UCF Judaic Studies Program established 1984.For more than 25 years, the Judaic Studies Program at UCF has enhanced Judaic knowledge, scholarship, and awareness in Central Florida. The program offers an interdisciplinary Minor in Judaic Studies and a Certificate in Judaic Studies. Judaic Studies forms an essential component of the university curriculum because the roots of western culture, civilization, and major world religions lie in ancient Jewish thought and practice, as manifested in the Hebrew Bible and subsequent writings.

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Pelli Wins Judaica Bibliography Award

Moshe Pelli is the 2014 winner of the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award.

The Association of Jewish Libraries honored Pelli for his recent book The Journals of the Haskalah (Hebrew Englightenment) from 1820 to 1845, which includes monographs and annotated indices to eight Hebrew periodicals published in Holland, Galicia, Germany and Lithuania in the 19th century. [Read More]


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The Passing Of Abe Wise

The Judaic Studies Program at UCF mourns the passing of Abe Wise on September 26, 2013.

Abe was a founding member of the UCF Judaic Studies Program, a friend and continuous supporter of the program since its inception, and a pillar of the community. Abe and his wife, Tess, have established the Endowed Professorship in Judaic Studies at UCF, thus showing their life-long commitment to higher Jewish education, and their involvement in community-wide plans for Jewish learning. His love for Israel and his concern for the... Read More

Recent Faculty Publications

Moshe Pelli

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The Journals of the Haskalah 1820 to 1845, Monographs and Annotated Indices to Eight Hebrew Periodicals in Holland, Galicia, Germany and Lithuania, Magnes Press of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; 437 pp.; bibliography, index, English abstract, 2013 [Hebrew].

Moshe Pelli

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Atarah Leyoshnah: Hama’avak Litzirat Yahadut Hahaskalah [Restore Judaism to Its Pristine Splendor: The Struggle to Establish ‘Haskalah Judaism’]. Hakibutz Hameuchad, Israel, 2012. 512 pp.; bibliography, index, English abstract [Hebrew].

Kenneth Hanson

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The Eagle & the Bible: Lessons in Liberty from Holy Writ. Nashville, TN: New English Review, 2012. Print.

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The Passing of Abe Wise

The Passing Of Abe Wise, of Blessed Memory

The Judaic Studies Program at UCF mourns the passing of Abe Wise on September 26, 2013.

Abe was a founding member of the UCF Judaic Studies Program, a friend and continuous supporter of the program since its inception, and a pillar of the community. Abe and his wife, Tess, have established the Endowed Professorship in Judaic Studies at UCF, thus showing their life-long commitment to higher Jewish education, and their involvement in community-wide plans for Jewish learning. His love for Israel and his concern for the American Jewish community were manifested throughout the years in his discussions and comments at our annual Advisory Board meetings.

We will miss him and will treasure his memory and his educational goals.

The Judaic Studies faculty and staff extend to Tess and the family our profound condolences.

In the traditional message to the mourners: May you be consoled with the bereaved of Zion and Jerusalem.

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