Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the texts, history, languages, philosophy, literature, and culture of the Jewish people from the ancient to the modern.
Jewish Studies faculty are drawn from many different departments within the university. Our interests represent a broad cross-section of disciplines, time periods, and methodologies.
The Program in Jewish Studies offers a six-course minor that can be combined with any major field of study. All students are welcome to enroll in our courses, which are cross-listed with many different departments in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Students who minor and take courses in Jewish Studies reflect the diversity of the Rice student body and come from various academic, geographical, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
The HJHA is a collaborative effort between Rice University's Program in Jewish Studies and the Woodson Research Center (WRC) in the Fondren Library, where the archive is housed.
Twice a year, the program publishes a newsletter, Branches, to keep our friends and supporters up to date. Here you can learn more about what our faculty and students are doing.
The HJHA isn't the only place to learn about Jewish history in the South. Please visit the links below for more information related to Jewish history.
Preserving Our Past in the Jewish Herald Voice (a monthly column by Dr. Furman)
Southern Jewish Historical Society
Texas Jewish Historical Society
Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience
Jewish Heritage Collection at the College of Charleston