The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto

Over the past five decades, the University of Toronto has developed one of the best and most comprehensive Jewish Studies programs in North America. Today the Centre offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in archeology, art, history, languages, literature, performance, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology.

Why choose Jewish Studies?

Judaism is one of the fountainheads of Western culture. In addition, students from a wide range of backgrounds choose Jewish Studies because the Centre’s courses and programs:

• Foster an understanding of the past through a highly critical engagement with Jewish and other traditions

• Explain the possibilities of  cultural renewal in the face of rapid change

• Explore the challenges and opportunities  of minorities within majority cultures

• Offer insight into Canada’s remarkable diversity and Canada’s place in an increasingly global society

Areas of Jewish Studies

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies builds on the expertise and range of its faculty members. Their diverse strengths are reflected in the four areas of concentration in the CJS graduate and undergraduate programs:

  1. Classical Judaism
  2. Jewish Philosophy and Thought
  3. Jewish History and Social Sciences
  4. Jewish Cultures, Languages, and Literatures


We are grateful for the generous support of our visionary donors over the years. 

Founders Circle

Andrea and Charles Bronfman
Canadian Jewish News Fund*
The Elizabeth and Tony Comper Foundation*
Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky-Gluskin*
Senator Jerry S. Grafstein and Carole Grafstein
Al and Malka Green
Joseph Lebovic
Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman*
Isadore and Rosalie Sharp*
Milton Shier and Family
J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff and Family
Edward and Fran Sonshine*
Anne Tanenbaum*
The Lawrence and Judith Tanenbaum Family Foundation*
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Rose Wolfe
The Sam and Ayala Zacks Foundation

($500,000 plus in alphabetical order)
*At the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto

Friends Circle
Lois and David Buckstein
Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A. Ephraim Diamond Family
Albert D. and Nancy Friedberg
Max and Gianna Glassman
David L. Goldberg Family
Israel Koschitsky Family Charitable Foundation
David Lesk
David Lipson
The Samuel Lunenfeld Charitable Foundation
Renee Lyons
Naim Mahlab
Novopharm Limited
The Oshawa Group Limited
The Posen Foundation
Jeannine and Alexandre Raab
Barrie D. Rose and Family
Dorothy and Robert Ross and Family
Sandra and Joseph Rotman
Nathan and Lily Silver Family Foundation
Burnett Thall and Chave Langbord Thall
Frederic A. Waks
Zwig Family Foundation

(Friends Circle: $50,000 plus in alphabetical order)