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

View the online discussion on the Abraham Accords with Dr. Najat Al Saied and Dan Feferman, moderated by David Barak-Gorodetsky, that took place on December 2. Click here for a transcript of the event.

The Durchslag Haggadah Collection: A Magnificent Scholarly Collection Reflecting Personal Connections and a Collector’s Passion. To listen to a recording of this January 19 event, follow this link.

The Transformation of Makom. With student editor Jonah Lubin at the helm, the Center's undergraduate journal, funded annually by the Gemunder Family, has been reimagined as mkwm and given a virtual home. Read the latest issue here.

"The Role of Religion in Healing the Liberal-Conservative Divide: Lessons from Israel." To view a recording of this panel discussion, see the link here.

To see the Facebook recording, please follow 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.


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


College alumna Cameron Bernstein, now a fellow at the Jewish Book Center, recently interviewed director Jake Krakovsky about his bilingual Yiddish-English puppet film and published it in a recent issue of In geveb... read more

The Greenberg Center will host a virtual open house for undergraduates on Tuesday Oct 19 beginning at 5 pm. All undergraduates are invited to attend and learn more about our major and minor and other opportunities.

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