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The Jewish Studies Program Has Exciting Events Throughout the Year!

We hold several special events throughout the year, including lectures, films and art exhibitions, that complement and enrich Jewish studies courses.

Annual Bus Trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC

Spring Break in Poland

Study Abroad in Israel

Trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum

Posted Sep, 9, 2014
Jewish Studies Program and Hillel at KSU Invite you to join us on a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum In Washington, D. C.

Date: Sunday November 2, 2014 

Time: Bus will depart from the Cohn Jewish Student Center, 613 E. Summit at 5 a.m. and return at approximately 11 p.m. 

Fee: $20 (non-refundable) includes transportation, entry fee and lunch (Cash or check made payable to Kent State University) 

This course will fulfill the ELR as a non-course credit. 

To secure a place on the trip, please complete the application and attach the fee. Return application and fee to Nola Ruble at Room 113 Bowman Hall by October 20, 2014

Limited space is available – first come, first served

Kent State to host Midwest Jewish Studies Association Academic Conference

Posted Aug, 29, 2014
The Jewish Studies Program, in Kent State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will host the 26th Annual Midwest Jewish Studies Association Academic Conference on Sept. 14 – 15 at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Kent. Approximately 30 scholars and professionals in Jewish Studies from around the world will attend. Presenters will be coming from Turkey, Austria and Israel as well as North America.

The keynote speech “Heschel’s Spiritual Humanism: Jewish Education for the 21st Century” will be presented by Peter Geffen on Sept. 14. Geffen is the founder of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York City and a recipient of the Covenant Award. The keynote will place Heschel's key understandings of the human condition within a developmental framework offering a vision and challenge to much of contemporary Jewish education in particular and American education in general. The talk will include biographical review and lesser known anecdotes garnered from years of work and friendship with both Heschel family members and former students.  

The keynote speech and dinner is open to the public, but reservations are required. To register, call Chaya Kessler at 330-672-8926 or email 

About MJSA 

The Midwest Jewish Studies Association (MJSA) is a broad and interdisciplinary non-profit organization. It brings together scholars of Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds in a synergistic effort to generate energy, talent, ideas and resources.

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