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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

Postdoctoral Fellow Position:

The Program in Jewish Studies at Rice University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship. The appointment will be for the academic year 2015-2016, with renewal possible for 2016-2017. Candidates must hold a PhD by July 1, 2015, and must have received it no earlier than 2010. Scholars from all fields of Jewish Studies will be considered.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. To apply, visit the Rice University RICEWorks website here. Please apply by December 31, 2014.

For inquiries, please contact Professor Matthias Henze at mhenze@rice.edu.

Course Announcement:

The Program in Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the addition of a course being taught Spring Semester 2015: RELI 203/HIST 201-  Judaism in the Time of Jesus and Hillel.

This course will be taught by Dr. Melissa Weininger, D1 DISTRIBUTION CREDIT. For more information, please see the flyer below or email jewishstudies@rice.edu.

RELI 203/HIST 201



Matthias Henze
Director of Jewish Studies