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Welcome To The Arizona Center For Judaic Studies

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies seeks to explore people in all their marvelous diversity, as individuals, within their own communities, and within their larger societies. Our expertise in Judaic languages, history, religion, and culture provide a deep understanding of Jews and Judaism on their own terms through time and across cultures. Our faculty, courses, other academic resources, and lecture series offer educational opportunities for University of Arizona students, for the Tucson community, and for interested parties nationally and internationally.  We enrich the life of our community by offering scholarship on one of the oldest and most influential civilizations in human history.

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service


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BBC Sunday Feature "The Black Cantor" with Prof. Gil Ribak
BBC Radio 3 broadcast a documentary show about the "The Black Cantor", Thomas La Rue Jones, who swept the Yiddish stage in the 1920s.  Listen to Prof... read more
We Remember Former Instructor and Head of the Hebrew Program, Carla Sebba Samore (z"l)
Carla Sebba Samore (z"l) studied and taught Hebrew at the University of Arizona in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  She passed away on April 24, 2022... read more
Major Grant award to Prof. David Graizbord and Dr. Leonard Hammer
The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies is excited to announce that Prof. David Graizbord and Dr. Leonard Hammer have been awarded a major grant from... read more


Time for Celebration!
The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies celebrates 70 years of offering Judaic Studies courses at The University of Arizona!

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Contact Info

Administrative Offices
The Louise Foucar Marshall Bldg.
845 N. Park Ave., Suite 420
Tucson, AZ 85721-0159
Tel: (520) 626-5758
Fax: (520) 626-5767

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Our Director

Beth Alpert Nakhai
Professor & Acting Director
Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
(520) 626-5762