Mission Statement

Modern Jewish and Israel Studies exists to educate students in cultural and religious dimensions of Judaism and Jewish civilization, to promote understanding of and respect for the diversity of religious and secular Jewish traditions, to deepen students’ appreciation of the development of Jewish ideas and traditions in changing historical and social contexts, to foster an appreciation of the relationship between language and Judaism through significant study of the Hebrew language, and to cultivate informed and empathetic public dialogue about Jewish life, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and Israel.

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