Welcome to Jewish Studies!

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 2019

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

Our new faculty member, Professor Rami Zeedan, has started teaching a series of  courses focusing on modern Israel, adding (in addition to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict), new courses "Politics and Gov't in Israel" (Fa2018), "Palestinian Society in Israel" and "Mandatory Palestine: 1920-1948" (Sp2019), and "Israel: From Idea to State" and "Polls & Public Opinion in Israel", the last at the graduate level.

For me, this is my last semester teaching. At the end of June 2019, I shall be retiring after 46 years of continuous teaching.

Back last Fall, we initiated the process of selecting the next Director, and the recommendations of the Search Committee were conveyed to the Dean but we have not yet heard back what he had decided.

Aside from that uncertainty, we are still moving forward and getting better all the time!

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



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Calendar of major and minor Jewish holidays

Congratulations Elizabeth Wenger!
Elizabeth Wenger has won the Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Award in writing! Elizabeth was recognized for one of her creative-nonfiction essays “Still Frame,” which is part of her larger undergraduate thesis “Dancing to Utopia.” Wenger’s writing combines personal experiences, quotations, research, and visual markers that guide readers through this creative-nonfiction essay. Wenger is a senior majoring in both English and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and a minor in Jewish Studies and in History. Congratulations Elizabeth!
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