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As a premiere hub for Jewish Studies, the Stroum Center features an internationally recognized Sephardic Studies Program, a growing Israel Studies Program, and a vibrant undergraduate and graduate community.

Upcoming Events

  • Graduate Symposium

Graduate Fellows: Life in Conflict Zones

Thursday, May 11, 12:00pm-1:30pm

  • Jonathan Israel

Stroum Lecture: In What Sense Was Spinoza a Revolutionary Thinker?

Sunday, May 21, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

  • Baruch Spinoza

Stroum Lecture: Jewish Emancipation and the Radical Enlightenment

Tuesday, May 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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E-Journal Highlights

  • Prominent thinkers in Haskalah

Jewish Modernity & Shame

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Professor Yitzhak Melamed argues that the German Jewish Enlightenment movement, the Haskalah, was motivated by a profound sense of shame.

  • Portrait of Voltaire

How Did the Enlightenment Shape the Jews?

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

2017 Stroum Lecturer Jonathan Israel explores how Enlightenment thinkers both fueled anti-Semitism and created greater space for Jewish people in society.

Crossing the Red Sea in Ladino: A Rare Sephardic Passover Ballad

April 14th, 2017|0 Comments

A rare Ladino ballad for the last day of Passover sung by Mr. Leo Azose a native of Mármara.

“Who Knows One?” in Ladino: The Power of Oral Tradition at the Sephardic Passover Seder

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

To enrich your Passover experience, explore how Sephardic communities developed a variety of lyrics and melodies for their Ladino adaptations of the song Ehad Mi-Yodea.

  • Two participants at Voice of Witness training

What Does It Mean to Be Heard?

March 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Opportunity Grant winner Katja Schatte reflects on her time at the Voice of Witness Oral History training and its impact on her multimedia doctoral project centered on the voices of East German Jewish women.

  • Dead Sea

The Dying Dead Sea: Beauty and the Underbelly

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

In reflecting on the shrinking Dead Sea, Opportunity Grant winner Emily Gade considers the underbelly of beautiful things.

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Israel Studies Program

Announcing the Benaroya Fund for Excellence in Israel Studies

Sephardic Studies Program

World-renowned for the study of Sephardic culture and history, the Sephardic Studies Program features a growing online library and museum, undergraduate and graduate courses, public programs like Ladino Day, and academic conferences.

Graduate Fellowship

Convening students from departments across campus to learn about Jewish Studies and public scholarship.

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