Jeremy Zwelling, director of Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate Program, associate professor of religion, is retiring from Wesleyan after 43 years.
Zwelling came to Wesleyan’s Religion Department to teach a range of courses in Jewish studies in 1967. He established Wesleyan’s Program in Israel Studies, and helped create Wesleyan’s Certificate Program in Jewish and Israel Studies.
Zwelling received a bachelor’s degree in religion from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Hebrew literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.
At Wesleyan, Zwelling taught Introduction to Religion, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Religion and Story, Judaism and Story, Judaism, Religion and Film, Psychology and Religion and Performing Jewish Studies.
Colleagues, family and friends honored Zwelling during a retirement celebration May 2 in Beckham Hall. Photos of the event are below: