The Jewish Communal
Service program prepares students
for careers as professional leaders for
the Jewish community. Graduates enter
careers in a variety of settings in nonprofit
organizations. The program utilizes a
multi-dimensional curriculum that combines
courses in leadership and communal service
with Judaic studies and practical field
experiences. Core components include six
graduate Jewish studies courses, six
professional courses, a supervised internship,
and practicum seminar. All students are
required to complete internships in the
Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area.
New in Fall 2013 is a 5 year bachelor's to master's degree program. Students enrolled in the Towson University Department of Family Studies and Community Development's Family Science major may apply for admission to this B.A. to M.A. program. Students in the program begin graduate course work during their senior year by taking 9 units of 500/600 level courses that count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Another nine units are taken during the summer terms, allowing students to complete both degrees in 5 years.
Graduates of the program typically work in service-based agencies within the Jewish community. Many alumni hold positions locally and nationally with Jewish Federations, Hillel, Jewish Community Centers, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Jewish hospitals, Jewish Volunteer Connections, various Jewish camps, social service agencies and synagogues.
Why Towson University?
There is simply no better place to pursue a graduate degree in Judaic Studies. Towson University is ideally located just minutes from Baltimore City, Pikesville, Owings Mills, and Reisterstown. Students seeking internship and employment opportunities benefit from a vast local network of Jewish communal organizations, nonprofit agencies, synagogues, community centers and day schools. Students can also look forward to becoming part of a well-organized community, enriched by the agencies of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
Towson University’s Baltimore Hebrew Institute (BHI) represents our commitment to providing support for the education and training of Jewish educators, scholars and communal professionals who exemplify excellence in their chosen fields. Through Towson’s BHI, students enrolled in Judaic Studies graduate programs have access to a variety of special programs and social activities, as well as fellowship and scholarship opportunities.
Students in the Jewish Communal Service program may also earn a dual-degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Students interested in this dual-degree option must apply and be admitted to each of the programs independently. For more information, contact Dr. Hana Bor at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the University of Maryland School of Social Work website.
Our faculty include prominent scholars and
educators with credentials in key areas of Jewish studies, Jewish communal
service and Jewish education. Faculty
research and publications cover the areas
of Jewish thought and mysticism, the
archaeology of ancient Israel, Second
Temple Period literature and history,
rabbinic thought and literature, biblical
and ancient Near Eastern civilization,
American Jewish history, European Jewish
history, informal and formal Jewish education.