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About the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at UW

UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies is the most comprehensive institution in the region for the academic study of Jewish life in its cultural, intellectual, religious, and international contexts. At the same time, our classes address universal questions about identity, community, and cultural adaptation over time.

Students can major or minor in Jewish Studies through our home department, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Our courses can also count towards degree requirements for other academic programs. We support graduate student research in diverse disciplines through our Graduate Fellowship. Jewish Studies courses are open to students of all backgrounds.

Our dynamic faculty members are leading experts in their fields, offering in-depth looks at the Sephardic experience, Jewish religious thought and practice, Hebrew culture, and Jewish society over time, from the ancient Near East to modern Israeli politics.

Our staff includes (pictured above, left to right):

Kara Schoonmaker, Digital Media Coordinator

Ty Alhadeff, Sephardic Studies Coordinator

Hannah Pressman, Communications and Graduate Fellowship Coordinator

Lauren Spokane, Assistant Director

Natalie Cohenca, Student Assistant

The Director of the Stroum Center is Professor Noam Pianko.  He is the Lucia S. and Herbert L. Pruzan Professor of Jewish Studies and the Samuel N. Stroum Chair of Jewish Studies. Click here to read Professor Noam Pianko’s 2013 Note from the Chair, or read our Fall 2013 Newsletter.

Professor Noam Pianko

Prof. Noam Pianko

For more about Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, please contact us at jewishst@uw.edu or call (206) 543-0138.