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Retired doctor turned rabbi shares joy of Jewish knowledge with Tucson
Judaism has always been a large part of Howard Schwartz’s life, but only after moving to Tucson did he truly fall into his role as a teacher of Jewish beliefs. The doctor turned rabbi uses his time post-retirement volunteering at different synagogues to give lectures on Judaism, and has become an integral part of the local Jewish community.
Schwartz, 83, was raised in the Bronx, New York, and didn’t follow the path to the rabbinate that his father and uncles,... Read more
Mon, 07/20/2020 - 15:36
New Book by Professor David Graizbord


The New Zionists:
Young Americans Jews, Jewish... Read more
Wed, 05/13/2020 - 16:36

Local scholar finds wisdom in Mi Shebeirach, the Jewish prayer for healing

The last few weeks have been difficult, as our entire world has changed in response to the coronavirus.

There have been times recently when I have been overwhelmed by fear and sadness and grief. At other times, I have savored the quiet of a slowed-down life and been awed by the generosity and compassion of people stepping up to take care of each other in so many different ways.... Read more
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 15:46

We Remember Professor Shlomo Aronson (z”l)

Shlomo Aronson (z”l) was The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Visiting Professor in Israel Studies in The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies from 2007-2009. Born in Tel Aviv in 1936, Aronson was Professor of Political Science at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He had a diverse and successful professional life. His book Hitler the Allies and the Jews (Cambridge University Press, 2004) received the Israeli Political Science Association Award for outstanding book in English, as well as... Read more
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 12:32

Reflections: Being on Sabbatical During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This is the second Reflections on my Spring Semester sabbatical activities. While a sabbatical is intended as a time away from some routine faculty activities, it is not meant to be time off from professional endeavors. Faculty members must receive approval of their planned sabbatical program. My... Read more
Fri, 03/27/2020 - 12:31

Cancelled Talks & Lectures for Spring 2020

Due to the COVID-19 Virus concerns, The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies has cancelled ALL talks and lectures for remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.  We will resume and reschedule these events for Fall 2020.  Please check back on our website for updates and further information.  We appreciate your support and understanding.




Wed, 03/11/2020 - 11:44
Contradictions & Tropes of Antisemitism International Conference

Antisemitism continues to plague our world. It appears in a wide range of forms from ill-informed statements to murderous rampages. That it never goes away is obvious to all. But how is today’s antisemitism different from earlier forms, and how can individuals and societies combat it?

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies with Title Sponsors Ken and Linda Robin will host an international conference focused on the tropes and vocabulary of political Antisemitism.... Read more
Tue, 11/05/2019 - 10:45

You've Got It All Wrong About Water

Dr. Itzchak Kornfeld has litigated numerous environmental and water disputes. Scarcity of water, high population density, power imbalances, and climatic stressors are the main factors that push countries towards either cooparation (technical or political) or disputes in transboundary river basins.  Dr. Kornfeld's presentation will focus on how the U.S. Supreme Court addressed three-decades-long disputes between states over shared rivers. It has been almost one hundred years since the... Read more
Fri, 10/11/2019 - 16:21

Speaking to Power: What's Next for Religious Institutions after #MeToo?

Panel discussion on religion and the #MeToo Movement is being held on Tuesday, October 15th at 7pm in the UA Poetry Center

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 16:12
image of students 2019 Arizona in Israel Program was a great success!

The second iteration of Judaic Studies' Arizona in Israel Summer Program was a great success!  Five students lived in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the Jezreel Valley and took UA courses taught by JUS faculty on the subjects of Jewish Civilization and Human Rights in Israel.  All of the students received awards from the Center's fantastic supporters in the Tucson Jewish community. 

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 10:55