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Center for Jewish Studies

Center for Jewish Studies

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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.


  • Community Lecture - Israel and the Palestinians: a Post-Arab Spring Overview of Complicated Relationships

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    A lecture by Ido Zelkovitz, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 7:30 P.M.
    Temple of Aaron
    616 S Mississippi River Blvd
    St Paul, MN 55116
    This event is free and open to the public

    This lecture will analyze the path that led Israel into the "Protective Edge" operation as a "defensive reaction to Hamas terror," and will shed light on the ramifications of the latest clash for Middle Eastern politics. It will analyze the threats and opportunities to Israel from Palestinian unity and its impact on a peace process.

    Ido Zelkovitz is a research fellow at the Ezri Centre for Iran and the Persian Gulf Studies. He also teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern History at the University of Haifa. Dr. Zelkovitz was a postdoc research fellow in The Institute of Sociology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. Dr. Zelkovtiz is also a Member of Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies: an independent think tank that envisions a fresh start for Israel among the nations. His work focuses on cross-disciplinary analysis of Palestinian History and Politics and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Israel's geopolitical situation in the Middle East and the role of High Education and Students in Building National Identities in the Middle East. He is the author of two books and has been published in many respected peer reviewed academic journals such as
    Middle Eastern Studies, History of Education, Israel Affairs, and Ha-Mizrah Ha-Hadash.

    This series is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Julia K. & Harold Segall.

    Co-sponsored by Schusterman Family Foundation; Temple of Aaron


    (Continue Reading)10/16/14
  • Congratulations Dr. Natan Paradise

    Congratulations to Dr. Natan Paradise who has received a 2014 Access Achievement Award in recognition of his efforts in making a significant contribution to improving access on campus for students with disabilities.

    (Continue Reading)10/07/14
  • The Aleph-bet as an Ontological Basis of Ethics? - Steven B. Katz

    A Conversation with Steven B. Katz

    October 22, 2014
    Nolte Center 125
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Lunch will follow this special event. Please RSVP to Kate
    Gobel (


    (Continue Reading)09/24/14


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