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

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

Geoffrey Claussen presents at international conference on religion and violence
Geoffrey Claussen, Lori and Eric Sklut Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies and Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, presented a paper at Wake Forest University's April 2015 International Conference on Religion, Violence and Peace. 

 

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