The Jewish Studies Program ensures that the richness of Jewish culture and its impact on civilization are vigorously presented to the Cornell community. The program offers training in the languages, literature, and history of the Jewish people, as these developed across the globe and over thousands of years. It also focuses on the tense and productive relation between Jews and their various others. Jewish studies course offerings cover Jewish civilization from its ancient Near Eastern origins through its contemporary history. The program is interdisciplinary, and serves as a common address for faculty from an array of departments, such as Near Eastern studies, English, history, anthropology, German studies, government, comparative literature, and linguistics.

The Jewish Studies Program offers a minor, and provides instruction and specialization in the fields of Semitic languages; the Hebrew Bible; medieval and modern Hebrew literature and film; ancient, medieval and modern Jewish history; Holocaust Studies; Jewish ethnography; and Yiddish culture.

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Mayer Juni

Bruce Slovin Assistant Professor

Jonathan Branfman

Visiting Assistant Professor

Noah Tamarkin

Assistant Professor

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Jason Sion Mokhtarian

Herbert and Stephanie Neuman Associate Professor

Publications

Books

  • Rabbis, Sorcerers, Kings, and Priests: The Culture of the Talmud in Ancient Iran (University of California Press, 2015)
  • Medicine in the Talmud: Natural and Supernatural Remedies between Magic and Science (University of California Press, 2022). 

Edited Volume

  • Iranian Studies, special edition on “Religious Trends in Late Ancient and Early Islamic Iran.” Volume 48.1 (2015). Co-edited with David Bennett.

Selected Articles

  • “Material Culture of the Jews of Sasanian Mesopotamia.” In A Companion to Late Ancient Jews and Judaism: Third Century BCE to Seventh Century CE, eds. Naomi Koltun-Fromm and Gwynn Kessler (Hoboken: Blackwell Publishing, 2020), 145-166.
  • “Zoroastrian Polemics against Judaism in the Doubt-Dispelling Exposition.” Mizan: Journal for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations 3.1 (2018)
  • “Clusters of Iranian Loanwords in Talmudic Folklore: The Chapter of the Pious (b. Ta’anit 18b-26a) in Its Sasanian Context.” In The Aggada of the Bavli and Its Cultural World, eds. Geoffrey Herman and Jeffrey L. Rubenstein (Providence: Brown Judaic Studies, 2018), 125-148.
  • “Excommunication in Jewish Babylonia: Comparing Bavli Mo‘ed Qatan 14b-17b and the Aramaic Bowl Spells in a Sasanian Context.” Harvard Theological Review 108 (2015): 552-578.
  • “Empire and Authority in Sasanian Babylonia: The Rabbis and King Shapur in Dialogue.” Jewish Studies Quarterly 19 (2012): 148-180.

Uriel Abulof

Visiting Associate Professor, Israel Institute Visitor

Karolina Hübner

Associate Professor, Himan Brown Continuity Fellow

Cristina Florea

Assistant Professor

Publications

Peer-reviewed Articles

"Frontiers of Civilization in the Age of Mass Migration from Eastern Europe," Past and Present, 21 February 2022. https://doi.org/10.1093/pastj/gtab041

Book Reviews and Review Essays

Review of Patrice Dabrowski, The Carpathians: Discovering the Highlands of Poland and Ukraine (Cornell University Press, 2021), History: Reviews of New Books, 50(5), pp.83-84.  

Review of Astrid Eckert, West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands (OUP, 2019), H-Borderlands.

"Hidden Metropolis: Modernization and Urban Culture in Eastern Europe," Journal of Urban History, January 2020. 

Review of Helga Mitterbauer and Carrie Smith-Prei, eds. Crossing Central Europe: Continuities and Transformations, 1900 and 2000 (University of Toronto Press, 2017), Austrian History Yearbook, April 2019.

Public Writing

“The Crisis in Ukraine Has Disturbing Echoes of the 1930s,” TIME, February 28, 2022. https://time.com/6152294/ukraine-invasion-europe-1930s/

“Putin Knows That Controlling History Is the Key to Total Power,” CNN Opinion, April 4, 2022. https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/04/opinions/putin-destroying-ukraine-history-archives-florea/index.html

“Putin’s Perilous Imperial Dream: Why Empires and Nativism Don’t Mix,” Foreign Affairs, May 10, 2022. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russian-federation/2022-05-10/putins-perilous-imperial-dream

Joe Regenstein

Emeritus Professor

Olga Litvak

Laurie B. and Eric M. Roth Professor of Modern European Jewish History

Publications

Select publications: 

•   Haskalah: The Romantic Movement in Judaism (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012).

•   Conscription and the Search for Modern Russian Jewry (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006).

“The Jewish Boswell: Y. D. Berkovich and the Invention of Sholem-aleichem [Heb.],” Ot 7 (2017): 129-154.

“The New Marranos,” Studies in Contemporary Jewry Annual 29 (2016): 245-267.

“Rome and Jerusalem: The Figure of Jesus in the Creation of Mark Antokol’skii,” The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times, ed. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jonathan Karp (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), 441-496.

“The Poet in Hell: H. N. Bialik and the Cultural Genealogy of the Kishinev Pogrom of 1903,” Jewish Studies Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 1 (2005), 101-128.

Samantha Zacher

Professor

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