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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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 February 9

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.  The event is on February 9, at 7:00 pm in the Konover Auditorium at the Dodd Research Center and is made possible by the Center for Judaic Studies and UConn's Middle East Studies Program. The performance is free and open to the public!  <Continue reading>


Lou Gerson

Remembering Louis Gerson

Emeritus professor and political science department head at the University of Connecticut, Louis Gerson, passed away on October 16, 2016.  According to Stuart Miller, Academic Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, Gerson “was certainly an early and prime mover in getting UConn to pursue the study of the Holocaust, Eastern Europe, and Human Rights.” Above image: Provided by Russell Swanson; Hartford Courant. <Continue reading>

Daniel Hershonzon

Getting to Know Humanities Institute Fellow Daniel Hershenzon

Daniel Hershenzon, professor in UConn’s Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages and Judaic Studies faculty member, was recently interviewed by the Humanities Institute in a series that features their 2016-2017 Fellows. <Continue reading>

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Marilyn Simon Rothstein with Book Cover

Judaic Studies Alum Marilyn Simon Rothstein Publishes New Novel

Recent graduate of the Judaic Studies MA program at the University of Connecticut, Marilyn Simon Rothstein, has published her first novel, Lift and Separate, as reported by the Connecticut Jewish Ledger. The novel follows Marcy Hammer, a woman finding her way after her husband, the head of a global bra company, left her for a lingerie model. <Continue reading>


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