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Jewish Studies

Center for Interdisciplinary Study

Jewish Studies is an academic program of the Center for Interdisciplinary Study at the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

The Louis Stein Minor in Jewish Studies program gives students the opportunity to explore and understand the history, culture, politics, ethics and religion of the Jewish people. Through interdisciplinary coursework and directed field study, students investigate the Jewish experience from both a contemporary and a historical perspective. The minor in Jewish Studies program offers classes exploring many areas, including:

  • The history of Jewish life across the globe
  • How traditional Jewish ethics intersect with the practice of medicine, law and business
  • The cultural contributions of Jewish people in America and the world

About the Minor



Community Groups and Outreach



Josephine and Julius Cohen Award in Jewish Studies

The Josephine and Julius Cohen Award in Jewish Studies recognizes the outstanding achievements of students in Jewish Studies courses. The award is publicly announced annually at the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Day held in the spring. The award was established by a gift from D. Walter Cohen, DDS, (1927–2018) former Jewish Studies advisory board member, chancellor emeritus of the MCP Hahnemann University and dean emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. The award is named for Mr. Cohen’s grandparents, immigrants to the United States who demonstrated great love and respect for learning.


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Drexel Community Confronts Antisemitism by Telling Their Stories

Pennoni Honors College Dean Paula Marantz Cohen’s hope is that Confronting Antisemitism Through Storytelling, a collaborative event April 28 among Pennoni, Drexel Hillel, Jewish Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences, will spark conversations that are so often dampened by our current society. Rather than taking the form of a panel discussion or conference, the event will focus on the deeply personal, real-life stories of those who have experienced antisemitism first-hand, whether as Jews or allies.

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History Alum Alina Palimaru ’08
Works to De-Radicalize Violent Extremists

With extremism on the rise, Drexel history alumna Alina Palimaru ’08 has turned her work to addressing it. The associate research analyst at the RAND Corporation will deliver a virtual talk on the topic on Thursday, November 18. Here she discusses the importance of studying history, her current work, truth decay and her least favorite memory of Drexel, among other things.

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Henry Israeli

Henry Israeli Appointed Director of Jewish Studies

Henry Israeli, from the Department of English and Philosophy, has been appointed to the position of Director of Jewish Studies, effective Fall 2021, to lead the planning and implementation of a range of initiatives to increase the visibility of the program both inside and outside the University while developing a strategic plan in collaboration with Amelia Hoover Green, PhD, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Core Faculty

Faculty Members Contact Specialization
Henry Israeli
Associate Teaching Professor of English; Director, Drexel Writing Festival; Director, Jewish Studies
5051B MacAlister Hall
hpi22@drexel.edu
Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Rakhmiel Peltz, PhD, Professor of Sociolinguistics, Drexel University
Professor of Sociolinguistics; Graduate Faculty Member, Communication, Culture & Media
Library 331
rakhmiel.peltz@drexel.edu

Judaic studies, Yiddish culture and linguistics, ethnography of communication and immigrant cultural studies

Toni Pitock, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor of History
Academic Building, 308
tfp47@drexel.edu

Atlantic World; Jewish Migration and Diaspora; Economic Culture; Trade Networks; Colonial American History

Affiliated Faculty

Rabbi Isabel de Koninck
Executive Director and Campus Rabbi, Hillel

Faculty Members Contact Specialization
Bruce Kaminsky
Adjunct Instructor
MacAlister Hall, Suite 2018
bk46@drexel.edu
Ilana Margolis, adjunct professor of Hebrew at Drexel University
Adjunct Instructor
Academic Building, 3rd Floor
im66@drexel.edu
Hebrew-language instruction
Sharrona Pearl, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
Three Parkway Building, 1601 Cherry Street, Room 775
shp72@drexel.edu

Science studies, history of science and medicine, critical race, gender, and disability studies, media studies

Jonathan Seitz, PhD
Teaching Professor of History; Assistant Department Head
3021-C MacAlister
jwseitz@drexel.edu

History of science, Italy, Europe

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
5016 MacAlister Hall
dss97@drexel.edu
Fred Siegel
Teaching Professor of English; Director, First-Year Writing Program
5016 MacAlister Hall
siegelf@drexel.edu

Popular Theater; Dramatic Literature, Creative Non-Fiction; Freshman Writing