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Institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and noted linguist, philosopher, and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky meets with students from student politics reading group and class.

Study the history, religion, literature, politics, and language of Judaism

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Students building a Sukkah during during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

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Pursue a minor, cluster, or complete coursework in Jewish Studies and Hebrew.

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Philip S. Bernstein Professor of Jewish Studies Inaugural Lecture, "Jewish Studies Then, Jewish Studies Now" by professor Aaron W. Hughes at University of Rochester's Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.

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Welcome! The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Rochester promotes research, scholarship, and education in Jewish studies. Through courses, publication, lectures, fellowships, and intellectual collaboration, we aim to:

  • Increase knowledge in the field of Jewish studies
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Philip S. Bernstein Lecture

Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein

The Center for Jewish Studies holds an annual endowed lecture named after Rabbi Philip S. Bernstein, who served as the spiritual leader to local congregation Temple B'rith Kodesh in Rochester for nearly fifty years.

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