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Jewish Studies

A welcome from the Director

Welcome to Jewish Studies!

The Taube Center for Jewish Studies is proud to work with partners from around the campus and around the community to continue advancing the interdisciplinary study and understanding of Jewish people, cultures, literatures, languages, religion, politics, and history.

Each year we offer an extensive array of courses (graduate and undergraduate) that address Jewish themes.  We also host a number internationally renowned visitors who bring their experiences, perspectives, and expertise to our community.  Among the events we are hosting this year are:

This year, we are especially excited about bringing you the following events, to name a few:

  • Professor Deborah Lipstadt speaking about truth and history, and her role in the recent film, “Denial”
  • Cantors Yanky and Shulem Lemmer, in concert and conversation
  • A conference celebrating our own Zachary Baker, upon his retirement from Stanford.
  • A conversation with Professor Ken Goldberg about Golems, artificial intelligence, Jewish folklore and the future of knowledge (in honor of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein).)
  • Professor (and Stanford History PhD) Daniel Heller on the history of right-wing Zionism.
  • Celebrations of new publications by our faculty.
  • A new podcast series, in case you can’t make our live events (launching early in 2018, tfu, tfu, tfu).

Historically, Jewish studies has been anchored in history, religious studies, and literature departments, and the Center reflects strength in these areas. Representing the leading edge of Jewish Studies scholarship, our faculty, students, and courses come from across the university.  Our Center is strengthened by these partnerships, as we are committed to exploring the full depth and breadth of the Jewish experience.

We are pleased to be able to honor student scholarship with a number of awards and prizes for research on:

  • research focusing on contemporary Jewish life
  • essays written in Hebrew
  • short stories written on a Jewish theme
  • papers written on a Jewish them, and more specifically, work on the Holocaust
  • a service-learning fellowship for the summer

I am thrilled to be serving as the Interim director of the Center, while our Director, Professor Charlotte Fonrobert is on a well-deserved leave. In her stead, I’m looking forward to maintaining the strong work of the center, and to helping it deepen its connections on campus, and expand its impact beyond our community.

With best wishes in these new years, both Jewish and academic,

Ari Y Kelman

Jim Joseph Professor of Education and Jewish Studies