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Courses - Fall 2018

Jewish Studies courses and Hebrew courses.



JWSH 107 – Jews, Christians, Muslims
TR 1:00-2:15pm, Samuel Brody. SMI 100
A basic introduction to the major religious traditions of the Near East, Europe, and the Americas, with an emphasis on their development through the modern period and their expressions in contemporary life. Not open to students who have taken JWSH 109 or REL 109. (Same as REL 107.)

JWSH 124 – Understanding the Bible
MW 11:00-11:50am + Discussion, Paul Mirecki. SMI 100
An introduction to the literature of the Bible, exploring the relationships among the various types of literature present and the function of each type in the history and religious life of the people who produced and used them. Cannot be taken concurrently with REL 311 or JWSH 321 or REL 315. Not open to students who have taken REL 125 or JWSH 125. (Same as REL 124.)

JWSH 300 – Special Topics in Jewish Studies: Politics and Government in Israel
W 2:30-5:00pm. Wescoe 4062
The course aims to discuss the processes and critical issues that characterize the Israeli political system, as well as dilemmas and conflicts that are part of it since the early days of statehood until today. During the course, we will deeply investigate several issues such as teh basis of the Israeli political system, the absence of a written constitution, and the role of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. Meets with POLS 350, and GIST 203/503.

JWSH 300 – Special Topics in Jewish Studies: LGBTQIA+ Jewish Cultures
TR 11:00-12:15pm. Fraser 117
This course will survey LGBTQIA+ Jewish cultures from the ancient era to the present day. You will read stories and watch movies, listen to music, and discuss and engage with various cultural representations. We will ocver all letters of the acronym and find out what the Talmud said about asexuality and intersex variations, read bisexual Jewish science fiction and lesbian poetry, talk about trans rabbis and gay artists, and more! We will look at every aspect of LGBTQIA_ Jewish lives, from street demonstrations to family rituals. Meets with WGSS 396, and REL 404.

JWSH 320 – The Bible Then and Now
MW, 12:30-1:45pm, Paul Mirecki. SMI 107
An introduction and survey of the history and interpretation of the Jewish and Christian bibles from their first formation to the present day. Students will explore the way the text, interpretation and format of the Bible have adjusted over time to accommodate religious, political, social and technological changes. Class will occasionally meet in the university's rare book collection to study rare bibles. (Same as REL 320.)

JWSH 326 – The Talmud: Its Origins, Nature, and Evolution
TR 11:00-12:15pm, Rabbi Neal Schuster. WES 1009
This course demystifies the Talmud, arguably the most central yet also the most mysterious text of rabbinic Judaism. Students are introduced to the scope, substance, styles, and major figures of the Talmud, and also learn how the text came into being over the course of several centuries. (Same as REL 326.) Prerequisite: REL 104, REL 107, or REL 124 or REL 125, or permission of the instructor.

JWSH 329 – Politics and Conflict in Israel and Palestine
M 2:30-5:00pm. WES 4062
This course focuses on various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict including its history from the Ottoman period to the present day, the social and political effects on Israeli and Palestinian life and citizenship, official and unofficial narratives, and international responses. Meets with POLS 350 and GIST 203/503.

JWSH 341 – Hitler and Nazi Germany
W 6:00-8:30pm, Fran Sternberg. EDWARDS CAMPUS
An examination of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, beginning with the breakdown of 19th century culture in the First World War and continuing through the failure of democracy under the Weimar Republic. The course will also discuss the impact of Nazism on Germany and how Nazism led to the Second World War and the Holocaust. (Same as HIST 341.)

JWSH 346 – The Jewish Experience in America
 T 2:30-5:00pm, Fran Sternberg. WES 4022
This course surveys the history of American Jewry from the 17th to the 20th centuries through overlapping perspectives of economics, politics, ethnicity, culture, and gender. The first part of the course examines the three waves of Jewish immigration - Sephardic ("Spanish-Portuguese"), West-Ashkenazic ("German"), and East Ashkenazic ("Russian") - that took place between the 1600s and World War I: their specific European roots and American circumstances; the different ways in which each group adapted to, interacted with, shaped and was shaped by American life, constructed ideas of community and identity, and influenced those who came later. The second part of the course explores the genesis of an integrated and distinctive modern American "Jewishness" that emerged after World War I and reached its zenith in the 1960s. Informed by interwar and postwar social, economic and demographic transformation and critical domestic and international political developments, this process involved the reconstruction of Jewish identity and community based on the conscious blending of Jewish values, traditions, rituals, and institutions with American notions of personal happiness and success, family, domesticity and upward mobility and the conscious broadening of Jewish concepts of philanthropy and activism based on expanded notions of American Jewry's social and political mission in the United States and the world. Meets with HIST 389.



HEBR 110 – Elementary Israeli Hebrew I
MTWRF 10:00-10:50am, Shelley Rissien. WES 4022
A beginning course in modern Israeli Hebrew. Essentials of grammar, syntax and conversational practice; elementary reading and writing. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam.

HEBR 210 – Intermediate Israeli Hebrew I
MWF 9:00-9:50am, Shelley Rissien. WES 4022
Further development of language skills: listening comprehension, oral efficiency, intermediate grammar and syntax, reading and writing. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam. Prerequisite: HEBR 120.

HEBR 340 – Advanced Israeli Hebrew I
MWF, 11:00-11:50am, Shelley Rissien. WES 4022
Advanced study of Modern Hebrew. This course is designed to strengthen linguistic skills, enrich vocabulary, and further the study of grammar and syntax. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 220 or permission of the instructor.

HEBR 410 – Modern Hebrew Literature I 
TR, 11:00-12:15pm, Shelley Rissien. WES 4022
An introduction to Hebrew literature from the nineteenth century to the present day. The course emphasizes the development of basic interpretive skills and the understanding of basic literary movements, genres, and concepts. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 220 or equivalent.

Welcome Professor Zeedan!
The Jewish Studies Program is delighted to welcome Dr. Rami Zeedan as a new faculty member! Dr. Zeedan holds a Ph.D. in Israeli Studies from the University of Haifa in Israel. His research interests include the history of modern Israel, Israeli politics, Middle-Eastern politics, ethnic politics, urban affairs and local governments, and public opinion. This Fall he is teaching courses on Israeli politics and government, and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
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