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Vanderbilt Hustler on Jewish Studies

Features editor Maddie Hughes profiles Jewish life on campus in the 9/24/14 issue of the Hustler. As for the Program in Jewish Studies, read on.

Aside from campus organizations, both Jewish and non-Jewish students are able to learn about Judaism from an academic perspective through Vanderbilt’s Jewish Studies department. The department, founded in 2003, has since doubled in size and increased in breadth according to the director of the program, Shaul Kelner.

“Currently the (department’s) main strengths are (Jewish) history and literature, but there has been an interest among students for more courses on Jewish religion,” Kelner said. He added that this interest does not stem solely from Jewish students — that students from various backgrounds are drawn to the classes.