Welcome to the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers


The department offers over sixty courses for undergraduates, who can major or minor in Jewish Studies, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies.

The 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 also encourages students to study Jewish life beyond the classroom through internships, study abroad, and a variety of public programs sponsored by the Bildner Center, including the annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival. Financial support is available to qualified students for study abroad and other scholarly pursuits in Jewish Studies.


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Paola Tartakoff Michal Raucher
 Chair Undergraduate Director

Jewish Life at Rutgers