Statement on Ukraine

As the entire world bears witness to the current tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, the human suffering of today resonates deeply with the historical experience of the Jewish people. Ukraine, locus of too much Jewish torment but also home to so much Jewish cultural creativity. Towns and cities with iconic names like Uman, Chernobyl, Odessa, and Kiev were home to Hasidic rebbes, secular revolutionaries, Zionists, Hebrew poets, Yiddish authors, and now a heroic Jewish president. We at the Center for Jewish Studies recall our past just as we grieve for and express our solidarity with all Ukrainians today.

Spring 2023 Classes

Contemporary Judaism in Israel: State, Religion, and Gender

Religion and State in Israel and the Middle East: A Comparative Perspective

History of Jewish Law and Ritual

Antisemitism and Jewish Responses

European Intellectual History 1870 to the Present

Student Awards

Congratulations to Meghana Kumar and Juliette Rosenthal, winners of this year’s Anne and Benjamin Goor Prize in Jewish Studies, and to Madeline Wyse, who was awarded the 2022 William Ze’ev Brinner Graduate Fellowship! (Read more about our students here.)

Academic Degree Programs


The DE in Jewish Studies provides curricular and research resources for students who want to concentrate on Jewish Studies within their respective disciplines and have their work formally recognized in their degree designation. Designed to bring together faculty and students from different departments, the DE is administered by the Graduate Group in Jewish Studies and provides a unique context for rigorous cross-disciplinary research. Students applying to the DE must be prepared to integrate high-level research in Jewish Studies into their coursework, qualifying exam, and dissertation. Click here to learn more.


The minor in Jewish Studies is designed to give students an overview of some of the major themes in Jewish Studies, and cultivate the potential of budding Jewish studies scholars among the undergraduate population. In addition to gaining a certain minimum breadth of acquaintance with the field, students have the opportunity to explore a particular interest among the varied topics and areas presented by Jewish Studies. The Jewish Studies minor is open to all UC Berkeley students. Click here to learn more.



Vishniac’s Workshop: The Polish Republic and Weimar Germany

Roman Vishniac and His Work

Roman Vishniac: From Berlin to Jerusalem

Politics and Poetics in the Sacred Center. Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi.

Quarantine in the Prague Ghetto: Jews, Christians, and Epidemic Disease in an Early Modern City. Joshua Teplitsky.

Satmar Hasidism: History, Ideology, and Sociology. Menachem Keren-Kratz.

Upcoming Events

Beyond the Temple: Jewish Material Identity from the Hasmoneans to Herod

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The Social Role of the Deli in American Jewish Life

Thursday, February 09, 2023

Fashion Metropolis Berlin 1836-1939: The Story of the Rise and Destruction of the Jewish Fashion Industry

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Shared Appeals to Different Gods: Jews, Christians and Medieval Prayer (Helen Diller Annual Lecture)

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

The Jew as Other and The Other White Meat: Pigs and Jewish Identity

Thursday, March 02, 2023