The Judaic Studies Program is committed to advancing transformational research in the field of Jewish Studies. GW is home to the distinguished Kiev Collection, a comprehensive selection of more than 28,000 rare books and artifacts from Judaica. And our faculty and alumni are prolific contributors to contemporary scholarship in Judaica.

Since 2017, the Judaic Studies Program has hosted the Jewish History Colloquium, convening faculty, students and independent researchers working in the field in the Washington, D.C., area.


Special Collections and Collaborations


glass door leading into the Kiev Collection, with several bookshelves in the background

The Kiev Collection

GW houses the I. Edward Kiev Collection, a unique collection of Hebraica and Judaica that spans more than five centuries and includes more than 28,000 volumes of books, periodicals, Jewish graphic art, manuscripts and archival documents. Established in 1994, the collection is housed in the Kiev Room of Gelman Library on Foggy Bottom Campus. The Judaic Studies Program encourages students and guest scholars to apply for the Kiev Judaica Collection Research Fellowship, which is designed to fund short-term scholarly research, creative or educational projects informed by the Kiev Collection. Contact Shelly Buring at GW Libraries for details.

Kiev Collection Gallery



Jewish Heritage Video Collection

The Judaic Studies Program maintains the Jewish Heritage Video Collection, which supports teaching about Jewish life, history and culture. The collection was a gift from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. Contact the program for details.


Several bookshelves inside the Kiev room





Guess Speakers at the Mayberg Center's event "Conversation that Matters"


Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership

The Judaic Studies Program collaborates with the Mayberg Center, an educational laboratory that advances community-based scholarship in the field. The center provides graduate-level training and professional development for Jewish educators, supports research and hosts events. The Mayberg Center is housed in the GW Graduate School of Education and Development.



GW Libraries Research Guides

GW Libraries provides a guide to general research materials and reference resources in Judaic Studies as well as materials and resources in Holocaust Studies. Gelman Library is also the home of the I. Edward Kiev Collection. Contact our dedicated Judaica librarians for help with research guides and archives.

Poster for a performance by Vayberische Melukhe in New York in 1914



Gallery: From the Kiev Collection

Browse a sampling of the extensive Kiev Collection's treasures, or visit the complete Kiev Collection catalog on the GW Libraries website.

All images: I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, Special Collections Research Center, George Washington University Libraries