Jewish Studies Courses for Spring 2020


Spring 2020 JWST Course List

New Course created for Spring 2020:

JWST 390: Topics in Jewish Studies: Confronting Antisemitism
One credit course, new for spring 2020, Mondays, 5:00-5:50PM

This course takes a broad look at antisemitism in history, our contemporary world, and at UNC. Class sessions will feature guest speakers and discussions on different aspects of this persistent form of hatred. The following questions are key to this course: How has antisemitism evolved over time? How has it remained the same? What are the intersections between antisemitism and other forms of racism? What tools can be used to fight antisemitism?





RELI 078: Reading the Bible: Now and Then. LA/WB | TuTh 2:00-3:15PM. David Lambert

An introduction to the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.


RELI 108: Classic Jewish Texts: From Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls to Kabbalah and Hassidism. HS/WB | TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM. Evyatar Marienberg

This course will explore Jewish literary works that are considered  “fundamental,” “classic,” “traditional” (often, all of the above), including the Hebrew Bible, the Mishnah, the Babylonian Talmud, midrashic collections, works by Maimonides, major codes of Jewish law, major kabbalistic, philosophic, poetic, and ethical works, hassidic compositions, and more.


RELI 109: History and Culture of Ancient Israel. HS/BN/WB | MWF 10:10-11:00AM. Joseph Lam

An examination extending from Hebrew origins to the Babylonian exile and including political history as well as social and religious institutions.


JWST/RELI/CLAR 110: The Archaeology of Palestine in the New Testament Period.  HS/BN/WB | Tu-Th 12:30-1:45PM.  Jodi Magness

This course surveys the archaeology of Palestine (modern Israel and Jordan) from the Persian period (ca. 586 BCE) to the Muslim conquest (640 CE).


JWST/HIST 153: Jewish History Ancient to Modern Times. HS/WB| MWF 2:30-3:20PM. Max Lazar

This class surveys the history of the Jews from ancient to modern times. It focuses on the development of Jewish religion, culture identity, and politics in Jewish communities in the Western, Atlantic and Middle Eastern Worlds. It also explores the development of antisemitism and anti-Jewish violence.


JWST/HIST/PWAD 262: History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews.  HS/NA |TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM. Karen Auerbach

Recitations: Th 5:00-5:50PM, F 9:05-9:55AM, 10:10-11:00AM, 11:15AM-12:05PM, 12:20-1:10PM, 2:00-2:50PM

Anti-Semitism; the Jews of Europe; the Hitler dictatorship; evolution of Nazi Jewish policy from persecution to the Final Solution; Jewish response; collaborators, bystanders, and rescuers; aftermath.


JWST/ RELI 343: Religion, Politics and Culture in Israel. | TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM. Yaakov Ariel

Examines the major religious groups that operate in the state of Israel and influence its social and cultural development; analyzes the relationship among religion, state, and society in Israel.


JWST/ASIA 357/ PWAD 362: The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Coexistence. BN/GL | TuTh 11:00AM-12:15PM. Yaron Shemer

This course is designed to examine Jewish life in Arab lands in the last century by examining culture, language, and the communal life that the Arab-Jews shared with their neighbors.


ASIA 358: Religion and Tradition in Israeli Cinema, TV and Literature BN/LA/CI | TuTh 2:00AM-3:15PM. Yaron Shemer

This course focuses on the ways religion and religious practices are represented in Israeli literature and media.


JWST/ FOLK 380: Traditions in Transition: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography. VP/E4/US | TuTh 9:30-10:45AM. Gabrielle Berlinger

This seminar examines Jewish stories, humor, ritual, custom, belief, architecture, dress, and food as forms of creative expression that have complex relationships to Jewish experience, representation, identity, memory, and tradition. What makes these forms of folklore Jewish, how do source communities interpret them, and how do ethnographers document them? Previously offered as FOLK/JWST 505.


RELI 426H: The Sacrifice of Abraham. PH/BN | Tu 3:35-6:25PM. Andrea Cooper

This course examines philosophical interpretations of the attempted sacrifice by Abraham of his beloved son, offering a comparative approach. The incident in Genesis is remarkably succinct for its controversial subject matter. We will compare this event with representations in Greek drama, the New Testament, and the Qur’an.


JWST/GSLL/PWAD 465: Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.  LA/BN/GL |TuTh 2:00-3:15PM. David Pike

Historical contexts and connections through artistic representation of the Holocaust and Soviet terror in Eastern Europe and the USSR. Taught in English; some foreign language readings for qualified students.


