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

"The Role of Religion in Healing the Liberal-Conservative Divide: Lessons from Israel" For information on this panel discussion, see the link here.

Join Frieda Vizel for a virtual tour of Jewish Brooklyn. For more information, see this link.

Rachel Havrelock in conversation with Yael Zerubavel and Orit Bashkin on her new book, The Joshua Generation: Israeli Occupation and the Bible. Watch the zoom event here.

Congratulations to Benjamin Levine (College Class of 2020) on being selected as a winner of the Sinai Scholars Academic Symposium. Read about Benjamin's paper and award here.

The Greenberg Center welcomed Greenberg Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies, archaeologist Avraham Faust, to campus Spring Quarter 2020.

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.


PhD candidate in the Department of Germanic Studies, Matt Johnson, recently published an article in AJS Perspectives on the Yiddish poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern (1886–1932). Please "Read More" for a link to the article.

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A new article by Bozena Shallcross has appeared in the Journal of Holocaust Studies (34:3, pp. 220-240): "The Muselmann and the Necrotopography of a Ghetto." See also the interview with Prof. Shallcross by Alexa Asher (... read more

Read the new essay, "Writing Out of Our Minds," written for the Jewish Book Council by Rachel DeWoskin, Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago and an affiliated member of the Greenberg... read more