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Welcome to Jewish Studies

In January of 2009, Rice launched the Program in Jewish Studies.  The program has over ten affiliated faculty members from the humanities and social sciences, who are offering courses on all levels, ranging from introductory courses for students with no or little background to advanced seminars.  We also offer an interdisciplinary minor in Jewish Studies.

The program regularly organizes lectures and conferences on a broad array of topics related to Jewish Studies.  Lectures are given both on and off the Rice campus and are open to all students, faculty and the community.  We are also engaged with several local institutions in Houston.

Thank you for your interest in our new Program in Jewish Studies, and please be in touch.

Matthias Henze,
Director of Program in Jewish Studies


Recent News

New Course:

The Program in Jewish Studies will be offering a new course in Spring 2015:

RELI 392- Jerusalem: Holy City in Time and Imagination

This course focuses on Jerusalem's past and present, its religious meanings in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and its role in the modern conflict in the Middle East. Additionally, the course plans to travel to Jerusalem during Spring Break 2015 (February 28 - March 8, 2015).

Admission to the course is by interview only. Interested students should contact Dr. Matthias Henze (mhenze@rice.edu) or Dr. Melissa Weininger (mirele@rice.edu) no later than Friday, October 17, 2014 to schedule an appointment.

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Melissa Weininger Association for Jewish Studies Prize Recipient

Lecturer Melissa Weininger is the recipient of the Association for Jewish Studies Women's Caucus Prize for Innovative Scholarship in Gender and Jewish Studies. This award is given in recognition of a paper presented at the 2012 AJS annual meeting within any discipline of Jewish studies that opens up new areas of inquiry or advance Jewish feminist or gender studies. Melissa received the award for her paper, entitled "'Neither Here Nor There': Rethinking Gender in Modern Jewish Culture."



Matthias Henze
Director of Jewish Studies