Judaic Studies, Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for

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Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies

2111 Thayer Academic Building
202 South Thayer Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

Phone: (734) 763-9047
Fax: (734) 936-2186

Email: JudaicStudies@umich.edu
Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/judaic

The Career Center's Career Guide for Judaic Studies

Each Career Guide highlights curriculum requirements, as well as skills and abilities that may be developed and applied through each course of study. To complement the academic information, a range of interesting occupational opportunities are listed as a starting point for considering how academic experiences may translate to professional work settings. The Career Guide series represents a collaborative effort between The Career Center and numerous academic units.


Both a Bachelor of Arts and Academic Minor in Judaic Studies are offered by the Frankel Center, where undergraduate students receive a well-balanced understanding of Modern Jewish Literature and Culture, Jewish History and Social Science, and Classical and Modern Judaism in Law and Religion, along with a strong knowledge of Yiddish or Hebrew.  The undergraduate curriculum aims to situate Jewish Studies within a broad-based liberal arts education and provides a framework for developing critical thinking and informed engagement.

Prospective majors should consult the department advisor. Normally, a plan for the major should reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the program and the themes that a student wishes to develop. Students wishing to pursue a minor in Judaic Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the academic advisor. Appointments are scheduled via our Student/Fellows Coordinator at 734.615.6097.

Languages Taught

Judaic Studies faculty listing

Faculty listing for the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies

About the Program

Since 1976, Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan has thrived as an interdisciplinary endeavor drawing on the rich resources of a diverse faculty, educating undergraduate and graduate students, and engaging the community. The inauguration of the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies in 2007 establishes the University of Michigan as a premiere site for Jewish Studies in the United States.

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.

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 Study Abroad

The Frankel Center encourages students to take time to study abroad, whether it is in Israel, Eastern Europe, or elsewhere. Many Judaic Studies students spend all or part of an academic year studying abroad. Study abroad offers students the opportunity for cultural immersion, intensive language learning, and first-hand observation of different educational systems. A large number of Judaic Studies students choose to study in Israel where they have an opportunity to expand their language skills and participate in daily life.

Judaic Studies Funding Opportunities

  • Stanley Frankel Summer Fellowship for Research and Study: The annual fellowship, whose value is $5,000, is open to B.A., M.A., and Ph.D students at the University of Michigan who wish to pursue work in Jewish studies during the summer in Europe, Israel, or Latin America.
  • Summer Research Funding: The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies offers summer research funding to undergraduate and graduate students pursing studies in the field of Judaica on an annual basis. Varying amounts of funding will be awarded...

Independent Study

The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies offe rs independent study courses in Judaic Studies and Yiddish. Independent study sections can only be offered if the intended area of study is NOT already a regular part of the depa rtment’s course offerings . (LSA policy). Submit this form to elect an independent study

Library Collections — Hatcher Graduate Library

The Judaica holdings of the University of Michigan’s Hatcher Graduate Library are rich and extensive. The collection originated in the library’s support of research and instruction in ancient Near Eastern and Hebrew bible studies. Over the years, the Judaica and Hebraica components developed into a more broadly defined and independent collection that supports a highly regarded Jewish studies center. The Library’s Judaica collection has grown into one that can be favorably compared in depth and title count with the larger collections in other major North American universities and research institutions.

Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies

he Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan provides annual fellowships for scholars and artists from around the world to conduct research in relation to a given theme. Established through a generous financial contribution from the Jean and Samuel Frankel Jewish Heritage Foundation, the Frankel Institute is the only one of its kind at a public university in the United States. The Institute is committed to interdisciplinary, multilingual work spanning ancient times through the contemporary era. By combining intellectual autonomy with the ideal of a scholarly community, it aims to offer global leadership in Jewish Studies.

Jewish Heritage Video Collection

The Jewish Heritage Video Collection (JHVC), donated to the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies by Hubert Brandt and Eugene Grant, was created to explore the heritage of American Jews through film and television. The JHVC includes features and documentaries, American and foreign productions.

Martin Salinger Resource Center

The Salinger Resource Center, located on the third floor of the Thayer Building, was established in 1985. It includes a reference library, a reading room, and a collection of video and audio materials. The Center was created through the generosity of the Martin Salinger family, in his memory, with the assistance of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Contact the Frankel Center, JudaicStudies@umich.edu to learn more information.

Weinrich Collection

In September 2008, the University of Michigan received the library and personal papers of Beatrice (Bina) Silverman Weinreich, a scholar whose life’s work was to preserve the Yiddish language and culture.

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