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

Greenberg Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies, archaeologist Avraham Faust, will make a Zoom presentation May 20. Read more here.

Intermediate-level Yiddish students examine the Todros Geller manuscript collection at the Spertus Institute.

Rachel DeWoskin (Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts - Creative Writing) has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Young Adult Fiction for her book Someday We Will Fly, a novel set in the Jewish immigrant community in Shanghai during World War II. The award is given each year by the Jewish Book Council. See the announcement here.


Prof. Catherine Chalier spoke on her recent book, Reading the Torah: Beyond the Fundamentalist and Scientific Approaches. To read more and access a video recording, go here.



Orietta Ombrosi delivered the twelfth Greenberg lecture on November 21 at Swift Hall. Read more and find a link to the lecture 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.


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

Jessica Kirzane, Asst. Instructional Professor of Yiddish, Dept. of Germanic Studies, was recently interviewed for the podcast Vaybertaytsh. In it she spoke about her new translation of Karpilove's Diary of a Lonely Girl... read more