The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies offers interdisciplinary programs in Jewish studies on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate students from all BU colleges can pursue a minor in Jewish studies or take our courses as electives. Graduate students can affiliate with the Center. With more than thirty affiliated faculty from across the University, we offer courses in a wide range of disciplines.

Named for Elie Wiesel, the 1986 Nobel Laureate for Peace and a member of the BU faculty for nearly forty years, we strive to maintain his legacy of excellent teaching and scholarship. We are particularly committed to the study of the humanities in a Jewish key, a mission we bring to the greater Boston area through our public lectures and programs.


The Elie Wiesel Center supports faculty research, academic conferences, publications, and educational initiatives. Throughout November 2014, we are hosting a series of events, directed by Prof. Jonathan Zatlin (History), on Economic Racism in Perspective.

Arts and Culture

The Elie Wiesel Center serves as a Jewish cultural hub on campus, sponsoring public lectures, workshops, and artistic productions. In the spring of 2014, we welcomed Israeli playwright Savyon Liebrecht. This fall, we are hosting Sayed Kashua, author and creator of the Hebrew sitcom Arab Labor. In the spring of 2015, composer Matti Kovler will be our artist in residence.

Our History

Boston University has a distinguished history in Jewish studies, including visits from such luminaries as Gershom Sholem, Nahum N. Glatzer, Marvin Fox, Everett Fox, and Michael Fishbane. From Eli Wiesel and the late Saul Bellow to current creative writing faculty Leslie Epstein and Robert Pinsky, Jewish authors have long been at home on campus.

The Elie Wiesel Center is housed in 147 Bay State Road, one of BU’s most elegant historical buildings. Constructed in 1899, the former Weld family mansion is now the Bet Shlomo v’ Sarah Wiesel, named in honor of Elie Wiesel’s parents.

Community Support

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to offer scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, including opportunities for study in Israel. Your support also allows us to keep our lectures, seminars, and cultural events free and open to the public.

To learn how you can support Jewish studies at BU, contact Professor Michael Zank, Director, at or 617.353.8096.