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The Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies is the center for the study of Jews and Judaism at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  It offers a variety of programs which enhance student learning, promote Jewish Studies scholarship, and contribute to the intellectual life of the Knoxville community and beyond.  Its affiliated scholars include faculty from a wide range of academic disciplines with expertise in areas ranging from the Hebrew Bible to the Holocaust.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville offers an interdisciplinary Judaic Studies major and minor as well as several scholarships to support student learning including the Dr. Rubin P. Robinson Scholarship in Judaic Studies and the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Scholarship in Judaic Studies.  Hebrew language, both modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew, are offered at the University of Tennessee of Knoxville.

The Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies offers scholarly programming including conferences, symposium and several lecture series including the Karen and Pace Robinson Lecture Series on Modern Israel and the Abraham and Rebecca Solomon and Ida Schwartz Distinguished Lecture Series in Judaic Studies.  It is home to the Journal of Jewish Identities.

The Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies began with the establishment of an endowment to support a scholar of Judaism in 1993.  Two years later, the program was named the Manfred and Fern Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies in recognition of the generosity of the major donors to the program and to the University of Tennessee.  Generous contributions since then have allowed for the growth of the program.

Please explore our website to learn more about our courses of study, diverse programming, unique learning opportunities, award winning faculty and other initiatives.

Please feel free to direct any questions to the Director of the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies, Helene Sinnreich at hsinnreich@utk.edu.


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