Courses

For a full list of our current undergraduate courses, including instructor names and meeting times, please check the Jewish Studies listings in the UW-Madison Course Search and Enroll.

To view requirements for a Jewish Studies major or certificate, see the UW-Madison Guide.

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Spring 2024

HBR-MOD 102: Second-Semester Hebrew
Instructor: Judith Sone
MTWR 9:55-10:45am
Credits: 4
Level: Elementary
Description: 2nd semester Hebrew; continuation of 101. Basic communication skills; speaking, reading, writing modern Hebrew; elements of grammar and syntax.

HBR-MOD 202: Fourth-Semester Hebrew
Instructor: Judith Sone
M 11:00-11:50am, TR 11:00-12:15pm
Credits: 4
Level: Intermediate
Description: 4th semester Hebrew; continuation of 201. Readings from modern Hebrew texts, intermediate grammar and syntax, development of oral proficiency, emphasis on class discussions.

HBR-MOD 302/JEWISH 302: Sixth-Semester Hebrew
Instructor: Judith Sone
TR 1:00-2:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Literature
Description: 6th semester Hebrew; continuation of 301. Selected works from different periods and genres. Taught in Hebrew.

HBR-MOD 402/JEWISH 402: Eighth-Semester Hebrew
Instructor: Judith Sone
TR 1:00-2:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Literature
Description: 8th semester Hebrew; continuation of 401. Readings in Hebrew literature. Taught in Hebrew.

JS 328: Classical Rabbinic Literature in Translation
Fulfills one “Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts” requirement for the major/certificate
Cross-listed with LITTRANS 328, RELIG ST 328
Instructor: Jordan Rosenblum
TR 9:30 – 10:45am
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Literature
Requisites: Sophomore standing
Description: Introduction to the literature of the Classical Rabbinic or Talmudic period of Judaism (2nd to 7th centuries CE). Historical and intellectual background; the interrelation of liturgy, legal and non-legal literature.

JS 340: The American Jewish Life of DNA
Fulfills one “History/Social Sciences” requirement OR one “Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts” requirement for the major/certificate
Cross-listed with Religious Studies 340
Instructor: Prof. Cara Rock-Singer
TR 11:00am – 12:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Humanities, Social Science
Requisite: Sophomore standing
Description: Explores the range of relationships between DNA and American Jewish life. It begins with the “prehistory” of the relationship between Jewishness and genetic science, from Biblical genealogies to early twentieth century racial science. It then turns to America in the second half of the twentieth century, when the discovery of the double helix and the atrocities of Auschwitz reinvigorated and reshaped American Jewish relationships to DNA.

JS 350: What Is Jewish Studies?
Fulfills the “Core Seminar” requirement for the major; also open to certificate students
Instructor: Jordan Rosenblum
MW 2:30-3:45pm
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Humanities
Requisites: Sophomore standing
Description: Introduces Jewish studies as an interdisciplinary field and examines Jewish history, culture, and thought through the major questions that guide the field, including: What is Jewish practice? What is a Jewish text? What is diaspora? What is antisemitism? And, who are the Jews? Explores a variety of responses offered by scholars, writers, theologians, and artists. Develop the ability to think transhistorically, bringing together biblical, medieval, modern, and contemporary perspectives. Anchor inquiries into the field of Jewish studies through the completion of a substantial research project.

JS 462: Muslims and Jews
Fulfills one “Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts” requirement for the major/certificate
Cross-listed with AFRICAN 462, MEDIEVAL 462, RELIG ST 462
Instructor: Adam Stern
TR 2:30 – 3:45pm
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Humanities
Requisites: Sophomore standing
Description: Explores the historical relationship between Muslims and Jews in a variety of contexts from the seventh century to the present. Surveys literary and cultural exchanges against the background of shifting political and social conditions across the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Considers also the parallel legacies of anti-Semitism, Orientalism, and Islamophobia. Major themes include comparative religion, secularization, migration, and colonialism, as well as the politics of history and cultural memory. Introduces readings in English translation of medieval and modern texts originally written across languages, and especially in Hebrew and Arabic.

POLI SCI 529: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Fulfills one “History/Social Sciences” requirement for the major/certificate
Instructor: Nadav Shelef
W 1:20 – 3:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Social Science
Requisites: Sophomore standing and POLI SCI 120, 140, 182 or INTL ST 101
Description: Examines the political, social, and economic aspects of the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict over time, and the theoretical and policy issues it raises.

Fall 2023

HBR-MOD 101: First-Semester Hebrew
Fulfills one the course toward the Language Requirement.(Modern Hebrew)
Cross listed as: JEWISH 101
MTWR 9:55AM – 10:45AM
Instructor: Judith Sone
Credits: 4
Level: Elementary
Description: First-semester Modern Hebrew language

HBR-MOD 201: Third-Semester Hebrew
Fulfills one the course toward the Language Requirement.(Modern Hebrew)
Cross listed as: JEWISH 201
M 11:00AM – 11:50AM, TR 11:00AM – 12:15PM
Instructor: Judith Sone
Credits: 4
Level: Intermediate
Description: Third-semester Modern Hebrew language

HBR-MOD 301/JS 301: Fifth-Semester Modern Hebrew
Fulfills one the course toward the Language Requirement.(Modern Hebrew)
Cross listed as: JEWISH 301
TR 1:00PM – 2:15PM
Instructor: Judith Sone
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Literature
Description: Fifth-Semester Hebrew through discussion of culturally significant texts.

HBR-MOD 401/JS 401: Seventh-Semester Modern Hebrew
Fulfills one the course toward the Language Requirement.(Modern Hebrew)
Cross listed as: JEWISH 401
TR 1:00PM – 2:15PM
Instructor: Judith Sone
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth – Literature. Counts toward the Humanities requirement
L&S Credit – Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: Seventh-semester Hebrew through discussion of culturally significant texts.

