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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.

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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 >

Our Team

Sarah Zaides Rosen
Associate Director
Emily Thompson
Outreach & Events Manager
Lauren Kurland
Director of Student Engagement
Kara Schoonmaker
Digital Media Coordinator
Ty Alhadeff
Sephardic Studies Research Coordinator
Prof. Mika Ahuvia
Undergraduate Student Faculty Adviser

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Advisory Board


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.

Three graduate fellows smile while standing in front of a purple Stroum Center banner after a research presentation

Your donation to the Stroum Center goes to support our slate of free events for the public on a wide range of topics in Jewish Studies; research and learning opportunities for students; digital initiatives to share faculty and student knowledge with the general public; and more. Make a donation >