Welcome to the Meyerhoff
Center for Jewish Studies

The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies, one of the oldest of its kind in the United States, hosts the academic programs in Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, and Religious Studies at the University of Maryland. The Center has a threefold mission: (a) to foster research in Jewish Studies and related fields; (b) to train students in the fields of Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, and Religious Studies at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels; and (c) to serve as a resource to the broader community through public programs, library collections, and special events.

Faculty expertise ranges from the Bible to the State of Israel, and covers Hebrew language and literature, Jewish history, Bible, rabbinics, Jewish philosophy, and Yiddish language and literature. The faculty's interests extend to contemporary American religions, Middle East politics and society, and digital humanities. The Center has contributed substantially to the building of the University's library collections in Jewish Studies and Israel Studies. 

Our academic programs include forty-five Jewish Studies majors, twenty-eight Jewish Studies minors, twenty-two Religious Studies minors, and twelve Israel Studies minors. In addition, a small and select group of graduate students study in our MA in Jewish Studies and in PhD programs in Jewish Studies and Israel Studies in other units. Our programs of study combine intensive languages, close contact with faculty, intellectual rigor, and interdisciplinary breadth.The Gildenhorn Institute of Israel Studies is an academic unit within the Meyerhoff Center. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
3105 Susquehanna Hall
The leaders of the Babylonian Jewish community were confronted by a new reality in the wake of the Muslim conquests of the mid-7th century: In contrast to the...


  The lecture  "The Newly Discovered Documents of the Judean Exiles in Babylonia" by Dr. Mark E. Cohen that had been scheduled onTuesday, October 21, 2014, 12:30-2:30 PM, 3105 Susquehanna Hall has... Read more

The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies has a new home: 4141 Susquehanna Hall.  Our phone number remains the same: 301-405-4975.