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  • 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.


Berkovitz Appointed Distinguished Professor

July 16, 2018

Jay Berkovitz, professor and chair of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, was appointed Distinguished Professors following approval by the Board of Trustees at its June 20 meeting....

Remembering Professor Emeritus Julius Lester

April 26, 2018

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies hosted a memorial event to celebrate the life of Professor Emeritus Julius Lester at the University's Old Chapel....

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Keyholes: Short Films from Israel/Palestine

Isenberg Flavin Family Auditorium (SOM 137)
7:30 pm to 10:30 pm


A Symposium & Reception in Honor of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Jay R. Berkovitz

Shaw Conference Center, Mount Ida Campus, Newton, MA
1:00 pm to 5:45 pm


Jacobs Lecture 2020: Freud's Jewish Languages

The Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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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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