Introduction to Judaism
A general survey of the dynamics and characteristic patterns
of Jewish civilization encompassing history, practices,
A survey of the Hebrew Bible from its beginning through
the post-exilic period.
Vocabulary and basic grammar while reading biblical texts,
pronunciation skills and appreciation of the development
of the language.
A survey of the literature and history of Israel as seen
through the work of the prophets.
Jerusalem: History and Faith
An exploration of Jerusalem as a multi-faceted city, concept
History of the Jewish People
A study of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham to
First semester: Biblical period to the Spanish Expulsion
Second semester: Sephardic migrations to the Israel-Palestinian
An examination of the events leading to and culminating
in the extermination of six million Jews.
The American Jewish Experience
The religious, social and cultural structure of American
Jewry from the colonial era to the present.
Modern Jewish Thought
A study of the writings of the leading Jewish thinkers of
the 19th and 20th centuries. Special reference is made to
the issues arising from the encounter of Judaism with the
An international publication featuring review essays of contemporary books, original articles on Jewish themes, poetry and annotated "briefings" about books and journal articles.
Annual Brown-Lyons Spring Lecture
Sponsored by the VCU Libraries, the VCU Center for Judaic Studies, the Richmond Jewish Foundation and the Weinstein Jewish Community Center. Call (804) 828-1105 for more information.
Minor in Judaic Studies
The minor in Judaic Studies is open to students in all programs and consists of 18 credits earned in relevant courseworking courses.
Certificate in Judaic Studies
Awarded to students who complete four courses in Judaic studies to give recognition of learning achievement on the university level in the field of Judaism. See applicable courses in the Minor program.
The Judaic Studies Award is given to students who have taken three or more courses in Judaism and/or Hebrew and have demonstrated evidence of exceptional academic achievement.
The Virginia Holocaust Museum
The Center and the Museum have formed a partnership for the development of research and programs.