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Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding



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

  • Scholarships for 2014-15. Apply Now!
  • A screening of acclaimed Israeli TV show Hatufim introduced by Dr. Sharon Shahaf: 4 April 2014 at 6 pm, University Theater
  • Jewish Education Week at ODU
  • Passover Interfaith Seder
  • Farideh Goldin of ODU; Dr.William Whitehurst; Knut Abraham, German Embassy Counselor; Judge Mark Davis; & attorney Susan Blackman of Willcox & Savage at "Lawyers without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich" Thursday, April 11 Exhibit & Program was sponsored by ODU's Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, the Federal Foreign Office of the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., the American Bar Association, and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater/Holocaust Commission and Business & Legal Society.
  • Helen and Daniel Sonenshine with Israeli author Savyon Liebrecht, at the Sonenshine Lecture on April 14, 2013
  • The winners of Birshtein and Schwetz Scholarship funds are honored during lunch November 27, 2012.
  • Scholarships for 2014-15. Apply Now!
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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