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

A very “Cuban week” for Prof. Judith K. Lang Hilgartner ‘10

Cuban music and poetry highlight this past week both at Elon and the University of Virginia.

Rabbi Irving Greenberg: Seeing Israel, A Real Life Nation Through a Theological Lens - April 7

Thursday, April 7
Rabbi Irving Greenberg, “Seeing Israel, A Real Life Nation Through a Theological Lens: A Reflection on Jewish and Christian Perspectives”
McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Geoffrey Claussen publishes on Jewish perspectives on wealth and poverty

Claussen's paper titled “The Legacy of the Kelm School of Musar on Questions of Work, Wealth and Poverty,” appears in Wealth and Poverty in Jewish Tradition, ed. Leonard J. Greenspoon (Purdue University Press)

Hillel College Guide lists Elon among top 'Schools Jews Choose'

The 2015 fall edition 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 dangerous visions of 'repairing the world'

Claussen's paper was published in "Tikkun Olam: Judaism, Humanism & Transcendence", edited by David Birnbaum and Martin S. Cohen