JS 203: Jewish Law, Business, and Ethics
Fulfills one “Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts” requirement for the major/certificate OR the “Gateway” requirement for the major OR the “Pre-modern” requirement for the certificate
Cross listed as: LEGAL ST 203, RELIG ST 203
Prof. Jordan Rosenblum
Lecture: MW 12:00-12:50
Discussion sections:

301 – R 1:30pm – 2:20pm
302 – F 9:55am – 10:45am
303 – F 11:00am – 11:50am
304 – F 12:05pm – 12:55pm

Credits: 3
Course Level: Elementary
Breadth: Humanities
L&S Credit Type: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: This course explores the development of Jewish law from antiquity to modernity, with a focus on legal questions related to business practices and ethics. Students consider issues ranging from ethical practices in agriculture to how to run a modern multi billion-dollar kosher industry; from the ethics of Jews celebrating Thanksgiving to regulations governing the preparation, consumption, and sale of coffee.

JS 219: The American Jewish Experience: From Shtetl to Suburb
Fulfills one “History/Social Sciences” requirement for the major/certificate
Prof. Tony Michels
Lecture: MWF 1:20pm – 2:10PM
Discussion Sections:

301 – W 5:40pm – 6:30pm
302 – R 8:50am – 9:40am
303 – R 11:00am – 11:50am
304 – R 12:05pm – 12:55pm

Credits: 4
Level: Intermediate
Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
Breadth: Humanities
L&S Credit Type: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: By the 1950s, the United States became home to the largest Jewish community at that time.  Why did millions of Jews come to the United States?  How has life in a liberal political and capitalist economic order shaped the Jewish experience in the United States?  In turn, how have Jews influenced American culture, politics, and society?  This course surveys the history of American Jews from the 17th century to the 21st century.  Using Jews as the primary, though not only, case, the course examines themes in the history of immigration, ethnicity, and religion.  Topics include patterns of political activity, social mobility, processes of integration and exclusion, Jewish culture, religion, and problems in community-building.

JEWISH 227: Introduction to Biblical Literature (Honors only)
Fulfills one “Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts” requirement for the major/certificate
Cross-listed as: CLASSICS 227, LITTRANS 227, RELIG ST 227
Prof. Jeremy Hutton
TR 2:30pm – 3:45pm
Credits: 4
Level: Elementary
Breadth: Literature
L&S Credit Type: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S Honors only
Description: This course introduces the text, development, history, and social context of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Topics include the Torah (Pentateuch), Neviim (Former and Latter Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings), as well as a brief introduction to early Jewish literature (Pseudepigrapha/Apocrypha). Students will use various methods of analysis and theories of composition to consider major theological claims made of the text by Jewish and Christian communities. Explores contextualized interpretations in the ancient and modern day.

 JS 231: Jews and Race
Fulfills one “History/Social Sciences” requirement for the major/certificate
Prof. Adam Stern
TR 11:00am – 12:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Elementary
Breadth: Humanities
L&S Credit Type: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: This course introduces the parallel and intersecting histories of “racism” and “anti-Semitism.” Students will consider the relationship through case studies ranging from the Middle Ages to the present. Topics include the similarities and differences between medieval, religious Jew-hatred and modern, racial anti-Jewishness; the rise of European colonialism and transatlantic slavery; the racialization of Jews during the Holocaust; the development of Zionism; comparative debates about anti-Jewishness and anti-Blackness in the United States; and representations of Jews and Native Americans.

JS 341: Israeli Politics and Society
Fulfills one “History/Social Sciences” requirement for the major/certificate
Cross listed as: POLI SCI 341
Prof. Nadav Shelef
TR 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Social Science
L&S Credit Type: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: This course examines the issues currently facing Israeli society and the ongoing debates in Israeli politics. The course provides historical background and analytical understanding of contemporary Israeli politics. Attention will be paid to political history, institutions, economic development, coalition formation, ethnic politics, and religious-secular divisions as they are manifested in Israeli politics.

JS 423: Modern Jewish Thought
Fulfills one “History/Social Sciences” requirement for the major/certificate
Cross listed as: ILS 423, SOC 423
Prof. Chad Goldberg
TR 2:30 – 3:45pm
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Social Science
L&S Credit Type: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: How do Jews fit into the modern world? While the “Jewish Question” initially referred to debates about Jewish emancipation (the struggle for equal citizenship and social integration that started with the French Revolution), it later served to describe modern Jewish political and social thought about the identity, place, and role of the Jews in the modern world. Beginning in the late 19th century, as cultural assimilation, economic impoverishment in eastern Europe, and rising antisemitism sowed doubts about the viability of emancipation and traditionalism alike, Jewish thinkers proposed new answers to the Jewish question. Learn about some of the major answers they debated, including revolutionary universalistic utopias (socialism and Communism), various forms of Jewish nationalism, hyphenated identities, cultural pluralism, and cosmopolitanism. Work to contextualize these ideas historically while also considering whether and how they remain relevant to the present.

JS 430-002: Anne Frank
Fulfills one “Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts” requirement for the major/certificate
Cross listed as German 325, LitTrans 326
T 2:30PM – 3:45PM in person, R 2:30PM – 3:45PM online
Prof. Jolanda Taylor
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Literature; Counts toward the Humanities requirement
L&S Credit: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: This course examines the context in which Anne Frank’s diaries were written, the various ways in which they were received, and what her work and life have to say to people today amid the continued scourge of racism. Topics include the nature of literature. Is what Ms. Frank wrote literature? Why, or why not?

