• Holocaust survivor Jack Repp spoke at UNT on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. 357 people attended the event.

    For info on upcoming events, email us to join our mailing list or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

  • "The following list represents an effort by the Association for Israel Studies to identify centers, institutes, study programs, endowed chairs, and faculty that focus on the academic study of modern Israel."
    -Association of Israel Studies

    Photo: Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv

  • On January 1, 2014, the Jewish Studies Program changed its name to the Jewish and Israel Studies Program.

    The Texas Jewish Post featured the name change in an article titled "Pivotal Move."

  • UNT JISP partners with North Texas Hillel each year for Israel Fair.

    For more student organizations on or around campus, check our our Community page

  • JISP hosted its first Open House on March 25, 2014, where our minors gathered to mingle with faculty and staff.

    Find info on minoring in Jewish and Israel Studies here or check out our current faculty here.

  • The Jewish and Israel Studies Program hosts a library of over 2,000 books and 300 films, located in the Jewish and Israel Studies Suite.

    Click here to browse our offerings.

  • After 13 years as chair of the JISP Advisory Board, Howard E. Watt stepped down. JISP held a reception in his honor on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

    Click here for a current listing of advisory board members.

Program Mission

1) Educate students, faculty, and the DFW community about the religion, cultures, and historical experiences of the Jewish people.

2) Promote Jewish and Israel studies in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

3) Foster ties between UNT and Jewish institutions in the DFW area, throughout the United States, and in Israel.

4) Increase original scholarship by students and faculty on Jewish and Israel subjects.

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The UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program is the only Jewish and Israel Studies program at a public university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and one of only eight such programs in the U.S. UNT is the largest university in the North Texas region, with more than 36,000 students and more Jewish students than all other Dallas-Fort Worth universities combined. Our program includes 47 courses on Jews and Judaism across seven of UNT's colleges taught by 26 faculty in nine departments. 13 of the program's courses are on the state of Israel.

The Jewish and Israel Studies Program offers multiple scholarships from seven endowments and programs. We offer a minor in Jewish and Israel Studies and plans to establish a M.A. in Jewish and Israel Studies in the future. We also house a library of about 2,000 books and 300 films.

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The UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program is a partner agency of The Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

Fall 2014 Student Brochure Available

Contact Us

For general questions please email us or call us at (940) 369-8926.

For academic or fundraising questions please email Dr. Richard Golden or call him at (940) 369-8933.

To sign up for the Jewish and Israel Studies Program minor please email Nanette Behning or call her at (940) 369-8172.

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