About the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies

The Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan is a leader in Jewish studies, with faculty from top-tier departments throughout the University of Michigan offering an interdisciplinary curriculum. The Frankel Center offers students opportunities for in-depth study in Jewish history and culture, including unique courses in Yiddish. With the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, the University of Michigan houses the only scholarly program of its kind at a public university in the United States.

About the David W. Belin Lecture in American Jewish Affairs

Each year since 1991, the Frankel Center has brought a prestigious scholar to campus to address diverse dimensions of American Jewish culture. The lecture was established through a generous gift from the late David W. Belin, an alumnus of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Business School, and the Law School of the University of Michigan.

A distinguished public servant, Belin served as counsel to the Warren Commission, which investigated President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and was executive director to the Rockefeller Commission, which investigated CIA activities within the United States. Belin, of Des Moines and New York, was equally engaged in issues confronting American Jews during these tumultuous decades. A founding Chairman of Reform Judaism’s Outreach Commission and founding member of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, Belin initiated action on aspects of intermarriage and the Holocaust, two key elements of American Jewish identity politics. His leadership reflected his concern for the future of American Jewry and stimulated him to endow an annual lectureship in 1991 to provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary Jewish life in the United States.

This project is the published lectures of the David W. Belin Lecture in American Jewish Affairs, and is now available online for your convenience.