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The Minor In Jewish Studies

What is Jewish Studies?

Jewish Studies has a wide scope. It encompasses the study of Jews and Judaism from the Biblical period to the present.  It takes Judaism not only as a “religion,” but as a civilization and culture encompassing a rich textual tradition, literature in several languages, philosophy and theology, customs and ritual, art, music, and film.  It is by its nature interdisciplinary and can be approached, for example, from within the disciplines of history, religion, sociology, anthropology, or literary study.  Middlebury’s curriculum cannot cover Jewish Studies’ full scope, but it does offer a way into each of these fields.

The Jewish Studies Program also sponsors lectures and other events, including the annual endowed Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies. (Click here for further details.)

Breaking: Winter Term 2022 INTD 1256 "Beginner Yiddish" can be included in the Jewish Studies Minor.

Middlebury also offers a Hebrew Minor, with courses in Modern Hebrew and, by request, in Classical Hebrew.  Introductory Modern Hebrew is offered every year. Students interested in Classical Hebrew should contact Professor Schine.

Participating Faculty:

Professors: Rebecca A. Bennette (History); Robert Cohen (English and American Literatures); Tamar Mayer (Geography); Theodore Sasson (on leave, Jewish Studies); Robert S. Schine (Religion). Visiting Assistant Professor: Lana Dee Povitz (History). Israel Institute Teaching Fellow: Zohar Gazit

Program Coordinator: Vijaya L. Wunnava

Mailing List: To receive invitations to events sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, send an email to the Program Coordinator, asking to be added to the mailing list for announcements. Students, please include your class year.

Program in Jewish Studies

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