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The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University is a hub for transformational undergraduate and graduate education, innovative faculty and student research, and accessible and engaging communal programming.

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For nearly two millennia, the Talmud has been at the center of Jewish spiritual, cultural, and social life. In his award-winning 2018 book The Talmud: A Biography, Prof. Barry Wimpfheimer explores the origins, development, and reception of the Talmud in and beyond Jewish culture. His introduction to this unlikely best-seller sheds light upon the Talmud's overlapping roles as a source of traditional teachings, a touchstone of cultural authority, and a powerful symbol of Jewishness for both supporters and critics.

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Nicole Krauss: A Literary Conversation

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Evanston

Renée and Lester Crown Speaker Series Nicole Krauss: A Literary Conversation Please join us for an evening with author Nicole Krauss, o...

Fourth Annual Water Symposium

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Evanston

Co-sponsored by the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies and the Northwestern Center for Water Research.

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Grace Overbeke wins the Mark and Ruth Luckens International Prize in Jewish Thought and Culture
Professor Barry Wimpfheimer’s book THE TALMUD: A BIOGRAPHY has won a 2018 National Jewish Book Award! Congratulations, Barry Wimpfheimer!
Podcast Interview with Sara Hirschhorn
Northwestern University was well-represented at the annual meeting of the Association of Jewish Studies on December 16-18, 2018 in Boston

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