Jewish Studies Program
Jewish Studies Program Statement of Solidarity and Mourning
Jewish ethics places the unique and infinite value of each individual above all other values: the loss of one life, the Talmud teaches, is like the destruction of an entire world. We in the Jewish Studies Program are sad and angry to see the disregard and devaluing of the crucially important lives of our Asian American neighbors, as well as continuing violence against our African American, Latinx, and Indigenous neighbors. We mourn the eight human beings, including six Asian American women, murdered in Georgia last week. We protest racist attacks on and harassment of people of Asian descent across the United States and in the United Kingdom and Australia. We recognize that the increased attacks on people of color harm our Jewish brothers and sisters of Asian, African, Latinx, and Indigenous descent. Jewish experience of white supremacist violence has taught us that none of us are safe unless all of us are safe. It is incumbent on all of us to support one another and repair our broken world.
About Jewish Studies
The field of Jewish Studies explores the rich heritage of the Jewish people. Using the methodology of different academic disciplines, it examines the experience of Jews in the many lands in which they have lived over the past four thousand years, as well as contemporary Jewish life in Israel, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Read more
The Jewish Studies Program teaches academic perspectives on Jewish history and on the diversity of Jewish experience. Though CSUN students are our primary responsibility, we also seek to provide knowledge and resources to others on campus and to the public at large. The goal of the Jewish Studies Program is to help people understand the past and respond to important contemporary issues that affect their daily lives, contributing to a more thoughtful and compassionate society for all. Read more