Exploring Cultural, Historical and Religious Traditions and Experiences Through Jewish Studies

The study of Judaism and Jewish culture offers all Rice students an opportunity to learn about important cultural, historical and religious traditions and experiences. In particular, the study of the Jewish diaspora experience complements emerging strength at Rice in studying the experience of other groups dispersed across national borders, and how tradition and identity are preserved and absorbed as populations migrate. Our Program in Jewish Studies immerses students in this important story at a time when effective leadership demands understanding exactly this interplay among traditions and identity.

The diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the program allows undergraduates the opportunity to enrich their major fields of study with a specific focus on Judaism and Jewish culture. Our program also forms an important bridge to the community, making use of the rich resources available in Houston, engaging with local institutions, and participating in timely public discussions. This is especially evident in our Houston Jewish History Archive, founded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey to rescue and preserve local Jewish history.

Visit jewishstudies.rice.edu to learn about our mission, our minor in Jewish Studies, upcoming events, and more.

Your support is crucial to making opportunities for students to study aboard possible and in furthering faculty and student research and community outreach.

Please support our Program in Jewish Studies and the Houston Jewish History Archive by giving today using our secure online giving form. To learn more and to discuss gift opportunities, please contact us.