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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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The Jewish quarter in Venice

Exploring Judaism and Christianity Through a New Lens

“Judaism and Christianity: Two Religions or One,” introduces students to a myriad of viewpoints from scholars of different faiths to identify common and separate philosophical ideologies between the religions. This article is reposted with permission from the Jewish Exponent.

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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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Core Faculty

Faculty Members Contact Specialization
Henry Israeli, PhD
Teaching Professor of English; Director, Drexel Writing Festival; Director, Jewish Studies
5051B, MacAlister Hall
Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Toni Pitock, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor of History
5022 MacAlister

Atlantic World; Colonial American History; American Revolution and Early National Period; Migration and Diaspora; Economic Culture

Affiliated Faculty

Rabbi Isabel de Koninck
Executive Director and Campus Rabbi, Hillel

Chaim Goldstein, Co-Director, Chabad Serving Drexel University

David Seltzer, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

Faculty Members Contact Specialization
Bruce Kaminsky
Adjunct Instructor
MacAlister Hall, Suite 2018
Ilana Margolis, adjunct professor of Hebrew at Drexel University
Adjunct Instructor
Academic Building, 3rd Floor
Hebrew-language instruction
Sharrona Pearl, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
Health Sciences Building, Room 11W46

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

Rakhmiel Peltz, PhD, Professor of Sociolinguistics, Drexel University
Professor Emeritus of Sociolinguistics; Founding Director of Judaic Studies

Molecular and cellular biology, Yiddish Studies, Language and Society, Ethnography of Communication; Children of Immigrants; Educational Restitution after Genocide

Marilyn Piety Foley
Professor of Philosophy
5016 MacAlister

Kierkegaard; philosophy of religion; ancient philosophy; public philosophy; flash philosophy; social justice; philosophy of sport

Douglas Porpora, PhD
Professor of Sociology
3201 Arch Street, 380

Meaning; Morality; Politics; Religion; Social Justice.

Abioseh Porter, Professor of English, Department of English and Philosophy, Drexel University
Director, Africana Studies; Professor of English
5016 MacAlister

Comparative Literature; Postcolonial Literatures

Jonathan Seitz, PhD
Teaching Professor of History; Assistant Department Head
5024 MacAlister

History of science, medicine, and technology; Religious history; History of witchcraft, magic, and related; Italian history

Fred Siegel
Teaching Professor of English; Director, First-Year Writing Program
5016 MacAlister Hall

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