As a Catholic and Jesuit university, Fordham's Jewish Studies Program provides students and the public with a nuanced understanding of the living and historical traditions of Judaism, as well as the history and culture of the Jews within the broader context of the cultures they shared with larger society.
Twelve renowned faculty from eight departments and programs, among them winners of prestigious fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and others, comprise the faculty of the Jewish Studies Program. They frequently publish in many disciplines, including history, theology, anthropology, sociology, comparative literature, art history, gender and women's studies, and law, and work on collaborative projects, among them The Early Modern Workshop (the EMW), a path-breaking project that connects scholars and uses digital technology to bridge scholarship and research with pedagogy, was able to take steps toward new directions by holding regular discussions throughout the academic year and culminating in the summer workshop, and creating a vibrant community of scholars of pre-modern history and culture (www.earlymodern.org)
In 2015, Fordham began collecting Judaica. In the fall of 2018, first students began to explore Jewish history through books and objects, creating new research and curating exhibits. Publications resulting from these projects are available in this online repository.