Fall 2019 Jewish Studies Courses

This is a listing of Jewish Studies courses that will be taught in Fall 2019. The list includes both courses directly offered through Jewish Studies, with the JWST prefix, and those offered through other departments which students minoring in Jewish Studies can take for credit towards the minor.

JWST 27501 ST: Midrash: Creative Exploration of Jewish Texts Tziona Szajman
TR 2:25-3:50

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class will explore techniques and skills for reading the Bible and creating modern midrash. Students will learn about traditional and modern midrash, a unique form of literature that builds on gaps in the Bible to create new meaning. In addition to familiarizing ourselves with the methods used by the rabbis in Jewish tradition, we will explore midrash in film, dance, drama, poetry, fiction, art, and social commentary. We will learn to look at the Bible with rabbinic eyes, using questions and imagination to add theological layers of meaning. No knowledge of Hebrew or previous experience with midrash is required. Our class will call forth our talents in drama, creative writing, music, art, film, and dance, joining them to the midrashic process in the creation of modern midrash as we explore and sometimes break the traditional rules of interpretation. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

HEBR 10100 Elementary Hebrew I Mirit Hadar
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Beginning course in modern Hebrew. Practice in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing simple idiomatic Hebrew. Emphasis is placed on culture, participation, and self-expression. Open to students with no previous Hebrew, or by placement examination. 3 credits

HEBR 20100 Intermediate Hebrew I Mirit Hadar
MWF 2:00-2:50 PM
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Develops intermediate-level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing Hebrew. Special emphasis is given to Hebrew culture. Prerequisites: HEBR 10200 with a grade of C- or better. 3 credits.