Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia

We are an interdisciplinary program drawing on more than thirty affiliated scholars from religious studies, history, anthropology, sociology, literature, music and other fields.​ With courses in the history, languages and literatures of the Jewish people in the Diaspora and in Israel, the beliefs, thought and practices of Judaism, the interaction between Jews and other peoples and Israeli history and memory.  

We offer a Jewish Studies Minor and Major in a thriving undergraduate environment as well as master and doctoral degrees in Jewish Textuality, Practice and Modern Thought through the Department of Religious Studies.


Upcoming Events

March 22     Jewish Studies Book Give-Away
1:00–5:00 p.m. in Nau 182 (JS Office)

March 26     Professor Michael Morgan, "Franz Rosenzweig and His Readers: Emmanuel Levinas and Emil Fackenheim"
4:00 p.m. in New Cabell Hall 236   

March 28     Jessica Andruss, “‘Be not dismayed’: Maimonides' Guide to Resisting Apostasy in Twelfth-Century Yemen”
12:00 p.m. in Nau 342

April 11        Michael Meyer, “Jewish Scholarship and Religious Commitment: The Example of Rabbi Leo Baeck” (Paul and Dorothy Grob Memorial Lecture Series and the Nir Family Lecture Series)
5:00 p.m. in the Harrison Special Collections Auditorium