JS 518: Anti-Semitism in European Culture, 1700-1945
Fulfills one “History/Social Sciences” requirement for the major/certificate
Cross listed as: HISTORY 518
Prof. Chad Goldberg
TR 11:00am – 12:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Humanities
L&S Credit Type: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: This course provides a critical review of major theories of antisemitism and a history of modern antisemitism. Although once considered dormant in the United States, political movements and individual actors espousing antisemitism have made headlines here in recent years. On the one hand, attempts by policymakers and activists to identify and combat antisemitism are often hobbled by a lack of knowledge about the history of the phenomenon. On the other hand, scholarship by historians sometimes suffers from a lack of attention to its contemporary manifestations. This seminar therefore aims to help you build a rigorous conception of antisemitism as a set of strangely persistent ideas, with attention to both historical and present-day forms of antisemitism.

JS 631: Blacks and Jews in Urban America
Fulfills one “History/Social Sciences” requirement for the major/certificate
Prof. Tony Michels
T 1:20pm – 3:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Humanities
L&S Credit Type: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: This seminar is a comparative investigation into the experiences of two migrant groups to northern cities for the purpose of illuminating the history of race and ethnicity in the United States.  Both African Americans and Jews were persecuted minorities in their places of origin and continued to suffer discrimination after migration.  Yet their positions in American society differed in key respects.  Jews were an immigrant group whose members came voluntarily to the United States; most African Americans were forcibly brought to the United State as enslaved people.  Jews enjoyed near (but not complete) equality before the law, even while they faced much social discrimination and occasional violence; Blacks were subjected to extensive discriminatory legislation and chronic violence.  With recognition of these and other differences, we will investigate in a comparative fashion how Blacks and Jews shaped their cultures and communities during a formative era in their respective histories.  The seminar’s geographic focus is the urban north and the temporal focus is the late 19th to the mid-20th century.

JS 632: Art, Visual Culture, and the Holocaust
Fulfills one “Literature/Philosophy/Arts” requirement for the major/certificate
Instructor: Gabriel Chazan
MWF 11:00am – 11:50ama
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Humanities
L&S Credit Type: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: What we talk about when we talk about the Holocaust has a lot to do with visuality. But what do we see when we think of this horrific moment in world history and how have we come to see it? Further, how can art and visual culture help us to begin comprehending the incomprehensible and reckon with the past in the present, finding connections to other moments and locations? This class will start to engage these questions both through canonical texts and more recent pathbreaking interventions. Authors will include Marianne Hirsch, Lisa Saltzman and Tina Campt and discussed artists will include Art Spiegelman, Phillip Guston and Charlotte Salomon.

Spring 2023

HBR-MOD 102: Second-Semester Hebrew

Instructor: Judith Sone

MTWR 9:55-10:45am

Credits: 4

Level: Elementary

Description: 2nd semester Hebrew; continuation of 101. Basic communication skills; speaking, reading, writing modern Hebrew; elements of grammar and syntax.

 

HBR-MOD 202: Fourth-Semester Hebrew

Instructor: Judith Sone

M 11:00-11:50am, TR 11:00-12:15pm

Credits: 4

Level: Intermediate

Description: 4th semester Hebrew; continuation of 201. Readings from modern Hebrew texts, intermediate grammar and syntax, development of oral proficiency, emphasis on class discussions.

 

HBR-MOD 302/JEWISH 302: Sixth-Semester Hebrew

Instructor: Judith Sone

TR 1:00-2:15pm

Credits: 3

Level: Advanced

Breadth: Literature

Description: 6th semester Hebrew; continuation of 301. Selected works from different periods and genres. Taught in Hebrew.

 

HBR-MOD 402/JEWISH 402: Eighth-Semester Hebrew

Instructor: Judith Sone

TR 1:00-2:15pm

Credits: 3

Level: Advanced

Breadth: Literature

Description: 8th semester Hebrew; continuation of 401. Readings in Hebrew literature. Taught in Hebrew.

 

JS 328: Classical Rabbinic Literature in Translation

Fulfills one “Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts” requirement for the major/certificate

Cross-listed with LITTRANS 328, RELIG ST 328

Instructor: Jordan Rosenblum

TR 9:30 – 10:45am

Credits: 3

Level: Intermediate

Breadth: Literature

Requisites: Sophomore standing

Description: Introduction to the literature of the Classical Rabbinic or Talmudic period of Judaism (2nd to 7th centuries CE). Historical and intellectual background; the interrelation of liturgy, legal and non-legal literature.

JS 340: The American Jewish Life of DNA

Fulfills one “History/Social Sciences” requirement OR one “Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts” requirement for the major/certificate

Cross-listed with Religious Studies 340

Instructor: Prof. Cara Rock-Singer

TR 11:00am – 12:15pm

Credits: 3

Level: Intermediate

Breadth: Humanities, Social Science

Requisite: Sophomore standing

Description: Explores the range of relationships between DNA and American Jewish life. It begins with the “prehistory” of the relationship between Jewishness and genetic science, from Biblical genealogies to early twentieth century racial science. It then turns to America in the second half of the twentieth century, when the discovery of the double helix and the atrocities of Auschwitz reinvigorated and reshaped American Jewish relationships to DNA.

 

JS 350: What Is Jewish Studies?

Fulfills the “Core Seminar” requirement for the major; also open to certificate students

Instructor: Jordan Rosenblum

MW 2:30-3:45pm

Credits: 3

Level: Intermediate

Breadth: Humanities

Requisites: Sophomore standing

Description: Introduces Jewish studies as an interdisciplinary field and examines Jewish history, culture, and thought through the major questions that guide the field, including: What is Jewish practice? What is a Jewish text? What is diaspora? What is antisemitism? And, who are the Jews? Explores a variety of responses offered by scholars, writers, theologians, and artists. Develop the ability to think transhistorically, bringing together biblical, medieval, modern, and contemporary perspectives. Anchor inquiries into the field of Jewish studies through the completion of a substantial research project.

