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

Fourth-year Jonathan White earns honors in Jewish Studies and Theater and Performance Arts. Read more here.

 Fourth-year Harry Weinstein and third-year Zachary Garai have been named cowinners of the 2022 Greenberg Center Best Course Essay competition. Congratulations!

Fourth-year Jewish Studies and Theater and Performance Studies major Jonathan White debuted his play "Yivdak" on April 30. See the webpage for more information and a link to a recording of the performance.

Second-year Robbie Sucholeiki creates a website about his family heritage for a final course project. Visit the website here.

Harriet and Ulrich E. Meyer Professor of Jewish History, Kenneth Moss, discussed his new book, An Unchosen People, at a CEERES of Voices program. For a recording of this event, please click on this link.

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