Welcome to the Jewish Studies Program
Jewish studies offers the opportunity to explore the history, cultures, texts, and religion of the Jewish people. Because of the geographic, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the Jews and the long timeline of Jewish history, the field of Jewish studies provides rich possibilities for cross-cultural and comparative study. The program explores the evolving interactions between Judaism and Christianity, Islam, and other religions, as well as the multifaceted interactions between Jewish communities and the majority cultures within which they have lived.
Committed to the Experiential Liberal Arts, the Jewish Studies Program offers:
- Courses which require observation and experience of Jewish practice and liturgy, and visits to sites of Jewish interest in Boston;
- New courses making use of tools from the digital humanities in collaborative projects;
- An immersive and experiential Dialogue to Israel with a dual focus on literature and politics, wide travel, and the opportunity for discussions with Israelis and Palestinians;
- Co-curricular programs including Jewish text study, films and music, and Holocaust Awareness Week commemorations and survivor testimonies.
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Lori Lefkovitz, Ruderman Professor of Jewish Studies
The Jewish Studies Program is grateful for the generous support of the Ruderman Family Foundation.
Ruderman Professor of Jewish Studies; Director of Jewish Studies Program; Professor of English
Lori Hope Lefkovitz is the author of In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identity (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010), which was named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the category of Women’s Studies. Her awards i…