 

JS 462: Muslims and Jews

Fulfills one “Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts” requirement for the major/certificate

Cross-listed with AFRICAN 462, MEDIEVAL 462, RELIG ST 462

Instructor: Adam Stern

TR 2:30 – 3:45pm

Credits: 3

Level: Intermediate

Breadth: Humanities

Requisites: Sophomore standing

Description: Explores the historical relationship between Muslims and Jews in a variety of contexts from the seventh century to the present. Surveys literary and cultural exchanges against the background of shifting political and social conditions across the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Considers also the parallel legacies of anti-Semitism, Orientalism, and Islamophobia. Major themes include comparative religion, secularization, migration, and colonialism, as well as the politics of history and cultural memory. Introduces readings in English translation of medieval and modern texts originally written across languages, and especially in Hebrew and Arabic.

POLI SCI 529: The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Fulfills one “History/Social Sciences” requirement for the major/certificate

Instructor: Nadav Shelef

W 1:20 – 3:15pm

Credits: 3

Level: Advanced

Breadth: Social Science

Requisites: Sophomore standing and POLI SCI 120, 140, 182 or INTL ST 101

Description: Examines the political, social, and economic aspects of the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict over time, and the theoretical and policy issues it raises.

 

Fall 2022

HBR-MOD 101: First-Semester Hebrew
MTWR 9:55AM – 10:45AM
Instructor: Judith Sone
Credits: 4
Level: Elementary
Description: First-semester Modern Hebrew language course

HBR-MOD 201: Third-Semester Hebrew
M 11:00AM – 11:50AM, TR 11:00AM – 12:15PM
Instructor: Judith Sone
Credits: 4
Level: Intermediate
Description: Third-semester Modern Hebrew language course

HBR-MOD 301/JS 301: Fifth-Semester Modern Hebrew
TR 1:00PM – 2:15PM
Instructor: Judith Sone
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Literature
Description: Fifth-Semester Hebrew through discussion of culturally significant texts.

HBR-MOD 401/JS 401: Seventh-Semester Modern Hebrew
TR 1:00PM – 2:15PM
Instructor: Judith Sone
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth – Literature. Counts toward the Humanities requirement
L&S Credit – Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: Seventh-semester Hebrew through discussion of culturally significant texts.

JS 219: The American Jewish Experience: From Shtetl to Suburb
Lecture: MWF 1:20-2:10PM
Prof. Tony Michels
Discussion Sections:
301 – M 4:35 – 5:25
302 – M 5:40 – 6:30
303 – T 8:50 – 9:40
304 – T 9:55 – 10:45
Credits: 4
Level: Intermediate
Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
Breadth: Humanities
L&S Credit:  Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: Surveys American Jews from the eighteenth century until after WW II, examining political behavior (radicalism, liberalism, and nationalism), class formation, social mobility, culture, inter-ethnic group relations, religion, and problems in community building.

JEWISH 227: Introduction to Biblical Literature (in English)
TR 9:30AM – 10:45AM
Prof. Chontel Syfox
Credits: 4
Level: Elementary
Breadth: Literature. Counts toward the Humanities requirement
L&S Credit: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Addresses major theological claims made of the text by Jewish and Christian communities. Explores contextualized interpretations in the ancient and modern day. 

JS 269: Yiddish Literature and Culture in Europe
TR 9:30AM – 10:45AM
Prof. Sunny Yudkoff
Credits: 3
Level: Elementary
Breadth: Literature. Counts toward the Humanities requirement
L&S Credit: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: Exploration of European Yiddish fiction, poetry, folklore, and cinema, with a focus on works of the 19th and 20th centuries.

JS 430-001: Jewish Humor
TR 11:00AM – 12:15PM
Prof. Sunny Yudkoff
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Literature; Counts toward the Humanities requirement
L&S Credit: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: Examines the notion of “Jewish humor” by reading a variety of texts (jokes, short stories, films, websites, conceptual art, and cultural kitsch). While the focus is on American texts from the 1880s until the present, we will also reach back in time to examine humor in classical Jewish texts, from the Hebrew Bible to the Middle Ages. The general goal of the course will be to answer the question: Is there such a thing called “Jewish humor”? (Hint: The answer may be “no.”)

JS 430-002: Anne Frank
T 1:00PM – 2:15PM in person, R 1:00PM – 2:15PM online
Prof. Jolanda Taylor
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Literature; Counts toward the Humanities requirement
L&S Credit: Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S
Description: Examines the context in which Anne Frank’s diaries were written, the various ways in which they were received, and what her work and life have to say to people today amid the continued scourge of racism. Topics include the nature of literature: is what Ms. Frank wrote literature? Why, or why not?

Spring 2022

HBR-MOD 102: Second-Semester Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
MTWR 9:55-10:45am
Credits: 4
Level: Elementary
Description: 2nd semester Hebrew; continuation of 101

HBR-MOD 202: Fourth-Semester Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
M 11:00-11:50am, TR 11:00-12:15pm
Credits: 4
Level: Intermediate
Description: 4th semester Hebrew; continuation of 201

HBR-MOD 302/JEWISH 302: Sixth-Semester Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
TR 1:00-2:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Literature
Description: 6th semester Hebrew; continuation of 301

HBR-MOD 402/JEWISH 402: Eighth-Semester Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
TR 1:00-2:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Literature
Description: 8th semester Hebrew; continuation of 401

JEWISH 227: Introduction to Biblical Literature (in English)
Cross-listed with Classics 227, Literature in Translation 227, Religious Studies 227
Prof. Chontel Syfox
TR 11:00-12:15pm
Credits: 4
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Literature
Description: Introduction to the literature and literary history of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Talmud, and Midrashim. Enroll Info: Not open to students that have completed HEBR ST 217

JEWISH 231: Religion and Sexuality
Prof. Jordan Rosenblum
Lecture: MW 11:00-11:50am
Discussion Sections:
301: R 1:20-2:10pm
302: R 2:25-3:15pm
303: F 9:55-10:45am
304: F 11:00-11:50am
305: F 12:05-12:55pm
306: F 9:55-10:45am
307: F 11:00-11:50am
308: F 12:05-12:55pm
Credits: 3-4
Level: Elementary
Breadth: Humanities
Description: Examines “what religion is” by investigating how religious traditions imagine, interrogate, and regulate sexuality. Mapping out the contours of this inquiry requires exploration of related topics such as gender, embodiment, and historical (re)constructions. We will focus on the religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (especially that of Greeks, Romans, Rabbinic Jews, and early Christians).

