Jewish Studies Program

The Taube Center for Jewish Studies offers an interdisciplinary program for the study and understanding of Jewish cultures, literatures, languages, religion, politics, and history.

Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert

Charlotte Fonrobert

Director of Jewish Studies

The Taube center’s mission includes three goals:

To promote research and the production of outstanding scholarship
Our academic activities include supporting the research of our affiliated faculty; hosting visiting scholars; collaborations with Jewish Studies programs in Israel, Europe and elsewhere in the United States; helping to develop a world-class Judaica library collection; and sponsoring the journal Jewish Social Studies and other publications.

To offer Stanford students the opportunity to study Jewish history, Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish languages and literatures, Talmudic Studies, and Sephardic Studies
Educational activities include a rich menu of courses, an undergraduate major and minor, an ongoing colloquium on Jews, Judaism and Jewish culture geared toward graduate students, and graduate fellowship and other kinds of support to help develop the next generation of Jewish Studies scholars.

The center is also a proud partner for the new Jim Joseph Program in Jewish Studies and Education operating through the Stanford Graduate School of Education

To serve as an intellectual resource for the broader community
Our outreach efforts include lectures and cultural events open to the general community; partnering with foundations and various organizations to offer educational programs beyond campus,; and seeding internship opportunities within the larger community, locally, nationally and internationally.

If you are a student interested in declaring the Jewish Studies major or minor, please reach out to Associate Director, Shaina Hammerman (sjhammer@stanford.edu).

Major in Jewish Studies

Major Requirements (An Overview) 

In order to earn a B.A. in Jewish Studies, students must complete at least 60 units toward the major.

  • 15 Units of Core Curriculum 
  • 4-5 Units of a Major Core Course
  • 3-5 Units of a Methodology Course 
  • 6-10 Units if Interdiciplinary Breadth Courses 
  • 12-15 Units of an Language Dimension Course
  • 10-20 Units of Jewish Studies Courses
  • One Community Engaged Learning Course 

Core Curriculum (15 Units)

Majors must take three CSRE core curriculum courses including,

  • Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE 196C),
  • an additional comparative-core course,
  • and the CSRE Senior Seminar (CSRE 200X) taken in Autumn Quarter of their senior year.

Major Core Course (4-5 Units)

Majors are required to take one major-core course in Jewish Studies.  Major Core Courses Include: Jewish Studies 183 and 185B.

Methodology Course (3-5 Units)

Majors are required to take a course focused on research methods relevant to their disciplinary approach as a student in Jewish Studies. Methodology Courses can be found on Explore Courses by using CSRE::Methodology as the search key.

Interdisciplinary Breadth (6-10 Units) 

Majors are required to fulfill the Interdisciplinary Breadth Requirement by taking one course in a Social Science category, and one course in an Arts & Humanities category. Both classes must have a racial component to them. Categories of classes can be found on the School of Humanities & Sciences Bulletin Page.

Language Dimension (12-15 Units)

One year of Hebrew or another approved Jewish language. Students able to satisfy the first year Hebrew requirement through a proficiency exam are still expected to take an additional year of Hebrew at a higher level or a first year in an additional Jewish language. 

Jewish Studies Focus (10-20 Units)

Majors are required to complete their additional courses in Jewish Studies from an approved list. All classes should have a Jewish Studies focus.

Community Engaged Learning 

All majors are required to complete at least one service-learning experience. This requirement may be fulfilled by enrolling in a service-learning course, participating in an identity, race, or ethnicity focused service-learning Alternative Spring Break, participating in the Community Based Research Fellowship program, or enrolling in CSRE 198 Internship for Public Service while completing independent service work.

 

To find a more detailed overview of this major please visit our Bulletin Page.

If you are ready to declare, please visit the How to Declare Page. 

Minor in Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies Minor Requirements (An Overview) 

In order to earn a Minor in Jewish Studies, students must complete at least 30 units toward the minor.

  • 5 Units of a Core Curriculum Course (CSRE 196C) 
  • 5 Units of a Major Core Course
  • 20 Units of Jewish Focused Courses

Core Curriculum (5 Units)

Minors must take Intro to CSRE (CSRE 196C). 

Major Core Course (5 Units)

Minors are required to take one major-core course in Jewish Studies. Major Core Courses Include: Jewish Studies 183 and 185B

Jewish Focus (20 Units)

Minors are required to complete their additional courses in Jewish Studies from an approved list. All classes should have a Jewish focus.

To find a more detailed overview of this minor please visit our Bulletin Page.

If you are ready to declare, please visit the How to Declare Page.

