Center for Jewish Studies

Led by the Director of the Jewish Studies Program and an energetic lay advisory board, the Center for Jewish Studies is an outreach and research agent that serves as a bridge between the academic Program and the community. Its four-fold mission is:

1. To engage the general community
in the enterprise of Jewish education and culture by organizing attractive educational and spirited cultural programs on campus, such as lectures, symposia, conferences, film festivals, artistic performances and the like, which are open to the public;

2. To foster academic Jewish learning
in the community, by having Jewish Studies faculty from Queens College and elsewhere share their expertise in community educational and cultural frameworks;

3. To publish
and disseminate widely substantive lectures and conference proceedings of significance to scholars and laymen alike;

4. To support, promote, and sustain
the pedagogic and scholarly activities of the Jewish Studies Program, its faculty and students.

The Dancer Pilar -
A past performances organized by
Center for Jewish Studies
Cultural Lights at Queens College brought by Center of Jewish Studies

 Avraham Albrecht

 Elizabeth Swados

 Wendy Wasserstein

 Amos Oz

 Pearl Lang

In addition to campus-based activity, the Center actively encourages Queens Jewish Studies faculty to lecture off campus to community organizations and institutions. It also coordinates Jewish Studies programs and cultural soirees in the more intimate setting of private homes in order to furnish a more leisurely and personal ambience for Jewish learning.

One of the Center's most recent initiatives is the mass membership Friends of the Center for Jewish Studies. This organization functions as a formal communal support group for Jewish Studies on the Queens College campus. The Friends group seeks to increase the visibility of Jewish Studies in the community and to assist the Jewish Studies Program and the Center in their many endeavors. Joining the Friends not only makes one an active stakeholder in the Queens College Jewish Studies enterprise, but also has added tangible benefits. Members of the Friends receive early notification of course offerings and upcoming events, are sent all Center publications at no charge, and are privileged to attend special cultural functions designed exclusively for the Friends of the Center for Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Emmanuel Rachman
Chancellor of Bar Ilan University, Israel


Yehuda Hayouth
President of Haifa University, Israel

Some of the participants in the International conference,
"The History of the State of Israel: From Zionism to Post-Zionism"
that was held on
March 14/15, 1999

Mark Rosenblum

Yitzhak Navon

Elisheva Carlebach

Benny Kraut

Yoav Gelber

Benny Morris

Center for Jewish Studies Advisory Board (still in formation)

Arthur Anderman, Esq. (Chair), Daniel Andron, Elayne P. Bernstein, Edith Everett, Simon Gold, Esq., (Vice-Chair)
Robert Grossman, Leon Levy, Tina Machnikoff, Leon Miller, Michael Minikes, Norman Mollov, Peter Robbins,
Gary Neil Sazer, Esq., Marta Schwarcz, Norton Spiel, David P. Steinmann,William Ungar, Rabbi Mordecai Waxman,
Marvin Zborowski.

Center Funded Named Adjunct Professorships

Handler Adjunct Professorship in Jewish Culture,
William Ungar Adjunct Professorship in Holocaust Studies,

Center Endowed Lectures

Jacob and Rose Gold and Abraham and Esther Smith Memorial Lecture
Morris Levy Memorial Lecture
Herbert Berman Memorial Lecture
Joyce Mollov Memorial Lecture and Performance
Louis and Ida Lummer and Rose Lummer Memorial Lecture
Laura H. Levitan Lecture on Yiddish Culture, Language, and Literature
Dr. William and Dr. Martha Weil Memorial Lecture
Max Winters Memorial Symposium
Arthur and Carole Anderman Lecture
Marvin and Celina Zborowski Endowment Lecture
Sidney Schindler Memorial Lecture
I. Usher Kirshblum Memorial Lecture
Dr. Irving Taynor Memorial Lecture


Top of the Page