About Us

A Welcome from the Director

The University of Michigan is known for its “diag” that cuts across the main campus linking many of the buildings that house units of the College of Literature, Science & the Arts. Walking across the diag, I am repeatedly struck by its metaphoric similarity to Judaic Studies on campus. As the diag connects and bisects the classically proportioned spaces of the quadrangle, so does Judaic Studies intersect with different fields and disciplines. Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan brings new perspectives to bear on traditional areas of study as it initiates conversations across disciplines. Faculty and students studying Jewish society and culture learn to engage multiple worlds and speak several languages. Studying Jews involves blending tradition and innovation, inviting strategies of synthesis and disruption.

Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan has a rich history extending back some thirty years. Its growth has in many ways paralleled that of Jewish studies in the United States. In addition to innovation and expansion of undergraduate and graduate studies, it offers a premier Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies linking distinguished and internationally renowned scholars from around the world. Whether you are interested in introductory explorations, or wish to deepen your knowledge and comprehension, or whether you seek conversation partners, you are invited to visit Judaic Studies, either in virtual or real space. Take a stroll across the diag and check us out.

Deborah Dash Moore
Director, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History