The Brandeis Judaic Studies Journal  publishes outstanding scholarship, foregrounding the work of Brandeis students who are engaged in Jewish studies in any discipline. An undergraduate initiative hosted by the Brandeis Library, the BJSJ seeks to stimulate conversations about issues of importance to students, scholars, and general-interest readers.



The Brandeis Judaic Studies Journal is soliciting submissions for its fourth edition, to be published at the beginning of the 2023-2024 academic year. To mark the 75th anniversary of Brandeis’ founding, this year’s journal will focus on the theme of Jews and American institutions of higher education. We hope that the vast majority, if not all, of the published articles will stay on this theme. The Journal is written and edited by Brandeis undergraduates of all backgrounds and disciplines. Diverse perspectives and experiences are not only tolerated but encouraged and expected. We hope you will join our Journal and write for us! 


If you are interested in writing, please submit a one paragraph topic submission here by December 4 at 11:59pm. Once your topic is approved and assigned to one of our editors, you will work over the course of the Spring semester (you can start over winter break, if you wish) to develop your ideas, research, and write an argumentative and/or historical piece of ~1500-3000 words! Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Antisemitic Admissions Quotas in the Twentieth Century

  • The Development of Judaic/Yiddish Studies Departments

  • The Rise of Chabad on Campuses

  • Hate Speech

  • Jews and Affirmative Action

  • The history of specific schools:

    • Brandeis University

    • Yeshiva University

    • Hebrew Union College

    • Jewish Theological Seminary

  • The Early Years of Brandeis and its Emigre Founding Members

  • Black Jews on Campus

  • The Relationship Between Conservative College Students and the Conservative Movement

  • A response or follow-up to one of these articles in Tablet Magazine

  • Check out the Sapir Journal’s Education Issue 

When submitting your proposal, be sure to consider a position you may wish to take on your chosen issue, so your piece is not merely descriptive. We are so excited to see what you have in store! As always, feel free to reach out to me or any of our board members (Doron Polonetsky, Dov Ratner, Stephanie Kallish, and Allan Feldman) with any questions, concerns, or feedback. We would also be happy to help you develop your ideas before the December 4 deadline!

Vol 3 (2022): Brandeis Judaic Studies Journal

The Brandeis Judaic Studies Journal is pleased to present its third volume published for Spring of 2022.

Published: 2022-09-08

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