Thank you for your Support!

As we celebrate the start of a new year, we want to thank you for your continued support of our students, faculty, and community programs. A gift to the Center for Jewish Studies ensures that we remain a strong and vibrant program, fostering future generations of bright, engaged, thoughtful scholars and leaders. 

Last semester, the Berkeley campus returned to in-person classes and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have the students back, with all the energy and excitement they bring! (Read more here…)

Spring 2022 Classes

Hebrew Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Hebrew Literature

Language, Culture, and Identities in Israel

Contemporary Judaism in Israel: State, Religion, and Gender

Powerlessness and Superpowers: Comic Books & Jewish Identity

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.



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

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

Anne Goldman: Ode to Energy: Einstein, Feynman, and Oppenheimer at Mid-Century

Upcoming Events

"Ottomans After Empire: Sephardi Immigrant Space and Daily Life in Interwar Paris"

Thursday, February 10, 2022

"Refuseniks & Rights Defenders: Jews & the Soviet Dissident Movement"

Thursday, February 17, 2022

"Guides who Helped Jews Flee from France to Spain across the Pyrenees: 1940-1944"

Thursday, March 03, 2022

"Letters from the Abyss: Jewish Travelogues on Jewish life in Nazi Germany in the Yiddish press of Warsaw"

Thursday, March 31, 2022

"In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust"

Monday, April 25, 2022