Talk to a Peer Advisor

How to Declare

Courses

Autumn
Code Title Instructor Quarter Day & Time
JEWISHST 4 What Didn't Make It into the Bible (CLASSICS 9N, RELIGST 4) Penn, M. (PI)
Amin, A. (TA)
Persad, S. (TA)
Butterfield, J. (TA)
Autumn
2020 - 2021
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM- 11:50 AM
JEWISHST 37Q Zionism and the Novel (COMPLIT 37Q) Berman, R. (PI) Autumn
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
8:30 AM- 9:50 AM
JEWISHST 53 Exploring Jewish Spirituality (RELIGST 53) Mendez, N. (SI)
Mayse, E. (PI)
Autumn
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
1:00 PM- 2:20 PM
JEWISHST 101A First-Year Hebrew, First Quarter (AMELANG 128A) Porat, G. (PI) Autumn
2020 - 2021
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 AM- 9:30 AM
JEWISHST 102A Second-Year Hebrew, First Quarter (AMELANG 129A) Porat, G. (PI) Autumn
2020 - 2021
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM- 12:30 PM
JEWISHST 104A First-Year Yiddish, First Quarter (AMELANG 140A) Levitow, J. (PI) Autumn
2020 - 2021
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
JEWISHST 143 Literature and Society in Africa and the Caribbean (AFRICAAM 133, AFRICAST 132, COMPLIT 133A, COMPLIT 233A, CSRE 133E, FRENCH 133) Seck, F. (PI)
MacKinnon, C. (PI)
Autumn
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
1:00 PM- 2:20 PM
JEWISHST 147B The Hebrew and Jewish Short Story (COMPLIT 127B) Balling, R. (PI)
Shemtov, V. (PI)
Autumn
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM- 12:50 PM
JEWISHST 150 Texts that Changed the World from the Ancient Middle East (COMPLIT 31, HUMCORE 111, RELIGST 150) Tong, K. (TA)
Shemtov, V. (PI)
Fonrobert, C. (PI)
Autumn
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
1:00 PM- 2:20 PM
JEWISHST 243A Hannah Arendt: Facing Totalitarianism (COMPLIT 353B, GERMAN 253, GERMAN 353) Hodrick, C. (PI)
Jayasinghe, D. (PI)
Eshel, A. (PI)
Autumn
2020 - 2021
Wednesday Friday
10:00 AM- 11:20 AM
JEWISHST 265 Jewish Law: Introduction and Topics Autumn
2020 - 2021

JEWISHST 281K Departures: Late Ottoman Displacements of Muslims, Christians, and Jews, 1853-1923 (HISTORY 281K) Daniels, J. (PI) Autumn
2020 - 2021
Tuesday Thursday
4:30 PM- 5:50 PM
JEWISHST 282 Circles of Hell: Poland in World War II (HISTORY 228, HISTORY 328, JEWISHST 382) Jolluck, K. (PI) Autumn
2020 - 2021
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM- 1:50 PM
JEWISHST 301 Colloquium on Jews, Judaism, and Jewish Culture Fonrobert, C. (PI)
Hammerman, S. (PI)
Autumn
2020 - 2021

JEWISHST 382 Circles of Hell: Poland in World War II (HISTORY 228, HISTORY 328, JEWISHST 282) Jolluck, K. (PI) Autumn
2020 - 2021
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM- 1:50 PM
JEWISHST 385A Core Colloquium in Jewish History, 17th to 19th Centuries (HISTORY 385A) Rodrigue, A. (PI) Autumn
2020 - 2021
Wednesday
11:30 AM- 2:30 PM
Winter
Code Title Instructor Quarter Day & Time
JEWISHST 85B Jews in the Contemporary World: The American Jewish Present & Past in Popular Culture, Film, & TV (CSRE 85B, HISTORY 85B, REES 85B) Schimmel, A. (TA)
Zipperstein, S. (PI)
Winter
2020 - 2021
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM- 1:50 PM
JEWISHST 101B First-Year Hebrew, Second Quarter (AMELANG 128B) Winter
2020 - 2021

