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Jewish Studies Program: San Diego State University

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August 20, 2014

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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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News and Events

Professor artist-in-residence Yale Strom with photo exhibit in NYC

Yale Strom's first solo photo exhibit in twenty years in NYC will be at the ANNE FRANK CENTER from Sept. 10 - Nov. 28, 2014.

The photos will represent Strom's ethnographic research among the Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe from 1981 - 2007. As part of the exhibit Strom's band Hot Pstromi will perform a klezmer concert and his documentary film Carpati will be screened.

View the event flyer (.pdf)


New Class for Fall 2014: Interpreting Jerusalem

MALAS 600B/REL S 581
Dr. Moshe Naor
Tues/Thurs at 3:30 PM

Explore Jerusalem from antiquity to the modern period through the lens of the history of the holy land, the three major monotheistic religions, the modern Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict. The history of the "City of Peace" is not only an expression of faith and religion, but also the symbol of war and conflict between east and west, Jews, Muslims and Christians, and between Israelis and Palestinians. The chapters of Jerusalem are marked with aspects of coexistence and dialogue in an urban community, but also with political, cultural and military struggle and control in a divided, contested, mixed, and a sacred city.


Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Moves to Salt Lake City Utah

"Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition Life and Faith in Ancient Times," will opened at the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City Utah in November 2013 and will run through April 2014. The exhibit is 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 features 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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Yale Strom

Artist in Residence Yale Strom's is working on his ninth documentary film "American Socialist: Eugene Victor Debs." 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 and will be writing his next book for the same publisher about what has changed and not changed in Eastern Europe for the Jewish communities since Strom's first book "The Last Jews of Eastern Europe" was published in 1986. He is working on a new Yiddish song recording project based upon Shmuel Polonski's book published in the USSR "Yidish Lider Far Yungt" (Yiddish Songs for Youth). It will be released in 2015. The singers will hail from Israel, Europe and the United States. Lastly Strom will have his first photo exhibition in 20 years in NYC presenting portraits of Jewish life in Eastern Europe at the Anne Frank Center.

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San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-6062
(619) 594-5327

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