JEWISH 236: Jewish Composers of the Early Modern to Modern Period
Prof. Jeanne Swack
MWF 1:20-2:10pm
Credits: 3
Level: Elementary
Gen-ed: Comm-B
Description: Study the role of Jewish composers and musicians in Europe, the U.S, and elsewhere from the end of the sixteenth century to the present. Through this study we may consider the place that Jews occupied in the larger societies in which they lived.

JEWISH 310: The Holocaust
Cross-listed with History 310
Lecture: MWF 9:55-10:45am
Discussion Sections:
301: W 11:00-11:50am
302: W 12:05-12:55pm
303: R 8:50-9:40am
304: R 9:5510:45am
Credits: 4
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Humanities
Requisites: Sophomore standing
Description: References to the Holocaust abound in contemporary political debates and in our popular culture. But most people know very little about the history of the Holocaust, despite the mountains of superb historical scholarship that experts in the field have produced over decades of dedicated research. Utilize correspondence, diaries, or other firsthand accounts of Holocaust victims, together with study of the larger events around them, to reconstruct the experiences of ordinary families swept up in the Nazi genocide.

JEWISH 322: The Sabbath
Cross-listed with Religious Studies 322
Prof. Adam Stern
TR 4:00-5:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Humanities
Requisites: Sophomore standing
Description: Takes up the question: What is the “Sabbath”? What does it mean “to rest”? Offers a broad, comparative introduction to the history of the Sabbath, from the Bible to the present day. Readings encompass a range of textual sources from the Jewish and Christian traditions. Topics include the major theological, ritual, and cultural practices that have developed around the Sabbath. Discuss contemporary political iterations of the Sabbath in modern, secular contexts.

JEWISH 340: The American Jewish Life of DNA
Cross-listed with Religious Studies 340
Prof. Cara Rock-Singer
MW 2:30-3:45pm
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Humanities, Social Science
Requisite: Sophomore standing
Description: Explores the range of relationships between DNA and American Jewish life. It begins with the “prehistory” of the relationship between Jewishness and genetic science, from Biblical genealogies to early twentieth century racial science. It then turns to America in the second half of the twentieth century, when the discovery of the double helix and the atrocities of Auschwitz reinvigorated and reshaped American Jewish relationships to DNA.

JEWISH 432-002: Africana Approaches to the Bible
Prof. Jeremy Hutton
TR 4:00-5:15
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Humanities
Requisites: Sophomore standing
Description: Explores African and Black Diaspora interpretations of biblical literature (including both Hebrew and Greek Testaments). This course begins with a survey of Black Africans’ roles in the Bible, takes note of the early translation of the Bible into Ethiopic in the 4th–5th centuries CE, follows the movement of biblical interpretation across the Middle Passage, and explores the various intellectual dimensions of Black Diaspora biblical interpretation in contemporary North America (including various Christian, Jewish, and, to some extent, Muslim approaches).

JEWISH 350: What is Jewish Studies?
Prof. Tony Michels
TR 2:30-3:45pm
Credits: 3
Level: Intermediate
Breadth: Humanities
Requisites: Sophomore standing
Description: Introduces Jewish studies as an interdisciplinary field and examines Jewish history, culture, and thought through the major questions that guide the field, including: What is Jewish practice? What is a Jewish text? What is diaspora? What is antisemitism? And, who are the Jews? Explores a variety of responses offered by scholars, writers, theologians, and artists. Develop the ability to think transhistorically, bringing together biblical, medieval, modern, and contemporary perspectives. Anchor inquiries into the field of Jewish studies through the completion of a substantial research project.

JEWISH 665: Israeli Politics and Society
Cross-listed with Political Science 665
W 1:20-3:15pm
Credits: 3
Level: Advanced
Breadth: Social Science
Requisites: Sophomore standing
Description: Provides historical and analytical understanding of Israeli internal political life and institutions. Attention will be paid to political culture, coalition formation, and ethnic politics as they are manifested in Israeli politics. The effect of regional conflict upon Israel’s domestic politics will also be considered.

Fall 2021

HBR-MOD 101: First-Semester Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
MTWR 9:55AM – 10:45AM
Credits: 4
Course level: Elementary
Description: 1st semester Modern Hebrew language course

HBR-MOD 201: Third-Semester Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
M 11:00AM – 11:50AM, TR 11:00AM – 12:15PM
Credits: 4
Course level: Intermediate
Description: third semester Modern Hebrew language course

JS 203: Jewish Law, Business, and Ethics
Prof. Jordan Rosenblum
Lecture: MW 12:05-12:55
Discussion sections:
301 – F 12:05 – 12:55
302 – W 11:00 – 11:50
303 – F 11:00 – 11:50
Credits: 3
Course Level: Elementary
Breadth: Humanities
Description: Explores the development of Jewish law from antiquity to modernity, with a focus on legal questions related to business practices and ethics. Issues range from ethical practices in agriculture to how to run a modern multibillion-dollar kosher industry; from the ethics of Jews celebrating Thanksgiving to regulations governing the preparation, consumption, and sale of coffee.

