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Jewish Studies

Director: Steven Weitzman

Academic Advisory Committee: Zachary Baker (Stanford University Libraries), Joel Beinin (History), Jonathan Berger (Music), Arnold Eisen (Religious Studies, emeritus), Amir Eshel (German Studies), John Felstiner (English, emeritus), Shelley Fisher Fishkin (English), Charlotte Fonrobert (Religious Studies), Avner Greif (Economics), Katherine Jolluck (History), Mark Mancall (History, emeritus), Norman Naimark (History), Reviel Netz (Classics), Jack Rakove (History), Aron Rodrigue (History), Gabriella Safran (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Vered Karti Shemtov (African and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures), Lee Shulman (Education, emeritus), Peter Stansky (History, emeritus), Amir Weiner (History), Steven Weitzman (Religious Studies), Sam Wineburg (Education), Steven Zipperstein (History), Writer in Residence: Maya Arad

Offices: Building 360, Room 362H

Mail Code: 94305-2190

Phone: (650) 725-2789

Web Site:

The Taube Center for Jewish Studies investigates all aspects of Jewish culture in history, religion, literature, language and education from biblical times to the present. Courses are offered on the undergraduate and graduate levels in a program complemented by a full range of guest lectures, conferences, and symposia. The Center annually sponsors the Donald and Robin Kennedy Undergraduate Award for the best undergraduate essay on any theme in Jewish Studies, the Dr. Bernard Kaufman Undergraduate Research Award in Jewish Studies to an undergraduate engaged in research on Jews in modernity, and the Koret Award for Best Essay Written in Hebrew by an undergraduate.

Graduate students must apply and enroll in the program through the departments of English, History, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, or the School of Education, and meet the requirements of those departments. For more information about graduate studies in Jewish Studies, please contact the Center manager or Director.

Undergraduate Programs in Jewish Studies

The Taube Center for Jewish Studies is interdisciplinary in that it that draws together a wide range of disciplines--history, literary studies, religious studies, gender studies, education and other fields--and through its courses, seeks to introduce students to the ideas and experience of the Jewish people over its entire history, from the biblical period to the Holocaust and contemporary Israeli culture.

Undergraduates interested in completing a major in Jewish Studies may apply to the Individually Designed Majors Program in the School of Humanities and Sciences.  For information, see, and contact the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

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