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.

ON-LINE GIVING TO THE FRIENDS OF THE CENTER FOR JEWISH STUDIES

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

  • Sunny Yudkoff: The Bacterial Turn in Yiddish Literature: Two Case Studies February 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Harvard University, Adolphus Busch Hall, Hoffman Room, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA Sunny Yudkoff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic and the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her first book, Tubercular Capital: Illness and the Conditions of Modern Jewish Writing (Stanford University Press, 2019), was awarded the Salon Wittmayer Baron Prize. Her work has appeared in Jewish Social Studies, Prooftexts, and Literature…
  • Conference: Beyond Translation: Vernacular Jewish Bibles, from Antiquity to Modernity February 24, 2020 at 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Harvard Faculty Club, East Dining Room, 20 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA Panel I: TheAncient PeriodPaul Kosmin, Harvard University (Chair)Annette Yoshiko Reed, New York University Steven Fraade, Yale UniversityPanel II: The Medieval PeriodNicholas Watson, Harvard University (Chair)Meira Polliack, Tel Aviv UniversityLuis Giron-Negron, Harvard UniversityPanel III: The Early Modern and Modern PeriodsJon Levenson, Harvard Divinity School (Chair)MarionAptroot, Heinrich-Heine-Universität DüsseldorfAbigail Gillman, Boston UniversityPanel IV: The Twentieth CenturySandra Naddaff, Harvard University (Chair) Naomi Seidman,…
  • Vivian Liska: The Jew as Migrant: From Theory to Poetry February 25, 2020 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Harvard Divinity School, CSWR Common Room, 42 Francis Ave, Cambridge MA 02138 Annual List Lecture in Jewish StudiesVivian Liska is Professor of German literature and director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Since 2013, she is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the GermanDivision of the Faculty of the Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published extensively on literary theory,…