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The Center for Jewish Studies is committed to fostering research and special projects in the many disciplines comprising Jewish Studies. It aims to serve the more than 80 faculty scholars across the Graduate Center and entire CUNY system who are in the field of Jewish Studies or working in areas related to Jewish Studies by providing opportunities for communication, gatherings, and cooperative programs and projects. The Center for Jewish Studies sponsors publications, public lectures, teacher training seminars, research and oral history projects that explore a wide range of historical and contemporary Jewish issues. From time to time, the Center for Jewish Studies also hosts scholarly gatherings that are conducted in cooperation with national and international cultural and academic institutions.

The Center for Jewish Studies supports doctoral students engaged in studying Jewish history and civilization in various academic programs at the Graduate Center. It also offers limited fellowship assistance for doctoral student research and administers doctoral fellowships that are made possible by the Max and Marion Grill Scholarship Fund and the Goldie and David Blanksteen Fund.

The Center for Jewish Studies is home to the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies directed by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Randolph Braham, the Institute for Sephardic Studies directed by Professor Jane Gerber, and the Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies, held by Professor of Sociology Samuel Heilman.

Francesca Bregoli
Acting Director of the Center for Jewish Studies