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Ensuring that the richness of Jewish culture is energetically presented at Cornell.

Jewish Studies Program

Celebrating 50 years of Jewish Studies at Cornell

Founded on the conviction that the record contained in the languages, literature, and history of the Jewish people, as these developed across the globe and over thousands of years, are an integral part of human heritage. 

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Sunday 05:00 PM
Oct 23
Monday 09:00 AM

Courses of Interest

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Fall 2023

Elementary Yiddish I offered MTWR 12:20-1:10 p.m. 4 credits

Judaism and Gender offered MW 11:40-12:55 p.m. 3 credits

The Jewish Atlantic: 1492-Present offered TR 1:25-2:40 p.m. 3 credits

Telling Jewish Stories offered T 11:15-1:45 p.m. 3 credits

Engage with Jewish Studies

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Take a class

Start your journey by taking a class such as “Introduction to Judaism” (JWST 2644), studying Hebrew or Yiddish, or enrolling in or one of the many other courses we offer.

Declare a major in Jewish studies

Tempted by more than one Jewish studies course? Consider pursuing a major in Jewish studies.

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Attend a program

Join a live lecture, panel discussion, literary reading, or performance, or explore our video archive of previous events. Check our event calendar.

Participate in a Yiddish conversation hour, Friday's at noon on Zoom. 

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Conduct Research

Explore the resources at the Cornell Library.

Apply for funding to support summer research and travel. We offer grants for undergraduate and graduate students!

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Get program updates

We send bi-monthly emails with program event and news updates during the academic school year. 

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Give to Jewish Studies

Your support enables the program to enhance the experience for undergraduate students. Gifts can help fund lectures and conferences, student research, distinguished speakers, and other program priorities. We will greatly appreciate and immediately put into use any gift, no matter the amount.

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Recent Publication

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Foster Child

A Midcentury Jewish American Boyhood

Isaac Kramnick

Edited by: Ross Brann

Occasional Publications of the Program of Jewish Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Studies #7, 2022

Available for purchase at the Cornell Store