Apr 19, 2024  
Course Catalog 2023-2024 
Course Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Jewish Studies

Shari Rabin, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Religion; chair

Matthew D. Berkman, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Laura B. Herron, Assistant Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Standing
Sheera S. Talpaz, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies

Appointed by Courtesy
Cynthia R. Chapman, Adelia A. F. Johnston and Harry Thomas Frank Professor of Religion

Affiliated Faculty/Staff
Amaryllis Chanda Feldman, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
Ellen B. Wurtzel, Associate Professor of History

Visit the program web page for up-to-date information on program faculty, visiting lecturers, and special events.

The Jewish Studies Program at Oberlin College is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students to appreciate and analyze both continuities and differences in Jewish history, religion, literature, and culture around the world. Jewish studies faculty offers courses in many fields, including history, cinema studies, German, Latin American studies, religion, comparative literature, music, theater, and dance.

The Jewish studies program supports Johnson House, also known as the Hebrew Heritage House, which is the residential program house for Jewish studies where Jewish cultural and social programs are held. Founded in 1969 by students as a winter-term project under the name Hebrew House, today about 35 students choose to live in the residential community that values Jewish learning and culture.

arrow Learn more about cultural program housing supported by the program.

See information about Research, Internships, Study Away, and Experiential Learning (RISE).

Explore Winter Term projects and opportunities.

Majors and Minors


Most Jewish studies courses are cross-listed with other departments or programs, and students can receive credit for such courses in the majors and minors of both areas of study. Our courses are typically in either the Arts and Humanities or the Social Sciences division, and most satisfy the cultural diversity and/or writing degree requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.