The One-Year Jewish Studies Program has a requirement of 60 ECTS and is organized in two modules: Mandatory and Elective. The Mandatory module consists of the Israel excursion, independent study, individual project work, presentations, and workshops for a total of 25 ECTS.

The Elective module consists of one and two-week courses that run chronologically from Torah and Midrash, through Medieval Jewish Philosophy and Responsa Literature to Modern Jewish Philosophy and Literature. Students must complete a minimum of 35 ECTS credits from these electives.

The program starts in mid-August and finishes at the end of March. Studies are conducted five days a week, seven hours a day. The language of instruction is English.

In the 2020/2021 academic year the following courses are included in the Program:

Year-long courses

1. Modern Hebrewread more

2. Methodology of Talmudread more

3. Parashat Hashavuaread more

Visiting scholar courses

The Elective module consists of one and two-week Visiting Scholar courses. Students must complete a minimum of 35 ECTS credits from these electives.

1. Studying the Hebrew Bibleread more

2. Studying the Inter-Testamental Literature and the Midrashread more

3. Midrashic Hermeneutics: the Case of the Mekhiltaread more

4. Jewish Philosophy of Religion in the Middle Ages – read more

5. Gender and sexuality in Jewish Historyread more

6. Introduction to Talmudread more

7. The Jew in the Medieval Worldread more

8. Kabbalah and Its Place in Late Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Cultureread more

9. Harry C. Sigman Course in Jewish Law: The Birth and Development of Jewish Law – read more

10. Perspectives on the Jewish Calendarread more

11. “O People of the Book”: The Relationship between Islam and Judaism as seen through Classical Sources read more

12. Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations: From Sour Grapes to Sacramentread more

13. Jewish Political Philosophyread more

14. The Rise of Halakhic Religiosity of Mystery and Transcendenceread more

15. Burton Kaplan Course in Modern Jewish Philosophyread more

16. The Jewish Enlightenmentread more

17. Telling the Tale – The Evolution of Modern Jewish Literature: from Berlin to Jaffaread more

18. Hasidismread more

The Israel study trip

A study trip to Israel is included in the program. The trip takes place at the beginning of January and is mandatory in the Program.

Israel Study Trip Part I: Yad Vashem Seminarread more

Israel Study Trip Part II: The National Library of Israel Seminarread more