Spring 2020 Jewish Studies Courses

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.

HEBR 102: Elementary Hebrew II
MWF 9:00-9:50 AM Friends 303
Mirit Hadar

ICC Theme: Identities. Perspective: Humanities.
Continuation of HEBR 10100: spoken and written Hebrew in everyday use.

JWST/RLST 20300 Judaism
TR 1:10-2:25 Friends 205
Rebecca Lesses

ICC Themes: Identities; Mind, Body, Spirit; Perspective: Humanities
An introduction to Judaism with a focus on theology, ethics, and ritual practice. Readings include selected texts from the biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern periods. Theological and ethical issues include God, good and evil, covenant, death and afterlife, justice, and social responsibility. The course examines how these Jewish understandings are lived out through practices associated with birth and death; marriage and commitment; sexuality; and the life of study, prayer, and devotion. Cross-listed with RLST 20300. Students may not receive credit for both RLST 20300 and JWST 20300. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing.

JWST 25000 Antisemitism: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives
MW 4:00-5:15 Williams 210
Rebecca Lesses

ICC: Application for designation for Humanities perspective, Identities theme, and Diversity course will be submitted.
The recent rise of antisemitism in the United States and other countries has spurred renewed attention to what has been called “the oldest hatred.” This course examines antisemitism through both a contemporary and a historical lens, starting with contemporary manifestations of antisemitism in the United States and other countries. It explores the question of how to define antisemitism, traces the history of antisemitism from antiquity to the present, and returns to the present to confront the issue of how to fight antisemitism.

JWST 27500 Israeli Culture through Film
TR 9:25-10:40 Friends 308
Mirit Hadar

ICC: Humanities; Identities, Power and Justice
This course explores the history, culture and art of Israeli society through film. It is divided into two sections: the first part deals with Israeli history through contemporary Israeli film, the second part deals with cultural and social aspects of the Israeli people as shown in Israeli movies. Artistic aspects will be woven into the course discussions to enhance the subjects’ understanding and for better analysis of cinema. Students will become acquainted with some of the major issues that have shaped Israeli society, including religious tensions between different kinds of Jews, relations between Jewish and Arab Israelis, immigration, war, and terrorism. The course will demonstrate that film can serve as an artistic and historical medium that reflects and comments on the history, politics, and culture of Israel.

JWST/RLST 32300 Gender and Sexuality in Judaism
TR 2:35-3:50 Friends 205
Rebecca Lesses

ICC: application for designation as a Diversity course will be submitted
Is God male or female? Can women become rabbis? Are there gay and lesbian Jews? What do Jews think about birth control and abortion? Why are husband and wife supposed to avoid sexual relations during the woman’s menstrual period? Why do boys have to be circumcised on the eighth day? This course explores what it means to be a Jewish man or woman, and looks at how Jewish gender roles have changed throughout history, as well as how contemporary Jews deal with changes in women’s roles and demands for gender equality. We will begin with a short introduction to Judaism and then discuss specific issues in greater depth: what is “gender” and how to study it; traditional roles of men and women in Judaism; the gendered Jewish body; family and sexuality; homosexuality; Jewish feminism; the gender of God; and changing women’s religious roles. Please note: This course is cross-listed with RLST-32300. Students may not receive credit for both RLST 32300 and JWST 32300.

JWST 42000 Internship: Jewish Studies
Rebecca Lesses

On-site work experience, combined with academic study, in agencies or educational institutions with significant Jewish content, such as Jewish schools or community agencies or multicultural groups. Arranged individually at the student's request with the individual instructor, a sponsoring agency, and permission of the Jewish studies coordinator. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. 1-12 credits. (IRR)

poster of Jewish Studies courses for spring 2020