Jewish Studies

Program Information

Professor:  Elman, Haus (Director), Petrey

The Jewish Studies Concentration at Kalamazoo College immerses students in the history, religion, and culture of the Jewish people.  Exploring these subjects engages students of all backgrounds in important intellectual and ethical issues, such as:

  • majority/minority relations
  • identity formation
  • the relationship between the religious and the secular

Students receive training in textual traditions, teaching them to read beyond the page and to consider the broader impact of the written word. As an interdisciplinary field, Jewish Studies intersects with different areas of the liberal arts.

Outside of the classroom, the Concentration enables students to develop service learning and social justice projects. In this manner, Jewish Studies concentrators become morally aware and socially engaged scholars.

Jewish Studies News

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at K

Holocaust Survivor Irene Butter Irene Butter — a Holocaust survivor, author and University of Michigan professor emerita — [...]

Get Versed in National Poetry Month

Kayla Park National Poetry Month_2 If your knowledge of poetry is limited, April is the perfect time to expand your horizons and [...]

Festival Playhouse Presents Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews”

Students rehearse Festival Playhouse Production of Joshua Harmon’s "Bad Jews" Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College presents the contemporary comedy Bad Jews, a play that [...]

K Expert on Anti-Semitism and the EU Addresses Colloquium in England

Amy Elman, the Weber Professor in Social Science, traveled to Bristol, England, in September [...]

Jewish Studies Program Sponsors Panel Discussion

Jewish Studies Program Sponsors Panel Discussion On Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m., the Jewish Studies program at Kalamazoo College will [...]

Jewish Life at K: “The College made a commitment.”

Jewish Life at K: "The College made a commitment." When Associate Professor of Religion and History Jeffrey Haus came to Kalamazoo College nearly [...]