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.
Director of Program in Jewish Studies
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."
Melissa Weininger Featured on KUHF's Engines of Our Ingenuity
Lecturer Melissa Weininger was featured in an episode of KUHF's "Engines of Our Ingenuity" reading a short piece she wrote on the father of modern Hebrew, Eliezer Ben Yehuda. To hear the broadcast and or read a transcript of the show, visit the Engines of Our Ingenuity homepage here.
Shira Lander Awarded Sarofim Teaching Prize
Shira Lander, Anna Smith Fine Senior Lecturer of Jewish Studies, was honored with the Sarofim Teaching Prize "for her ability to instruct, mentor, and inspire." The annual award, created in 2001 with support from Rice endowment manager Fayez Sarofim, is given to a lecturer in the School of Humanities who has show exceptionally high qualities of professionalism and dedication to students.