JEWISHST 102B Second-Year Hebrew, Second Quarter (AMELANG 129B) Porat, G. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM- 12:30 PM
JEWISHST 104 Hebrew Forum (AMELANG 131A) Shemtov, V. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM- 12:50 PM
JEWISHST 104B First-Year Yiddish, Second Quarter (AMELANG 140B) Levitow, J. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
JEWISHST 106 Reflection on the Other: The Arab Israeli Conflict in Literature and Film (AMELANG 126, COMPLIT 145) Shemtov, V. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
8:30 AM- 10:30 AM
JEWISHST 155D Jewish American Literature and Film (AMSTUD 145D, ENGLISH 145D, REES 145D) Ruttenburg, N. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Wednesday
11:30 AM- 2:20 PM
JEWISHST 185B Jews in the Contemporary World:  The American Jewish Present & Past in Popular Culture,  Film, & TV (CSRE 185B, HISTORY 185B, HISTORY 385C, REES 185B, SLAVIC 183) Schimmel, A. (TA)
Zipperstein, S. (PI)
Winter
2020 - 2021
Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM- 1:50 PM
JEWISHST 211 Out of Eden: Deportation, Exile, and Expulsion from Antiquity to the Renaissance (HISTORY 211, HISTORY 311) Dorin, R. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Monday
1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
JEWISHST 215 Understanding Jews (AMSTUD 215) Kelman, A. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Wednesday
6:00 PM- 7:20 PM
JEWISHST 284C Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention (HISTORY 224C, HISTORY 324C, JEWISHST 384C, PEDS 224) Patenaude, B. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
2:30 PM- 3:50 PM
JEWISHST 301 Colloquium on Jews, Judaism, and Jewish Culture Fonrobert, C. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Monday
6:00 PM- 7:20 PM
JEWISHST 384C Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention (HISTORY 224C, HISTORY 324C, JEWISHST 284C, PEDS 224) Patenaude, B. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
2:30 PM- 3:50 PM
JEWISHST 385B Graduate Colloquium in Jewish History, 19th-20th Centuries (HISTORY 385B) Zipperstein, S. (PI) Winter
2020 - 2021
Thursday
2:30 PM- 5:30 PM
Summer
Code Title Instructor Quarter Day & Time
JEWISHST 86 Exploring the New Testament (CLASSICS 43, RELIGST 86) Abbott, P. (PI) Summer
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM- 12:50 PM
JEWISHST 143 Literature and Society in Africa and the Caribbean (AFRICAAM 133, AFRICAST 132, COMPLIT 133A, COMPLIT 233A, CSRE 133E, FRENCH 133) Olatunji, Z. (PI) Summer
2020 - 2021
Tuesday Thursday
2:30 PM- 3:50 PM
Spring
Code Title Instructor Quarter Day & Time
JEWISHST 101C First-Year Hebrew, Third Quarter (AMELANG 128C) Spring
2020 - 2021

JEWISHST 102C Second-Year Hebrew, Third Quarter (AMELANG 129C) Porat, G. (PI) Spring
2020 - 2021
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM- 12:30 PM
JEWISHST 104C First-Year Yiddish, Third Quarter (AMELANG 140C) Spring
2020 - 2021

JEWISHST 127D Readings in Talmudic Literature (JEWISHST 227D, RELIGST 170D) Fonrobert, C. (PI) Spring
2020 - 2021

JEWISHST 128 Women and Gender in Early Judaism and Christianity (RELIGST 128) Spring
2020 - 2021

JEWISHST 148 Writing Between Languages: The Case of Eastern European Jewish Literature (JEWISHST 348, SLAVIC 198, SLAVIC 398) Safran, G. (PI) Spring
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
1:00 PM- 2:20 PM
JEWISHST 227D Readings in Talmudic Literature (JEWISHST 127D, RELIGST 170D) Fonrobert, C. (PI) Spring
2020 - 2021

JEWISHST 287S Research Seminar in Ottoman and Middle East History (HISTORY 481, JEWISHST 481) Yaycioglu, A. (PI) Spring
2020 - 2021
Thursday
4:30 PM- 7:20 PM
JEWISHST 288C Jews of the Modern Middle East and North Africa (CSRE 288C, HISTORY 288C) Farah, D. (PI) Spring
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM- 12:50 PM
JEWISHST 301 Colloquium on Jews, Judaism, and Jewish Culture Fonrobert, C. (PI) Spring
2020 - 2021

JEWISHST 348 Writing Between Languages: The Case of Eastern European Jewish Literature (JEWISHST 148, SLAVIC 198, SLAVIC 398) Safran, G. (PI) Spring
2020 - 2021
Monday Wednesday
1:00 PM- 2:20 PM
JEWISHST 349 Religion and Madness (ANTHRO 349C, RELIGST 349) Luhrmann, T. (PI)
Mayse, E. (PI)
Spring
2020 - 2021
Wednesday
1:00 PM- 3:50 PM
JEWISHST 481 Research Seminar in Ottoman and Middle East History (HISTORY 481, JEWISHST 287S) Yaycioglu, A. (PI) Spring
2020 - 2021
Thursday
4:30 PM- 7:20 PM
JEWISHST 486A Graduate Research Seminar in Jewish History (HISTORY 486A) Spring
2020 - 2021