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Manekin, Charles H., Full Member


Lapin, Hayim, Full Member

Manekin, Charles H., Full Member

Rozenblit, Marsha L., Full Member

Associate Professor

Cooperman, Bernard Dov, Full Member

Grossman, Maxine, Full Member

Jelen, Sheila, Full Member

Zakim, Eric S., Full Member

Assistant Professor

Hazkani, Shay, Full Member

Manekin, Rachel, Full Member

Suriano, Mathew, Full Member

Affiliate Professor

Cypess, Sandra M., Full Member

Fox, Nathan A., Full Member

Glass, James M., Full Member

Harris, James F., Full Member

Holum, Kenneth G., Full Member

Igel, Regina, Full Member

Selden, Steven, Full Member

Sosnowski, Saul, Full Member

Telhami, Shibley, Full Member

Zilfi, Madeline C., Full Member

Affiliate Associate Professor

Borrut, Antoine, Full Member

Felbain, Leslie, Full Member

Freidenberg, Judith N., Full Member

Wien, Peter, Full Member

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Mahalel, Adi, Adjunct Member

Associate Clinical Professor

Feuer, Avital, Full Member

Professor Emerita

Berlin, Adele, Full Member

Venit, Marjorie S., Full Member

More JWST Faculty Information

Jewish Studies (JWST)   

Program Title and Classification

Jewish Studies

Graduate Degree Program

College: Arts and Humanities


The Jewish Studies Program offers both a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies.

The Masters Program in Jewish Studies is designed to offer students broad, interdisciplinary, graduate-level training in Jewish Studies, as well as in-depth focus on some aspect of the Jewish experience. The curriculum draws on the strengths of the Jewish Studies Program at Maryland, especially Jewish History, Bible, Jewish Literature and Cultural Studies (particularly in the ancient and modern periods), Yiddish, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Israel Studies. In addition, students take courses in cognate fields outside of Jewish Studies in consultation with their advisors. The extremely strong, and still growing, library collection (rivaled in the mid-Atlantic region only by the Library of Congress), and our proximity to the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other museums and institutions make the University a prime location for graduate Jewish Studies.

The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Jewish Studies offers students already enrolled in graduate programs at the University to receive training in Jewish Studies. The program draws on faculty in History, English, Philosophy, Hebrew, and other departments and programs.

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Publications/Presentations
  • Writing Sample

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
15 Dec
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
31 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Thesis option: 30 credits

Non-thesis option: 30 credits

JWST 600: General Seminar in Jewish Studies (3 credits)

Two specialization courses (6 credits)

One course in each of the following areas: Jewish History, Jewish Thought or Religion, Jewish Literature (9 credits)

Thesis option:

Two courses in Jewish Studies in the student's specialization, approved by advisor (6 credits)

JWST 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Non-thesis option:

Four courses in Jewish Studies in the student's specialization, approved by advisor (12 credits)

Non-thesis students also must submit a dossier of 2 major research papers to be evaluated by an examinng committee


As a prerequisite for admission, students must have achieved the proficiency-level corresponding to four semesters of university-level Hebrew, and must achieve the level of six semesters of university-level Hebrew by the time they have completed the program. Courses in Hebrew language will not count toward the 30 credits needed for the degree. Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of modern academic Hebrew by examination, or through a research project making extensive use of Hebrew-language materials.




Facilities and Special Resources

The University’s libraries hold over 3,000,000 volumes and house among the strongest holdings in Judaic Studies in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to the outstanding holdings of the Library of Congress, the area also offers the specialized resources of the Dumbarton Oaks, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and numerous other scholarly, cultural, and political resources. Through the Consortium of Institutions in the Washington D.C. area, University of Maryland graduate students may enroll in courses at other universities for graduate credit.

Financial Assistance

MA applicants are eligible for University-wide fellowships. In addition, the Jewish Studies program may award up to two fellowships per year to outstanding Masters students.

Limited funds may be available for outstanding certificate students.

Contact Statement

For more information, please contact the Prof. Charles Manekin, Director of the Meyerhoff Center and Program fo Jewish Studies.



The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies

4141 Susquehanna HallCollege Park

MD, 20742

Telephone: 301 405 4975

Fax: 301 405 8232


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