Queen's University

Focus on faith in society grows Jewish Studies

2010-03-19

Faculty are responding to an increasing demand for religious studies, by offering two new courses in Jewish Studies: Jewish and World Civilization and Sages, Scholars and Rabbis.
Howard Adelman, Queen’s new Director of Jewish Studies, says that the faculty has very strong enrolments in all their courses.
“Jewish enrolment on campus has really grown,” says Dr. Adelman. “Queen’s is attracting many high school graduates of the major Toronto Jewish day school, CHAT (Community High School of the Greater Toronto Jewish Community).  The Rector and the President of Alma Mater Society are both CHAT grads.”
Queen’s is also home to Hillel House, a popular campus organization run by students. It has been the hub of Jewish social and cultural activity on campus since the 1940s.
Dr. Adelman suggests that we are at a point where students can enter with no background in Jewish Studies and follow a course of study that will lead them to reading modern literature and media or biblical texts. However, students who come to Queen's with strong backgrounds in Hebrew can also build on their Jewish Studies skills.
To arrange an interview with Dr. Adelman contact Molly Kehoe, 613.533.2877 molly.kehoe@queensu.ca, or Alissa Clark, 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, alissa.clark@queensu.ca, Queen’s News & Media Services

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