Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies at Elon University

The Jewish Studies program at Elon explores the historical and contemporary experience of the Jewish people. Jewish Studies courses consider Jewish history, language and literature and the diversity of Jewish religious, cultural, philosophical, and political traditions. These courses help students to understand the distinctive ideas and practices of Jewish communities, the ways in which Jewish ideas have influenced and have been influenced by other civilizations, the conditions under which Jews have been the victims of persecution, and the significance of the establishment of the State of Israel in the 20th century. The program encourages the study of Hebrew at Elon, and it offers a range of study abroad and internship opportunities.

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Department News

Claussen publishes on Eastern European Jewish moral education

Religious Studies Professor Geoffrey Claussen's new article appears in the journal Polin.

Major gift to endow scholarship, deepen funding for Jewish studies

Elon Trustee and parent Eric Sklut and his wife, Lori Sklut, of Charlotte, North Carolina, will help bring outstanding students to the university and strengthen funding for a Jewish studies professorship.

Claussen presents on Jewish depictions of the vulnerable stranger

Religious Studies Professor Geoffrey Claussen presented at the 2017 American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Boston. 

Claussen publishes on 'Angels, Humans, and the Struggle for Moral Excellence'

Religious Studies Professor Geoffrey Claussen's chapter is included in "Jewish Religious and Philosophical Ethics," published by Routledge

Inspired by Elon, Sklut family seeks to inspire others

Elon trustee Eric Sklut and his wife, Lori, are leaders in supporting Jewish Life on Elon's campus.