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UC-Berkeley Starting Jewish Studies Center

By: JTA

The University of California, Berkeley is launching a Center for Jewish Studies.

The university made the announcement of the center, for which it allotted $1 million, on Wednesday. The center will be inaugurated Oct. 30.

“The center will expand the breadth of Jewish studies scholarship here, connect more students to the wealth of Jewish studies resources across the campus, and enrich the university’s engagement with the Jewish community in the [San Francisco] Bay Area and beyond,” Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said.

The center will serve as the focal point for faculty and courses from various disciplines and departments, ranging from comparative literature and law to theater and dance.

Its addition enhances California’s reputation as a magnet for scholars and students in the field of Jewish studies. Stanford and UCLA also have major Jewish studies centers.

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2 Responses to “UC-Berkeley Starting Jewish Studies Center”

  1. Myriam Obadia says:

    What happened? A donkey died?

  2. The university Jewish centers throughout the country should also include educating people about Israel. College campuses have become a hot bed for boycott and divestment rallies and other anti Israel venues. The Arabs have been donating boat loads of money to higher education institutions in order to set the agenda in the design and structure of classes about the middle east or anything relating to Israel. In some schools, the Arabs have committees that oversee what text books are used, subject matter, and even teachers. This goes a long way in allowing the Arabs to maintain and expand their slander and demonization of Israel propaganda going. However, people have to have an open enough mind to listen to the facts. But, the establishment of Jewish centers are an important step in trying to counteract bigotry against Israel.

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