Statement on the Hamas Slaughter on October 7

The Stahl Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Studies Program Note: A draft of this statement was approved by the Jewish Studies Advisory Committee and submitted for approval from our campus on October 11th. We did not receive that… Read More

No Room for Hate at UWM

On May 6th a student held up a sign of a swastika at a public event celebrating Israeli Independence Day in Spaights Plaza, at the heart of UW-Milwaukee’s main campus. While free speech protects the student’s right to express even the most loathsome views, we use our free speech to denounce the presence at UWM of this hateful Nazi symbol. We stand together as a UWM community to affirm that there is no room for hate at UWM. We applaud the university community for speaking out, and especially those students who voiced their resistance to the message of this symbol.

Michael Twitty, author of “The Cooking Gene”, at UWM

Culinary Historian Michael Twitty, author of the award-winning novel “The Cooking Gene”, was recently a part of a panel discussion held by the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM. Soon, he will be headed to Africa… Read More

Joint Statement on the “Muslim Ban”

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee faculty and affiliate faculty join together to condemn the Trump Administration’s executive order banning immigration from seven countries—also known, for good reason, as the “Muslim ban.”

Digital Yiddish Theatre Project

Center Director Joel Berkowitz is the co-founder of the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project. Learn more about the DYTP at Also visit Research: Joel Berkowitz for more information and interviews.

The First Hasidic Woman Elected to Public Office in the U.S.

Her swearing-in ceremony included a Yiddish rendition of “God Bless America,” and she switched between English, Hebrew, and Yiddish in her speech.

WUWM Lake Effect: Sarah Aroeste

Listen to WUWM Lake Effect’s Bonnie North interview Ladino singer Sarah Aroeste in “Preserving the Endangered Ladino Culture Through Music.”

Patchett’s Guide for Bookstore Lovers

Daniel Goldin and Boswell Books got a shout out in the New York Times. This independent bookstore is a Milwaukee gem. Boswell Books is a great partner with our center. Great Job, Daniel!

WUWM Interviews Joel Berkowitz

Preserving and Extending Knowledge Through the Digital Yiddish Theater Project
On October 24, 2016, WUWM’s Bonnie North Interviewed Joel Berkowtz and Debra Caplan about the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project.Listen to the interview

Dress British Think Yiddish Interview

In the article “Jewish Theater: Digital Yiddish Theatre Project” on the blog Dress British Think Yiddish, Max Sparber interviewed Joel Berkowtz and Debra Caplan about the DYTP.