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Mission Statement

Judaism is the oldest religion in the West, shaping western worldview, social institutions, and culture. The mission of Jewish Studies at ASU is to educate students, faculty and the public at large about the centrality of Judaism in Western history and culture.

Jewish Studies at ASU is devoted to:

  • Disseminating accurate information about Jewish history, religion and culture
  • Facilitating critical inquiry of Jewish past and present
  • Promoting collaborative, interdisciplinary research nationally and internationally
  • Serving an intellectual resource in metropolitan Phoenix through adult education programs
  • Enhancing the intellectual quality of Jewish life in metropolitan Phoenix
  • Developing awareness about the challenges for Jewish existence, including persecution, genocide and assimilation