Welcome to Jewish Studies!

Explore our website to learn more about our major and minor in Jewish Studies, the assortment of courses offered by a diversified faculty, and to see the variety of events sponsored by our program. We invite all students, alumni and friends to see what we're up to here at KU as well as in the surrounding communities.

Why major in Jewish Studies? Because Jewish Studies offers a creative environment to learn, think, and reflect about Jewish culture, history,  communities, and religion from both a national and global perspective.


News for Spring 2017

The JS faculty has been working very hard to keep Jewish Studies constantly developing.

We are well into our second year of offering BOTH a Jewish Studies minor and a major. See our websites on the two programs: the JS Minor and the JS Major.

And with the major, Jewish Studies is now an independent, stand-alone program.

We are also into our third year of sponsoring study abroad programs in Israel (Haifa University, Tel Aviv University, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and at Jewish Studies programs in other countries: check out the Office of Study Abroad: http://studyabroad.ku.edu.

In the summers, KU JS is excavating in southern Israel at Tell es-Safi, the site of ancient Gath, led by Professors Aren Maeir of Bar Ilan University and our own Eric Welch. Check out their video!

The Program has received several donations of books on Jewish subjects; we're beginning to amass quite a library! And more books may be on the way. We and the development staff of KU Libraries have been in negotiation with several prominent donors in the area to receive their libraries on Jewish topics from art to history.

This year, Professor Emeritus David Katzman has been engaged in academic research on the Jews and Jewish communities of the Midwest. In Fall 2017 we will sponsor a one-day symposium about this work with speakers and events.

And we're bringing back Gal Levy of the Open University of Israel to return in early Fall 2017 to give a lecture; Gal taught for us in 2015-2016. We look forward to seeing him again.

And we are planning other special activities this Spring; check out our calendar page for more details.

We're getting better all the time!

John Younger, Professor and Director for Jewish Studies
jyounger@ku.edu - Email me with your thoughts and suggestions!

A new major in Jewish Studies is available!

Students at KU can now earn a BA in Jewish Studies!  The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle published an article on the new Jewish Studies major, click the graphic below to view the entire article.

Upcoming Program Events

Kudos to Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at KU! Dr. Perelmutter is the keynote speaker at the first annual Linguistics Symposium at Ohio State University, themed “Language Away from the Homeland.” Dr. Perelmutter’s research interests include Yiddish and Slavic linguistics, (im)politeness, identity construction, and women’s online discourse. More information about the symposium can be found on the osu.edu website.

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