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

Join Nitzan Lebovic, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Orit Bashkin, and Francois Hartog for "A Conversation on Jewish Time”

Prof. Yifat Bitton, president of Achva Academic College, Arugot, Israel, and the June and Harold Patinkin Visiting Professor in Modern Israel Studies, and Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari of the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University, will join moderator Nitzan Lebovic, Apter Chair of Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values at the Berman Center for Jewish Studies, Lehigh University, in exploring the current legal status of women in Israel.

Professor of Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ilana Pardes, will be a visiting Greenberg professor this autumn. Read more here.

President of Achva University in Israel, Dr. Yifat Bitton is the Patinkin Visiting Professor of Modern Israel Studies for Autumn 2022. Read more here.

Nitzan Lebovic, Professor of History at Lehigh University, has been appointed as a Joyce Z. Greenberg Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies for Autumn Quarter. 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.


Congratulations to third-year Germanic Studies and Jewish Studies major, Eyshe Beirich! Eyshe is one of only sixteen students nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship this year. The scholarship is... read more

"How Yiddish Scholars Are Rescuing Women’s Novels From Obscurity"

Read the new article published in the New York Times by Assistant Instructional Professor in Yiddish, Jessica Kirzane, on the translation of this... read more

Miriam Karpilove's debut novel, Judith, has been translated from the Yiddish by Dr. Jessica Kirzane, Assistant Instructional Professor in Yiddish. The translation of what was Karpilove's debut novel will appear in January... read more