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Graduate Study

This list was compiled from the Association for Jewish Studies. This list of graduate programs in Jewish Studies can aid students looking to further their education in this area. Specialties covered by the graduate programs below include: Jewish Studies, Hebrew, Yiddish, Hebrew Bible, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Jewish Nonprofit Management, in addition to several others.

Institution Location PhD MA Certificate
Academy for Jewish Religion, California Los Angeles, CA   X  
Academy for Jewish Religion, New York Yonkers, NY   X  
American Jewish University Bel Air, CA   X X
Boston University Boston, MA X X  
Brandeis University Waltham, MA X X  
Brown University Providence, RI X X  
Claremont Lincoln University Claremont, CA X    
Clark University Worcester, MA X    
Columbia University New York, NY X X  
Concordia University Montreal, QC X X  
Cornell University Ithaca, NY X    
CUNY-Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY   X  
Duke University Durham, NC X X  
Emory University Atlanta, GA X   X
Fairleigh Dickinson University Madison/Teaneck, NJ X    
George Washington University Washington, DC   X  
Graduate Theological Union Berkeley, CA X X  
Gratz College Melrose Park, PA X X X
Harvard Divinity School Cambridge, MA X X  
Harvard University Cambridge, MA X X  
Hebrew College Newton Centre, MA   X  
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Los Angeles, CA X X  
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion New York, NY X    
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Cincinnati, OH X X  
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Jerusalem, Israel   X  
Hebrew University of Jerusalem- Rothberg Jerusalem, Israel   X  
Indiana University Bloomington, IN X X  
Jewish Theological Seminary New York, NY X X  
Kean University Union, NJ   X  
Maimonides College Toronto, ON X X  
McGill University Montreal, QC X X  
Middlebury College Middlebury, VT   X  
New York University New York, NY X X  
Ohio State University Columbus, OH X X  
Queen Mary, Institute of London London, UK   X
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Wyncote, PA X X X
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Galloway, NJ   X  
Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ   X X
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies Chicago, IL X X X
Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv, Israel   X  
Touro College New York, NY   X  
Towson University Towson, MD   X  
University of Calgary Calgary, AB   X  
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA X    
University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA X X  
University of Chicago Chicago, IL X X  
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT   X  
University of Denver Denver, CO X X  
University of Manchester Manchester, UK X X  
University of Maryland College Park, MD   X X
University of Melbourne Melbourne, Victoria X X  
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI X X X
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA X X  
University of Sydney Sydney, NSW X X  
University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario X X  
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA X X  
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI X X  
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI   X  
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN   X X
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO X X  
West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA   X X
Yale Divinity School New Haven, CT   X  
Yale University New Haven, CT X    
Yeshiva University New York, NY X X  
York University Toronto, ON X X  


Jewish Studies Program statement in solidarity with protests against police brutality

Beloved community,

As an academic program in the University of Kansas, we stand in solidarity with Black Americans -- including Black Jewish people -- and everyone hurting after the senseless, brutal murder of George Floyd and all people targeted by systemic racism and injustice in our country. We continue to be committed to our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This morning, the Association for Jewish Studies sent out an email reminding us that as scholars of Jewish Studies, we are keenly aware of the devastating impact of discrimination and violence against minority groups. Dr. Cécile Accilien, the Chair of the KU Department of African and African-American studies, shared with us the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

The Jewish Studies academic community is rich and diverse – it includes scholars and students who are Jewish and non-Jewish, scholars and students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and from multiple denominations and creeds, people who are immigrants (like myself) and those who are American-born. The Bible commands: צֶ֥דֶק צֶ֖דֶק תִּרְדֹּ֑ף tzedek tzedek tirdof, which translates into English as “Only justice shall you pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). In this well-cited verse, the Hebrew word tzedek, or justice, repeats twice. There can be many explanations of the repetition – textual interpretation in all its many forms is a beloved pursuit for many of us. Today, I am going to give you my own interpretation -- though I am sure that it already exists somewhere in the treasury of Jewish exegesis. One tzedek, or justice, you must pursue for yourself and for people like you; that is, perhaps, the justice that is easiest to understand, because we keenly feel injustices committed against ourselves and people like us. The other tzedek is the justice you must pursue for the sake of people who are not like you. It is often a harder lesson, but a necessary one. The justice, or tzedek, which we pursue thus also becomes a gift of chesed, of lovingkindness that enriches all of us.


In solidarity,

Dr. Renee Perelmutter,

Director of the Jewish Studies Program

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