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.
Joel Kaminsky, PhD is the Morningstar Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion at Smith College.
This digital guided tour of the Jewish Museum of Greece is an introduction to the complex history of the Jewish community that had thrived there for centuries.
On February 23, 2021, Dr Benjamin Saidel gave a virtual lecture exploring the Bedouin’s sedentarization. The Bedouin are usually thought of as nomads, moving from one temporary camp to another, this isn’t always the case. Dr. Saidel discussed the archaeological and historical evidence that demonstrates, in the early 20th century, the Bedouin of Israel’s Negev desert began to settle into sedentary communities.
On October 13, 2020 the Jewish Studies Program hosted a panel of four renowned scholars who gathered virtually to discuss the latest discoveries, interpretations, and debates in the archaeology of Israel.