Judaic Studies


Deena Rabinovich, Chair

Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women exposes students to the content, methods and history of the Jewish legal system. Knowledge of Jewish law is essential for living a full Jewish life and for translating Jewish values into action.

Intensive study of texts from the biblical period through Talmudic literature, medieval codes and commentaries, as well as modern responsa, provides insight into law as a means of social governance, the functions of dissent and the relationship between law and ethics.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies at Stern College for Women is to provide our students with college-level Jewish learning, skills and knowledge in the sub-fields of Bible, Hebrew Language, Jewish History, Jewish Philosophy and Judaic Studies. A broader aim is to provide students with exposure to the ethics and values that emerge from these disciplines.

Program Student Learning Goals

  1. Students will be able to understand primary Hebrew texts.
  2. Students will be able to analyze significant issues in the fields of Jewish Studies.
  3. Students will be able to understand the different historical contexts of the various fields of Jewish studies.
  4. Students will be able to synthesize information about the ethical teachings and values that emerge from the study of Jewish texts and traditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions about Judaic Studies or the Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies at Stern College. We look forward to hearing from you.