End of 2022 Note – Text Version

The University of San Francisco Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice


My dear brother,

Aaron Hahn Tapper —

impact on students…

Judaism. Social justice.

The first department in the nation.

Of course, it’s redundant; prophetic Judaism is a struggle for social justice.

But people need to be reminded.

– Dr. Cornel West • February 22, 2022 • University of San Francisco

Program History


Melvin M. Swig & friends establish Swig Program in Judaic Studies



Re-established as Swig Program in Jewish Studies & Social Justice (JSSJ)



Appointed first Rabbi-in-Residence in USF history



Established Mapping Jewish San Francisco (mappingjewishsf.com), an Ongoing Digital Humanities Project



Relaunching our Summer study abroad program Beyond Bridges: Israel-Palestine

Re-establish as Swig Center for Jewish Studies & Social Justice


USF Student Body

10,000 Students

10% Jewish

20%+ Identify as Queer

Ranked #1 – Most Diverse in Race & Ethnicity by Us News and World Report, 2022

1/3rd – First in family to attend college


900+ USF Students take JSSJ courses annually

10+ In-Person/Online annual learning opportunities – free and open to the public!


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