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Center for Jewish Studies

Center for Jewish Studies

Center for Jewish Studies

About Us

At the Center for Jewish Studies, we are dedicated to exploring the important questions about Jewish history and culture from antiquity to the modern age. Our acclaimed faculty, path-breaking research, expanding undergraduate program, and focus on deepening ties within the University attest to the success and ongoing promise of our mission: to foster a new understanding of Jewish culture and history.

We support the academic study of the historical, cultural, linguistic, ethnic, geographic, and religious diversity of the full range of peoples who identify themselves as Jewish, while fulfilling the educational mission of the liberal arts to promote critical thought, reflection on values, and analysis of sources.


  • Jewish Refugees in Shanghai Exhibit Currently on Display

    Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) is a traveling exhibit created by the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. Located in the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue in the Tilanqiao Historical Area, the museum has taken a significant role in educating local and international visitors about the unique story of Jewish refugees in Shanghai. From 1933-1941 Shanghai opened its doors to over 18,000 Jewish refugees fleeing persecution and war in Europe, transforming the city into an "open city for Jews" at a time when much of the rest of the world was closed.

    The traveling exhibit has given communities around the world an opportunity to learn about this significant but little-known story about Jewish immigration and settlement in world history. The 40 panel exhibit highlights historical content and biographies of many "Shanghailanders" who escaped Europe and made Shanghai their temporary home. In Minnesota we have enhanced the exhibit with additional stories of four Shanghailanders with deep Minnesota connections. Their personal stories, family photographs, and surviving artifacts have been added to the existing traveling display.

    This exhibit is organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and Sabes Jewish Community Center. Additional partners include the University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies, the University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area.

    The exhibit is on display at the Sabes JCC, Sabes Jewish Community Center
    4330 S. Cedar Lake Road
    Minneapolis, MN 55416

    For more information, see the Confucius Center website

    (Continue Reading)03/31/15
  • The Fall 2015 JWST Course List is Here!

    We've released our course list for Fall 2015! You can register for these classes at ONESTOP starting Monday, April 20th. We encourage you to look them over, and consider working with one of our world-class faculty in the fall. Feel free to contact us at with any questions you may have. We'd also welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the Jewish Studies major and minor, and the Hebrew minor.

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    (Continue Reading)03/20/15


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