Jewish Studies

Director: Deborah Dash Moore (Religion); Steering Committee: John Ahern (Italian), Betsy H. Amaru (Religion), Peter Antelyes (English), Susan H. Brisman (English), Andrew Bush (Hispanic Studies), Marc Michael Epstein (Religion), Judith L. Goldstein (Anthropology), Luke C. Harris (Political Science), Richard J. Lowry (Psychology), Lawrence H. Mamiya (Religion/Africana Studies), Marque L. Miringoff (Sociology);Participating Faculty: Betsy H. Amaru, Peter Antelyes, Susan Brisman, Andrew Bush, Miriam Cohen (History), Marc Michael Epstein, Judith L. Goldstein, Tova Weitzman (Religion), Lynn R. LiDonnici (Religion), Marque Miringoff, Anthony S. Wohl (History).

Jewish Studies is a multidisciplinary approach to the diversity of the history and culture of Jews in Western and non-Western societies. This approach involves the study of the creation and reproduction of cultures in Israel, the Diaspora, and multi-ethnic societies in the ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary world.

Requirements for the Correlate Sequence: 6 units, including Jewish Studies 101, a senior seminar in Jewish Studies, and four other courses, only one of which can be Jewish Studies 290 or Jewish Studies in Comparative Contexts (see following list). At least two courses at the 300-level are required. Students are urged to complete one year of college-level study or the equivalent in Hebrew. Up to two units of Hebrew may be counted toward the correlate sequence. After consulting with the director, students should prepare a proposal for the correlate sequence in Jewish Studies to be approved by the director and the Steering Committee. Students choosing a correlate sequence are encouraged to explore language, literature and texts, religious traditions, history, society, and culture. The specific shape of a student's program should reflect student interest in a disciplinary field, such as history, literature, anthropology, religion, and should complement concentration requirements. Jewish Studies recommends that students interested in the Junior Year Away Program in Israel begin the study of Hebrew in the freshman year. No more than 2 units from study abroad can be counted toward the correlate sequence.


Course Offerings

101. Jewish Identity/Jewish Politics: An Introduction to Jewish Studies (1)

Multidisciplinary introduction to the theoretical and methodological bases for the study of the diversity of Jewish culture. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of geography, gender, religious status, race and class in the construction of Jewish identity in interaction with surrounding communities, through the study of primary sources in historical context, religious culture, social life, as well as art and literature produced by and about Jews. Instructor to be announced.

[110. Jerusalem Above/Jerusalem Below] (1)

Jerusalem has captured the imagination of Jews, Christians and Muslims for the past three millenia. This course explores the city's fascination through classical texts, historical accounts and rereadings of the idea and ideal of Jerusalem through the eyes of guest lecturers utilizing tools, techniques, and resources from fields as diverse as literature, geography, history, architecture, sociology, and ethnography. The course includes an optional study trip to Jerusalem during Spring Break. Mr. Epstein.

Not offered in 1999/00.

[201. Sources and Subversions] (1)

Jewsmale and female, traditional and radical, East and Westhave preserved, read, reread and subverted their classical texts in a variety of ways through their various cultural and personal lenses throughout history. This course introduces specific and significant themes in Jewish thought and culture (all of which have very real, practical, and political implications today), and traces them from antiquity, through postmodernity, through sequential study of each issue in the Hebrew Bible and its commentaries, Talmud, Midrash, liturgical, mystical, poetic, philosophical, theological, and political texts. Mr. Epstein.

Prerequisite: Jewish Studies 101 or special permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 1999/00.

290. Field Work (1/2 or 1)

298. Independent Work (1/2 or 1)

350b. Confronting Modernity: Jewish Literary Narratives (1)

The course examines how Jewish writers from the late nineteenth century to the present give narrative form to their confrontation with modernity Topics include the break-up of shtetl life, ambivalence in relation to tradition, and the impact of both the Holocaust and the founding of the state of Israel. Mr. Bush.

Prerequisites: One course in Jewish Studies or permission of the instructor.


Approved Courses

Anthropology 240a Area Studies in Ethnography:

Ethnography of Memory (1)

Hebrew 105-106 Elementary Hebrew (1)

Hebrew 121b Voices from Modern Israel (1)

Hebrew 205a Continuing Hebrew (1)

Hebrew 206b Continuing Hebrew (1)

Hebrew 298 Independent Work in Hebrew (1)

Hebrew 305a Advanced Hebrew (1)

History/Religion 246a Jewish Politics and Religion (1)

History/Religion 248a Jews and Judaism in the Modern World (1)

History/Religion 249b The Jewish Experience in the 
Twentieth Century (1)

Religion 225a The Hebrew Bible (1)

Religion 245b Religion and Antisemitism (1)

Religion 255b Western Mystical Traditions: Kabbalah (1)

Religion 320a Studies in Sacred Texts:

The Matriarchs and Their Sisters (1)

Religion 346b Studies in Jewish Thought and History:

Portraits of Biblical Women (1)

Jewish Studies in Comparative Contexts

American Culture 275b From Melting Pot to Multiculturalism:

Race and Ethnicity (1)

Religion 150a Western Religious Traditions (1)

Religion 220a Texts and Traditions: Adam and Eve (1)

Sociology 243 Birth, Death and Public Policy (1)

Sociology 271a Forms of Social Conflict (1)