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 Fall 2016

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

We have just entered 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 (in years past, we have been "housed" in Religious Studies [2002-2012] and in the Center for Global and International Studies [2013-2016]). Our new independent status was confirmed by the Board of Regents over the summer (yay!).

We are also in 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 ther video!

The Program has received several donations of books on Jewish subjects; we're beginning to amass quite a library!

This Fall, Professor Emeritus David Katzman begins academic research on the Jews and Jewish communities of the Midwest, focusing on Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area; he has two research assistants, chosen by a national search.

We are also planning special activities this year; 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.

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