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.

Renee Perelmutter has been appointed to be the next program director of Jewish Studies!

Professor Perelmutter’s term will begin this summer. Professor Perelmutter will succeed John Younger, who retires this summer, having served since 2013.

Read about this exciting transition in the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle:

 
"Perelmutter is an Associate Professor at KU and is jointly appointed between Jewish studies and Slavic languages and literatures. Prior to this appointment, Perelmutter served as director of undergraduate studies in both Jewish studies and in Slavic languages and literatures. Over the years, Perelmutter developed and taught a variety of courses on Jewish cultures and languages... Perelmutter enjoys advising and mentoring students, and these efforts have been recognized by the Michael J. Young award for undergraduate advising. Twice Perelmutter has been selected as a finalist for the K. Barbara Schowen undergraduate research award for supporting undergraduate research in Jewish Studies and beyond."


 

 


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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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