Message from the Director

Our new website provides us with a virtual presence that accompanies the completed renovations on our decidedly brick-and-mortar new home on the eastern perimeter of the UWM campus. It also gives us a forum for highlighting the many exciting developments taking place in Jewish Studies at UWM, and reaching out across campus and into the surrounding community.

A prestigious grant from the Association for Jewish Studies will support most of the Stahl Center's public programs for the 2011-12 academic year. The Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project will fund a series of events on the theme of "Roots and Restlessness: Jewish Lives at Home and Abroad," exploring the historical roots of Wisconsin Jewry in Central and Eastern Europe, and the lives built by European Jewish immigrants in America. In addition to presentations led by UWM's Jewish Studies faculty, the series will feature lectures by three notable visiting speakers: klezmer pioneer, radio producer, and Yiddish cultural authority Henry Sapoznik; novelist/essayist/memoirist Lev Raphael; and Robin Judd, accomplished historian of European Jewry.

On campus, we continue to nurture and expand partnerships with other programs, departments, and divisions. The Stahl Center will co-sponsor two conferences in the fall of 2011: one in late October on language endangerment and revitalization, and the other in early November on critical refugee studies. Details on these and all other Stahl Center activities will be posted and updated on our website on an ongoing basis.

Our partnerships also extend beyond campus and the surrounding community. UWM recently entered into a study-abroad partnership with Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is moving toward establishing a similar partnership with Ben-Gurion University, in the southern desert city of Beersheva. These connections will greatly enhance learning opportunities for our students, and existing and new scholarships and awards can help students take advantage of such opportunities.

Please bookmark this page and return frequently for updates to our activities. These pages also make it easy for you to connect to our Facebook and Twitter pages, and to add yourself to our mailing list. So "like" us, follow us, join us—and most of all, come learn with us.

Joel Berkowitz
Director, Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies

July 22, 2011