Students pursing the Jewish studies major take core and elective courses from the areas of Hebrew and Jewish history and religion.

We provide a rigorous academic setting and encourage majors to pursue intensive study of Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and Judeo-Arabic languages in approved programs. An honors program is open to committed students who want to complete an advanced research project in Jewish studies. Consult with the program director to ensure you meet guidelines and course objectives.

We recommend that majors live in Johnson House, the residential program house for Jewish studies, where Hebrew language, text study, and cultural and social programs abound. Founded in 1969 by students as a winter-term project under the name Hebrew House, today about 35 students live in the renovated Queen Anne-style mansion, complete with a fireplace, library, and lounges.

In addition to program housing, you may enrich your studies by spending a semester or more in Israel, Europe, England, or another American institution, taking a variety of Jewish studies courses through our study-away program.

The Jewish Studies Program regularly hosts outstanding individuals in contemporary Jewish scholarship, politics, and literature through such annual programs as the David Hyman B’nai B’rith Lecture in Judaism and the Lubicki-Rosen lectures on the Holocaust and the Haskell Lecture Series, which is sponsored by Oberlin’s Department of Religion.