Jewish Studies

Engaged Jewish Studies

Engaged Jewish Studies takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for Jewish studies majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Jewish Studies Majors Rise

Research

  • A Covenantal Theology of Protest: The Jewish Tradition of Moral Confrontation with God
  • Muscle Judaism: The German Origins of Modern Israeli Masculinity
  • Women’s Experience through Art at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp
  • Schoenberg and Jewish/biblical themes (Moses und Aron)
  • The Rebbe and the Guru: Relationality and Devotional Practices

Internships

  • Tikkun Magagine
  • Herbert May Archaeological Internship

Study Away

  • Four Oberlin-affiliated programs in Israel (in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa)

Experiential Learning

  • The Herbert-Johnson House (J-house) is the residential program house for Jewish studies, where cultural and social programs are held.
  • “Varieties of Jewish Ritual Practice: A Bagel Brunch Chat” with Rabbis Megan Doherty (Hillel), Rabbi Shlomo Elkan (Chabad), and Professor Shari Rabin
  • “From Bund to Bernie: Jews and the Left,” film screening and discussion with Professor Matt Berkman
  • “Tablao-Flamenco: Sefardi,” performance and talk on the Jewish influence on flamenco
  • “Jews as Race or Religion: Understanding Trump’s Executive Order,” a Jewish studies teach-in with Professors Matt Berkman, Josh Freedman, and Shari Rabin
  • “Reading, Talk, and Master Class with Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathan Englander
  • Haskell Lecture Series: “Judaism and the Disgusting” with Jeffrey Rubenstein (New York University)
  • Herbert G. May Lectureship: speakers Amy Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University) and Marc Brettler
  • Yiddish poets and the Hebron Riots, lecture by Professor Amelia Glaser, University of California, San Diego
  • Freedom Seder led by Koach B. Frazier, St. Louis, Mo.
  • “Borders Spilling Over,” an artist’s talk and performance art show by Harel Max

First Destinations of Recent Jewish Studies Majors

  • Graduate Schools:
    • PhD in philosophy, Graduate Center CUNY
    • MSEd in education culture and society, University of Pennsylvania
    • Jewish Theological Seminary of America
    • MA in anthropology, University of Michigan
    • Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, N.Y.
    • LABA fellow in Jewish culture at the 14th Street Y, N.Y
  • Positions:
    • Teach for America, Charlotte, N.C.
    • Elementary and high school teacher, Washington, DC
    • National pedicab general manager, Washington, DC
    • Contributing writer for Fortune Magazine
    • Policy work in Israel
    • Director of college counseling, Sage Ridge School, Nevada
    • Program coordinator, Millstein Center for Public Policy