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"The NEJS department at Brandeis University is among the oldest and finest institutions of Jewish studies in the world. Its scholars are the leading lights in their respective fields and as their student one receives unmatched access to and attention from these academic giants."

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Early NEJS Faculty

The Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) is a multidisciplinary department committed to innovative research and teaching in a broad range of fields including Bible and Ancient Near East, Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, Islamic and Middle East Studies, and Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, and other Near Eastern languages. We are home to one of the world's largest programs in Jewish and Hebrew Studies.

Dedicated to intellectual openness and pedagogic excellence, NEJS offers courses that engage critical questions of history, religion, culture, language, literary and textual studies, social and political science, law, education, and women's and gender studies, as well as rich experiential learning opportunities.

Our faculty also lead and participate in research centers and institutes across the university.

NEJS provides a rigorous undergraduate program for students of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds and graduate programs to train the next generation of scholars and leaders.