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

On November 28 the conference "When A Great Tradition Modernizes: Judaism and Its Engagement with Politics and Culture" will honor the scholarship and teaching of Paul Mendes-Flohr. See the conference speakers and schedule.

Read about the conference schedule here.


Welcome to Dr. Jessica Kirzane, our new lecturer in Yiddish language and literature. Read more about Dr. Kirzane here.

Congratulations to longtime Center supporter, June Patinkin, Class of 2018. Mrs. Patinkin and her late husband, Harold (Hal), endowed a visiting professorship that has brought to campus important scholars including Raymond Cohen, Ilana Pardes, Anat Feinberg, and Raphael Greenberg. Read more here.

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 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.


The Greenberg Center is pleased to acknowledge the new research published by our faculty members and graduate students. Read more about the work of PhD students Chelsie May, Michal Peles-Almagor and Joel Swanson.

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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 access resources necessary for their research. Grants... read more

Edwin Seroussi, Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was the Joyce Z. Greenberg Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago... read more