signboard saying shalom, Hebrew for welcome or hello

Welcome to SJSU Jewish Studies

The Jewish Studies Program, a minor program within the History Department, welcomes SJSU students and community members into a study of Jewish ethnicity, history, literature, ethics, religion, and culture. The program features classes, both on campus and in the community (see Yiddish), lectures, film screenings, and other events throughout the year.

Check back here for dates and times.

Jewish star hanging from a branch; blurry spring bloom in background

Spring 2023 courses

History of the Jews, Bible as Literature, Hebrew and more: check these links once spring courses are posted October 18 (and in the meantime see the "about us" and "program" pages for lots of info about classes and the minor).

manuscript of the 1937 text of a portion of Der Dibuk (The Dybbuk) by S. Ansky. From the YIVO archives


We'll begin Yiddish instruction as a weekly, hybrid community course. SJSU students are welcome to audit, free of charge (material costs will be requested). 

Andrew Porwancher's The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton book cover with Hamilton image in profile


Every year we honor founder Bob Levinson with a talk by a major Jewish Studies historian: this year we'll host Andrew Porwancher March 29, offering his exploration, "Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?"


Jewish Studies is an inter-departmental program that complements a 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.