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.
Ways Jewish Studies Majors Rise
- 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
- Tikkun Magagine
- Herbert May Archaeological Internship
- Four Oberlin-affiliated programs in Israel (in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa)
- 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
- 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