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Spring 2020 Courses in Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Registration for Spring 2020 courses is underway! Many Hebrew and Judaic Studies (HEJS) courses fulfill content area requirements. [Enroll today!]

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Center for Judaic Studies Director Avinoam Patt Featured in UConn Today

Christine Buckley from UConn Today recently interviewed Dr. Avinoam Patt, Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, on the question of Jewish Humor. [Read the full article]

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Israeli Author Ayelet Tsabari to Present “Language, Longing, and Belonging”

Join us for a reading by and conversation with critically acclaimed author Ayelet Tsabari at Trinity College, Hartford, February 18 [Read more]

Upcoming Events

  1. Jan 28 Marion Kaplan to Lecture on Jewish Refugees in Portugal (Stamford)5:00pm
  2. Jan 29 Marion Kaplan to Lecture on Jewish Refugees in Portugal (Storrs)1:45pm
  3. Jan 29 "Beyond Duty" Exhibition Opening and Reception3:00pm
  4. Feb 18 Talk by Israeli Author Ayelet Tsabari4:30pm
  5. Mar 11 Berel Lang: “Against the Lachrymose View of Jewish History—Again”1:30pm
  6. Mar 18 “How Yiddish Changed America and America Changed Yiddish” with Ilan Stavans and Josh Lambert7:00pm


ALEPH: A New Community-Wide Jewish Learning Initiative

Mandell JCC and UConn Judaic Studies launch "ALEPH: The Institute of Jewish Ideas," a new community learning program. Under this year's theme "Home and Exile," members and organizations are invited to a dive into Jewish history and sources. [Learn more]