Welcome to the Jewish Studies Program at Kent State University! The Jewish Studies Program at Kent State University was introduced in the fall of 1975 and has proudly served the students of KSU (Jewish and non-Jewish alike) with quality academics and interesting programs. We are completely committed to making JWST the premier program of its kind in Northeast Ohio.


We offer courses and activities that promote understanding of all aspects of Jewish life. Our Minor in Jewish Studies enables students enrolled in any major to become acquainted with the culture, language, literature, history, philosophy and religious customs of the Jewish people from antiquity to the present. Special events held throughout each semester, including lectures, films and art exhibitions, complement and enrich Jewish studies courses.


Dr. Herbert Hochhauser passed away on January 1, 2019 at the age of 83.

He was the director of the Ethnic Heritage and Jewish Studies Programs at Kent State from 1980 – 1999. In addition to his academic career he produced numerous films about the Holocaust and won seven Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences for these documentaries. Those awards will be displayed in the library for a time and thereafter will be found in the office of the Director of the Jewish Studies Program in Bowman Hall.

  • Joshua is a former student of Kent State University and the Jewish Studies Program. He was the first student ever from Kent State to participate in the intermediate level Steiner Yiddish Program at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. His hard work in the program was admirable and has earned him the opportunity to attend the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Hear how his and other's involvement in the Kent State Jewish Studies Program changed their undergraduate experiences!

  • The Jewish Studies minor enables students enrolled in any major to learn about different aspects of Jewish heritage, culture, and language. Each year, scholarships may be awarded to students pursuing the Jewish Studies minor.