About Us


            In the Fall of 1985, Norman and Yedida Stillman, founders of the Judaic Studies Program at Binghamton University, discussed with their friend, Brian Savitch, an active member of the local Binghamton Jewish community, ways in which the rich academic resources of the university could be better shared with the local Jewish community.  A result of this discussion was the birth of the College of Jewish Studies (CJS), in the Spring of 1986.   

            CJS provides opportunities for adult Jewish education for the Broome County community by offering Fall and Spring programs.  Drawing on local resources and inviting scholars and experts from a range of universities and cultural and religious institutions, CJS sponsors a wide array of programs dealing with Jewish history, culture, religion, and politics. 

            The College of Jewish Studies is an informal coalition between the Judaic Studies Department of Binghamton University and several area Jewish sponsoring institutions: the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, Beth David Synagogue, Temple Concord, and Temple Israel.  Programming for CJS would not be possible without the additional financial support of the Jacob and Rose Olum Foundation, the B’nai B’rith Lectureship Fund, the Victor and Esther Rozen Foundation, an endowment fund from the former Temple Beth El of Endicott, a grant from the JoyVel Charitable Fund, a grant from The Community Foundation for South Central New York - David and Virginia Eisenberg Donor Advised Fund, and generous donations of individual sponsors.