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The Center for Jewish Studies contributes to the production of new, collaborative, and interdisciplinary scholarship in Jewish studies. It offers an innovative model for the inclusion of a Jewish perspective into relevant academic disciplines and academic units at ASU. Assuming a leadership role in educating the public about Jewish history and culture, from antiquity to the present, the center conducts a vigorous outreach program that offers lectures, seminars, symposia and art exhibits.
The Center for Jewish Studies evolved from ASU’s Jewish studies program, which was founded in 1978 and offers a certificate in Jewish Studies. The center was established in 2009 to enhance research and promote high-level instruction in the understanding of Judaism locally, nationally and globally.