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Vision Statement

Jewish Studies serves as an intellectual resource for ASU faculty and students, scholars in the U.S. and abroad, and the public of metropolitan Phoenix. Jewish studies at ASU promotes research projects, conferences, symposia, and workshops, and public lectures focusing on:

  • Judaism and Science
  • Judaism and Ecology
  • Judaism and Diaspora Existence
  • Judaism, Liberalism and Secularism
  • Judaism and the Arts

Jewish Studies also supports individual research projects of affiliated faculty and students on other themes and topics.

In addition to research, Jewish Studies coordinates instruction on all aspects of Jewish civilization at ASU. Committed to life-long learning, Jewish studies promotes life-long learning throughout metropolitan Phoenix. Faculty affiliated with Jewish Studies, visiting scholars and post-doctorates offer mini-courses and public lectures on a broad range of subjects.

Beyond serving the needs of metropolitan Phoenix, Jewish Studies has a global outreach program though collaborative research projects with national and international scholars. Special emphasis is placed on strategic ties between ASU and universities in Israel (i.e., Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Haifa University) through exchanges of students and faculty.