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 Events

Professor Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) will be visiting Elon on Tuesday, October 21.  She will be giving a lecture open to the public that evening:

Dr. Susannah Heschel

"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.

Department News

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.

Honoring the innocent, one name at a time

Elon University students, faculty and staff took part Monday in the "Reading of the Names," a daylong effort on the front steps of Moseley Center that marked the start of Holocaust Remembrance Week on campus.