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Fall 2022 Courses

JS 1010 – Judaism: An Introduction

  • Taught by Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman
  • Judaism from the ancient Near East to the present day. The Jewish life cycle. Varieties of Jewish practice throughout history. Interaction and dialogue with other religious communities, and the challenges posed by modernity in the wake of Jewish ‘enlightenment’ and political emancipation.
  • Fulfills AXLE: International Cultures
  • Eligible for Religious Studies

 

JS 1040 – Introduction to Modern Jewish History

  • Taught by Julia Cohen
  • Meaning and origins of modern Jewish history from 1492. The diverse experiences of Jewish communities across the globe. Men’s and women’s redefinition of Jewish identity as they confronted modernity. Rise of secular rights for Jews but also of new forms of persecution.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Perspectives
  • Eligible for European Studies, History, and Religious Studies

 

JS 1111 04 – First-Year Writing Seminar
Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: Black-Jewish Relations in the 1950s and 1960s

  • Taught by Adam Meyer
  • Blacks and Jews have shared a long and varied history, particularly in the American context, due to strong forces pulling the two groups simultaneously together and apart. Through an examination of historical and literary texts and visual images, this course will explore that shared history, focusing on the period of its greatest intensity. Examples of Black-Jewish relations ranging from the heights of Utopian cooperation to the depths of dystopian conflict will be explored.
  • Fulfills AXLE: First-Year Writing Seminar
  • Eligible for American Studies Major and Religious Studies

 

JS 1111 12 – First-Year Writing Seminar
Jews and Hollywood

  • Taught by Judy Klass
  • Immigrant Jews built the twentieth century movie industry as a patriotic U.S. fantasyland. We’ll examine how Jews created the Hollywood studio system and how Hollywood has chosen to represent and often not represent Jews. We will discuss roles in front of and behind the cameras. We’ll ask why Jewish characters virtually disappeared from American screens by the late 1930s. We will examine charges of Hollywood “collaboration” with Nazi Germany, and we’ll look at Holocaust refugees’ contributions to American film. We’ll also discuss the blacklisting of accused communists during the Cold War. We will conclude with contemporary popular film.
  • Fulfills AXLE: First-Year Writing Seminar

 

JS 2250W – Witnesses Who Were Not There: Literature of the Children of Holocaust Survivors

  • Taught by Adam Meyer
  • Fiction and non-fiction produced by children of Holocaust survivors.
  • Fulfills AXLE: 2000-level and above W course and AXLE: Humanities and the Creative Arts
  • Eligible for English, European Studies, and Religious Studies

 

JS 2290W – Imagining the Alien: Jewish Science Fiction

  • Taught by Judy Klass
  • Science fiction and speculative fiction by Jewish writers in cultural context. Aliens, robots, and secret identities; time travel; utopia and political critique; questions of Jewish identity.
  • Fulfills AXLE: 2000-level and above W course and AXLE: Humanities and the Creative Arts
  • Eligible for Cinema & Media Arts and Religious Studies

 

JS 2400 – American Jewish Life

  • Taught by Saul Kelner
  • Diversity, individualism, and change in Jewish life. Food and culture, memory and identity, gender and assimilation, Reform-Conservative-Orthodox culture wars.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Eligible for American Studies Major, Religious Studies, and Sociology

 

JS 3100 – The Holocaust

  • Taught by Ari Joskowicz
  • The history of the Holocaust: its origins, development, and its legacy in the context of Germany and European history.
  • Fulfills AXLE: International Cultures
  • Eligible for European Studies, History, and Religious Studies

 

HEBR 1101 – Elementary Hebrew

  • Taught by Mazalit Haim
  • Introduction to alphabet, the basics of grammar, and elementary conversation.

 

HEBR 2201 – Intermediate Hebrew

  • Taught by Mazalit Haim
  • Introduction to modern Hebrew reading, conversation, advanced grammar, and conversation.
  • Fulfills AXLE: Foreign language proficiency and AXLE: International Cultures