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 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.

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Hear students discuss their experiences with Holocaust studies, study abroad, and internships:


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Prof. Jon Levenson (Harvard University)

"The Binding of Isaac in the Three 'Abrahamic' Traditions: The Jewish-Christian-Muslim Debate"

LaRose Digital Theatre (at the Koury Business Center), 7:30 pm

Levenson, the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School, will explore parallel texts from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions and will demonstrate both the strengths and the limitations of the claim that these three religious traditions constitute varieties of one “Abrahamic Religion.”

Sponsored by the Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, the Lori and Eric Sklut Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies Program, the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society, the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Religious Studies Department.

Public Parking is available at the Koury Business Center, 400 N. O’Kelly Avenue, Elon NC 27244

Department News

Jon Levenson, 'The Binding of Isaac in the Three "Abrahamic" Traditions: The Jewish-Christian-Muslim Debate' - March 17

Geoffrey Claussen elected president of the Society of Jewish Ethics

Elon student awarded Holocaust Studies scholarship

Kelly Swaim ’17, recipient of the Miriam and Abe Brenner Holocaust Education Scholarship, traveled to Europe during Winter Term 2015 as part of Elon’s "Holocaust Journey" study abroad course.

David M. Crowe presents research on international law

One of Elon University's top scholars shared new work this fall into the evolution of Nazi laws that stripped Jews of their possessions during Hitler's reign and of the first genocide trials conducted after World War II.

'Praying with their Legs: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.' - Oct. 21

Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) will speak about the friendship and shared vision of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and her father, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, at 7:30 p.m. in the Numen Lumen Pavilion.