Welcome to the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies

Past and present directors of the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies - left to right - Michael Brown, Martin Lockshin, Sydney Eisen, Sara Horowitz, Carl S. Ehrlich

CJS Directors: Michael Brown, Martin Lockshin, Sydney Eisen, Sara Horowitz, Carl S. Ehrlich

The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies is Canada’s first interdisciplinary research centre in Jewish Studies, bringing together a vibrant community of scholars and teachers to promote cutting-edge research in the field.

Jewish Studies encompasses the study of the texts, histories, and cultures of the Jewish people, which developed alongside and within Western and non-Western civilizations.  Uniquely Jewish intellectual, philosophical, literary, theological and social traditions developed from the Biblical period onward - distinct from but in steady interaction with the traditions of countries in which Jewish life flourished, contributing to and absorbing from the cultures they touched.  As an academic field, Jewish studies concentrates on its own inner continuities and ruptures, as well as on the ways it has affected and been affected by other cultures.  To study Jewish thought and history, then, is to gain a richer and more complex  understanding of the underpinnings of Jewish culture specifically, and Western and non-Western cultures more broadly, as well as the mutual influences which helped shape each.   A multidisciplinary nexus, Jewish Studies draws upon many methodologies and disciplines, and also contributes its insights to those disciplines.



Silent Classics of Austrian Jewish Film @ Accolade East Building, York University
May 26 @ 2:00 pm – May 27 @ 10:00 pm
The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, together with the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa, will be hosting a two-day cinematic extravaganza on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27, when we will be showing two restored silent films from interwar Austria: "Moon of Israel [Die Sklavenkönigin]" and "The City without Jews [Die Stadt ohne Juden]." These films will be accompanied by live piano music composed for them by pianist/composer Gerhard Gruber.
Moon of Israel [Die Sklavenkönigin] (a retelling of the Exodus story) will be shown on May 26th at 2:00pm.
The City without Jews [Die Stadt ohne Juden] (an eerie prediction of what would soon happen in Europe) will be shown on May 27th at 7:00pm.
Admission is free, but seats are limited. Register at https://silentclassics.eventbrite.ca
Take the TTC directly to the venue at the York University station. Or come by car. Freeparking will be validated at the Student Services Parking Garage.
Come see the one, the other, or both. We look forward to sharing this unique experience with you!