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The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies promotes the study of Jewish histories, cultures, societies, ideas, languages, and religion, integrating insights from these fields into broader scholarly and public conversations. View our mission statement.

Students can major or minor in Jewish Studies through our home department, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

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Thinking Forward with Jewish Studies

Mika Ahuvia is Director of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies. She is the Lucia S. and Herbert L. Pruzan Professor of Jewish Studies and an associate professor of Jewish studies and comparative religion at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Her five-year term as director of the Stroum Center began in July 2022. She looks forward to continuing to grow the Stroum Center’s academic and community programs. Learn more.

Our Team

Sarah Zaides Rosen
Associate Director (currently on parental leave; please direct inquiries to Brendan Goldman)
Grace Elizabeth Dy
Event & Outreach Coordinator
Jennifer McCullum
Assistant Director, Sephardic Studies
Brendan Goldman
Interim Associate Director and Program Manager
Lauren Bensussen
Communications Manager
Kara Schoonmaker
Staff Consultant
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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. Learn about the board.

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