Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies

Jewish studies explores the history, religion, literature, philosophy, and politics of one of the world’s most ancient living civilizations that influenced many other civilizations and empires across the globe. Jewish literature, including the Bible, is part of our world’s great heritage, and the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies (EWCJS) is for anyone curious about one of the world’s oldest living religious traditions and its many historical, social, and intellectual engagements across historical time and global space. Our courses are taught by faculty trained in anthropology, archaeology, religious studies, Near Eastern and Judaic studies, medieval and modern history, English and Romance literature, medicine, law, Hebrew language, comparative literature, philosophy, theology, and other fields and disciplines.

The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies offers interdisciplinary programs in Jewish studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate students can pursue a minor in Jewish Studies or a minor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies, or take our courses to satisfy Humanities and Social Science divisional credit requirements, or for elective credit. The EWCJS also supports graduate studies in conjunction with the Graduate Division of Religious Studies and other program units.

Students enrolled in Jewish studies courses benefit from small classes with dedicated teachers. We connect students with internships, offer awards and scholarships, support study abroad in Israel, and provide opportunities for independent research.

Students are also encouraged to participate in many co-curricular programs offered by the EWCJS. Serving as a Jewish cultural hub on campus, the center sponsors lectures, film screenings, and musical events that are open to all students, staff, and faculty. For a calendar of events, please refer to our website.

Study Abroad

Students accepted to Boston University’s Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program, or another accredited academic institution in Israel, are encouraged to apply for financial support from the EWCJS. Preferential consideration will be given to Hebrew and Jewish Studies minors.