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Jewish Studies Program: San Diego State University

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February 12, 2016

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The Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University is an interdisciplinary program serving the students of SDSU as well as the greater San Diego Community. We offer a Major in Modern Jewish Studies and a Minor in Jewish Studies and are dedicated to teaching a broad range of topics related to Jewish history, religion and culture from the biblical through the modern period.  Courses offered through our program are open to all SDSU students. In addition, our faculty are actively engaged in teaching to the broader San Diego community.

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News and Events

When ‘Angel’ Crushed by Crane Was a Jewish Boy Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

An article in The Forward by JSP's Artist in Residence Yale Strom about David Wichs, a Jewish immigrant to the US from Prague, who was tragically killed on Feb. 5th when a construction crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan.

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Inaugural Lecture of the Rebecca E. Moore Lecture in Religious Studies

Jewish Scholars and the New Testament: Re-Evaluating the Sources for Christian Origins

March 3rd @3:00 p.m.

Book Reading

Visiting Israeli Author, Assaf Gavron, reads from his award-winning novel, The Hilltop.

March 9th @ 7 p.m.

Reading the Bible in Exile: A Prophet's Take on the Exodus from Egypt

Lecturer: Professor Risa Levitt Kohn, SDSU

March 23, 2016 @ 10:30 am

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Off the Beaten Course: Holocaust Through Film

Jewish Studies professor, Yale Strom, was recently interviewed by SDSU NewsCenter about his class Holocaust Through Film (Hist 527). The course was featured as part of their series Off the Beaten Course.

Read the article on SDSU NewsCenter.


Leading Israeli Artists Selected For U.S. Residencies Fall 2015-Spring 2016

SDSU Hosting Best-Selling Author, Assaf Gavron

Our Jewish Studies Program has been chosen among a select group of universities across the US to host one of nine leading Israeli artists who will be in residence for the 2015-16 academic year.

The artists will come as part of the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program, under the auspices of the Israel Institute, Washington, D.C. Celebrated in a variety of disciplines, including choreography, music, the visual arts and literature, the artists will spend a semester teaching and presenting their work to audiences in local communities through classes, exhibitions and performances.

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Faculty Monty Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Risa Levitt Kohn for being the recipient of this year's Faculty Monty for the College of Arts and Letters. The Monty recognizes outstanding faculty contributions and are given to faculty members in each of SDSU's seven colleges.

All of the recipients will be honored at the All-University Convocation on August 20. 

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Yale Strom Receives Award

Congratulations to Artist-in-Residence Yale Strom! He was one of ten recipients of the Creative Catalyst grant for 2015.

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Jewish Studies Program
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-6062
(619) 594-5327

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