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Coronavirus Information

Our office in the Marshall Building is now open!  You can reach The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, Monday–Friday 8am-4pm, by phone at 520-626-5758 or by emailing either or Jackie Schmidt at  You may reach Martha Castleberry by phone at 520-626-5765 or by emailing  You may reach all faculty members by their email addresses posted on this website. Thank you!

Get COVID-19 updates and information for the University of Arizona community. Also, see SBS resources for continuing instruction and learning.


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
image of Prof. David Graizbord Prof. David Graizbord's new book, The New Zionists, forthcoming!

Prof. David Graizbord's new study, The New Zionists, is forthcoming from Lexington Books.  Based on interviews with American Jewish Millennials, the book explores the relationship between these subjects and Zionism, Israel, and Jewish national identity in general.

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 10:50
Time for Celebration!

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies celebrates 70 years of offering Judaic Studies courses at The University of Arizona this year!  The highlight will be the antisemitism conference being planned for February 2020.

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 10:23
Dr. Deborah Kaye Dr. Deborah Kaye accepts Editorial Board Position

Deborah Kaye has recently accepted a position on the editorial board of Religious Studies Review. She is now the editor responsible for the area of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Studies. The Religious Studies Review is a quarterly journal published through Rice University that reviews over 1,000 titles annually. Titles include groundbreaking works in the field as well as recently published books.

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 08:16
The Old Testament in Archaeology and History

"You will gain the fullest and most complete understanding of ancient Israel available." - Paul Flesher

Check out what Paul Flesher has to say about the new book... Read more
Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:57

Comparing Experiences and Lessons Learned by Sharon B. Megdal

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:39