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.
Thinking Forward with Jewish Studies
Noam Pianko is Director of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies. He is the Lucia S. and Herbert L. Pruzan Professor of Jewish Studies and the Samuel N. Stroum Chair of Jewish Studies.
He has been the Director of the Stroum Center since 2011 and has overseen the development of a model online presence, the creation of a graduate fellowship program, and the emergence of the Sephardic Studies program. Learn more >
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The Jewish Studies Advisory Board helps to build a strong bridge between the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at UW and the broader Seattle community. Advisory Board members are community leaders from a variety of backgrounds, who bring their expertise, wisdom, and enthusiasm to help shape the future of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.
Formed in 2013, the Jewish Studies Advisory Council (JSAC) gives students an important voice in curriculum, event planning, and program outreach. The JSAC works closely with faculty and staff to build a vibrant Jewish Studies student community on the UW campus. Read more >