Jewish Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

UC Berkeley has long been a national leader in Jewish Studies, especially notable for the innovative scholarship promoted in its graduate program. The Center for Jewish Studies provides a strong new focus and a vivid presence for the many varied activities associated with Jewish Studies on our campus. The center oversees our Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies for graduate students and our undergraduate minor in Jewish Studies. It is home to our two annual endowed lecture series, it sponsors conferences and public lectures, it offers a congenial setting for graduate student colloquia, and it serves as an attractive meeting place for the many visiting scholars in the field who come to Berkeley each year.

Campus Partners

The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society is an interdisciplinary initiative to expand Jewish and Israel Studies offerings at Berkeley coordinated by faculty in Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Comparative Literature, History, and Music, as well in the Law, Journalism, and Business Schools.

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art was established in 2010 at the Bancroft Library after the transfer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum to UC Berkeley. The Magnes is one of the world's preeminent Jewish collections in a university setting. It offers highly innovative and accessible resources to researchers on campus, enabling hands-on learning for students interested in Jewish Studies, and provides stipends for students working on Jewish culture.

The UC Berkeley Judaica collection supports the research of students involved in the graduate Jewish Studies Designated Emphasis, and the undergraduate minor, and instructional activities of faculty and students in a number of interdisciplinary fields. These include Near Eastern languages and literature; Talmudic studies, including the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds and subsequent texts and commentaries; rabbinic, medieval, and modern Jewish history throughout the world; modern Jewish thought; and comparative literature, including works in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, and other languages.

Undergraduate Program

Jewish Studies: Minor

Graduate Program

Jewish Studies: Designated Emphasis (DE)

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Courses

Jewish Studies

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Lila Balint, Associate Professor. German.
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Kenneth A. Bamberger, Professor. Law.
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Isaac Bleaman, Assistant Professor. Linguistics.
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Robert Braun, Assistant Professor. Sociology.
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John Connelly, Professor. History.
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John M. Efron, Professor. History.
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Ron Hassner, Professor. Political Science.
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Ethan Katz, Associate Professor. History.
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Chana Kronfeld, Professor. Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures.
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Jonathan Sheehan, Professor. History.
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Francesco Spagnolo, Associate Professor. Music.
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Ronit Stahl, Associate Professor. History.
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Jason Wittenberg, Professor. Political Science.
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Emeritus Faculty

Robert B. Alter, Professor Emeritus. Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures.
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Joan Bieder, Professor Emerita. Journalism.
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Benjamin Brinner, Professor Emeritus. Music.
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Claude S. Fischer, Professor Emeritus. Sociology.
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Ronald Hendel, Professor Emeritus. Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures.
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Contact Information

Center for Jewish Studies

4401 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-664-4154

jewishstudies@berkeley.edu

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Faculty Director, Center for Jewish Studies

John Efron

4401 Dwinelle Hall

efron@berkeley.edu

Executive Director

Etta Heber

4401 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-664-4154

eheber@berkeley.edu

Program Coordinator

Elana Sabolch

4401 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-664-4138

jewishstudies@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Advisor

Ethan Katz

ebkatz@berkeley.edu

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