During the morning break between classes, Rabbi Megan Doherty draped herself in her tallit and stood just outside the Oberlin Student Union to blow her shofar as a way to bring this tradition to a public space. Photo credit: Pang Fei Chiang ’19
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Knowledge of Jewish civilization—the religion, history, and culture of the Jews—is at the forefront of this program of study. We offer interested students a range of courses and a rigorous academic setting for the major, minor, and occasional student.

Program Director

Ellen Wurtzel

Associate Professor of History
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Why Study Jewish Studies at Oberlin?

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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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