The Jewish Studies Network focuses on Jews, Judaism, and Jewish communities worldwide, from the ancient world to the present day and into the future. Our members collaborate to expand curricular offerings and to foster research and artistic activity, both within the university and with community partners. 


In the news: Aux Etats-Unis, la guerre Israël-Hamas jusque dans les assiettes

Monday, December 11, 2023
Ari Ariel, co-director of the Jewish Studies Network, was quoted by Le Monde in this piece on how the Israel-Hamas war extends to the dining table.

In the news: Among American chefs, the Israel-Hamas War has spread to food

Friday, November 3, 2023
Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Jewish Studies Network, Ari Ariel, was quoted in this piece, explaining how food can become part of a conflict.

In the news: Lisa Heineman featured in Judaism and social justice roundtable

Monday, February 20, 2023
Lisa Heineman, co-director of the Jewish Studies Network, discussed her course "Jews, Judaism, and Social Justice" in a recent roundtable in the Association for Jewish Studies Perspectives.

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Ari Ariel

Co-Director, Jewish Studies Network
Director, International Studies
Associate Professor of Instruction, International Studies & History

Elizabeth Heineman

Co-Director, Jewish Studies Network
Professor, History & Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies