Welcome to the Department of Jewish Studies

Jewish IconThe Department of Jewish Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of all aspects of Jewish life. Courses offered by the department address the historical, social, cultural, religious, linguistic, and political life of the Jewish people from antiquity to the present and examine the interactions of Jews with other peoples. The department’s seven core faculty members are complemented by twelve affiliated faculty from eight other departments, as well as visiting faculty sponsored by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life.

The department offers over sixty courses for undergraduates, who can major or minor in Jewish Studies.


~ New Minor ~

Holocaust Studies Minor
Coming Fall 2020

Rutgers Launches Holocaust Studies Minor 

New interdisciplinary minor addresses growing student interest in the history of the genocide.

Learn about Jewish Studies minors

Student Awards 

Congratulations to the Fall 2019 Award Recipients:

Moyagaye Bedward, Dina Fradkin, Anuska Lahiri, Amanda Leifer, and Annabelle Sinoff

Spring 2020 award applications now being accepted.

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New interdisciplinary minor announced in Holocaust Studies - Learn about the minor

Department of Jewish Studies launches Holocaust Studies minor 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz - Read Rutgers Today article

MellPosterFinalJulie Mell visits Rutgers on February 13 to discuss "Deviance, Usury and Religious Difference in Medieval Europe" -  See flyer

Join Professor Nancy Sinkoff for a conversation celebrating the publication of the first comprehensive biography of a pioneer historian in the field of Holocaust studies at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, New York City, on February 12. - See details

"Orthodox Female Clergy Embodying Religious Authority" article by Assistant Professor, Michal Raucher, is published in the Fall 2019 AJS Perspectives. Read article or check out magazine

Tartakoff CoverDepartment Chair and Associate Professor, Paola Tartakoff's new book, Conversion, Circumcision, and Ritual Murder in Medieval Europe, is now available. - Order now

Assistant Professor, Michal Raucher, receives AJS Women’s Caucus Cashmere Subvention Award for her book project Birthing Jewish Ethics: Reproduction and Ethics Amon Haredi Women in Jerusalem. This is the first time such additional awards have been given that recognize significant achievement and important scholarship.

Spring 2020 Course Schedule

Hebrew Placement Exam Information

Spring 2020 Courses

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Transfer Students

Global Field Experience 2016

Student Awards

2019 Awards

Alumni Videos

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