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For the next three years, Honorary Fellow Jonathan Pollack will be writing a history of Jewish experiences at UW. Read more about how you can help Pollack by sharing your photos, documents, and stories.
Center for Jewish Studies Welcomes New Director

Simone Schweber succeeds Michael Bernard-Donals as director of the Center for Jewish Studies.

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Barbie Zelizer
October 23, 5:00 p.m.
Union South

Gary P. Zola
November 3, 4:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, DeLuca Forum

Gary P. Zola
November 4, 4:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, DeLuca Forum

A typical trip to New York City might include a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a stroll through Central Park, and perhaps a Broadway play. But on a recent trip to the city led by Jewish Studies professors Jordan Rosenblum and Tony Michels, students eschewed these popular destinations in favor of the Tenement Museum, Borough Park, and the Neue Galerie. And then, of course, there was the food. Lots of it.


Read more about this extraordinary trip.

Jewish Studies Major
Embraces Wisconsin Idea,
Slows Down a Seder

As part of an independent study project on ethical eating and Rabbinic Judaism, junior Naomi Segal reached out to the Madison community and prepared and led a slow-food Seder for nearly 40 people, many of whom had never attended a Seder.


Read Segal's reflections on sustainability and kashrut.
Greenfield Participants Reflect on Jews, Food, Neighbors

Nearly 140 alumni and friends took part in the 15th annual Greenfield Summer Institute from July 13-17. This year's theme, "Jews and their Neighbors," explored relationships between Jews and their neighbors across 5,000 years of Jewish history. Food emerged as a key subtheme of the Institute. At the closing dinner, attendees shared their favorite experiences about eating, both at UW and around the world.

Read some of their stories. 
Research in Focus: Examining Ideology of Holocaust Children's Operetta

Sung and acted by children, Brundibár was held as an example of the cultural programming offered to Jews at the Terezín "show camp" during the 1944 International Red Cross visit and the subsequent propaganda film, The Führer Gives the Jews a City. Jewish Studies affiliate Teryl L. Dobbs is now studying performances of Brundibár, past and present.

Read more about the operetta and Dobbs's research. 

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