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Center News

News and Events

May 18“Mame-loshn – s’iz dokh a mekhaye!” Yidish kave sho with Agi Legutko, Shay Pilnik, and Joel Berkowitz. Come and join us for the delight of shmoozing in Yiddish over a morning coffee! 11:00 am, Greene Museum (UWM).

May 18: Agi Legutko, "Krakow, the 'Polish Jerusalem'? Revival of Jewish Life in Poland after the Holocaust," 7:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun.

Rachel Baum was interviewed on WUWM’s Lake Effect for her role in helping to create the “Stitching History from the Holcaust” exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, based on fashion illustrations by Hedy Strnad, a Czech Jew who died with her husband during the Holocaust. UWM’s Digital Humanities Lab also helped bring Hedy’s sketches and story to life.

Lisa Silverman, professor with the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, was interviewed recently on Radio Solvenia regarding photographer Alice Schalek, December 2014.

Recent faculty updates.

The most recent and past editions of The Golden Peacock: Stahl Center Newsletter.




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Welcome to the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies

The Stahl Center serves the UWM campus and the Milwaukee community with courses and public events covering a wide variety of topics in the field of Jewish Studies. Our courses range in time from the biblical period to the present, and embrace disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences, including history, literature, theatre, film, cultural studies, Hebrew language, and religion. UWM offers a major and minor in Jewish Studies.

The Center for Jewish Studies was initially established with generous grants from the Helen Bader Foundation, the Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning, and the Andrew Scher Fund, which were matched by UWM. A generous gift from the Baye Foundation made possible the renovation of the Stahl Center's beautiful new facility: the historic Greene Museum on the eastern perimeter of the campus. The Greene Museum houses core Jewish Studies faculty and administrative staff, and includes a flexible-use space for meetings, workshops, student use, and public events.