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Lown BuildingThe Department of NEJS is located in the Lown Center for Judaic Studies (Room 211). Get directions to our offices and the Brandeis campus.

Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS)
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Mailstop 054
Waltham, MA 02453

Phone: 781-736-2950
Fax: 781-736-2070


Jon Levisohn
Jon Levisohn
Department Chair
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Educational Thought
781-736-2941 ASAC 125
Office Hours: Mondays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Expertise: Philosophy of education, with particular interest in purposes, processes, and outcomes of Jewish education in all of its various settings, scholarship of teaching classical Jewish texts

Jonathan Krasner
Jonathan Krasner
Undergraduate Advising Head and Study Abroad Advisor
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Education Research
781-736-2372 ASAC 123
Office Hours: Tuesdays. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (and by appt.)

Expertise: History of American Jewish education, teaching and learning of Jewish history and social studies, Jewish youth, and LGBT Jews

Carl Sharif El-Tobgui
Carl Sharif El-Tobgui
Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Director of the Arabic Language Program
781-736-2071 Lown 206
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (and by appt.)

Expertise: Islamic thought, theology, law and jurisprudence; Arabic language (Qur'anic, classical & modern) and Classical Arabic literature and poetry

Sara Hascal
Sara Hascal
Director of the Hebrew Language and Literature Program
Associate Professor of the Practice of Hebrew
781-736-2955 ASAC 326
Office Hours: Mondays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m, 9 (and by appt.)

Expertise: Hebrew language, modern Israeli literature and culture, Israeli theater and drama pedagogy, creative reading and writing, theories and methodologies in second language acquisition