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Welcome to the web site of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Oregon. The Program was established in 1998 as the result of a generous gift from the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of Portland.

The interdisciplinary Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies provides a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum in the history, religion, and civilization of the Jewish people, and offers two years of instruction in Hebrew language and literature. The program offers a Judaic Studies Major leading to a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree and a Judaic Studies Minor. At this time there are no graduate programs offered through the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies also offers public lectures, brown bag seminars, and other events of campus wide and community interest.

Find out more about Judaic Studies at the University of Oregon by exploring this web site or feel free to contact the Program Director, Dr. Deborah A. Green, with your individual questions.


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Associate Professor David Wacks

Photo: Waiting for a manuscript in the Biblioteca de Catalunya, Barcelona (July 2014)

Associate Professor of Spanish David Wacks teaches and researches the literature and cultures of Spain during the middle ages. This time and place was a microcosm of the questions of religious, linguistic, and ethnic coexistence and conflict that continue to occupy us in today’s shrinking world. In working with these little-known but fascinating literary traditions of the Spanish Muslims, Jews, and Christians, Wacks is able to draw connections between the questions those authors faced and those that we




“Landlines: A Public Performance” Ana-Maurine Lara

Saturday, August 22nd at 10:00am

Sunday, August 23rd at 10:00am

Join Ana-Maurine Lara, winner of the Oregon Arts Commission Joan Shipley Award, as she performs Landlines: a public performance exploring the ideas of home and homeland in Eugene. The Sephardic Jewish notion of kasa (home) inspires TWO public processions that reflect on what home means for multiple communities-Black, Native, Asian American, Jewish, Latino-that constitute Eugene.


Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

10:00am from Skinner Butte

7.5 mile tour

Ana-Maurine will conduct a solo performance walk of 7.5 miles, walking