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Jewish Studies Program

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. The program also houses the Lipinsky Institute, which supports our community outreach and annual visiting Israeli professorships.

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By supporting Jewish Studies, you are helping to ensure that we remain able to develop new courses, pursue original research, and provide thought-provoking public lectures, programs and outreach to the community.

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Upcoming Events

  • Through the Lens: Israel’s Success in Television Netflix's "The Girl from Oslo" on Jan. 27 at 1:15 p.m. PST
  • Israel's English-Language Media and its Jewish-American Readers on Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. PST

Learn more about these events.

Virtual Front Desk

Need help?  Contact our front desk via Zoom:
Monday-Friday from 10 am to 12 pm.

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Visiting Professors and Artists

Each year Jewish Studies hosts visiting Israeli scholars and artists to teach contemporary Israel Studies for students of all backgrounds. The program is supported by the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative, which seeks to strategically promote, support and catalyze knowledge discourse and interaction on the modern state of Israel through scholarship, engagement and collaboration.

Meet Our Visiting Israeli Scholars for the Academic Year 2022/23:

Ido Aharoni
Amb. Ido Aharoni
Tel Aviv University and NYU

Haneen Magadlah
Haneen Magadlah
Hebrew University

Ran Tal
Ran Tal
Tel Aviv University

Matan Yair
Matan Yair
Filmmaker

Learn more about the program.

Hillel College Guide

Hillel InternationalSan 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.

Resources for Faculty

Murray Galinson San Diego Israel InitiativeThe Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative seeks to strategically promote, support and catalyze knowledge discourse and interaction on the modern state of Israel through scholarship, engagement and collaboration.