Centre for Jewish Studies


Faculty List

Acting Director (2021)
M. Rosenthal, BA, MA, PhD (PHL), Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy

Director (Returning 2022)
A. Shternshis, MA, D Phil, PhD (GER) Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish Studies 

Graduate Coordinator 
D. Bergen, MA, PhD (HIS) Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of Holocaust Studies 

Undergraduate Coordinator 
A.S. Cohen, BA, MA, PhD (FAH)

Professors Emeriti 
B.E. Dresher, BA, PhD (LIN) 
M.R. Marrus, MA, PhD (HIS) 

Professors 
E. Adler, MA, PhD (POL) Andrea and Charles Bronfman Professor of Israeli Studies 
S. Akbari, MA, PhD (ENG, CMS) 
R. Beiner, BA, DPhil (POL) 
D. Bergen, MA, PhD (HIS) Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of Holocaust Studies 
J. Bryant, MA, PhD (REL, SOC) 
R. Brym, MA, PhD (SOC) 
M. Chazan, M Phil, PhD (ANT) 
C. Clark, PhD (MUS)
S. Coleman, BA, MA, PhD (RLG)
R. Comay, MA, PhD (PHL) 
Y. Fehige, PhD (HPS) 
E. Geva, PhD (SCCP)
R. Gibbs, MA, PhD (PHL)
W. Goetschel, M Phil, PhD (GER, PHL)
K. Green, MA, PhD (RLG)
A. Harrak, MA, PhD (NMC) 
T. Harrison, MA, PhD (NMC)
M. Hewitt, BA, MA, PhD (RLG, TST) 
I. Kalmar, MA, PhD (ANT) 
L. Kaplan, MA, PhD (ART) 
J. Kloppenborg, MA, PhD (RLG) 
R. Leprohon, MA, PhD (NMC) 
L. Livak, MA, PhD (SLA) 
M. Meyerson, MA, PhD (HIS) 
A. Most, MA, PhD (ENG) 
D. Novak, MHL, PhD (RLG) J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies 
C. Orwin, MA, PhD (POL) 
J. Retallack, BA, DPhil (HIS) 
A. Ripstein, MA, PhD, MSL (LAW, PHL)
M. Rosenthal, BA, MA, PhD (PHL), Grafstein Chair in Jewish Philosophy
J. Ross, MA, PhD (HIS)
A. Shternshis, MA, D Phil, PhD (GER) Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish Studies 
M. Subtelny, MA, PhD (NMC) 
H. Troper, BA, MA, PhD (OISE)
L. Viola, PhD (HIS)
E. Weinrib, PhD, LLB (LAW)
L. Weinrib, BA, LLB, LLM (POL, LAW) 

Associate Professors 
V. Ambros, MA, PhD (SLA) 
K. Blouin, MA, PhD (CLA) 
A. Cohen, MA, PhD (ART) 
R. Dinovitzer, PhD (SOC) 
H. Fox, MA, PhD (NMC, RLG) 
J. Harris, MA, PhD (SMC, RLG) 
D. Heller, BA, MA, PhD (LIN)
R. Holmstedt, MA, PhD (NMC) 
R. Levi, PhD (SOC) George Ignatieff Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies 
J. Marshall, MA, PhD (RLG) 
T. Meacham, MA, PhD (NMC) 
S. Metso, MA, ThD (NMC) 
J. Newman, MA, PhD (REL) 
W. Saleh, MA, PhD (NMC, REL)
N. Seidman MA, PhD (RLG, DTS)
N. Stang, MA, PhD (PHL)
K. Weisman, MA, PhD (ENG) 
R. Wittmann, MA, PhD (HIS) 
P. Wróbel, MA, PhD (HIS) Konstanty Reynert Professor of Polish Studies 

Assistant Professors 
A. Komaromi, MA, PhD (VIC) 
A. Paz, MA, BA, PhD (ANT) 
D. Silver, PhD (SOC) 
S. Vande Moortele, PhD (MUS) 

Associate Professors, Teaching Stream 
R. Austin, PhD (ERE) 
E. Gold, BA, MA, PhD (LIN) 
S. Goldberg, MA, PhD (CJS, RLG) 
Y. Nizri, PhD (CJS, RLG) 

Introduction

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies (ATCJS) offers a unique interdisciplinary undergraduate program where students can gain foundational knowledge of Jewish Studies while pursuing their diverse academic interests by choosing from courses offered by more than 20 collaborating departments, centres, and programs at the University of Toronto. 

