What are Judaic Studies and Israel Studies?
Judaic Studies explores the history and culture of the Jewish people over a period of four millennia in the Land of Israel and the Diaspora (their dispersion throughout the world) through the tools of the humanities and the social sciences. The field began as an academic discipline in Europe during the nineteenth century and developed in universities and research centers the world over in the twentieth. Israel Studies is a much more recent field that developed over the last fifty years and is dedicated to interpreting the culture, politics and society of the modern State of Israel.
The Schusterman Center for Judaic and Israel Studies at OU offers the widest variety of courses in Jewish history in all periods and places, Hebrew Language and Literature at all levels, Yiddish, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Bible, Jewish Literature in translation, as well as anthropological, sociological, and political perspectives on the Jewish and Israeli experience.