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

F&M in Israel: Seventy years of Nation Building

JST275 / HIS275 

This three-week course provides an introduction to Israeli history, culture, and society from its beginnings until today. We will spend our first week on the F&M campus, studying the ideologies, movements, and events that led to the creation of modern Israel and how they have shaped Israel’s physical space, material and cultural artifacts, and body politics. In Israel, we will meet with community leaders and public intellectuals and gain a firsthand perspective on many facets of contemporary Jewish life, including the tension between the secular and religious spheres, the accommodation of national minorities, and the multiethnic fabric of Israeli society. Tel Aviv will be our home base, and we will visit key museums as well as the Sea of Galilee, Zikhron Ya'akov, Jerusalem, and other sites of historical significance.

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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

February 14
event 2/14/2019

Film Screening and Discussion "Sign for Love"

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

Director Elad Cohen grew up deaf and gay in a hearing family in Israel. He never felt at home,...

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March 26
event 3/26/2019

Nancy Berg - Hebrew, Sushi, and Bad Tattoos

Klehr Multipurpose Room One 1st Floor

Nancy E. Berg, is professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at Washington University, and a...

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April 15
event 4/15/2019

A Reading with Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Writers House Reading Room

Moriel Rothman-Zecher, an Israeli American novelist and poet, is a National Book Foundation ‘5...

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December 14
event 12/14/2018

Shabbat Services

Klehr Living Room 1st Floor

Join F&M Hillel for student-led Kabbalat Shabbat services! Located on the second floor of the Klehr...

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December 14
event 12/14/2018

Shabbat Dinner

Klehr Multipurpose Room One 1st Floor

Celebrate Shabbat #theHillelway! Shabbat dinner is located at the Klehr Center for Jewish Life and...

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