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Our Mission

The Center for Jewish Studies is the research and outreach arm of Jewish Studies on campus, promoting Jewish knowledge, scholarship, and culture outside the formal classroom setting. Serving as a bridge between the academic program and the community, the center has a wide array of exciting extracurricular events, making it a preeminent Jewish intellectual and cultural resource for the entire region. Through its imaginative programming, the center seeks to:
  • Engage the college and general public in Jewish education and culture by organizing lectures, symposia, conferences, films, music and theater performances.
  • Foster Jewish learning in the community.
  • Publish and disseminate scholarly proceedings to laypeople and scholars.
  • Promote academic community among students and faculty.
  • Encourage and sustain the pedagogic and scholarly activities of the faculty and students within the Jewish Studies Program at Queens College.
  • Combat and overcome intolerance and stereotyping while promoting understanding among diverse groups on campus and within the broader community, with a belief in nurturing a sense of shared citizenship on issues transcending differences while recognizing and celebrating the beauty of difference.
Center For Jewish Studies Advisory Board
Professor Mark Rosenblum, Director
Dr. Diane Spielmann, Associate Director
Professor Evan Zimroth, Associate Director
Center For Jewish Studies Executive Board
Ernest Schwarcz, Founder* Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz,Chair Emeritus* Herbert Berman, Esq.,Chair Emeritus*
Arthur Anderman, Esq.,Chair Emeritus Bernie Spear, Chair Pearl Halegua, Vice Chair
Gary Sazer, Vice Chair Simon Gold, Esq.,Honorary Vice Chair William Ungar, Executive Vice President
Elsi Levy, Vice President for Cultural Affairs
General Board

Daniel Andron* Elayne P. Bernstein-Schwartz* Melvin Dubin
Barbara Finger, Esq. Nathan Halegua Jerry Kirschbaum
Marilyn Kirschbaum Dr. Sheldon Landesman Leon Levy*
Amy Magid Marc Magid Leon Miller
Sandi Povman Judith Rosen, PhD Marcia Schorr
Dr. Arden Smith Laurie Spear David Werber
Martin Werber Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld Marvin Zborowski
Pat Tortorici Rita Shliselberg
Cultural Programs

Biblical Archaeology Slide–Lecture Series
Lecture/Book Signings
Music & Theater Series
International Symposia and Conferences
Kristallnacht Memorials
Jewish Visual Arts Programs
Student Seminars
Programs In The Community

Faculty Speakers Bureau
Community Initiative

The Queens College Journal of Jewish Studies: A Student Publication
Occasional Papers Series
Conference/Symposium Proceedings
Supporters Of Endowed Lectures
Simon and Dr. Roslyn Gold Robert and Susan Grossman The Levy Family
Jack Lummer Endowment The Ruth and Sidney Schindler Family The Ernest and Marta Schwarcz Endowment Fund
The Stolar Family Lillian Taynor & Family Max and Dr. Jenny Weil Marvin and Celina Zborowski
Arthur and Carole Anderman (in honor of the Rose and Morris Danzig Trust)
Sponsors Of The Cinema On Sundays Film/Dialogue Series
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur A. Anderman Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Dubin Elsi Levy
The Honorable Nettie Mayersohn, New York State Assembly, 27th District The Honorable Toby Ann Stavisky, New York State Senate, 16th District
Sponsors Of The Jewish Music & Theater Performance Series
The Honorable David I.Weprin, New York City Council, 23rd District
The Levy Family
Recently Hired Faculty

Elissa Bemporad The Jerry and William Ungar Professorship in Jewish Studies
Francesca Bregoli The Joseph and Oro Halegua Professor in Greek and Sephardic Jewish Studies
Abigail Doukhan The Pearl and Nathan Halegua Family Professor in Ethics and Tolerance
Arnold Franklin Medieval Jewish History in the Arabic-Speaking World
Sari Kisilevsky Philosophy of Law and Ethics
Miryam Segal Modern Hebrew Literature and Bible

Jerome Acker Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures Ammiel Alcalay Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures Sami S. Chetrit Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures
Thomas E. Bird European Languages & Literatures Liba H. Engel Elementary & Early Childhood Education Raymond Erickson Copland School of Music
Alyson Cole Political Science Sarah Covington History Harriet Davis-Kram History
Isaac Alteras History Rikki Asher Art Education Ziva Flamhaft Political Science
Nora Glickman Hispanic Languages & Literatures Arbie Orenstein Copland School of Music Joseph Sungolowsky European Languages & Literatures
Michael Krasner Political Science Benny Kraut* History Steven Kruger English
Chava Lapin Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures Izabella Taler Jewish Studies Bibliographer Benjamin Rosenthal Library Adam Mintz History
Samuel Heilman Sociology Martin Pine History Kristina Richardson History
David Richter English Alan Rosenberg Philosophy Mark Rosenblum History
Naftali Rottenstreich English Imanuel Rybakov History Arthur Shippee Philosophy
John O'Brien History Rabbi Moshe Shur History Leo Hershkowitz History
New Professorships
And Teachers
The Jerry and William Ungar Professorship in Jewish Studies Endowment, supported by Jerry* and William Ungar: Dr. Elissa Bemporad
The Joseph and Oro Halegua Professorship in Greek and Sephardic Jewish Studies, supported by the Pearl and Nathan Halegua Family Foundation: Dr. Francesca Bregoli
The Pearl and Nathan Halegua Family Professorship in Ethics and Tolerance, supported by the Pearl and Nathan Halegua Family Foundation: Dr. Abigail Doukhan
Visiting And Adjunct Professorships
Dean Ernest Schwarcz Visiting Eminent Professorship in Jewish Philosophy, supported by the Ernest and Marta Schwarcz Endowment Fund and by Queens College
The Rabbi Israel and Libby Mowshowitz Adjunct Professorship in Politics and Religion, supported by the Mowshowitz Endowment Fund
The Jerry and William Ungar Adjunct Professorship in Holocaust Studies, supported by the Jerry* and William Ungar Endowment Fund
Rose & Morris Danzig Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies, established by Carole and Arthur Anderman
Faculty Programs

The Faculty Reading Group in Jewish Civilization
The Jewish Studies Faculty Colloquium
Student Awards And Prizes

Center for Jewish Studies Award, supported by the Jewish Studies Program Jewish Studies Academic Excellence Prize, supported by the Jewish Studies Program Stefa Berger Communal Service Award, supported by Eva and Lenny Zimmerman
William Fenster Memorial Scholarship, supported by the Fenster Family Endowment Fund Morris Flatow Memorial Scholarship, supported by the Flatow Family Endowment Fund Ruth Hollander Award, supported by Ruth Hollander
Jan Sinnreich Award for Writing Excellence, supported by Leonore Sinnreich M. Hratch Zadoian Essay Prize in Holocaust/Genocide Studies, endowed by M. Hratch Zadoian

Director: Professor Arnold Franklin
Office: Jefferson Hall, Room 306-310
Phone: 718-997-4530   
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9am-5pm
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