Jewish Studies



Eric Wedig


Coordinator for Scholarly Resources, Social Sciences

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 865-5644

Librarian Email

Dept Chair

Michael Cohen

Dept Web Site


Program Description

The Jewish Studies program offers undergraduates an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Jews, their history, religion, language, thought, culture, literature, and music, so as to comprehand the Jewish experience in antiquity, the middle ages, and the present. The program attempts, through the study of one group, to understand the inner dynamics of all human life. It employs two full time and four adjunct faculty members.

Subject Resource Guide


Emphasis is placed on acquiring general, popular, and scholarly works treating the Jewish history, religion, language, thought, culture, literature, music, and the Jewish experience in antiquity, the middle ages, and the present.


Monographs, monographic series, specialized reference works, bibliographies, and serials are collected. Textbooks, non-Tulane dissertations, and audio-visuals are purchased selectively at user request.


To broaden access and conserve physical space journals are sought online whenever this format is available. Print may be cancelled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured. When ownership of the online version is not assured, online access at additional cost will be sought within the amount budgeted for Jewish studies journals. Monographs and other types are generally purchased as printed text. Other formats are considered, especially when the alternative format would improve access or utility.


English language titles, plus limited numbers of German, Hebrew, and French titles, are acquired.

Chronological Period

Period of coverage sought includes 1500 BC to the present.

Imprint Date

Emphasis is placed on items published during the last three years. Older materials are selectively purchased. Out-of-print materials are sought, generally, to replace lost materials considered indispensable to the collection, or upon faculty request.

Geographical Considerations

Emphasis is on the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Europe, and the United States.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Check-Out Desk.

Supply Sources

YBP, Jean Touzot, Casalini, Puvill, and Harrassowitz approval plans are the principal sources of supply.

Endowed Funds

Endowed funds include the Avery-Peck Fund, Nathan H. Polmer Fund, Willie and Erna Wolff Memorial Fund.

Selection Tools

* These include the approval plans listed above, reviews in Choice and major professional journals. Special attention is given to faculty, staff, and student requests.