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.
 

Hear students discuss some of their Jewish Studies courses at Elon:

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

 


Upcoming Public Events

Professor Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College):

"Praying with their Legs: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr."

Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 pm, at Elon's Numen Lumen Pavilion

Professor Heschel will speak about the friendship and shared vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and her father, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel.   The relationship between Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King was a close friendship as well as a relationship of colleagues working together as political activists in the civil rights movement and in opposition to the war in Vietnam.

Directions to public parking at Elon are here.  For the location of the Numen Lumen Pavilion, click here.  For walking directions from public parking to the Numen Lumen Pavilion, click here.

 

 

Avi Melamed (Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College)

“Connecting the Dots: Religion and Conflict in the Middle East”

Tuesday, October 28, 4:15 pm, at Elon's Numen Lumen Pavilion

Middle East analyst and former Israeli intelligence official Avi Melamed will present and engage in conversation regarding current events in the Middle East.  Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Middle East Studies Program, and the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society.

Directions to public parking at Elon are here.  For the location of the Numen Lumen Pavilion, click here.  For walking directions from public parking to the Numen Lumen Pavilion, click here.

Department News

'Connecting the Dots: Religion and Conflict in the Middle East' - Oct. 28

Renowned analyst Avi Melamed will visit Elon to discuss connections between events such as the rise of the Islamic State and the conflict in Gaza, and underscore the role of religion in a troubled Middle East. The event in the McBride Gathering Space of the Numen Lumen Pavilion is free and open to the public.

Elon honored for diversity & inclusion programs

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized Elon with a 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, an accolade that reflects ongoing university efforts to celebrate and support students, staff, faculty and alumni of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Geoffrey Claussen publishes on Jewish Studies pedagogy

Claussen's article is included in the summer 2014 issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies (Purdue University Press).

Jewish artist Diane Palley to present and lead workshop at Elon - April 24

The world-renowned artist will share her work in the Numen Lumen Pavilion on Thursday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m.

Rebecca Joseph named new director of Elon Hillel

An ordained rabbi and founder of an award-winning seasonal and organic kosher catering company in San Francisco, Joseph comes to Elon University with deep experience in community building and fostering multi-faith leadership.