Friends and Donors

Our Supporters

In December 1984, Peter Solomon (AB ’60, MBA ’63), then a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, announced the establishment of the Friends of the Center for Jewish Studies.  This organization seeks to provide an ongoing base of support for the Center and to enable it to expand its present areas of activity.  Annual support from the Friends helps shape the future of Jewish Studies and sustain the Center as an influential, multi-faceted enterprise at Harvard.

Some of the specific projects the Friends of the Center for Jewish Studies include:

  • student research projects (both undergraduate and graduate, school year
    and summer);
  • graduate student fellowships;
  • research-related expenses for visiting scholars;
  • public lectures and class presentations by distinguished scholars;
  • doctoral dissertation advising by specialized scholars from outside Harvard;
  • group discussions of research in progress for Harvard faculty and students in Jewish studies

You are invited to show your interest in Jewish Studies at Harvard by joining the Friends of the Center for Jewish Studies in one of the following categories:

Associate – $50             Patron – $100                Pillar – $500                   Benefactor – $1,000

Associates of the Center receive the newsletter and invitations to lectures, symposia and colloquia.

Patrons of the Center additionally receive priority invitations to selected events and selected publications.

Pillars of the Center additionally receive copies of all Center publications.

Benefactors of the Center receive all of the preceding, including invitations to additional events.

This year we hope to substantially increase the number of Friends of the Center, thereby creating a broader base of support for the Center’s projects and activities.  If you know anyone who might be interested in joining the Friends, would you please notify the Center (617-495-4326) so that we may contact them to acquaint them with the Center’s work.


To make a gift by credit card to the Friends of the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University please click here (for Harvard University online giving form) and follow the instructions.  When selecting a school/affiliate to donate to, please choose “Other” from the dropdown menu and enter a note in the “Comments/Other Designation” box with instructions that this gift should go to the “Friends of the Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Jewish Studies.” (If you choose to give to a specific other fund, please note the “name of the fund, Center for Jewish Studies.”)

Gifts by check may be mailed to:

Center for Jewish Studies
Harvard University
6 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Please make checks payable to “The President and Fellows of Harvard College” and include a note in the memo line of the check that this is for the “Friends of the Center for Jewish Studies” (or the name of the other fund of your choice).

Upcoming Events

  • Adorno's Aesthetic Theory (Martin Jay) May 1, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Center For European Studies, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA We are now approaching the 50th anniversary of Aesthetic Theory (first published posthumously in 1970), the final masterpiece of the philosopher and social theorist Theodor W. Adorno. This lecture contributes to the semester-long series of scholarly presentations that reflect on the legacy and actuality of this major work. Speaker: Martin Jay (The University of California at…
  • Saskia Coenen Snyder: Like Dewdrops in the Waving Grass: Diamonds, Jews, and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Trade May 2, 2019 at 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm Harvard University, Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Street, Hoffmann Room, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA Saskia Coenen Snyder, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Associate Director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina, ColumbiaAfter the discovery of diamond deposits in South-Africa in 1869, the extraction, trade, manufacturing, and consumption of diamonds intensified spectacularly. The combination of booming supplies, growing bourgeois…