The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies serves the UWM campus and the Milwaukee community through coursework and public events covering a wide variety of topics. Subject matters span time periods from the biblical era to the present and draw from both the humanities and social sciences, including history, literature, theatre, film, cultural studies, Hebrew language, and religion.
The Center was initially established with generous grants from the Helen Bader Foundation, the Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning, and the Andrew Scher Fund, which were matched by UWM. A generous gift from the Baye Foundation made possible the renovation of the Stahl Center's beautiful new facility: the historic Greene Museum on the eastern perimeter of the campus. The Greene Museum houses core Jewish Studies faculty and administrative staff, and includes a flexible-use space for meetings, workshops, student use, and public events.
Each year, the Center hosts a full schedule of events ranging from musical and theater performances, to art exhibitions, to guest lectures by renowned experts in the field. Many of these events are hosted on the UWM campus, but as part of our public outreach mission, many are also held in the community at museums, synagogues, and community centers. We regularly partner with external collaborators including the Coalition for Jewish Learning, the JCC Milwaukee, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, and the Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning.
The Center supports academic programming in Jewish Studies including both a major and a minor.