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.


What is Yiddish like today?
Here’s your chance to find out!

Yiddish 2020

Enroll in this NEW Language Engagement Course
Contemporary Yiddish Culture
2020 Winter Session

Learn more - Click here

Apply for a Jewish Studies Award!

Are you interested in taking a course related to Jewish studies at another institution?
Are you planning on conducting research in the US or abroad?
Are you planning on traveling to Israel to study?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might be eligible for a Jewish Studies award!
You do not need to major or minor in Jewish studies to be eligible!

Applications are open now and are due November 15th.

Click for the applications.


Nancy Sinkoff's 2018 volume of Sara Levy's World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin, has been awarded the 2019 Book Prize from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society.

Assistant Professor, Michal Raucher, received a grant to attend the Teaching with Impact Workshop hosted by the Israel Institute this coming January - Read more

Rutgers Art History graduate reflects on the humanities, Jewish studies, and study abroad - Read now

New Language Engagement Course for Winter 2020 - Contemporary Yiddish Culture

Azzan Yadin-Israel writes review in the Marginalia Review of Books, "St. Augustine's Jews and the Undeserving Poor" - Read now

Check in on the SAS students' trip to Poland with Nancy Sinkoff and watch Giovanna Tsiolas's video of the the trip around Poland - See now

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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