Arizona State University Jewish Studies

Students, faculty, staff and Friends of Jewish Studies at ASU understand: knowledge is inseparable from identity formation and knowledge transforms the present and the future. Come learn with us today, and help create a better tomorrow.


Arizona Opera LogoRediscovered Voices: The Music and Stories of Jewish Composers

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | 7 p.m.
Congregation Beth Israel
| 10406 N. 56th St., Scottsdale

This free concert and lecture features Arizona Opera vocalists. Audiences will explore music from Jewish refugee composers, as well as other selections from the middle of the 20th century. Selections will include music from Arizona Lady, Brundibár and Der Kaiser von Atlantis, among others. registration required

This Arizona Opera project is funded by a grant from the Jewish Commuity Foundation of Greater Phoenix. Community partner: ASU Jewish Studies.

On the Cutting Edge...Early Bird Registration Deadline: October 8

On the Cutting Edge ... Today's Jewish Woman | 
Community Symposium
Sunday, November 1 | 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center

pre-registration required: 480-634-805
$48 ($43 if you register by Ocotber 8) | under 30: $30 | full-time college students with ID: $15

Enhance your mind and be at the top of your game! Spend the morning learning from exemplary instructors on a wide-range of amazing topics, including "The Retreat of America's Power in the Middle East, and its Consequences for Israel and the Region," aNkeynote by Devin Sper, and session topics such as "Is Paris Safe for Jews?;" "The Supreme Court and Same Sex Marriage;" and "To Be a Christian Woman in Iraq."

full symposium session and registration information (PDF)

From Eastern Europe - migrantsRegister today: first class on October 14
From Eastern Europe to the United States: Our Wandering Jewish Ancestors

Instructor: Emily Garber, M.A. in Anthropology
Wednesdays, October 14 - November 18, 2015
| 1-3 p.m.
register online
: $180 (materials included) | capacity: 30 students
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center

Have you always wanted to know where your family came from, who your distant relatives might be and where your family settled, worldwide, but you don’t know where to start? This course will get you started and provide tools to help you begin to compile and understand your family’s background. more