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.

NEW! "Artist in Residence" online exhibit by Noa Yaari 



Reimaging/Reimagining the Jewish Past: 2020 Leonard Wolinsky Lectures in Jewish Life and Education
Sep 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Welcome to the 2020 Leonard Wolinsky Lectures on Jewish Life and Education: “Reimaging/Reimagining the Jewish Past.” 

Our distinguished lecturers will include Prof. Steven Fine of Yeshiva University who will discuss '“Titus You’re Gone, But We’re Still Here, Am Yisrael Chai”: Modern Jewish Pilgrimage to the Arch of Titus ', and Prof. Rachel Hallote of the State University of New York at Purchase, who will talk about 'Imagining Ancient Jews in 19th century Palestine: The Rediscovery of the Holy Land and the Birth of Biblical Archaeology'.

Please join us either on Zoom or Youtube.

You will not want to miss this fascinating program!