An interdepartmental program, Jewish Studies complements wide range of academic majors in the humanities and the sciences, empowering students of all backgrounds and professional goals with critical thinking and writing within and across disciplines.

The study and

understanding  of Jewish history,

religion, and

culture, in the

global context.

The rich and diverse content of the Jewish experience, perpetuating shared memories, values, and traditions, through literature, music, and the arts, underscores the complex nature of the universal human condition. 

Unbeholden to the common categorical distinctions we make of sacred & profane, secular & religious, home & homelessness, class & classlessness, time & timelessness, power & powerlessness, mind & matter, race & nation, history & memory, culture & ethnicity, national & international, multiculturalism & pluralism, white & black, us & them.


For information about the minor click HERE.

Ignat (Shimshon) Ayzenberg

Program Coordinator

udley Moorhead Hall,141
MTWTh, 9am-12pm
or by appointment

On October 10, 2018, we had the pleasure of Dr. Nava Ben Zvi visiting our campus, here is the video of our conversation.

To continue, here.


A Statement on Freedom of Expression

Since, recently, certain individuals on college campuses have made grave threats with regard to "Zionism" in the abstract, the SJSU Program of Jewish Studies does not discriminate on the subject of Zionism, non-Zionism, neo-Zionism, post-Zionism, or anti-Zionism. We welcome the opinions that encourage conversation, no matter how disagreeable, from any standpoint, creed, or ideology. See, University of Chicago's Statement on Principles of Free Expression (2015).

As an academic program, we seek to stimulate open and unprejudiced conversation on Israel: its birth, its growth, its future. 























Wednesday October 24 @ 7:30PM in the Hammer Theater.  The "As Yet Unnamed SJSU School of Music Ensemble" will perform Gustav Mahler's song cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in a chamber orchestra version composed by Arnold Schoenberg, and H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein!!.  The vocal soloist for both works is the fantastic baritone Eugene Brancoveanu.   This performance is part of the University-wide celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's novel.