About the Bildner Center
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life is committed to academic excellence, fostering scholarly exchange and faculty research, and providing educational programs for the community at large. The activities of the Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center, a vital part of the Bildner Center, contribute to the Center's commitment to reduce prejudice and promote inter-group understanding. The Center sponsors visiting scholars who teach and contribute to the intellectual life of the Rutgers community. Working closely with the Department of Jewish Studies, it offers a wide range of programs for students and seminars for faculty. The Center connects the university with the community through its public lectures and symposia, Jewish communal initiatives, cultural events, and teacher training .
Jewish Community Initiatives
The Bildner Center serves as a resource for leadership development in the Jewish community. It develops statewide programs in cooperation with the New Jersey Jewish Federations and other community organizations for volunteer leadership and Jewish communal professionals. The Center founded the New Jersey Leadership Think Tank, a two-year project focused on building a statewide leadership network among the twelve Jewish Federations of New Jersey. The Center encourages students to explore careers in Jewish education and Jewish communal service through internships and special career seminars.
The Bildner Center offers workshops and mini-courses to public and private school teachers in the areas of Israel and Holocaust studies. Teacher training in Holocaust studies is offered through the Herbert and Leonard Littman Families Holocaust Resource Center.
The Center has been instrumental in raising funds for awards for Jewish Studies majors and minors. These competitive awards are distributed by the Department of Jewish Studies in an annual ceremony to which the students’ families, faculty and donors are invited. Awards are also offered to students who want to pursue academic study or research in Israel.