JS 219: The American Jewish Experience: From Shtetl to Suburb
Prof. Tony Michels
Lecture: MWF 1:20-2:10
Discussion Sections:
301 – W 2:25 – 3:15
302 – W 3:30 – 4:20
303 – R 8:50 – 9:40
304 – R 9:55 – 10:45
Credits: 4
Course level: Intermediate
Breadth: Humanities
Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
Description: Surveys American Jews from the eighteenth century until after WW II, examining political behavior (radicalism, liberalism, and nationalism), class formation, social mobility, culture, inter-ethnic group relations, religion, and problems in community building.

HBR-MOD 301/JS 301: Fifth-Semester Modern Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
TR 1:00PM – 2:15PM
Credits: 3
Course level: Advanced
Breadth: Literature
Description: language and literature course

HBR-MOD 401/JS 401: Topics In Modern Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
TR 1:00PM – 2:15PM
Credits: 3
Course level: Advanced
Breadth: Literature
Description: 7th semester Modern Hebrew; language and literature course

JS 430: Anne Frank
Prof. Jolanda Taylor
TR 2:30PM – 3:45PM
Credits: 3
Course level: Intermediate
Breadth: Literature
Description: Examines the context in which Anne Frank’s diaries were written, the various ways in which they were received, and what her work and life have to say to people today amid the continued scourge of racism. Topics include the nature of literature: is what Ms. Frank wrote literature? Why, or why not?

JS 430: Jewish Humor
Prof. Sunny Yudkoff
TR 1:00PM – 2:15PM
Credits: 3
Course level: Intermediate
Breadth: Literature
Description: Examines the notion of “Jewish humor” by reading a variety of texts (jokes, short stories, films, websites, conceptual art, and cultural kitsch). While the focus is on American texts from the 1880s until the present, we will also reach back in time to examine humor in classical Jewish texts, from the Hebrew Bible to the Middle Ages. The general goal of the course will be to answer the question: Is there such a thing called “Jewish humor”? (Hint: The answer may be “no.”)

JS 432: Sexual Violence in the Bible
Prof. Chontel Syfox
TR 4:00-5:15pm
Credits: 3
Course level: Intermediate
Breadth: Humanities
Description: Examines the intersections of sex and violence in biblical and related literature. Reading through a variety of lenses, including feminist interpretation, queer theory, and post-colonial theory, we will consider how, why, and for whom texts depicting gender violence worked in the ancient world. We will also explore the reception of such texts in art, fiction, and film and their impact on modern society.

Spring 2021

JEWISH 220: Introduction to Modern Jewish History
Cross-listed with History 220
Prof. Amos Bitzan
Modality: Remote Synchronous
TR 1:00-2:15PM

JEWISH 279: Yiddish Literature and Culture in America
Cross-listed with German 279 and LitTrans 279
Prof. Sunny Yudkoff
Modality: Remote Synchronous
Lecture: MW 9:55-10:45AM
Discussion sections:
R 9:55-10:45AM (301)
F 9:55-10:45AM (302)
R 8:50-9:40AM (303)
F 12:05-12:55PM (304)

JEWISH 328: Classical Rabbinic Literature in Translation
Cross-listed with Religious Studies 328 and LitTrans 328
Prof. Jordan Rosenblum
Modality: Remote Synchronous
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM

JEWISH 340: The American Jewish Life of DNA
Cross-listed with Religious Studies 340
Prof. Cara Rock-Singer
Modality: Remote synchronous
MW 2:30-3:45PM

JEWISH 356: Jerusalem: Conflict & Desire
Meets with Religious Studies 400-006
Prof. Rachel Brenner
Modality: Remote synchronous
MWF 9:55-10:45AM

HBR-MOD 402/JEWISH 402: Eighth-Semester Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
Modality: Remote Synchronous
TR 1:00-2:15
JEWISH 430-001: Holocaust: Testimonies and Expressions
Prof. Rachel Brenner
Modality: Remote synchronous
MWF 8:50-9:40AM

JEWISH 430-002: Hebrew Literature from the Bible to the Present
Prof. Marina Zilbergerts
Modality: Remote synchronous
TR 11:00AM-12:15PM

JEWISH 431-001: Trials of the Holocaust (Intermediate Topics in Jewish History)
Prof. Frank Tuerkheimer
Modality: Remote synchronous
W 1:20-3:20PM

JEWISH 432-001: Literature and the Problem of Evil
Meets with Religious Studies 400-005
Prof. Marina Zilbergerts
Modality: Remote synchronous
TR 9:30-10:45AM

JEWISH 432-002: Bible & Film
Meets with Classics 373
Prof. Jeremy Hutton
Modality: Remote synchronous
TR 9:30-10:45AM

JEWISH 433-001: Modern Jewish Thought
Meets with Sociology 496-006
Prof. Chad Alan Goldberg
Modality: Remote synchronous
TR 2:30-3:45PM

JEWISH 433-002: The Politics of Human Rights
Meets with Political Science 434-001
Prof. Scott Straus
Modality: Remote synchronous
Lecture MW 2:30-3:45PM
Discussion sections:
M 4:35-5:25PM (302)
M 1:20-2:10PM (303)
W 9:55-10:45AM (304)
W 11:00-11:50AM (305)
T 8:50-9:40AM (306)
R 2:25-3:15PM (307)

JEWISH 442: Moral Philosophy and the Holocaust
Meets with Philosophy 442 and Religious Studies 400-004
Prof. Adam Stern
Modality: Remote synchronous
TR 9:30-10:45AM

JEWISH 539: Jewish Literatures in Diaspora
Cross-listed with English 539
Prof. Sunny Yudkoff
Modality: Remote synchronous
M 1:20-3:15PM

JEWISH 631-001: Holocaust Research
Cross-listed with History 600-002
Prof. Amos Bitzan
Modality: Remote Synchronous
R 11:00-12:55PM

