Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies

Jewish civilization spans three thousand years of history and is disseminated across the globe. Jews are a Middle Eastern people and a worldwide diaspora; their prophetic imagination is alive in Christianity and Islam; their literary production ranges from the Bible to Franz Kafka and Philip Roth; their laws are among the oldest still practiced. Modern Jewish history saw mass migration, the founding of new centers of Jewish life, including in the Americas, the unprecedented violence of the Holocaust, and the establishment of the State of Israel. The Jewish Studies minor allows you to explore this rich and complex heritage from a variety of academic approaches. Faculty from many disciplines offer courses ranging from introductions to the Bible to modern Judaism that fulfill general educational requirements as well as help you gain insight into a widely connected religious, ethnic, and intellectual culture.

The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies (EWCJS) also supports MA and PhD-level Jewish studies in the GRS Graduate Division of Religious Studies and enriches academic offerings by hosting postdoctoral fellows, visiting researchers, and adjunct faculty, including in Israel studies and the CAS Core Curriculum. The programs and resources of the EWCJS are open to all students, staff, and faculty.

For detailed program information and an events calendar, please see our website.