Avukah: The Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Studies

by CJS




Inaugural Editors’ Message

The 2018 Editorial Board is proud to present the first edition of Avukah, the undergraduate journal of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A few months ago, Avukah was only an idea.  Over the course of the Spring 2018 semester, the board has collaborated in the publication of a journal that highlights their peers’ work in the field of Jewish Studies. “Avukah” is the Hebrew word for “torch.” We find this term fitting, given our journal’s mission: to bring light to those topics – historical, religious, political, social, or cultural – related to Judaism, Jews, and Jewishness.  Throughout the peer review process, our board committed itself to ensuring that this publication would illuminate the rich diversity of Jewish life in academia. We hope that future editions of Avukah will continue this tradition.


Access the current issue of Avukah here.


Avukah Podcast

Avukah’s Editorial Board is proud to present our very first podcast. This audio project is a series of interviews with the authors featured in our Spring 2018 journal. While each conversation is unique, they all center around how a historical Jewish figure has shaped the past and present.


To listen, click here.



Hilary Miller

Editorial Board:
Jordan Crane
Ally Dweck
Lily Gray
Hannah Paley
Riley Shoemaker
Hannah Widmaier

Caitlin Griffin