Our program is organized around four areas of study to reflect the breadth, depth, and relevance of Jewish Studies as an academic discipline, and builds on the expertise of our world-class faculty. The four areas of study are:

I. Classical Judaism

The civilization of the people of the book has produced a rich, classical literature: the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hellenistic texts, as well as rabbinic literature from the earliest targumic and midrashic interpretations through the Talmuds and geonic traditions to medieval commentators on Talmudic texts. We situate these texts in their linguistic and cultural contexts, and study them with philological rigour. Our students learn to trace the development of the Jewish imagination in its interactions with surrounding cultures and to appreciate its many expressions: legal, exegetical, mythic, and mystical. Jewish civilization emerges as a highly variegated collection of phenomena and traditions.

II. Jewish Philosophy and Thought

Both in the ancient world and contemporary society, many vital questions have arisen from Jewish experience and its interaction with diverse religions and philosophies. Why would the perfect, all-sufficient God care to speak to human beings? How could God’s inner life be described? What is the relationship between law and ethics? What future could a particular, religious identity have in a secular democracy based on universal values? What can traditional Jewish sources contribute to contemporary feminism and what does contemporary feminism have to say about the traditionally gendered view of Jewish commandments? In addressing these questions, we teach students to engage critically with the great figures in the history of Jewish thought, from Philo to Maimonides, from Spinoza to Rosenzweig.

III. Jewish History and Social Sciences

Covering the whole range of Jewish history, from ancient Israelites to modern Israel, from medieval Spain to the Holocaust and beyond, our courses explore both the ideal and material aspects of the many contexts in which Jewish civilization has survived and thrived, while offering a unique perspective on world history. Social sciences such as anthropology, political science, and sociology enrich our comprehension of today as well as yesterday by exploring phenomena such as collective memory, group identity, and inter-group conflict. Our courses give students the tools not only to understand the past but also to shape the future.

IV. Jewish Cultures, Languages, and Literatures

We offer a rich variety of courses in Jewish literature, film, and theatre, as well as Yiddish and Hebrew language. How have Jews expressed their resilience and imagination under the extreme conditions of the Holocaust or within communist societies? What is the Jewish contribution to North American popular culture? From the social lives of contemporary Russian Jews to the impact of Israeli folk dance on national identity, from experimental Jewish photography to Jewish involvement in Broadway musicals, we investigate the many ways in which Jews express their identity and creativity in cultures around the world.

These areas of study are guidelines to assist you in choosing courses and cultivating a program that is specially tailored to your academic interests. If you are driven to gain special expertise in one area, you can focus your program by taking several courses in that area, or if you interested in gaining a well-rounded understanding of Jewish Studies as a broader field, then you can choose to sample courses from all areas. 

The ATCJS offers four to six “CJS” designated courses every year, including our gateway courses on Jewish Culture (CJS201H1) and Jewish Thoughts (CJS200H1), that are specialized in one of the four areas. In addition to CJS designated courses, one of the greatest assets of doing a Jewish Studies degree with the ATCJS is the flexibility to take courses from our collaborating units as part of your program; such as Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, History, English, Classics, Environmental Studies, and more. The ATCJS release an Undergraduate Handbook every year, which is the master list of all courses from the ATCJS' collaborating units at UofT that count towards your Jewish Studies program in a given year. 

All Jewish Studies programs require one of the gateway courses, CJS200H1 or CJS201H1. In addition, the Specialist requires 1.0 credit at the 400-level, at least 4.0 credits at the 300-level, and proficiency in Hebrew, Yiddish, Aramaic, or another Jewish language approved the the Undergraduate Director. The Major requires 0.5 credit at the 400-level, and at least 2.0 credits at the 300-level. The Minor requires at least 1.0 credit at the 300-level. All courses listed in the ATCJS' Undergraduate Handbook (which changes every academic year) count towards your Jewish Studies program requirements; including courses that do not have a "CJS" designated course code.

Your Jewish Studies degree at the ATCJS is designed to reflect your individual academic interests, while providing you with an academically rigorous education in the foundations of Jewish Studies. 

For more information, we encourage students to visit our website and contact us at any time by email or phone:

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