Department of Slavic Language and Literatures at the University of Chicago, is currently a visiting professor at Bard College Graduate Center in NYC,... read more

Practice your Hebrew this year at the Hebrew Circle (Tuesdays) and Cafe Ivrit (Thursdays). Hebrew Circle will meet on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 4:50 p.m. in Saieh Hall Room 141. Café Ivrit will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. in... read more