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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 .

 Visiting Scholars

The Bildner Center brings visiting scholars to Rutgers to promote research and scholarly exchange and to teach courses in Jewish Studies. Visiting scholars contribute to the intellectual vigor and diversity of Rutgers' educational experience, adding to its growing reputation as a center of excellence in the burgeoning field of Jewish studies. Visiting scholars participate in faculty seminars and contribute to the Bildner Center educational activities within the university as well as its outreach programs for the community. Faculty and visitors affiliated with the Center pursue a wide range of research areas within the field of Jewish Studies, such as Eastern European Jewish history, Jewish immigrants in America, Jewish religious movements, early Rabbinic Midrash, Hebrew and Yiddish literature and culture, Jewish identity and education, Jewish memory, Israeli politics, Israeli society and culture, Jews and the media, and the ethnography of Jewish communities.

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.

Teacher Training
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.

Student Programs

The Bildner Center hosts various extracurricular programs for Jewish Studies students and enriches Jewish Studies classes through the support of class trips and in-class guest speakers. The Center sponsors special lectures, educational programs, and cultural events for Rutgers students, and supports various programs offered by Rutgers Hillel and other student organizations on campus.

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.

Contact Us

Bildner Center
12 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
P (848) 932-2033
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