Jewish Studies Open House

Jewish Studies Open House

April 12 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Humanities 1, Room 210 | Free Come discover what makes the Jewish Studies program at UC Santa Cruz such a unique and vibrant educational opportunity. Meet Jewish Studies faculty and students, learn about classes, internship opportunities, and the Jewish Studies intellectual community.  

A historic anniversary: 1516-2016 Beit Venezia for the Ghetto Quincentennial

For eight years now BEIT VENEZIA (previously known as The Venice Center for International Jewish Studies) has honored and continued the legacy of the Ghetto of Venice as a center of Jewish life, art, and learning. We are proud to have been the first to highlight the historic significance of the Ghetto Quincentennial (1516-2016) and […]

Call For Applications: Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

The Jewish Studies Program invites submissions for the 2015-2016 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards. To encourage and reward outstanding research and writing on Jewish themes by undergraduates at UCSC, the Awards Committee will select four outstanding essays or senior theses that represent distinguished examples of undergraduate scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies.

Submissions: Students should submit their papers to the Department of History via e-mail attachment to by Monday, June 6th, 5:00pm. A letter of support from a faculty sponsor is recommended, but not required.

Questions: Direct any questions to the Jewish Studies Academic Advising Coordinator, Bruce Thompson at

‘Venice Ghetto at 500’ explores its legacy on Jewish life

by patricia corrigan , j. correspondent “Il Ghetto: The Venice Ghetto at 500,” a new exhibit at the Jewish Community Library, explores the history of the Venice ghetto and the centuries of Jewish life inside it. The exhibit, a joint presentation with the Museo Italo Americano of San Francisco, offers two sets of photos of […]

The Diarna Project

Call for Applications: UCSC Center for Jewish Studies Summer Fellowship at Diarna

Organization: Digital Heritage Mapping (DHM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, specializes in virtual documentation of global cultural heritage sites. DHM is partnered with the American Sephardi Federation at The Center for Jewish History to advance Diarna. Project: DHM’s flagship initiative, Diarna: Geo-Museum of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Life, pioneers the use of digital mapping […]

Venice Ghetto at 500 and the Future of Memory

Jewish Studies Conference to Examine Venice Ghetto and the Future of Memory

By Scott Rappaport The Center for Jewish Studies at UC Santa Cruz will present a one-day conference, The Venice Ghetto at 500 and the Future of Memory, on campus February 23, at the Humanities 1 Building. The conference will address the complexity of the Ghetto of Venice as it marks its 500th anniversary–both as an actual physical […]

Hedwig Rose at the IHR

Holocaust Survivor and Scholar Hedwig Rose to Give Public Talk at UCSC on Jan. 21

By Scott Rappaport. Following her father’s arrest by the Nazis in 1942, six-year-old Hedwig Rose, her mother, and sister spent three years hidden in an Amsterdam cellar by a Christian friend until the country was liberated on May 5, 1945. Today Rose is a well-known speaker, a frequent visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a […]

courser photo from holocaust course

UC Santa Cruz Launches New Legacy Course on the Holocaust with Coursera

By Scott Rappaport. UC Santa Cruz has launched a new version of its free online course, The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry, through the Coursera platform. The course was developed and is taught by professors Murray Baumgarten and Peter Kenez, based on their acclaimed UC Santa Cruz class that they taught in-person on campus for […]

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2015 Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards

It is with great enthusiasm that the Center for Jewish Studies announces that the following undergraduates have received Jewish Studies Undergraduate Research Awards for the 2014-2015 year: Noah Barerra-Stanford, “Jewish Folk Medicine from the Baal Shem Tov to An-sky and Beyond”—drawing on primary sources in Yiddish, this paper demonstrated that the Hasidic movement, from its […]