JEWISH 665: Israeli Politics and Society
Cross-listed with Political Science 665
Prof. Nadav Shelef
Modality: Remote synchronous
MW 4:00-5:15PM

JEWISH 675: Research Colloquium for Majors: Readings in Zionism
Prof. Tony Michels
Time to be arranged with professor; taken in conjunction with 677

JEWISH 677: Independent Research for Majors: Readings in Zionism
Time to be arranged with professor; taken in conjunction with 675
Prof. Tony Michels
Time to be arranged with professor
3 credits

HBR-MOD 102: Second-Semester Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
Modality: Remote Synchronous
MTWR 9:55-10:45
Credits: 4

HBR-MOD 202: Fourth-Semester Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
Modality: Remote Synchronous
M 11:00-11:50, TR 11:00-12:15

HBR-MOD 302/JEWISH 302: Sixth-Semester Hebrew
Prof. Judith Sone
Modality: Remote Synchronous
TR 1:00-2:15

Fall 2020

  • JS 203: Jewish Law, Business, and Ethics (Cross-listed with Religious Studies and Legal Studies 203)
  • JS 219: The American Jewish Experience: From Shtetl to Suburb (Cross-listed with History 219)
  • JS 227: Introduction to Biblical Literature (in English) (Cross-listed with Classics 227)
  • JS 230: Russia and Jews: Literature, Culture, Religion (Cross-listed with Slavic 245 and LitTrans 247)
  • JS 231 (Lec 002): Jerusalem: Conflict and Desire (FIG)
  • JS 231 (Lec 003): The Holocaust (Cross-listed with History 233)
  • JS 232: Israeli Culture in Music and Film
  • JS 430 (Lec 001): Holocaust: Testimonies and Expressions
  • JS 430 (Lec 002): Jewish Humor (Cross-listed with English 457)
  • JS 430 (Lec 003): Anne Frank (Cross-listed with German 625 and LitTrans 326)
  • JS 431: Muslims and Jews
  • JS 432: Sexual Violence in the Bible (Cross-listed with Classics 373, Lec 002)
  • Hebrew-Modern 101: First Semester Hebrew
  • Hebrew-Modern 201: Third Semester Hebrew
  • Hebrew-Modern 301: Introduction to Hebrew Literature (5th semester Hebrew) (Cross-listed with JS 301)
  • Hebrew-Modern 401: Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture I (7th semester Hebrew) (Cross-listed with JS 401)

Spring 2020

  • JS 231: Religion and Sexuality
  • JS 236: Jewish Composers in the Early Modern to Modern Eras (Cross Listed: MUSIC 236)
  • JS 279: Yiddish Literature & Culture in America (Cross Listed: GERMAN 279, LITTRANS 279)
  • JS 335: King David in History and Tradition (Cross Listed: CLASSICS 335, RELIGIOUS STUDIES 335)
  • JS 356: Jerusalem, Holy City of Conflict and Desire
  • JS 430: Holocaust: Testimony & Expressions
  • JS 442: Moral Philosophy and The Holocaust (Cross Listed: PHILOSOPHY 442)
  • JS 510: German-Jewish Social Thought (Cross Listed: GERMAN 510)
  • JS 675: Research Colloquium for Majors
  • Hebrew 102: Second Semester Hebrew
  • Hebrew 202: Fourth Semester Hebrew
  • Hebrew 302: Introduction to Hebrew Literature
  • Hebrew 402: Israeli Literature and Culture II

Fall 2019 Courses

  • Modern Hebrew 101: First Semester Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew 201: Third Semester Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew 301: Introduction To Hebrew Literature (cross listed with Jewish Studies 301)
  • Modern Hebrew 401: Topics In Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature And Culture I (cross listed with Jewish Studies 401)
  • Jewish 219: The American Jewish Experience: From Shtetl to Suburb
  • Jewish 231: Jewish Law, Business, & Ethics
  • Jewish 231: Jerusalem: Conflict & Desire
  • Jewish 267: Yiddish Song and the Jewish Experience (cross listed with German 267)
  • Jewish 301: Introduction to Hebrew Literature (cross listed with Hebrew-Modern 301) 
  • Jewish 401: Topics in Modern Hebrew / Israeli Literature and Culture I (cross listed with Hebrew-Modern 401)
  • Jewish 430: Testimonies & Cultural Expressions of the Holocaust
  • Jewish 432: The Sabbath: History, Religion
  • Jewish 515: Holocaust: History, Memory, and Education
  • Jewish 539: Jewish Literatures in Diaspora

Spring 2019 Courses

  • Modern Hebrew 102: Second Semester Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew 202: Fourth Semester Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew 302/402: Introduction to Hebrew Literature/Topics in Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Jewish 230: Russia and the Jews II: The World of Revolution
  • Jewish 220: Introduction to Modern Jewish History
  • Jewish 279: Yiddish Literature and Culture in America
  • Jewish 318: Modern Jewish Literature
  • Jewish 328: Classical Rabbinic Literature
  • Jewish 332: Prophets of the Bible
  • Jewish 356: Jerusalem, Holy City of Conflict and Desire
  • Jewish 430: Holocaust: Testimony and Expressions
  • Jewish 432: Problem of Evil in Jewish & Christian Literature
  • Jewish 515: Holocaust: History, Memory, and Education
  • Jewish 518: Antisemitism in European Culture, 1700-1945
  • Jewish 630: Yiddish for Reading and Research
  • Jewish 665: Israeli Politics and Society
  • Jewish 675: Research Colloquium for Majors
  • Jewish 677: Independent Research for Majors

