Barbara Mann, Jewish Literature
Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Jewish History
Stefanie Siegmund, Jewish History, Program Advisor
Shira Epstein, Jewish Education
Amy Kalmanofsky, Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages
The Program in Jewish Gender and Women's Studies offers interdisciplinary courses that allow students to examine the history, literature, image, and culture of Jewish women and men through the perspective of gender. A rich array of course offerings by the regular faculty and visiting professors focuses on Jewish women's history, Yiddish and Hebrew literature, women in the Bible, and other women-centered subjects. In addition, our gender-studies seminar teaches students to apply a gender-studies approach to all the biblical and rabbinic texts they will encounter, and to raise gender-focused questions in any of the classes they may choose to take in the course of their studies.
Students in the program ordinarily focus on one historical period or discipline while choosing courses from among the many areas of study taught at The Jewish Theological Seminary. They will also take complementary courses in women's studies, feminist studies, or queer studies at neighboring institutions.
The Jewish Gender and Women's Studies Program prides itself on its commitment to combining feminist and Jewish perspectives. It encourages students to bring their creativity into their work, supports women's scholarship, and aims to teach and promote a gendered understanding of all areas of Judaic studies. Student learning is supported by the many feminist and gender-focused activities and organizations associated with the larger nearby colleges and universities of New York City.
View the List College Admissions page.
For Jewish Gender and Women's Studies Majors
See the Graduate School Admissions page.
In addition to prerequisite courses and language courses required of all students in The Graduate School, 30 graduate credits are required as follows:
Note: For cross-listed courses taken to fulfill the 12 credits of elective JGW courses, where a syllabus is not fully dedicated to a women's studies or gender studies approach, students are expected to fulfill their assignments and papers by choosing gender and women's studies themes, and to submit them to the JGW program advisor.
Master's Thesis, Project, or Examination
The master's thesis (40 to 60 pages), ordinarily on a topic in the area of the cognate concentration, is written in consultation with the program advisor and under the supervision of an approved faculty member. An alternative path may be permitted for creative artists who design a project (e.g., creative writing, visual, musical, or performance arts) and enlist an appropriate JTS faculty member as co-advisor. For students who intend to teach, in consultation with the program advisor and two JGW faculty members, a comprehensive examination may be individually designed and taken to fulfill the capstone requirement.