What We Do

The Center for Jewish Studies serves as an umbrella organization, encompassing and coordinating the many academic and extra-curricular programs in Jewish Studies at Harvard University.

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CJS Logo, ancient Jewish manuscripts, photos of synagogue, art by Israeli artists, ancient Jewish coin, book on Poetry in the Bible, and more
Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard seminar, group shot and portraits April 11, 2022

Fellowship Opportunities

The Center for Jewish Studies supports a number of fellowships and prizes for qualified undergraduate and graduate Harvard students, as well as an exchange program for graduate students in Jewish studies with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

We are also pleased to support and host research scholars, Visiting Professors and Lecturers in Jewish studies from outside Harvard.

More About Fellowships & Prizes

Recent News

  • Derek Penslar wins AIS Award
    Congratulations to Derek Penslar, William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, for winning the Association for Israel Studies (AIS) Lifetime Achievement Award 2022. The AIS Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a senior scholar in any field of Israel Studies whose lasting…
  • New Harvard Judaica Student Research Papers
    New Harvard Judaica Student Research Papers are now available online or in print. Latest papers include: The Holocaust in American Jewish Life: Redefining Memory, Community and Activism, 1960-1976 by Raya Koreh ’18 The Impact of Experience…
  • CJS announces recipients of 2022 Harry and Cecile Starr Prizes in Jewish Studies
    The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Harry and Cecile Starr Prizes in Jewish Studies. Shoshana F. Boardman ’22, a senior in Winthrop House, and Jonathan…

Giving to the CJS

The Center for Jewish Studies is very grateful to our donors for their generosity in supporting our endeavors. Those pursuing Jewish studies at Harvard University may benefit from a number of endowment and current use funds established over the years. New funds are formed continuously to support students and scholars in their pursuit for greater knowledge and achievement in this field. These may also support publications, events, other activities and administration at the Center for Jewish Studies.

David Stern shows Medieval Manuscript to Friends of the CJS in Cambridge, March 29, 2017

Our Newsletter

Our office proudly presents annual or biannual Newsletters with comprehensive accounts of current work done at the CJS.

Center for Jewish Studies 2020-2021 annual review newsletter cover