Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University



Yael Aronoff - Michigan State Jewish Studies


Our Jewish Studies Program had an exciting fall and spring semesters, hosting eight outside speakers and screening one film. This past spring we had fourteen speakers in addition to our 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival. We are co-sponsoring events with a dozen units and programs across the university throughout the year, and continuing our monthly Jewish Studies research seminars with faculty and students.



Friday, September 18, 10:00-11:30 am
Wells Hall B-342
Jewish Studies Faculty and Student Research Seminar
“Latin American Jewish Immigrants in the US”
Presenter: Steve Gold, Department of Sociology, MSU
Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology.

Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm
Kellogg Auditorium
Guest Lecture by Ambassador Dennis Ross
“Doomed to Succeed: The US–Israeli Relationship from Truman to Obama”
Dennis Ross at Michigan State University
Presenter: Dennis Ross, William Davidson Distinguished Fellow and counselor, Washington Institute
Co-sponsored with MSU Hillel Center, James Madison College, the Asia Studies Center and the College of Arts and Letters.



Attention MSU students:
Interested in taking course with a Jewish Studies content? Or wondering what upcoming courses to take that will fulfill the Jewish Studies minor and specialization? Click here to download the latest Jewish Studies Courses 2015–16 listings at MSU for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

For example, in Fall 2015, we have JS 390 “Special Topics in Jewish Studies: Israeli Cinema,” taught by Marc Bernstein (our first JS-coded course!). For Spring 2016, we have HST 317 “American Jewish History,” IAH 211C “Area Studies America: Jewish-American Cultures,” and REL 413 “Jewish Philosophy.” Visiting Serling Israeli scholar Yuzal Benziman (from the Israeli Institute) will be teaching two courses in Spring 2016: MC 390 “Studying Conflict via Cultural Texts: The Israeli Case,” and MC 492 “Senior Seminar in International Relations: Israel’s Foreign Policy.” Hebrew language courses for both semesters will be taught by Yore Kedem, a native Hebrew speaker and Israeli scholar. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Yael Aronoff, the director and adviser for the Jewish Studies Program.


We’re happy to report that MSU has re-instated all six of the study abroad programs in Israel. Chen Bram, last year’s Serling Visiting Israeli Scholar, will lead the summer program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2015.




Read the cover story about Ken Waltzer in the Detroit Jewish News.

Congratulations! Jewish Studies specializers Laura Williams, Bradley Isakson, and Aaron Walden were awarded a Jewish Studies Student Achievement Award on April 15, 2015.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation team in Atlanta is looking for a recent college graduate (2013-2015 in general) to come join them for a one year fellowship.


Ken Waltzer’s Big Retirement Bash Celebration during the weekend of March 27-28, 2015 was a huge success.

Watch the Ken Waltzer tribute video below:


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