For the study and understanding of Jewish history, religion, and culture, in the global
MISSION & PURPOSE
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 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.
In methodology, it complicates the common categorical distinctions we are accustomed
to make of the 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.
Since, recently, certain individuals on college campuses have made grave threats with
regard to "Zionism" in the abstract, theSJSUProgram 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'sStatement 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.