Jewish studies focuses not only on the religion of Judaism, but on the many dimensions of Jewish culture, including literature, the Hebrew language, history, politics, social institutions, folkways, art, music, and film. The program encompasses 3,000 years of Jewish civilization and seeks to explore the religion, culture, and history of Jewish people. Jewish studies is interdisciplinary in orientation and scope. At Mount Holyoke, the study of Jewish culture draws on a wide variety of disciplines, including English, German, gender studies, history, international relations, and religion.
Left: American Jewish Congress records, undated, 1916-2006 (I-77), Center for Jewish History, NYC. Right: Close up of a Sefer Torah, photograph by Amber Taber, VCU Libraries, some rights reserved.