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Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding

Torah finials, central and western Iran, 20th century, cut and engraved silver. Gross family Collection, Tel Aviv


The Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, an interdisciplinary academic program at Old Dominion University, fosters knowledge of Jewish history, thought, cultures, and languages through education, scholarship, and community outreach. The Institute offers courses in the Jewish religion and literature, the Hebrew language, the history of modern Israel and its role in shaping global Jewish identity, the cultures of the Jewish diaspora throughout the ages, and the ethical and philosophical role of Judaism in influencing other world religions and civilizations.

News & Events

Berlin Jewish Hospital: Exhibition and Lecture. April 13, 12:30-3:00 p.m., Perry Library Conference Room.


Healthcare Ethics: War and Trauma. April 14, 7:00 p.m., North Cafe Webb University Center.



The Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding is housed in the College of Arts and Letters, Old Dominion University. Its office is located in the Cooper Room, BAL 2024, in the Batten Arts and Letters Building, Hampton Blvd.

For further information on the Institute's Programs and Activities contact:
Farideh Dayanim Goldin, IJIU Academic Director
Phone: (USA) 757-683-6816
E-mail: fgoldin@odu.edu