Jewish Studies is an exciting, interdisciplinary field that draws from history, literature and philosophy to explore the history of the Jews and of the Jewish religion.
Jewish Studies explores Judaism as a religion, but also looks at how Jews around the world have formed new interactive cultures and shared histories.
Through your coursework, you will learn the history of Judaism, and find out how this religion has grown, changed and adapted itself over the centuries, in multiple parts of the world. You will also learn about Judaism’s basic belief system, and about the long histories of anti-Semitism. Perhaps most importantly, you will explore the role of Judaism in the modern world, and see how historical events of the last century and a half have affected the Jews religiously, socially, and culturally, as well as how Judaism has affected the world.
On April 26th, 2022, executive producer Nancy Spielberg joined us for a screening of Who Will Write Our History, followed by a discussion and Q&A.
On April 5th, cookbook author and Jewish cuisine expert, Joan Nathan joined us for a lecture.
On March 8th, 2022 New York Times best selling author, Judy Batalion, joined the Purchase College Jewish Studies Program for a virtual lecture on her new book, The Light of Days: The Untold Stories of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos.
On February 1, 2022 award winning author Joan Nathan joined us to discuss the varieties of Israeli cuisine and how it reflects the wide range of ethnic diversity of the nation.