Fall 2018 Courses

  • Modern Hebrew 101
  • Modern Hebrew 201
  • Modern Hebrew 301: Intro to Hebrew Literature
  • Modern Hebrew 401: Topics in Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Jewish 211: Introduction to Jewish Studies
  • Jewish 219: American Jewish Experience from Shtetl to Suburb
  • Jewish 227: Introduction to Biblical Literature
  • Jewish 230: Representing the Holocaust in Poland
  • Jewish 230: The Jewish Enlightenment: Gender, Modernization, and Literary Self-Fashioning
  • Jewish 230: Russia and the Jews: Literature, Culture, and Religion
  • Jewish 231: The Holocaust
  • Jewish 231: FIG: Jerusalem, Holy City of Conflict and Desire
  • Jewish 267: Yiddish Song and the Jewish Experience
  • Jewish 269: Yiddish Literature and Culture in Europe
  • Jewish 367: Israeli Fiction in Translation
  • Jewish 430: Testimonies and Cultural Expressions of the Holocaust
  • Jewish 433: Modern Jewish Thought
  • Jewish 433: The Soviet Jewish Experience
  • Jewish 452: Biblical Archaeology
  • Jewish 539: Jewish Literatures in Diaspora

Spring 2018 Courses

  • Modern Hebrew 102
  • Modern Hebrew 202
  • Modern Hebrew 302: Intro to Hebrew Literature
  • Modern Hebrew 402: Topics in Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Jewish 230: Representing the Holocaust in Poland
  • Jewish 231: Religion and Sexuality
  • Jewish 231: History of the Holocaust
  • Jewish 236: Jewish Composers: Early Modern to Modern
  • Jewish 279: Yiddish Literature and Culture in America
  • Jewish 318: Modern Jewish Literature
  • Jewish 356: Jerusalem, Holy City of Conflict and Desire
  • Jewish 430: Holocaust: Testimony and Expressions
  • Jewish 432: Struggling with God in Literature
  • Jewish 432: Modern Jewish Thought
  • Jewish 435: Jewish Philosophy from Antiquity to the Seventh Century
  • Jewish 451: Biblical Archaeology
  • Jewish 514: Biblical Texts, Poetry
  • Jewish 632: Intellectual Origins of Israel
  • Jewish 665: Israeli Politics and Society
  • Jewish 675: Research Colloquium for Majors
  • Jewish 677: Independent Research for Majors

Fall 2017 Courses

  • Modern Hebrew 101
  • Modern Hebrew 201
  • Modern Hebrew 301 (Intro to Hebrew Literature)
  • Modern Hebrew 401 (Topics in Modern Hebrew Literature)
  • Jewish 219: American Jewish Experience from Shtetl to Suburb
  • Jewish 220: Modern Jewish History
  • Jewish 230: Representing the Holocaust in Poland
  • Jewish 230: Dead Yiddish Poets Society
  • Jewish 230: Russia and the Jews: Literature, Culture, and Religion
  • Jewish 231: Jewish Law, Business and Ethics
  • Jewish 231: FIG: Jerusalem, Holy City of Conflict and Desire
  • Jewish 267: Yiddish Song and the Jewish Experience
  • Jewish 269: Yiddish Literature and Culture in Europe
  • Jewish 335: King David in History and Tradition
  • Jewish 367: Israeli Fiction in Translation
  • Jewish 430: Testimonies and Cultural Expressions of the Holocaust
  • Jewish 433: The Soviet Jewish Experience
  • Jewish 513: Biblical Texts, Poetry
  • Jewish 518: Anti-Semitism in European Culture
  • Jewish 632: Jewish Intellectuals and Politics in the 20th Century

Summer 2017 Courses

  • Jewish 213: Jews and American Popular Culture
  • Jewish 267: Yiddish Song and the Jewish Experience

Spring 2017 Courses

  • Modern Hebrew 102
  • Modern Hebrew 202
  • Modern Hebrew 302 (Intro to Hebrew Literature)
  • Modern Hebrew 402 (Topics in Modern Hebrew Literature)
  • Jewish 213: Jews and American Popular Culture
  • Jewish 230: Representations of the Jew in Eastern European Cultures
  • Jewish 231: Religion and Sexuality
  • Jewish 231: Israel: History of a Nation-State
  • RS 234: Genres of Western Religious Writing
  • Jewish 267: Yiddish Song and the Jewish Experience
  • Jewish 279: Yiddish Literature and Culture in America
  • Jewish 318: Modern Jewish Literature
  • Jewish 356: Jerusalem, Holy City of Conflict and Desire
  • Jewish 432: Holocaust: Literature, Music, Memory and Representation
  • Jewish 442: Moral Philosophy and the Holocaust
  • Jewish 593: Literature of Jewish Identity in America: The Literature of Angry Jews
  • Poli Sci 631: Arab-Israeli Conflict

Fall 2016 Courses

 

  • Modern Hebrew 101: First Semester Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew 201: Third Semester Hebrew
  • Jewish 211: Introduction to Judaism
  • Jewish 220: Introduction to Modern Jewish History
  • Jewish 227: Introduction to Biblical Literature
  • Jewish 230: Elementary Topics in Jewish Literature – Migration in Film and
    Literature: The American Jewish Experience
  • Jewish 231: Elementary Topics in Jewish History – Jerusalem: Conflict and Desire (FIG)
  • Jewish 241: Introduction to Biblical Archaeology
  • Jewish 269: Yiddish Literature and Culture in Europe
  • Modern Hebrew 301: Introduction to Hebrew Literature
  • Jewish 367: Israeli Fiction in Translation
  • Modern Hebrew 401: Topics in Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Jewish 430: Intermediate Topics in Jewish Literature – Testimony and Expression
  • Jewish 431: Intermediate Topics in Jewish Studies: Social Sciences – Religions of Ancient Israel
  • Jewish 518: Anti-Semitism in European Culture
  • Jewish 665: Israeli Politics and Society