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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Department News

New book brings to life Judaism's 'Elder of Kelm'

"Sharing the Burden: Rabbi Simhah Zissel Ziv and the Path of Musar" by Assistant Professor Geoffrey Claussen recounts the life of a 19th century Jewish leader who greatly influenced a movement focused on the development of human character.

Culinary historian to speak on Black-Jewish Identity Cooking - Nov. 10

Culinary historian and chef Michael W. Twitty will lead discussion over dinner on the theme of "Kosher/Soul: Black-Jewish Identity Cooking." RSVP required.

Shuly Schwartz: 'Rugelach, Rummage Sales, Rabbis and Rosh Hodesh Groups: The Transformative Power of American Jewish Feminism' – Nov. 4

Elon University’s Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society, and the Jewish Studies Program, host the acclaimed historian for a talk about Jewish Feminism in America

Elon listed in 'Top 60 Private Schools Jews Choose'

The inaugural issue of Hillel College Guide lists Elon University among the most frequently attended schools by Jewish students based on the total number of enrolled undergraduates.

Geoffrey Claussen publishes on "War, Scripture, and Moral Accounting"

Claussen's article was published in the June 2015 issue of The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning