Offers a B.A. in modern Jewish studies and an undergraduate minor in Jewish studies. Adult learning through University Extended Learning and the Eldercollege program. The department also sponsors public lectures and events on campus and in the community.
Professors are Fred Astren, Marc Dollinger (Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility), Kitty Millet, Eran Kaplan (Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Israel Studies), and Rachel B. Gross (John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies).
Courses include Hebrew language; Judaism: An Introduction; Jewish Social Responsibility; American Jewish History; Jewish Literature of the Americas; Anti-Semitism; Arab-Israeli Conflict; Jewish History I: Beginnings to 1650; Jewish History II: 1650 to Present; Israeli Democracy: Politics, Institutions, and Society; Holocaust and Literature; Twentieth Century American Jewish Women Writers; European Jewish Writers; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; The Hebrew Bible; Israeli Cinema; Jerusalem: Portrait of a City; Kabbalah and Jewish Spirituality; Film and the Holocaust; Judaism: Religion and Text.
Receives support from the Koret Foundation and the Annette Dobbs Family Supporting Foundation.