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

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.

Congratulations to Jonah Lubin and Dikla Taylor Sheinman, winners of Greenberg Center awards for undergraduate essays. Read more here.

Anita Norich (Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor Emerita of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan) joined Jessica Kirzane (Asst. Instructional Professor in Yiddish, Department of Germanic Studies, UChicago) for a two-day event. Read more 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.


Congratulations to Greenberg Center faculty members Rachel DeWoskin (English Language and Literature) and Jessica Kirzane (Germanic Studies), who have received the Swogger Award for Exemplary Classroom Teaching.

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College alumna Cameron Bernstein is featured in a short article and video on the Swedish public television (SVT) website. A former UChicago Yiddish student, Cameron talks about the publication of Harry Potter in Yiddish... read more


From Genesis to Maimonides to modern Israeli and American Jewish religion, from Aramaic to modern Hebrew to Yiddish, see the line-up of courses for Spring Quarter.

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