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Welcome to the Jewish Studies Program

A special welcome to the Class of 2019 arriving for PittStart sessions!


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New course for Fall 2015:  "HEBREW 1.5"

If you have some Hebrew language background, are too advanced for Hebrew 1, and would like to perfect your skills in order to place into Hebrew 2 in the Spring Term or bone up on basic "survival" skills for travel in Israel, this course is for you. Offered for 3 credit hours, "Hebrew 1.5" is open to a limited number of students who will receive instruction tailored to their skill level and reason for studying the language. The course is taught "Ulpan style.” Emphasis is placed on developing speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills resulting in basic proficiency in modern Hebrew. Class will meet Monday evenings 6-8:25 pm.
Interested? Contact the instructor, Haya Feig feig [at] pitt [dot] edu, for permission to enroll; then register for JEWISH STUDIES 1902: DIRECTED STUDY (CRN 29700)

Upcoming Events

Check here in late August for Fall events including our welcome-back event.  




Faculty News

At the end of academic year, 2015, we said goodbye to two visiting faculty who spent the year at Pitt:  

Timothy Langille was visiting lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies, teaching courses on the Hebrew Bible, Israel in the Biblical Age, classical Judaism, and memory in the Jewish tradition.  He also served as the coordinator to the Jewish Studies certificate capstone students.

Noam Shoval visiting from the Department of Geography, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was our AICE Visiting Professor.  He taught courses on the history and geography of Jerusalem, and on tourism and culture in sacred cities. He also collaborated on research with colleagues in the University Center for Social and Urban Research.

We wish Tim and Noam well and safe travels back to Tennessee and Israel.

And we celebrated Seymour Drescher's 53 years on the faculty of the Department of History and his move to emeritus status. Professor Drescher has been an integral part of the Jewish Studies program since it was founded and co-taught "Approaches to Antisemitism" for many years with Alex Orbach.