Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies

The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford is one of the top destinations for Jewish students across the country. Here you can excavate the biblical past through texts and archaeology, debate Talmudic scholars, delve into Holocaust studies, and master Yiddish or Hebrew, while exploring the rich Jewish life the University offers.

With a new international center for Judaic Studies, an outstanding and award-winning Hillel, a Chabad Jewish center, local synagogues, and a Jewish community center just one mile down the road, UHart has solidified its place as one of the preeminent campuses for Judaic Studies and Jewish student life in the U.S.

We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Judaic Studies with a rich array of exciting classes in six different areas: history, Yiddish, Arabic, bible, Holocaust studies, and Israel studies.

We also offer a minor in Judaic Studies for students of all backgrounds to give you an opportunity to enrich your program of study. The minor complements a variety of programs including education, history, English literature, philosophy, and international studies.

Holocaust Research Library

The Greenberg Center’s Holocaust Research Library has more than 5,000 books and videos, and there is a special collections room with artifacts and thousands of books about Jewish civilization throughout the world.

Study Abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad and go on archaeological excavations in Israel, Greece, or Europe with the University’s team of researchers. Our students’ discoveries have been featured in television documentaries seen by millions of people all over the world.

Careers

Our students have gone on to careers in politics, science, law, education, and public service and others are attending graduate school. Our faculty will mentor you if are interested in the work of curators, docents, archives, and museum studies. Some of our graduates have gone on to the rabbinate and the cantorate.

Meet the Greenberg Center Faculty and Staff

Hazza Abo-Rabia
Adjunct Instructor
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Yifat Avner
Adjunct Instructor of Judaic Studies
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James McDonald
Associate Dean of Finance; Associate Professor; Interim Chair, Judaic Studies Program
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Avinoam Patt
Adjunct Professor
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Susan Gottlieb
Office Coordinator
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Hands-On Experience

The Greenberg Center directs the University’s Museum of Jewish Civilization on campus, which offers you real-world museum experience. You can assist in planning and coordinating exhibits, catalogs, annual lectures, and special events.

Watch how our students are involved in the creation of the museum exhibits:

You can work with faculty on research, co-author publications, and make presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.There are opportunities to study abroad and go on archaeological excavations in Israel, Greece, or Europe with the University’s team of researchers. Our students’ discoveries have been featured in television documentaries seen by millions of people all over the world.  

 

Merav David

Judaic Studies and Art History, '19

Merav spent a summer making archeological discoveries in Lithuania at the site of the Great Synagogue, which was destroyed by the Soviets during World War II. In the photo Merav is holding one of the 19th century coins discovered near the synagogue’s changing rooms adjacent to the bathhouse. Her work and the rest of the team’s discoveries are featured in the University’s Museum of Jewish Civilization.

It wasn’t an easy summer, and there was a lot of emotional intensity—but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

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