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Read about JS faculty member Ben Gordon's archaeological work here




Scholar, activist, and journalist Jay Michaelson visits Pitt Feb 6-7:

Monday, February 6, 2017, 12 noon-2 pm, 602 CL

Jewish Studies Brown-Bag Colloquium: “I Do Not Look to Heaven: The Antinomianism of Jacob Frank, Between Philosophical Critique and Esoteric Myth”

Monday February 6, 2017, 5 pm, 501 CL

"Queering Religion" Series Lecture: Queer Theology and Social Transformation: Points of Contact, Points of "Conflict"

Tuesday February 7, 2017, 12 noon- 2 pm, at the Law School

Lecture:  "Religious Exemptions: Civil Rights and the Parameters of Liberty"


Holocaust historian Dennis B. Klein visits Pittsburgh March 19-20 

Sunday March 19. 2017, 10 am, at Dor Hadash Congregation, 5898 Wilkins Ave, Squirrel Hill

Lecture:  “Did Holocaust Survivors Forgive?"

For more information, contact Dor Hadash directly.                 

Monday March 20, 2017, 12 noon-2 pm, William Pitt Union Dining Room

Jewish Studies Brown-Bag Colloquium: “Abandonment: The Refugee Crisis, 1938/2017"

Made possible by the Sittsamer Fund for Holocaust Studies


Religious studies scholar Younus Mirza visits Pitt on April 3

Monday April 3, 2017, 12 noon-2 pm; 602 CL

Jewish Studies Brown Bag Colloquium: TOPIC TBD 

Made possible by the Cardin Fund for Jewish Studies


Film Schmoozes will be back as part of the JFilm Festival

April 20-30, 2017, venues TBA

What's better than watching a good film?  Talking about it afterwards.

Join at the JFilm Festival with post-film discussions led by Jewish Studies faculty and other scholars.  Watch this space for more info.

Still looking for a Spring 2017 course? 
Add/drop ends January 18  

Elementary Hebrew 2

Haya Feig

MTWThF 10-10:50 (5 credits)

e-mail for info on Hebrew courses and placement

Intermediate Hebrew 4

Haya Feig

MWF  11-11:50

Biblical Hebrew

Haya Feig

TTh  11-12:15 (5 credits)

Detective Fiction (Jewish Themes)

Jeff Aziz

Th 6-8:20 pm

Israel in the Biblical Age

Benjamin Gordon

MWF 11-11:50  Gen-Ed: Foreign Culture/Reg

Jerusalem: History and Imagination

Benjamin Gordon

MW 3-4:15  Gen-Ed: Foreign Culture/Reg  OR Historical Change

Religion, Nature, and the Environment

Benjamin Gordon

TTh 9:30-10:45   Gen-Ed : Foreign Culture/Com

Jews and Judaism in the Modern World

Rachel Kranson

TTh 11-12:15  Gen-Ed: Historical Change

Holocaust History and Memory

Rachel Kranson

TTh 2:30-3:45  Gen-Ed: Foreign Culture/Reg  OR Historical Change

Christians, Muslims, Jews in the Middle Ages: Connection & Conflict

Adam Shear

Inventing Israel: Zionism, Anti-Zionism, Post-Zionism

Adam Shear

TTh 9:30-10:45  Gen-Ed: Historical Change

Capstone Paper for Certificate

Benjamin Gordon

JS 1901 Independent Study (3 credits)

Internships for Credit, Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, Directed Research: for opportunities or email:  for more information about internships and research opportunities.  1-4 credits.