People at CJS Reception

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. We sponsor (and co-sponsor) conferences, lectures and seminars; host Visiting Professors and research scholars; support undergraduate and graduate student research and study in the field of Jewish studies, language programs in modern Hebrew and Yiddish, and a number of other special projects.

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David Stern

From Our Director

Read a message from the Center’s Director, Professor David Stern.

Blueprint of east elevation of the Harvard Semitic Museum, reproduction, A. W. Longfellow, Jr., architect, c. 1902 - Harvard Semitic Museum

Our History (Coming soon…)

The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University was established in 1978.


Our office publishes Annual or Biannual Newsletters with comprehensive accounts of current work done at the CJS. We provide funding and support for Emet: A Harvard Undergraduate Jewish Studies Journal. We publish academic books through Harvard University Press.

Bookshelf with book published with sponsorship of the CJS

Books (Coming soon…)


The Center for Jewish Studies is located in the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East (formerly the Semitic Museum) at 6 Divinity Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just steps away from Harvard Yard. If you are interested in learning more about CJS, peruse our website or email us at cjs@fas.harvard.edu.

6 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4326