The Jewish Studies Program was 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. Our goal is to ensure that the richness of Jewish culture and its impact on civilization are energetically presented to the Cornell community. We offer an undergraduate minor, and provide instruction and specialization in the fields of Semitic languages; the Hebrew Bible; medieval and modern Hebrew literature and film; ancient, medieval and modern Jewish history, Holocaust Studies, Jewish ethnography, world Jewish literature, and Yiddish culture. Our faculty come from departments and programs from across the College of Arts & Sciences, and offer a breadth of experience and research expertise.
The Program supports scholarship with regular lectures from guest speakers from around the country. These events are typically free and open to the public. For a look at some of the past lectures that we've held, visit our lecture archive.
Cornell now also serves as an access point to The USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, an unparalleled resource of some 53,000 individual testimonies of survivors of the Nazi Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, the Nanjing massacre and the Armenian genocide. In the Fall of 2015, Cornell University gained access to this powerful resource with the support of Robert J. Katz '69, Cornell trustee emeritus and former board chair of the USC Shoah Foundation, and Jonathan Aaron Boyarin, Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies and Hendrix Director of Jewish Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, Cornell University.