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Judaic Studies
Welcome! The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University contributes to the intellectual dynamism of this metropolitan campus through interdisciplinary courses and research.

We engage students of all backgrounds through a rich and flexible curriculum and our degree programs. And we serve the greater Portland area through a range of community partnerships.

An undergraduate Major Degree in Judaic Studies is now available! Also read about what the Vanguard, PSU's daily newspaper, said about the upcoming Major.

Please use this website to learn about our course offerings in Judaic Studies and Hebrew language, upcoming lectures and symposia, Major and Minor degrees, research tools and library holdings, community partnerships, special programs, and participating faculty. We encourage you to join our weekly jsmail list, which announces Portland area courses, lectures, films, and events of interest to Judaic Studies.

We are called "The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies," and we bear that name proudly. The Schnitzer name symbolizes a family's firm and ongoing commitment to our program, as well as to Portland State University, greater Portland and the region at large. With the support of the Harold Schnitzer family, our program has experienced tremendous growth, both in our student population and that of our donors, like you. We teach  more than 500 students every year;  we recently welcomed the Pacific Northwest's only professor of Israel Studies and offer a Major degree.

The Harold Schnitzer family gave us our start—indeed, created a legacy—and your generosity ensures that legacy exist today and into the future. Thank you for considering a gift today, for tomorrow.