Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University


Yael Aronoff - Michigan State Jewish Studies


MSU’s Jewish Studies Program is very pleased to announce we will begin a job search this fall for the new William and Audrey Farber Family Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History. This will be the first such chair in Michigan, and one of about twenty across the country. This teacher-scholar will be a joint appointment between James Madison College and the Department of History. The Farbers have committed $1.5 million and Michael and Elaine Serling have generously committed an additional $500,000 toward the endowment. The MSU Jewish Studies Program is seeking an additional $1 million to support and strengthen the resources available for the Farber Family Chair and make it sustainable for years to come.

We are also pleased to announce that Ed Brill and his sister Leslie Van Brandt have donated $150,000 in memory of their brother Michael Brill to Jewish Studies. This gift will enable the MSU Library to contract with the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive (a Steven Spielberg project with over 50,000 survivor testimonies) for up to 10 years. This will be an incredible resource for faculty and students to conduct primary research. Only 25 American universities have such access.

Click here for Jewish Studies Courses for Spring 2016

Thank you to Selma Hollander for her endowment to Jewish Studies, which enabled us to bring David Broza to Michigan State University in October 2015.

Selma Hollander with David Broza. Her endowment to Jewish Studies enabled us to bring David Broza to MSU and she thoroughly enjoyed the concert.



Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 pm
MSU Main Library, W444
Kessler Film Event
“The Zigzag Kid” (2012), directed by Vincent Bal

Yael Aronoff will introduce the film. Israel Institute and Serling Israeli Visiting Scholar Yuval Benziman and Laura Apol, MSU Education, children’s and adolescent literature, will discuss the film and answer questions afterward. Co-sponsored by MSU Libraries, James Madison College, and the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.


Friday, December 4, 10:00–11:30 am
Wells Hall B-342
Jewish Studies Faculty and Student Research Seminar
Radical Orthodoxy and the Controversy over Women’s Education”
Ilan Fuchs, visiting scholar, University of Michigan
Co-sponsored by James Madison College, Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for Gender in Global Context.


Study Abroad in Israel: Dr. Yore Kedem will be leading the program in summer 2016. Dr. Kedem is Michigan State University’s new Hebrew instructor and instructor for a class on immigration. For details about Study Abroad, contact Yael Aronoff at or Yore Kedem,




Sarah KovanSarah Kovan (CCP/Honors College/human biology senior) has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship! Sarah was nominated for the Rhodes and Mitchell Scholarships. Kovan has taken part in study abroad programs in Israel and Spain, and the Michigan State Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program.


Jewish Studies Faculty and Student Research Seminar
“Radical Orthodoxy and the Controversy over Women’s Education”

Friday, December 4, 10:00–11:30 am in Wells Hall B-342
With Ilan Fuchs, visiting scholar, University of Michigan


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