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


  • 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

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