The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, Boston University

A unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies (EWCJS) supports students and faculty working in all areas related to Jewish history, culture, and religion.

The Elie Wiesel Center currently includes teaching and associated faculty from several departments in the College of Arts & Sciences, as well as from the schools of Theology, Law, Medicine, Public Health, and the College of Communication. We also enrich the curriculum by hosting visiting faculty, especially but not limited to Israel studies.

What do Gershom Sholem, Nahum N. Glatzer, Marvin Fox, and Elie Wiesel have in common? All of these distinguished scholars taught at Boston University! BU has a long and distinguished record in the area of Jewish studies, including the presence on its faculty for thirty six years of Elie Wiesel, the center’s namesake and the 1986 Nobel Laureate for Peace.

The Elie Wiesel Center sponsors faculty projects in research, publication, and educational initiatives, including the Posen Foundation-supported Other Within program in secular Judaism, the journal Modern Judaism (edited by Steven T. Katz), and an innovative website devoted to the economic history of the shtetl.


Starting from 2011, the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies  co-sponsers the International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry, the on-going program of the Nevzlin Center.