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Jewish Studies Program: San Diego State University

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May 25, 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

Vising Israeli Professor for 2016/17

Meet our new Vising Israeli Professor for 2016/17: Dr. Oded Brosh. Dr. Brosh is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy and Director of M.A. Specialization in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. His expertise is in the field of nuclear politics, strategy in the nuclear age, deterrence and strategic development; nuclear proliferation and political, strategic and technological issues of weapons of mass destruction.

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Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist 2016/17

For the second year in a row the Jewish Studies Program has been chosen among a select group of 14 US universities to participate in the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program, under the auspices of the Israel Institute, to host leading Israeli artists who will be in residence for the 2016-17 academic year. We are thrilled to be hosting actress Dana Ivgy who will be in residence at SDSU for the spring 2017 semester. Ivgy starred most recently in “Zero Motivation,” which won Best Narrative Feature and the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and for which she received a Best Actress Award (her second) from the Israel Film Academy.

Learn more about our visiting artist.


Hillel College Guide

San Diego State University is listed among the top 60 public universities in North America where Jewish students choose to attend according to the latest Hillel College Guide.

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Prime Minister for a Day

Visiting Israeli Scholar, Chanan Naveh, and students in his Spring class, took part in simulations of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the current Syrian conflict.

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Greetings From Israel

Jewish Studies major, Peter Young, is spending a semester at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Learn more about his experience


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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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.


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 were honored at the All-University Convocation on August 20, 2015. 

Read the article on SDSU NewsCenter

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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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