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Dov Gordon Named 2022 Jewish Studies Student Marshal

Dov Gordon Named 2022 Jewish Studies Student Marshal

Congratulations to our 2022 Jewish Studies Student Marshal, Dov Gordon!

Dov majored in Jewish Studies and minored in Hebrew at Penn State. During his time at University Park, he was part of both Aish Penn State and Penn State Hillel. Learn more about his Penn State experience below!

Why did you decide to study Jewish Studies at Penn State?

I decided I wanted to become a Rabbi, but I had never attended college. Rabbinical programs require an undergraduate degree as a prerequisite. I decided that a degree in Jewish Studies would not only meet that requirement but provide me with an educational foundation in Jewish history and other pertinent topics prior to Rabbinical studies. I chose Penn State because the Jewish Studies program has the most opportunities to study abroad compared to similar programs offered elsewhere in Pennsylvania. I also felt that the prestige that comes with a Penn State degree would place me in a good position when applying to graduate programs and jobs.

What has been your favorite part of the program?

My favorite aspect of the Jewish Studies program has been the quality of the courses offered and the level of knowledge and passion each professor brings to class.

Which JSP class has been your favorite and why?

My favorite class was JST 427: Jewish Communities. We studied Jewish communities from all over the world, their history, struggles, and accomplishments. This was my favorite course because I enjoy working with Jewish communities of all types. The course really provided insight into how these communities took shape throughout time. I gained a new understanding that will allow me to improve how I approach my work.

Do you have any advice for students who are interested in becoming Jewish Studies students?

My advice to students who are thinking about taking a Jewish Studies course or becoming a major or minor is to stop thinking and enroll. Penn State has some of the most prominent scholars in the field teaching courses, most of whom are currently working on various research projects of their own. This really allows the students to learn the most current ideas being researched in the Jewish Studies field.

What accomplishment at Penn State are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the improvements I have made in my research and writing skills.

Where is your favorite place in State College (on and off campus)?

My favorite place off campus is Shingletown Gap Trail. My favorite place on campus is the study desks in the stacks at the library.