Department Overview

In the Western world, Jewish thought has been foundational to our common culture. The experience of the Jewish people, however, has both reflected that of the majority culture and diverged profoundly from it.

The study of Judaism and of the varieties of Jewish experience can be both a complement, and a corrective, to any course of study examining the history and culture of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas.

From its origins to the present day, the Judaic Studies minor at Franklin & Marshall provides a comprehensive introduction to the religious, cultural and political traditions of Jewish life.

The program incorporates the history and literature of the Jewish people and their interactions with the other peoples among whom they have lived. Students will also gain familiarity with the Hebrew language.

F&M's international emphasis enables Judaic Studies students to pursue specialized studies abroad. Our students have pursued advanced studies at Hebrew University, in Jerusalem, Israel, at Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel, in Bath, England and in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

 

Hebrew at F&M

  The study of Hebrew confers many benefits, including the ability to function in and understand modern Israeli society, and a more nuanced comprehension of ancient texts. Franklin & Marshall offers three years of Hebrew language instruction as part of the Judaic Studies minor

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Learn through Exploration

Study Abroad

Connect your studies to the living cultures and histories of Judaism!  Judaic Studies students are strongly encouraged to study abroad and gain firsthand experience with Jewish cultures, language, and history.  

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Summer Awards in Judaic Studies

Watch for more information during the spring semester.  

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Steiner Summer Yiddish Program

 Exciting Opportunities for College Students and Recent College Grads! If you are a student who does not know any Yiddish, but is passionate about Jewish history, culture, art and literature, you may be eligible for a summer of tuition-free, intensive language instruction in the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program.

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Experience Jewish Life and Activities on Campus

Hillel at the Klehr Center for Jewish Life

The Klehr Center for Jewish Life has been committed to engaging Jewish students in Jewish activities so that they develop leadership skills, access service learning opportunities, and form and inform their identities as independent Jewish adults who will make an enduring commitment to Jewish life and the world.

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The Pulse


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"Traumatic Memory and Irreversible History in Primo Levi's...

Primo Levi's If Not Now, When? is a work of historical fiction describing the sufferings and small triumphs of a band of Jewish partisans, mostly Russian, who fight against the Nazis.  In his lecture...

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The Pope and Mussolini

Based on David I. Kertzer's new Book "The Pope and Mussolini" this lecture, presented in April 2014, told the story of two men who came to power in 1922, and together changed the course of twentieth-...

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Forget the Landscape: The Art of Memory in Rabbinic and...

Gil Klein, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyal Marymount University presented "Forget the Landscape: The Art of Memory in Rabbinic and Roman Texts" in February 2014.  Professor Klein...

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February 26
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Common Hour - Cultural Trauma, Social Solidarity, and Moral...

Mayser Gymnasium

Jeffrey Alexander Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 2014-15; Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of...

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