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About Jewish Studies

What is Jewish Studies?

Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores the diverse texts, history, languages, philosophy, religion, and culture of Jewish communities across the globe and over the span of three thousand years. The Jewish Studies program at Elon provides students with the opportunity to explore these aspects of Jewish civilization from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Our program brings together courses from departments including Religious Studies, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, History and Geography, Sociology and Anthropology, Political Science and Policy Studies, and English.

Mission Statement

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 the Jewish people, 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.

Jewish Studies and Jewish Life

There is no formal connection between Elon's Jewish Studies program and Elon Hillel, though the Jewish Studies program is proud to have a strong relationship with Hillel. For more information about Elon Hillel please visit their website or contact Hillel director Rabbi Rebecca Joseph.