Center for Jewish Studies

Jewish Spirituality in Music Today

We are very pleased to announce our 2016 summer course, Jewish Spirituality in Music Today. Enroll at the UC Berkeley summer session website: summer.berkeley.edu.

The Future of the Zohar

The Future of the Zohar is a celebration of Daniel Matt's new, English translation of the Zohar. A labor of many years, the translation has already transformed how the Zohar is studied and appreciated, and promises to create new, exciting futures for one of Judaism's mystical gems. The conference will feature several [TED-style] talks on Kabbalah, a musical performance of a selection from the Zohar, and an opportunity to celebrate an achievement that is both deftly academic and aimed at making the Zohar accessible to anybody who wishes to dive into its mysteries and spiritual insights. View Flyer. RSVP Here.

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Center for Jewish Studies Welcomes New Faculty Director

Ben Brinner has been appointed the new faculty director for UC Berkeley's Center for Jewish Studies, a center that brings together faculty, students and visiting scholars for research and debate across Jewish studies' wide academic landscape... read more »

Lecture Series Videos

The Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that many of our events are available to view online on our CJS YouTube channel.

Reflections on the Legacy of Nuremberg: The 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials

The Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that videos from the recent Reflections on the Legacy of Nuremberg International Conference are now available online. If you missed the event or if you wish to share it with friends and family, the three panel discussions are now up on the CJS YouTube site or by viewing the PDF.

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Interview with Danny Luzon

Danny Luzon is a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Literature with a Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies. The Academic Consortium of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund recently awarded him a research grant for summer study. I sat down with Danny to congratulate him on his award and to discuss how he intends to use it. Interview by Hannah Levy, Senior Rhetoric Student, CJS Office... read more »

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Interview with Sheer Ganor

Sheer Ganor is finishing her second year at Berkeley, where she is pursuing a PhD in History with a Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies through the Center for Jewish Studies. Ganor, also from Tel Aviv University, focuses on dispersed communities of German Jews from 1933 all the way to the 1960's. Sheer was among the recent recipients of a summer research grant awarded by the Academic Consortium of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. I sat down with Sheer to congratulate her on the recent award and to discus her upcoming research plans. Interview by Hannah Levy, Senior Rhetoric Student, CJS Office... read more »