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Jewish studies is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students to appreciate and analyze both continuities and differences in Jewish history, religion, and culture around the world. Faculty in the Jewish Studies Program offer courses in many fields, including history, cinema studies, German, Latin American studies, philosophy, religion, comparative literature, music, theater, and dance.

Program Director

Ellen Wurtzel

Associate Professor of History
Department Affiliation

Why Study Jewish Studies at Oberlin?

Student Clubs
Variety of Courses
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • JWST 231 - The Nature of Suffering: The Book of Job and its History of Interpretation 4 credits
  • JWST 357 - Jewish Sexual Ethics 4 credits
  • JWST 258 - “Two Jews, Three Opinions”: Argument in Judaism 4 credits
  • JWST 274 - History of the Holocaust 4 credits

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