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


Ofer Ashkenazi, Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will be the Joyce Z. and Jacob Greenberg Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies Winter Quarter 2024. (Photo by Esther Lassmann)

Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal, professor in the Department of Hebrew Language and the Language, Logic, and Cognition Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will be the Autumn 2023 Greenberg Visiting Professor in the Department of Linguistics.

Remembering Patinkin Visiting Professor Dan Laor, 1944–2023. Read more here.

Join Anna Elena Torres and Ania Aizman on May 7 as they discuss their new publication, With Freedom in Our Ears: Histories of Jewish Anarchies, in conversation with Anne Eakin Moss.

Join the Klezmographers for a benefit concert in support of Ukrainian refugee relief.

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.


Prof. Bozena Shallcross, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, has published the article "War and Violence: How to Rescue a Wartime Artifact," in The Cambridge Handbook of Material Culture Studies, Lu Ann De... 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


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