JWST/ RUSS 480H: Russian-Soviet Jewish Culture: Lofty Dreams and Stark Realities. LA/BN | TuTh 2:00-3:15PM. Stanislave Shvabrin

This course delves into the scintillating literary, visual, musical, and cinematic culture created by Jewish universalists seeking to build their new secular identity under the aegis of the Soviet Communist experiment in the aftermath of the 1917 Bolshevik coup. Surveys the works of Isaac Babel, Eduard Bagritsky, Marc Chagall, Sergey Eisenstein, Ilya Ehrenburg, Masha Gessen, Vasily Grossman, Osip Mandelshtam, and others. Taught in English; some readings in Russian for qualified students; films with English subtitles.


JWST/ HIST 485: Modern East European Jewish History. HS/BN | TuTh 2:00-3:15PM. Karen Auerbach

Eastern Europe was one of the largest centers of Jewish civilization from premodern times to the Second World War, giving rise to important religious, cultural, and political developments in Jewish modernity. This course examines main developments of Jewish society from the late 18th century until the aftermath of the Holocaust.


RELI 501: History of the Bible in Modern Study. BN/WB | W 5:00-7:15PM. David Lambert

This course will examine how the modern historical and critical enterprise of biblical scholarship arose, out of what historical circumstances, for what purpose, and to what effect.



Language Courses


HEBR 102: Elementary Modern Hebrew II.  FL | MWF 9:05-9:55AM. Hanna Sprintzik

Prerequisite, HEBR 101. Continued instruction in the essential elements of modern Hebrew structure and vocabulary and aspects of modern Israeli culture. Aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are stressed.


JWST/ RELI 212: Classical Hebrew II: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. LA/BN | TuTh 12:30-1:45PM. Joseph Lam

Prerequisite, RELI 211. This course explores the linguistic background of the Hebrew Bible, giving special attention to the literary aspect of biblical interpretation. Specific topics include the forms of the Hebrew verb, prose and poetic genres in the Hebrew Bible, wordplay and repetition, narration and dialogue.


HEBR 204: Intermediate Modern Hebrew II.  FL | MWF 10:10-11:00AM. Hanna Sprintzik

Prerequisite, HEBR 203. Continued instruction in the essential elements of modern Hebrew structure and vocabulary and aspects of modern Israeli culture. Aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are stressed. An introduction to representative literary works is included.


HEBR 305: Advanced Modern Hebrew I. FL | MWF 12:20-1:10PM. Hanna Sprintzik

Prerequisite, HEBR 204. Third year of instruction in modern Hebrew with an emphasis on Israeli culture, literature, and media.





































Jewish Studies Courses for Fall 2019

Undergraduate Courses:


RELI 123/JWST 100: Introduction to Jewish Studies, HS/GL, MW 1:25PM-2:15PM. Cooper

RELI/JWST 103: Intro to Hebrew Bible, BN/WB, MW 1:25PM-2:15PM.  Lambert

RELI/JWST 106: Introduction to Early Judaism, HS/BN/WB, MW 12:20PM-1:10PM. Magness

RELI/JWST 211: Classical Hebrew I: A Linguistic Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, BN/WB, MWF10:10AM-11:00AM.  Lam

RELI/JWST 420H: Post-Holocaust Ethics and Theology, PH/FL ,  Mo 3:35PM-6:25PM. Cooper

RELI/JWST 712: Jewish Hist/Lit, Tu 2:00PM-4:50PM. Lambert

JWST 697: Capstone Course: Themes and Methodologies in Jewish Studies: Sounding “Jewish”: Music, Race, Memory, CI, W2:00PM-4:50PM.Figueroa

HIST332: Jewish Identity and Community, HS , TTh 2PM-3:15PM. Auerbach


Language Courses:

HEBR 101: Elementary Modern Hebrew, FL | MWF 9:05-9:55AM 12:20-1:10PM. Sprintzik

HEBR203: Intermediate Modern Hebrew, FL | MWF 10:10-11AM.  Sprintzik



Jewish Studies Courses for Spring 2019


RELI/CLAR/JWST 110: New Testament Archaeology.  HS/BN/WB | Tu-Th 2:00-3:15 pm.  Jodi Magness


JWST/GSLL/PWAD 465: Atrocity.  LA/BN/GL| TuTh 2:00-3:15 pm. David C Pike


JWST/HIST 153: Jewish Hist Ancient to Modern.  HS/WB| MW 9:05-9:55 am. Flora Cassen

Recitations:  W 3:35-4:25 pm, F 9:05-9:55 am, F 10:10-11:00 am


JWST/HIST/PWAD 262: History of the Holocaust.  HS/NA |TuTh 12:30-1:45 pm. Karen Auerbach

Recitations: Th 15:00-5:50 pm, 2:00-2:50 pm, F 9:05-9:55 am, 10:10-11:00 am, 11:15-12:05 am, 12:20-13:10 am


JWST/HIST 311/311H: Ghettos and Shtetls? HS/BN |TuTh, 2:00-3:15 pm. Karen Auerbach


JWST/HIST 330: Jesus and Jews. HS/WB |MW 1:25-2:40 pm. Flora Cassen


JWST/ASIA /PWAD 235: Israeli Cinema: Nation, Gender and Ethnicity.  VP/BN/GL |T/Th 12:30-1:45 p.m. and T (screening) 5:00-7:00 pm. Yaron Shemer


JWST100/RELI 123: Intro to Jewish studies. HS/GL | M-W 1:25-2:15PM. Andrea Cooper.

