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Enrichment through the sponsorship of several programming initiatives is the goal of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life.  View our event calendar, and stay up-to-date on all of our programming. Learn about the many lecture series and cultural events we have to offer on a wide range of topics!  Our events are always free and open to the public.  

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Professor Miller


Expand your knowledge in the literatures and cultures of the Jewish people by taking a few courses, or become an expert in the field by pursuing the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, or Doctorate in Judaic Studies at UConn. Discover opportunities in study abroad, funding, and other available resources.  Learn about our faculty and alumni. Find out what Hebrew and Judaic Studies has to offer you!

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Dodd Center


The Center’s mission is to advance research and scholarship in the field of Judaic Studies by providing resources and information to faculty and students.  Learn about the latest funding opportunities sponsored by the Center.  Find information on conferences, seminars, fellowships, and grants.  Discover resources for teaching and research.  Stay updated on the publications of our faculty.

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Gili Getz

Gili Getz to Perform the Forbidden Conversation on April 4, 2017

Actor and photographer Gili Getz will perform The Forbidden Conversation, an autobiographical one-man performance exploring the difficulty of having a conversation about Israel in the American Jewish community.  This event, postponed due to February's winter storm, now takes place on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 pm in Laurel Hall, room 101. The performance qualifies for sophomore honors credit and is free and open to the public! <Learn more>

Arnold Dashefsky American Jewish Year Book 2016

Faculty Book Release: American Jewish Year Book 2016, co-Edited by Arnold Dashefsky

The 2016 volume of the American Jewish Year Book, co-edited by Professor Arnold Dashefsky of the University of Connecticut and Professor Ira Sheskin of the University of Miami, has been recently published by Springer and includes a Pew Study that finds commonalities between Orthodox Jewry and evangelical Protestants. <Continue reading> 


Klezmer Ensemble to Perform "Farewell to the Homeland: Polyn"

As part of our Scholarship and the Arts initiative, Adrianne Greenbaum and her klezmer ensemble FleytMuzik will perform “Farewell to the Homeland: Polyn” at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT) on March 23 at 7:00 pm.  <Learn More> 


Upcoming Events

Israel Travel Award

Israel Academic Travel Awards Available

Global Affairs, Judaic Studies, and Middle East Studies are pleased to announce a competition for travel awards for academic study in Israel for the summer of 2017. The deadline for application is April 3, 2017. Awards of $1500 may be used to defray expenses such as airfare and registration costs. <Learn More>