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Established in 2012, The Concentration in Education and Jewish Studies (EdJS) is a unique entity in the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Neither a program nor a center, the EdJS provides a framework for students and scholarship that focuses on the interplay of education, Jewish Studies, and religion broadly considered. 

Our work explores the ways in which people learn to develop religious, ethnic, and ideological commitments, and the ways in which organizations and institutions can facilitate that learning.  We are committed to exploring these phenomena wherever they are: schools, congregations, camps, museums, festivals, and elsewhere. Our research projects are motivated by commitments to methodological rigor and theoretical creativity, and they are guided by a concern for usable knowledge that we hope will aid practitioners across a variety of fields. 

We undertake this work by

  • Supporting students to develop their own scholarly interests and provide methodological training so they can develop and pursue research agendas
  • Conducting innovative research
  • Convening conversations between students, community leaders, educators and leading scholars in the fields of Education, Jewish Studies, and Religious Studies
  • Communicating and collaborating with communities and stakeholders beyond the academy

Generously supported by a gift from the Jim Joseph Foundation, EdJS promotes rigorous research and creative scholarly exploration. We welcome inquiries from anyone interested in our work, curious about the PhD Concentration, wishing to explore the possibility of collaborating on projects.  If you would like to know more about what we do and how we do it, please contact us at

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