Courses

                                  Spring 2018

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HEBR 102

Second Semester Modern Hebrew

Ruth Rosenwald, Lecturer, Jewish Studies

3Units/ MWF 1:10-2:00 HUM 208

Continuation of first semester modern Hebrew.

HEBR 202

Fourth Semester Modern Hebrew

Ruth Rosenwald, Lecturer, Jewish Studies

3Units/ MWF 12:10-1:00 HUM 211

Continuation of modern Hebrew at the intermediate level.

JS 301

Judaism: An Introduction

Rachel Gross, Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies

3 Units/ TTh 9:35-10:50 HUM 227

Explores religious and cultural practices of Judaism in United States by surveying religious practices of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist Jewish congregations. Relates these practices to Jewish experience and history.

JS 408

Israeli Cinema

Eran Kaplan, Professor, Jewish Studies

3 Units/ Th 5:10-7:55 HUM 386

Survey of Israeli cinema with critical readings.

JS 410

Kabbalah and Jewish Spirituality

Kitty Millet, Professor, Jewish Studies

3 Units/ TTh 9:35-10:50 HUM 121

The spiritual life and various ways in which Jews have sought spiritual resources from Jewish tradition. Topics include: Kabbalah, Jewish renewal, feminist spirituality, grieving the Holocaust.

JS 415

The Hebrew Bible

Kenneth Cohen, Lecturer, Jewish Studies

3 Units/ W 3:10-5:55 HUM 384

The Hebrew Bible in English translation from historical, literary, and religious points of view; culture and religion of ancient Israel and the ancient Near East.

JS 421

Food Fights: The Politics of American Jewish Consumption, 1654-Present

Rachel Gross, Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies

3 Units/ TTh 2:10-3:25 HSS 152

Exploration of the politics of religion, food, and eating among Jews in the US from the late nineteenth century to the present. Focus on American Jewish foodways: cultural, social, historical, political, and economic practices of food production and consumption that have sustained and demarcated Jewish communities.

JS 467

On the Cultural Frontlines: Contemporary Trends in Israeli Art

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Visiting Artist in Israeli Studies

3 Units/ W 9:10-11:55 HUM 277

JS 480

European Jewish Writers

Kitty Millet, Professor, Jewish Studies

3 Units/ TTh 12:35-1:50 HSS 304

Survey of the works of modern Jewish writers throughout Europe between the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries; influence of the Jewish Enlightenment on modern Jewish literature.

JS 501

Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Fred Astren, Professor, Jewish Studies

3 Units/ MW 1:10-2:25 HUM 129

Beliefs, practices, social organization, and history of the three monotheistic religious traditions; importance of these traditions for European and Middle Eastern civilizations.

JS 546

20th Century American Jewish Women Writers

Kitty Millet, Professor, Jewish Studies

3 Units/ T 3:35-6:20 HUM 382

Exploration through novels, short fiction, and memoir the connections American women forge and the tensions they experience via encounters with self, family, Judaism, American society, and world history.

JS 560

Arab-Israeli Conflict

Eran Kaplan, Professor, Jewish Studies

3 Units/ TTh 12:35-1:50 HUM 129

Examination of causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict; beginnings in the late nineteenth century; Jewish-Palestinian confrontation during the British Mandate (1917-1948); Arab-Israeli wars since 1948; Israeli-Palestinian confrontation since 1948; attempts to end the confrontation since 1967.

JS 633

Jewish History II: 1650 to Present

Marc Dollinger, Professor, Jewish Studies

3 Units/ TTh 11:00-12:15 HSS 152

Jewish history from 1650 to present. Central theme is the encounter of traditional ethnic and religious minority with modernity. Topics: emancipation, antisemitism, immigration, Zionism, Israel, America, Holocaust.