Recitations: F 12:20pm-1:10pm, F 1:25pm-2:15pm, F 3:35pm-4:25pm.


JWST/HIST 330/330H: Jesus and the Jews. HS/WB | MW 1:25-2:40 pm.  Flora Cassen


JWST/GSLL/PWAD 465: Lit of Atrocity.  LA/BN/GL |TuTh 2:00-3:15 pm. David C Pike


RELI/JWST 503/503H: Exploring the Dead Sea Scrolls.  |TuTh 2:00-3:15 pm TuTh 11:00-12:15 pm.  Jodi Magness


JWST/RELI 602: What is Scripture?  LA/WB |Tu 5:00-7:50 pm. David Lambert


RELI 426H: The Sacrifice of Abraham. PH/BN | M 3:35PM-6:25PM. Andrea Cooper


HIST/ASIA 276: Modern Middle East, HS/BN/GL | M-W 11:15 am-12:05 pm. Sarah Shields

Recitations: W 4:40-5:30 pm, Th 5:00-5:50 pm, Th 3:30-4:20 pm, F 10:10-11:00 am, F 11:15-12:05, W 2:30-3:20 pm


Language Courses


HEBR 102: Elementary Modern Hebrew II.  FL | M-W-F 9:05-9:55 am. Hanna Sprintzik

HEBR 204: Intermediate Modern Hebrew II.  FL | M-W-F 10:10-11:00 am. Hanna SprintzikM

HEBR 306: Adv modern Hebrew II.  TuTh 2:00-3:15 pm. Yaron Shemer




Jewish Studies Courses for Fall 2018


Undergraduate Courses:

FOLK 481: The Changing Lives of Jewish Objects | Tu 3:30-6:30PM. Gabrielle Berlinger

RELI 063: Archaeology of Qumran | M-W 5:00-6:00PM. Jodi Magness.

JWST/RELI 103: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Literature | M-W 12:20-1:10PM. David Lambert.

JWST/RELI 106: Introduction to Early Judaism | M-W 1:35-2:15PM. Jodi Magness.

JWST/ASIA/PWAD 235: Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, Ethnicity | TBA

JWST/RELI 420H: Post-Holocaust Ethics and Theology | M 3:35-6:25PM. Andrea Cooper.

JWST/RELI 444: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism | Tu-Th 9:30-10:45AM. Yaakov Ariel.

JWST 697: Capstone Course: Yiddish Literature and the Bible | F  Ruth von Bernuth.

MUSC 286: Music as Culture: Music, Sound, and Religion in the Middle East and North Africa | M-W-F 11:15AM-12:05PM. Michael Figueroa.

Language Courses:

HEBR 101: Elementary Modern Hebrew I | M-W-F 9:05-9:55AM | M-W-F 1:25-2:15PM. Ana Sprintzik.

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

HEBR 305: Advanced Modern Hebrew I | M-W-F 12:20-1:10PM. Ana Sprintzik.




Undergraduate Courses


JWST 100/RELI 123: Intro to Jewish Studies,  Andrea Cooper


JWST/CLAR/RELI 110: New Testament Archaeology, Jodi Magness


JWST/HIST 262: History of the Holocaust, Karen  Auerbach


JWST 357/ASIA 357/PWAD 362: The Arab-Jews: Culture, Community, and Co-existence,  Yaron Shemer.course flyer


JWST/HEBR 436: Zionism and Language, Yaron Shemer  course flyer


JWST/SLAV/PWAD 465: Literature of Atrocity, David Pike


JWST/FOLK 505: Jewish Folklore and Ethnography,  Gabrielle Berlinger


JWST/HIST 330H: Jesus and the Jews, Flora Cassen


HIST 85H: Concentration Camp Survivors, Donald Reid


HIST 276: Modern Middle East,  Sarah Shields


HIST 308: The Renaissance and the Jews,  Flora Cassen


HIST 485: Modern East European Jewish History,  Karen Auerbach


RELI 106: Early Judaism,  Online through Friday Center


RELI 242: New Religious Movements,  Yaakov Ariel.


RELI 542H: Religion and Counter Culture,  Yaakov Ariel.


Language Courses:


HEBR 102: Elementary Modern Hebrew II, FHanna Sprintzik


HEBR 102: Elementary Modern Hebrew II, Hanna Sprintzik


HEBR 204: Intermediate Modern Hebrew II,  Hanna Sprintzik



Graduate Courses:


RELI 812: Diaspora Judaism | Jodi Magness.