The Graduate Cluster Program in Jewish Studies introduces students from different departments in The Graduate School to the international field of Jewish Studies. It enables students to develop the skills they need to conduct advanced research in the study of Jews, Jewishness and Judaism. The Cluster facilitates language acquisition (in Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish or other necessary languages) to enable students who work on text-based projects. It also provides opportunities for students in one area of Jewish Studies to gain a deeper knowledge of the broader academic field.

The Cluster creates a productive intellectual environment that accommodates graduate students from any discipline across the Humanities and Social Sciences seeking to enhance their own scholarship by engaging a corresponding subfield in Jewish Studies. The cluster faculty includes, but is not limited to:

See Jewish Studies Cluster Requirements for specific courses and procedures needed to complete this program.

Programs and Events

Students participate in four endowed lecture series (The Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Lecture in Jewish Civilization, The Allan and Norma Harris Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies, The Manfred H. Vogel Lecture in Judaic Studies, The Renée and Lester Crown Speaker Series) and multiple talks with nationally and internationally acclaimed scholars and public figures.

Students can also present results of their work at graduate students’ colloquia organized by the Departments of History, German, and Religious Studies and benefit from multiple conferences organized on campus.

Students participate in the regularly arranged lunch colloquia of The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, which meets regularly and brings together faculty and graduate students to share work and listen to invited talks in Jewish Studies. This facilitates a vivid exchange of ideas and critical reflections between the group members and visitors.