CLASS College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Youngstown State University
Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies  


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The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at Youngstown State University is the product of the efforts of both university and Youngstown community members. The program is housed in the Department of History at Youngstown State University.

Calendar of Events Spring 2015

Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival


Studying the Jewish & Islamic Traditions

Tuesday, November 17, 2015; Tuesday, March 1, 2016; Tuesday, April 5, 2016

7 PM

Gallery Room, Kilcawley Center

“From the spoken word to the written word”

Please join Dr. Helene Sinnreich, Director of Judaic and Holocaust Studies, and Dr. Mustansir Mir, Director of the Center for Islamic Studies, for a study session on the impact of written holy works on Jewish and Islamic culture.

Free & open to the public

Guests may park in the M2 parking deck on Lincoln Avenue.  Please go to the Arlington Street entrance, and ask the attendant for a parking pass.  For more information, please contact Kristyn Wolf at 330.941.1604 or Judaic AT ysu DOT edu.

Sponsored by the Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies.

Film Festival Screening: An American Tail

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

All purpose room, Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH


Trip: Jewish New York

April 15-18, 2016

Travel to New York City for a class on Jewish history in New York City.  This three credit course will teach students about Jews and Jewish religious practice, Jewish immigration to New York, Jewish art, the Holocaust, and Jewish life in New York City today.  Students will visit the Jewish Museum, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Tenement Museum, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue (the first synagogue in the United States), tour the Lower East Side and visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage.  Students will also have free time to explore other parts of the city.  Cost: $500 plus tuition.  For more information, see Dr. Helene Sinnreich.  Space is limited and will go first to those enrolled in the graduate or undergraduate course.


Lecture: Talking to Survivors: Lessons of an oral testimony interviewer for the Shoah Foundation

April 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Youngstown Center Industry and Labor

Louis Schmidt was an oral testimony interviewer for the Shoah Foundation.  He will discuss his experiences interviewing Holocaust survivors.



Contact Us

The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies office is located in Room 524 of DeBartolo Hall on the Youngstown State University campus. The Center houses a collection of Judaic and Holocaust Studies resource material and is open to students and the community.

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To contact us, please write to:

Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555
judaic AT ysu DOT edu

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