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About Us

The Modern Jewish Studies Major provides an understanding of the diversity of Jewish life over time and place as a result of the interaction of Jewish culture, history, languages, politics, and religion with other civilizations. In 2013-2014, over 45 courses or course sections were offered by the Program and more than 2,000 students were enrolled in Jewish Studies courses.

The Program also brings Visiting Israeli Professors and Artists to SDSU and the San Diego Jewish Community, supports an Artist-in-Residence, houses the archives of the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego, and coordinates a number of distinguished annual lectures by scholars from around the world, including:

  • Glickman-Galinson Symposium on Israel & Middle East
  • Robert Siegel Lecture on Diaspora Jewry
  • Wallman Lectures in Modern Torah Interpretation
  • Al and Norma Cooper Lecture in Modern Jewish Politics
  • Nasatir Lecture in American Jewish History
  • Maurice Friedman Lecture in Modern Jewish Thought
  • Baron Fund Lecture on Ethics in Education
  • Dorothy Stuzane Lecture on Women and Judaism
  • Dorris Lipinsky Lecture on Jewish Performing Arts