The Center's History and Mission

The Jewish Studies Program at Northwestern has grown steadily since its founding more than 25 years ago. Today the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies is a thriving intellectual hub, a place where students, faculty, and the wider community come together to explore all aspects of Jewish civilization.

  • 1984 The Jewish Studies program is founded by Northwestern faculty as an inter-departmental program of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • 1987 Philip and Ethel Klutznick endow a professorship and an annual lecture in Jewish civilization in partnership with The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
  • 1994 Jewish Studies is established as a Minor in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2000 The Crown Family endows Jewish Studies, which is renamed The Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies. The endowment establishes two professorships in Jewish Studies and provides funding to expand Jewish Studies programming.
  • 2008 Jewish Studies is established as a Major in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2011 Jewish Studies is established as a Mellon Interdisciplinary Cluster of The Graduate School.
  • 2012 The Crown Family endows Israel Studies, establishing two professorships in Israel Studies and providing support for expanded Israel Studies programming. The Center is renamed The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies.