• 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.

  • Jewish & Israel Studies Program Director Richard Golden, Advisory Board Chair Dick Abrams, & Chair-elect Larry Strauss met 8/5/15 with UNT President Neal Smatresk to discuss the program's plans, students, upcoming Israel-Texas business conference, and event series ("The Oldest and the Newest Hatred: Antisemitism--anti-Israelism") that will feature 5 speakers, 3 film screenings with panel discussions, and 1 play.

    Photo in president's office after the meeting:
    Left to right: Larry Strauss, Richard Golden, Neal Smatresk, & Dick Abrams.

  • On October 22, 2014, the Jewish and Israel Studies Program hosted Israeli-Arab legal scholar Professor Mohammed Wattad, who delivered a public talk to UNT students titled "An Israeli-Arab Legal Scholar Discusses the Gaza War and Terrorism." 74 people attended the afternoon talk.

  • On October 7, 2014, the UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program hosted a lunch and learn with Israeli artist Shira Richter. Shira spoke on mothers and women in the recent Israel-Gaza War.

Fall 2015 Student Brochure

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 and a certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies, and we plan 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.

The Texas Jewish Post published an article the Jewish and Israel Studies' recent name change titled “A Pivotal Move.”

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Soprano Alicia Wallace, a native of Rochester, NY, has sung with the Fort Worth Opera Chorus, Eastman Opera Theater, University of North Texas Opera...

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Guy Chet
Guy Chet was raised in Ness Ziona, Israel. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Haifa, and his MA and PhD at Yale University....


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.


2015-2016 Scholarships

Fall 2015 Course Flyers

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.

The Jewish and Israel Studies logo may not be used in any manner or for any purpose without the express written consent of the program director.