Welcome to Jewish Studies!

Explore our website to learn more about our 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.


News for Fall 2015

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

We are now 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.

KU JS is now 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 the video!

Our proposal for a Jewish Studies major was passed by the Board of Regents on September 16. See our website on the JS Major.

And now that the major is approved, JS will be fully on its own, an independent unit. We love cooperating with other units at the university but we also look forward to being fully "fledged."

This October we are hosting the 27th annual conference of the Midwestern Jewish Studies Association, October 18 and 19, 2015 at the Eldridge Hotel in downtown Lawrence. We are proud to have been invited to host this major event.

In the meantime, we are hosting and sponsoring numerous events this year; check out our calendar!

We're getting better all the time!

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

Congratulations to Molly Rissien, KU's first student to graduate with a special major in Jewish Studies!

The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle published an article on Molly Rissien, the first student to graduate with a special major in Jewish Studies from KU this Spring, 2015.  Congratulations to Molly and all Jewish Studies graduates.

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