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Fall 2015 courses:

New Course: Starting in Fall we will have a new professor in our Jewish Studies program: Gabrielle Berlinger who will teach in American Studies. Below is information on a new course she is offering in fall semester: FOLK 490.001 – Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography
Wednesdays, 3:30 pm – 6:20 pm. Instructor: Gabrielle Berlinger
Jewish stories, humor, ritual, belief, dress, food, and more! This course explores the great diversity of folkloristic expression in today’s Jewish American communities and the ethnographies that document this expression. We will focus on Jewish storytelling, humor, ritual, custom, belief, dress, and food, among other genres of folklore, within the historical context of Jewish folklore and ethnology. Through the lens of ethnographic studies, personal narratives, historical documents, literary studies, films, and field trips, we will look at what makes these forms of vernacular expression Jewish, how source communities interpret them, and how ethnographers document them, to investigate such issues as representation, identity, memory, and tradition. Students will learn ethnographic skills to conduct a hands-on community-based fieldwork project. Multimedia projects are welcome.

This fall, students may also enroll in “U.S. – Israel Relations”, PLCY 490/PWAD 690, with Sahi Tamari, on Wednesdays, from 1:25-4:15pm. Details: US-Israel relations poster 2015

NOTE: the Jewish Studies capstone course will now be offered in Spring 2016 instead of this fall. See description below.

Undergraduate Courses:

FOLK 490.001 – Special Topics:  Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography W 3:30– 6:20PM. Gabrielle Berlinger

AMST/JWST 253 Jewish Women in America M-W-F 2:30-3:20PM. Marcie Cohen Ferris

GERM 56 (First-Year Seminar) Germans, Jews, and the History of Antisemitism M-W-F 11:15AM-12:05PM. Jonathan Hess

RELI 63 (First-Year Seminar) Archeology of Qumran M-W 5:00-6:15PM. Jodi Magness

RELI/JWST 103: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature M-W 1:25-2:15PM. David Lambert

RELI/JWST 106: Introduction to Early Judaism M-W 1:25-2:15PM. Jodi Magness

RELI 123/JWST 100: Introduction to Jewish Studies M-W 11:15AM-12:05PM. Andrea Cooper

RELI 242: New Religious Movements in America Tu-Th 3:30-4:45PM. Yaakov Ariel

HIST 398.001: Antisemitism: History, Causes, Consequences Tu-Th 12:30-1:45PM. Flora Cassen

RELI 420: Post-Holocaust Ethics and Theology M 3:30-6:20PM. Andrea Cooper

JWST 465/SLAV 465/PWAD 465: Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in Russia and Eastern Europe M-W 3:35-4:50PM. Hana Pichova

AMST 486/JWST 486: Shalom Y’all: The Jewish Experience in the American South M-W-F 10:10-11:00AM. Marcie Cohen Ferris

PLCY 490/PWAD 690: U.S. – Israel Relations W 1:25-4:15pm. Sahi Tamari

RELI 542: Religion and the Counterculture Th 6-8:50PM. Yaakov Ariel

Language courses:

HEBR 101-001: Elementary Modern Hebrew I M-W-F 9:05-9:55AM. Ana Sprintzik

HEBR 101-002: Elementary Modern Hebrew I M-W-F 12:20-1:10PM. Ana Sprintzik

HEBR 203: Intermediate Modern Hebrew I M-W-F 10:10-11:00AM. Ana Sprintzik

HEBR 305: Advanced Modern Hebrew I Tu-Th 2:00-3:15PM. Yaron Shemer

Graduate Courses:

RELI 602: What is Scripture? Formations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Canon Tu 6-8:50PM. David Lambert


Capstone Course for Spring 2016:

The Material Life of Jewish America (RELI 697/JWST 697: Capstone Course in Jewish Studies)

This upper-level seminar examines how American Jews think about, interact with, animate, and display objects in contemporary life—in the public realm, in cultural institutions, in religious spaces, and in the home. What makes an object “Jewish”? And what is the role of the object’s maker or user in that process? Through the lens of material culture, we examine how the creation, interpretation, consumption, re-purposing, and display of “Jewish” material culture reflect notions of identity, historical experience, cultural condition, and social value. What are the individual and collective narratives about ordinary and sacred artifacts of American Jewish life? What are the symbolic meanings of these everyday and extraordinary objects? Aside from the significance of the objects themselves, what can we understand from the actions of the objects’ users—how they eat, collect, arrange, wear, speak to, carry, kiss, or even bury their objects? We will analyze ritual architecture, ceremonial objects, head coverings, clothing, jewelry, shoes, cookbooks, souvenirs, food, and other expressions of material culture in the contexts of festivals, museums, sacred spaces, popular culture venues, and domestic spaces. Drawing from the fields of folklore, anthropology, American Studies, Jewish studies, religious studies, and museum studies, we will consider how makers and users of these materials negotiate the various meanings of these objects within the domains of prayer, performance, entertainment, and exhibition, and how history, memory, intention, and belief shape those meanings. This class includes field trips, guest speakers, and fieldwork-based research. 12 student seminar; meets weekly 2.5 hours.

Spring 2015 courses

Undergraduate Courses:
HIST 82 FYS: Modern Jewish Identity Karen Auerbach
ASIA 89 FYS: Israeli Popular Culture- The Case of Music  Hanna Sprintzik
RELI 108: Classic Jewish Texts Evyatar Marienberg
JWST 110/RELI 110/CLAR 110: New Testament Archaeology Jodi Magness
JWST 153/HIST 153: Jewish History to Enlightenment  Flora Cassen
ASIA 235: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity Yaron Shemer
JWST 262/HIST 262/PWAD 262: History of the Holocaust Karen Auerbach
JWST 289: Jewish-American Lit
ASIA 357: The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Co-existence Yaron Shemer
MUSC390H: Hearing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Mike Figueroa
HIST 398-002: Antisemitism: History, Causes, Consequences Flora Cassen
JWST 444/RELI 444: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism Andrea Cooper
JWST 512/RELI 512/CLAR 512: Ancient Synagogues  Jodi Magness
ENGL 129-007: The Holocaust and Slavery in American Fiction & Film  Danielle Christmas
Language courses:
HEBR 102: Elementary Modern Hebrew II Hanna Sprintzik
HEBR 204: Intermediate Modern Hebrew II Hanna Sprintzik
RELI 212: Classical Hebrew II: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible Joseph Lam
Graduate Courses:
RELI 712: Early Jewish History and Literature  David Lambert