• 2017 Jacobs Lecture: Imagining Hebrew, Imagining in Hebrew

    Hebrew as a language is both ancient and not very old at all. The story of its revival is as remarkable as it is improbable. As a result, Hebrew literature speaks to us both in the voice of the Bible and in the voices of some of today’s most innovative writers. One of those writers is Gail Hareven. She will present a personal reflection on the parallel development of Hebrew literature and language.

  • Judaic Studies

    The program in Judaic Studies at UMass offers a range of exciting opportunities to explore the remarkable history and cultures of the Jewish people that span more than three millennia. Students are invited to enroll in a full range of courses in Hebrew language, Yiddish, Jewish history, Israel studies, philosophy, law, politics, and film.

  • Middle Eastern Studies

    Middle Eastern Studies at UMass is a rigorous, interdisciplinary program that allows students considerable latitude in gaining knowledge of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. We welcome students as Middle Eastern majors, secondary majors, and minors, and also offer a minor in Middle Eastern languages.


Exciting Fall 2017 Courses in JNE

March 31, 2017

We have some exciting courses coming up in Fall 2017 in the department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies! Please check out the details of select courses below, and click here for the full...

Young Wins National Council on Public History Book Award

March 20, 2017

The National Council on Public History has recognized James E. Young, distinguished professor emeritus of English and Judaic and Near Eastern studies, with its 2017 Book Award for “The Stages of...

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The Department of Judaic & Near Eastern Studies offers a number of prizes and scholarships to students with majors in the department, including two prizes awarded to graduating seniors who plan to continue their studies in the fields of Judaic Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.

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