The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program

Welcome! The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program aims to serve College of Charleston students and others with an interest in Judaism through offerings emphasizing academics, student life, and community outreach, in order that they may gain a greater understanding of themselves and of their community.

Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program at the College of Charleston, focusing on the diverse elements of the Jewish tradition. Students may study Jewish history, Jewish religious practice, Modern Hebrew language, Jewish thought, and culture. Jewish Studies courses are taught by professors from a wide variety of disciplines with very different perspectives. 

Students can earn a major in Jewish Studies by completing 36-40 credit hours of Jewish Studies courses and can earn a minor in Jewish Studies by completing eighteen credit hours of Jewish Studies courses. Students may also fulfill their language requirements by completing four semesters of Hebrew. Students interested in enrolling in classes within the Program should contact Associate Director Joshua Shanes.

By far, the majority of students taking Jewish Studies courses are not themselves Jewish. Most students take Jewish Studies courses as a way to appreciate the cultural diversity within the Western tradition. Understanding such diversity fosters a deeper and more self-conscious appreciation of one's own traditions.

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Feb 24, 2020 7:00 pm
Join Ayal Lanternari, Nanobebe executive chairman; Dr. Jacobo Mintzer, executive director of the Roper/St. Francis Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute; and others for a discussion about Israeli...
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Feb 26, 2020 7:30 pm
Three of Charleston's congregational rabbis will sit for a conversation about how Zionism has been integrated into each Jewish denomination, and how each has dealt with the theological and political...
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Mar 1, 2020 9:00 am
Rachel Harris, associate professor of Israeli literature and culture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the role of women in Israeli cinema then and today.
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