Friends of Jewish Studies

Make a Gift to the Jewish Studies Program​

You can help advance Jewish Studies at UVA. Your gift can make a big difference by guaranteeing that our program continues to develop. You may choose to enrich student life, to develop curricula, to support faculty research, to endow a lecture series, or to sustain other opportunities.

Deborah Gabry Memorial Lecture Series on Contemporary Jewish Issues

The University of Virginia's Jewish Studies Program is honored and pleased to host the "Deborah Gabry Memorial Lecture Series On on Contemporary Jewish Issues," which brings a distinguished scholar to the Grounds each Fall to deliver a lecture to the University community on a contemporary Jewish issue of import.

The first lecture in the series was held in the Fall Semester of 2012. The most recent lecture in the series took place at UVA on Thursday, October 24, 2019. The speaker was Dr. Joanna Michlic, Research Fellow at the University of London Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.  She spoke on the resurgence of antisemitism in Europe. 

The children of Paul and Dorothy Grob, inspired by their parents’ dedication, have endowed the Grob lecture series at the University of Virginia in their memory.  Every spring, the Jewish Studies Program  invites an eminent scholar to Charlottesville to deliver a community-wide presentation on important issues relating to Jewish American Life.  The scholar also participates in symposia, workshops, and other artistic events with faculty and students in the Jewish Studies Program.

Levin Family Prize

Thanks to the generosity of Barry Levin and his family, the Levin Family Prize is awarded every year at graduation to the best student in Jewish Studies. Barry attended UVA Law School and his two daughters were undergraduates at UVA. One of his daughters studied Jewish Studies and is now a rabbi.

The Nir Family Speaker Series for Jewish Studies

The Nir Family Speaker Series takes place each spring and began in 2014 with the goal of inviting distinguished speakers from around the world to UVA to speak on Israel and Holocaust issues. Aaron Nir (’87) and his family made this gift to offer the University community ongoing exposure to these important issues and to enrich the environment for Jewish Studies at UVA. 

Paul and Dorothy Grob Memorial Lecture Series on American Jewish Life

The children of Paul and Dorothy Grob, inspired by their parents’ dedication, have endowed a the Grob lecture series at the University of Virginia in their memory. Every spring, the Jewish Studies Program invites an eminent scholar to Charlottesville to deliver a community-wide presentation on important issues relating to Jewish American life. The scholar also participates in symposia, workshops, and other artistic events with faculty and students in the Jewish Studies Program. The 2020 Grob lecture was held on Oct. 29, 2020, when Professor Ronit Stahl of the University of California, Berkeley spoke on, "Lessons from RBG: Jews and Religious Freedom in America."