The Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University is an interdisciplinary program serving the students of SDSU as well as the greater San Diego Community. We offer a Major in Modern Jewish Studies and a Minor in Jewish Studies and are dedicated to teaching a broad range of topics related to Jewish history, religion and culture from the biblical through the modern period. Courses offered through our program are open to all SDSU students. In addition, our faculty are actively engaged in teaching to the broader San Diego community.
For the third year in a row, we are ranked #28 in the country in public universities Jewish students choose to attend with the largest Jewish student population in San Diego, the fourth largest in California. See the results from the survey in Reform Judaism Magazine: Insider's Guide to College Schools (.pdf).
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Faculty in the News
Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Moves to Boston, MA
"Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition Life and Faith in Ancient Times," will open at the Boston Science Museum on May 18th. The exhibit will be curated by Dr. Risa Levitt Kohn, Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. The exhibit will feature over 500 ancient artifacts from Israel, including 20 of the Dead Sea Scrolls, four of which have never been made available for public viewing.
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Artist in Residence Yale Strom's eighth documentary film was finished and was an official selection of several film festivals around the world. “A Letter to Wedgewood: The Life of Gabriella Hartstein Auspitz” details how Christian Zionist Lord Josiah Wedgwood saved the life of Gabriella, a Holocaust survivor from Mukacevo, Czechoslovakia. Strom also saw his thirteenth book published by Scarecrow Press called Shpil: The Art of Playing Klezmer, an authoritative how-to book, in which each member of his band wrote a chapter on how to play klezmer on their specific instrument. Strom edited and wrote the historical and violin chapters.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Lawrence Baron
Since his retirement this past May, Professor Laurie Baron has toured around the country presenting talks at academic conferences, synagogues and universities. He formerly held the Nasatir Chair of Modern Jewish History and directed the Jewish Studies Program until 2006. Baron delivered the keynote addresses for the Jewish American & Holocaust Literature Symposium held in Miami in November and the Holocaust and Middle East Educators Workshop sponsored by the University of Hartford in December. He also chaired the Jewish Film Festival held in conjunction with the annual Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Chicago in December. Baron writes the column "The Wandering Review" for the San Diego Jewish World and has continued his scholarly writing. In April 2013, Baron will be honored at the Western Jewish Studies Association Conference in Los Angeles.
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