Judaic Studies

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About

The VCU Center of Judaic Studies was established for the interdisciplinary study of Judaism. We encourage understanding of the Judaic component of religious and philosophical thought, history and the arts in Western civilization. We are a part of the Religious Studies program through the School of World Studies.

Harry Lyons Chair of Judaic Studies

We are chaired by David Weinfeld, Ph.D. and assistant professor of Judaic Studies at VCU. Raised in Montreal, he earned his Ph.D in Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History from New York University, and his B.A. in History from Harvard University.

Weinfeld’s research is focused on American Jewish history, especially intellectual history and Black-Jewish relations. David has previously taught at the University of Toronto, Queens College, Temple University and NYU. He is currently working on his first book “An American Friendship: Horace Kallen, Alain Locke, and the Development of Cultural Pluralism.”

We Offer

A major or minor in Religious Studies can include coursework focused on Jewish history and culture, Judaism and Hebrew language. 

We also provide the entire community of Richmond through free, public lectures focused on various facets of Jewish identity and faith through our Annual Brown-Lyons Lecture. Please also check out lectures offered by the School of World Studies that discuss Judaism and/or Jewish culture on our news and events page.

Other Jewish Resources in Richmond

Menorah Review
Jewish Life at VCU
Weinstein JCC
Virginia Holocaust Museum
Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives