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Jewish Studies

This program explores Jewish civilization from an interdisciplinary perspective.  The courses provide an opportunity to study the religion, languages, literature, history, society and philosophy of the Jewish people and their interaction with others from biblical times to the present.



  • Jewish Studies (specialist, major and minor options)


First-Year Courses

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies does not offer any courses at the first-year level. The foundation courses in Jewish Studies are CJS200H Introduction to Jewish Thought and CJS201 Introduction to Jewish Culture. Both courses are open to first-year students.


Advice for the First Year

Students interested in enrolling in a program in Jewish Studies should take CJS 200H1 or CJS201H. These courses are pre-requisites for a number of courses, and are required for all programs in Jewish Studies. Courses in Hebrew and Yiddish language are good preparation for many other courses within Jewish Studies. MHB 155 Elementary Modern Hebrew I and GER 260 Elementary Yiddish welcome first year students.


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