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Program Director's Welcome 2021-2022


Dear Students, Colleagues​, and Friends of the Jewish Studies Program,

 I’d like to welcome everyone to the 2021-22 academic year. This summer I took up the directorship of the UC San Diego Jewish Studies program after four years of stellar leadership by Professor Amelia Glaser, who is taking sabbatical this year. 

Students, faculty, and staff are returning to campus after a difficult and tumultuous eighteen months. Many of us perhaps feel a bit of trepidation but also a large measure of excitement and enthusiasm as we make our way back to classrooms and other campus spaces. This return, guided by UC San Diego’s innovative Return to Learn initiative, is happening in stages. Many of our Jewish Studies courses will be offered in person this Fall ​Quarter, but we will continue to harness the power of Zoom technology for events as appropriate. These will include a talk by Northwestern University Professor David Shyovitz, a specialist in medieval Jewish culture, and class visits by Ori Elon, director of the acclaimed television series, Shtisel. Elon comes to San Diego through the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative. Please look for more details about these and other events and visitors, which will be posted on our website and advertised through our mailing list.

Jewish Studies faculty, students, and staff are also excited ​to have a new campus home. The Institute of Arts and Humanities, of which Jewish Studies is a part, has moved to the sixth floor of the Ridgewalk Arts and Humanities building, part of the recently completed Torrey Pines Living and Learning Center. Finally, the Jewish Studies program is very pleased to welcome Jen Schwarzkopf, who serves as our new Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor. 

I look forward to seeing you all virtually and in person this academic year and wish you shana tova!


 Lisa Lampert-Weissig

 Professor, Literature
Jerome and Miriam Katzin Chair in Jewish Civilization
Director, Jewish Studies Program