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About the Program

Judaic Studies is an interdisciplinary program offered in the College of Arts and Humanities with the cooperation of the Departments of English, Modern Languages, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology, and Interdisciplinary Studies, Women's Studies, Area Studies programs, Religious Studies, Humanities and Middle East Studies Minors.

The Judaic Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary minor in Judaic Studies and a Certificate in Judaic Studies. The program enables students to acquire a foundation of knowledge of Jewish history; the Hebrew language; Jewish philosophy, culture, religious beliefs, and political aspirations; and to understand the contribution of Judaism to western civilization. The courses incorporated highlight major aspects of Jewish civilization, focusing on its interaction with other cultures and on the bodies of human knowledge upon which it draws. The program is designed to serve students pursuing careers in general or Jewish education, international and Middle Eastern affairs, languages or liberal arts, ministry or rabbinate, and in communal works at large.

General Information

Student Information

Students may take the listed courses as electives or to satisfy requirements for a minor in Judaic Studies. Students pursuing careers in general education, Jewish education, in the ministry or rabbinate, in international and Middle Eastern affairs, or in languages, will benefit from Judaic Studies and Hebrew courses. Students may take Hebrew courses to satisfy the language requirements. Other courses may satisfy the Religious Studies minor, Humanities minor, Liberal Studies minor, or the Middle East Studies minor.

Members of the Community and Non-Degree Students

Members of the community may take the courses as non degree-seeking students or may audit the courses. They may also take Judaic Studies courses for a Certificate.

Tuition Fee Waivers for Senior Citizens

Persons 60 years of age or older, who meet Florida residency requirements, may register for credit classes without payment. Simplified registration forms are available for non degree-seeking students.

UCF Judaic Library

The Judaic Studies Program and UCF Library are building up their Judaic collection. Book and periodical gifts by the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Educational Center, the Jewish Chautauqua Society, Rabbi Morris Goldfarb, Dr. Martha Williamson, the Bachrach family of New York, and Rabbi Aharon Opher of Sarasota through his grandson, Dr. Gideon Maschler, helped us enrich our collection. The Littauer Foundation has established a $10,000 book endowment fund for acquisition of Judaic books to UCF library.

Spiritual Activities

Area synagogues and temples welcome students for High Holy Days, holidays and festivals, and regular Sabbath services. Some High Holy Days services are conducted on campus through Hillel/the Jewish Student Union. The Jewish Community Center and the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland and local synagogues open their activities to UCF students. Rabbinical and spiritual assistance is provided through area congregations.

Friends of Judaic Studies

To support its educational and cultural outreach programs, Friends of Judaic Studies was formed by various individuals who helped set up the program. Through their generous contributions and the annual gifts of several foundations and many private individuals, the program continues to grow.

Contact Information

Dr. Moshe Pelli, Program Director: 407-823-5039
Jeffrey A. Golub, Program Assistant: 407-823-5129
Office Assistants: 407-823-2296
Fax: 407-823-3603; 823-5156
E-mail and comments:
Judaic Studies offices are located in Colbourn Hall, rooms 415 E-J.

Judaic Studies Program
University of Central Florida
College of Arts and Humanities
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
P.O. Box 161992
Orlando, Florida 32816-1992

Judaic Studies • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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