San Francisco

University of San Francisco, Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice

University of San Francisco Swig JSSJ Program, 2130 Fulton St. KAL 152 San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-6601 [email protected]
Director Aaron J. Hahn Tapper
Assistant Director Oren Kroll-Zeldin [email protected]

Founded in 1997, this is the only academic program nationwide formally linking Jewish studies and social justice. Engaging students in theoretical and practical applications of social justice and activism rooted in Jews and Judaisms. Examining Jewish culture, history, politics, philosophy and language to better understand and strengthen marginalized communities around the globe.

Offering 30+ Jewish studies courses, a minor in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, and annual events (social justice and human rights lectures, social justice Passover seder, and the new Alvin H. Baum, Jr. Memorial Lecture, which honors a Bay Area LGBTQIA+ Jewish activist). Additional programs include a new graduate level JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) Certificate in Education, Jewish Studies, and Social Justice, and two intensive language summer programs, a study-abroad course in Israel-Palestine, Hebrew San Francisco: Ulpan, and Arabic San Francisco.

The program’s ethos is built upon the following four ideas, each integral to the Jewish community’s histories and identities:

  • Activism
  • Intersectionality
  • Social Identity
  • Social In/justice

Award-winning faculty include Rabbi Camille Shira Angel; Sinton Visiting Professor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Refugee Studies Rabbi Lee Bycel; Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, and Oren Kroll-Zeldin.