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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.


New books from Judaic Studies Faculty

Spain, the Second World War, and the Holocaust: History and Representation

Edited by Sara J. Brenneis and Gina Herrmann

© 2020

Caribbean Jewish Crossings

Literary History and Creative Practice

Edited by Sarah Phillips Casteel and Heidi Kaufman


Professor Anne Kreps ACLS Fellowship Program 2020

ACLS Fellowship Program 2020 Assistant Professor Religious Studies University of Oregon The Dead Sea Scrolls in the American Religious Landscape

When the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, they were immediately recognized by scholars for how they might rewrite the history of ancient Judaism. An early press release published in the Times of London declared to the public that the DSS were a product of a “comparatively little-known sect, or monastic order, possibly the Essenes.” As the scrolls became available to the public, mild statements about the value of the scrolls for shedding