“When I first heard about the Jewish Studies minor, I had no idea the opportunities I would have as I went through my college career. Throughout my time as a Jewish Studies minor, I had earned a scholarship and was able to travel to Israel. Some of the requirements in the minor are to take a few history classes about Judaism and how it has progressed over its lifetime. The classes I have taken with the minor have opened up my eyes more about the religion and I understand it better than what I did. I am so glad I was able to pick up this minor and I encourage all to pick it up as well. You will learn so much from it!”
“In the fall of 2012 I finished up the coursework for my Jewish Studies minor at Kent State University. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Jewish Studies program for not only allowing me to take advantage of the Samuel Melton Foundation scholarship each semester, but also for allowing me to diversify my world view and achieve a new understanding of Jewish history, life, and culture. The courses that I have taken in pursuing my minor have proven to be some of the most interesting and eye opening courses that I have taken in my time at Kent State; and with extremely knowledgeable and approachable instructors, the courses were as enjoyable as they were insightful. I would strongly recommend that any student at Kent State University minor in Jewish Studies!”
By allowing me to pursue my interest in the field of Jewish studies, the Melton Scholarship enabled me to experience all that the KSU Jewish Studies Program has to offer. The unique combination of history, religious studies, language, philosophy, and politics will help to continue a storied legacy of Jewish learning, and I feel that Samuel Melton would be proud of our program.
~Evan Gildenblattchris pic
I am writing this letter to express my gratitude toward the Jewish Studies Program. I was introduced to the Jewish Studies minor through Chaya Kessler while I was fulfilling my language requirements in her Hebrew class. As a student of Philosophy, I have always been interested in ancient cultures. This is why I chose Hebrew as my language of choice. Not only was the Jewish Studies minor very educational about Jewish history but also European and American history. In addition, being a Jewish Studies minor made me eligible for a scholarship which I received, and it was very helpful in paying for the expenses of education.
Aside from the benefits of being a Jewish Studies minor, Chaya Kessler was the most helpful staff member I've encountered throughout the duration of my seven years at Kent State University. Not only did she go out of her way to inform me of the scholarship, she also made sure I got credit for every class I took, and she made it possible for me to be ready for graduation when I hoped. She is an inspirational educator who has genuine concern for the success of her students. I learned a lot from the program and owe a good deal of my confidence to her encouragements.