Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies

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Welcome to Jewish Studies.

Jewish civilization has a recorded history of 4,000 years.  With texts spanning from the Hebrew Scriptures to post-modern writing, Jewish literature can be found in many languages.  While located in many civilizations, Jews have been most intimately involved with those of the West and the Middle East.  Studying Jews and Judaism in these contexts provides students with insight into the complexities of culture and identity.  A minor in Jewish studies well complements many majors in the humanities and enhances concentrations in the sciences. 

Public lectures, special programs, and visiting scholars enhance Jewish studies courses and provide opportunities for the entire campus and community. To discuss your needs and interests, please contact the Director of the Jewish Studies Program. 

  • March 6th, 2019,  The Irving and Regina Rosen Public lecturer  Dr. Shawna Dolansky gave a talk entitled "The Exodus: Myth or History?"

  • October 25th, 2018,  The Irving and Regina Rosen Public lecturer Dr. Ruth Behar gave a talk entitled "How to tell the Story of the Jews of Cuba: Memories, Stories, Dilemmas"

  • October 16th, 2018,  The Harry and Sylvia Rosen Symposium was given by Dr. Judith Cohen entitled "Music in the Three Religions of Medieval Iberia?"

  • On May 16th the Irving and Regina Rosen Public Lecture Series honoured the late Gerald Tulchinsky for his contributions to the fields of Canadian and Jewish History. 

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    On October 18th 2017 the Jewish Studies Program welcomed Dr. Amy-Jill Levine as part of the Iriving and Regina Rosen Public Lecture Series. 

  • Dr. Schedrin examining a scroll

    Dr. Vassili Schedrin examining and cataloging a collection of historic Torah scroll at the Rare book and manuscripts division of the Regional Research Library, Nizhnii Novgorod, Russia, 2014.

  • Lecture at the Workshop on Hebrew books and manuscripts, The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, 2014.