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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 »



Revisiting Freud and Moses: Heroism, History, and Religion Conference

The conference aims to explore Freud's place in current debates on secularism and post-secularism, featuring new research on the intersections of theology, Judaism and history in Freud's psychoanalytic theories. Freud's own attempts to suggest a new paradigm for thinking the religious, beginning with the place of monotheism and Judaism in his theories will be brought into more general debates on the place of the secular in Jewish thought and in psychoanalysis. The conference will bring together established scholars not only in psychology, religion and Jewish studies but also philosophy, history and literary studies. View the flyer.

For conference program and updates please check the German Department website: http://german.berkeley.edu/events/



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.

Spring 2015 Lecture Series Videos

The Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce that several of the presentations from the Spring 2015 Lecture Series are now available for viewing online on our new CJS YouTube channel or by viewing the full PDF.


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 »


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 »