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45634 JST 325 U Retelling the Bible TR

Broadway Bldg. 219
4 Spielman
45645 JST 407/H 001 SEM: Jewish & Israeli Dance TR

CH 483
4 Spiegel
45733 JST 399 SEM: History of Modern Israel TR

4 Spiegel
45732/45189 JST/HST 318U Jewish HST Medieval to Present MW
14:00- 15:50

NH 222
4 Meir
45190 JST/HST 319U Rabbinic Culture Roman World TR

ASRC 220
4 Spielman
41245 JST/ENG 367U TOP: Jewish Amer Lit & Culture T

5th Avenue Cinema 92
4 Weingrad
45058 JST/ENG 410 TOP: Messiah Modern Jewish Lit MWF

LH 301
4 Weingrad


Natan Meir

HST 318U / JST 318U Jewish History from the Medieval Period to the Present
MW 2:00-3:50

This course surveys Jewish history from approximately the year 1000 to the present, covering major developments in Jewish society and culture in the medieval Islamic and Christian realms, early modern Europe and the Mediterranean, and the modern world. Topics include the rise of the Spanish and northern European Jewish communities, trends in Jewish religious thought (including the emergence of kabbalah), expulsions from western Europe, new settlements in Ottoman Empire and Poland, changes in Jewish civil status in the modern age, Jewish migrations and political movements (including Zionism), the rise of U.S. Jewry, the Holocaust, and the establishment of the State of Israel. N.B. This class is the second in a two-semester introduction to the study of Jewish history, religion and culture, but the first half of the survey is not a prerequisite for this course.

Loren Spielman

HST 319U / JST 319U Rabbinic Culture in the Roman World
TTh 10:00-11:50

After the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE, Jewish society experienced a radical transformation. From the ashes of the now defunct cult in Jerusalem, a new form of Judaism emerged rooted in the study and interpretation of sacred texts and centered around the life of the Rabbinic sage. A flourishing of literary activity during the first seven centuries of the Common Era produced the foundational texts of Rabbinic Judaism, the Mishnah, Midrash and Talmud, which continue to give shape to modern Jewish practice and belief. Through a survey of this rich and textured literature, this course will examine the roots of the Rabbinic movement. Asking critical questions about who these rabbis were and what they promoted as their core practices and beliefs, we will devote special attention to the ways these early rabbis related to other segments of ancient Jewish society, reacted to the emergence and spread of Christianity and negotiated living in the predominantly pagan environment of the Greco-Roman city.

JST 325U Retelling the Bible
TTh 2:00-3:50

The stories that make up the Hebrew Bible were not only told, but recounted, reformulated and interpreted by different cultures, faiths and peoples from antiquity through the present day.  This course will examine the first attempts at Jewish Biblical interpretation dating from the third century BCE though the sixth century CE.  We will discuss a number of early genres of Biblical interpretation, including inter-Biblical interpretation, rewritten Bible, translation, pesher, allegory, allusion, midrash and liturgy.  We will discuss the ways that Post-biblical sources, including the Apocrypha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic literature and a variety of Greco-Jewish authors, chose to represent some of the most famous Biblical stories and personages. These “retellings of the Bible” do far more than preserve ancient attempts to grapple with the questions and contradictions posed by sacred texts.  They reveal the unique thoughts, anxieties and experiences of authors from throughout the ancient Mediterranean.

Nina Spiegel

JST 388U History of Modern Israel
TTh 2:00-3:50

This survey course investigates the history of modern Israel, exploring social, political, cultural, and intellectual developments from 1880 to the present. Topics will include the analysis of Zionist ideologies and the development of the Zionist movement; political, cultural, and social developments before and after 1948; the Arab-Israeli conflict; and the social framework of Israeli society.

JST 407/407H Jewish & Israeli Dance
TTh 10:00-11:50

This course examines the development and diversity of Jewish and Israeli dance, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. We will explore both social and concert dance forms and their impact on a variety of societies, focusing primarily on the United States, Israel, and Europe. We will investigate questions such as: what is the meaning of Jewish dance? How do Jewish and Israeli dance creations reflect and interact with the various societies from which they emerge? What do these dances tell us about Jewish life in different parts of the world? We will cover a broad range of topics including the world renowned Batsheva Dance Company in Israel; the development of Israeli folk dance; the works of American Jewish choreographers such as Jerome Robbins who choreographed Fiddler on the Roof; the role of dance at Jewish community centers and summer camps in the U.S.; Ethiopian Jewish and Yemenite Jewish dance companies in Israel. No previous coursework in Jewish studies or dance history is required: the course will provide an introduction to the topic and to how to view and approach dance. Honors students will develop a research paper on a topic of their choice.

Michael Weingrad

ENG 367U Jewish American Literature & Culture, 1950 – Present
T 5:30-9:10

Between 1880 and 1920, over two million Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe arrived in the United States.  These immigrants and their American-born children and grandchildren integrated into American life while helping shape what American life would be.  This course looks at this process through literature, film, art, and music produced by Jews in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century.  We will consider the immigrant experience, the fate of Yiddish and Hebrew culture in America, the process of Americanization, the nature of ethnic identity, and the relationship between American Jews and radical politics. Texts include: Abraham Cahan, The Rise of David Levinsky; Ruth Wisse, A Little Love in Big Manhattan; Isaac Rosenfeld, Passage from Home; Lionel Trilling, The Middle of the Journey.

ENG 410 Messiahs in Modern Jewish Literature
MWF 9:00-10:05

How have the religious concepts of redemption, apocalypse, and messianism been transformed in modern Jewish literature? How are these concepts used to convey the experience of secular modernity, of Zionist state-building, of the Holocaust? We will read a range of novels and poems by major modern writers such as Isaac Bashevis Singer and Uri Zvi Greenberg, all in English translation, as well as theoretical and historical essays about Jewish messianic movements from antiquity to the present. Recommended: a course in modern Jewish literature or history.