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Fall Classes Spring 14
THE FOLLOWING IS A LISTING OF THE OFFERINGS IN JEWISH STUDIES
FOR THE SPRING 14 SEMESTER:
1. History 114 – History of the Jewish People I – Professor Franklin
Class #: 39206– Tu, Th - 9:15-10:30am – PH 157– 3 hr. 3 cr.
The ancient period. Emphasis on the interpretation of literary and archaeological
evidence in light of modern scholarship.
2. History 200W – History of Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah– Professor Shur
Class #: 39332 – Tu, Th – 10:45am-12:00 pm – PH 231 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
The origins of the Jewish Esoteric tradition from the Biblical period through the Modern
Beginning with the Patriarchal families we will explore Biblical, Prophetic, Mishnaic,
Talmudic and Aggadic Texts for the sources of this mystical tradition. We will examine
the Philosophy of the Medieval Kabbalistic of Safad as well as the teachings of the later
We will delve into the subjects of Meditation, Numerology, Prophecy, Dreams, “Chariot
Mysticism”, Astrology, Outer Body Experiences, angels, “The Works of Creation and the
“Big Bang Theory.”
3. History 255: Living History: Inside Arab/Israeli Negotiations – Professor Rosenblum
Class #: 39286 – Tu – 3:10-5:50pm – PH 156 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
Students will take on the roles of Israeli, Palestinian, Arab and American negotiators
in this semester long simulation. The current moment is full of crisis and challenge
for you, “negotiators”, as you convene for a series of secret meetings that you hope will lead
to a final peace accord between your two people; the Israelis and the Palestinians. Will you
be able to jump start the process? Might you succeed where others have failed? This course
is part of the award winning “America and the Middle East: Clash of Civilizations or
Meeting of Minds” series of courses.
4. History 257: History and Culture of the Bukharian Jews – Professor Rybakov
Class # : 39288 – We – 6 :30-9 :20pm – KY417 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
This course offers an overview of the history and culture of the Bukharian Jews, one of the
oldest Jewish communities formed in Central Asia as an independent ethnos with a
special way of life, its own language, and well defined national ethnic self-identification.
This course will look at the origins of the Jewish population in Central Asia and will
concentrate on the second part of the 19th century (period of Russian conquest of the
region in 1865) till the present time (massive exodus from the former Soviet Union),
when the new communities were developed in Israel and the USA. By the end of the
semester, students are expected to have acquired a literacy, if not fluency, in the
development of the Bukharian Jewish ethnos in Central Asia, its achievements and downfall,
community, culture, traditions, music, language and literature.
5. History 311: Jewish Society in Islamic Lands, 600-1500 – Professor Franklin
Class # 39314 – Tu ,Th- 12:15-1:30pm – KY 417 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
This course will explore the political, cultural and religious history of Jews in the Islamic
world from the rise of Islam to the 16th century. Topics to be covered include the historical
relationship between Judaism and Islam, the organization and structure of the Jewish
community and developments in Jewish law, philosophy, religious writing and
literature. Particular attention will be given to points of contact between the two
societies and the ways in which the Jewish experience was shaped by the surrounding Islamic
6. History 392W: Responses to the Holocaust – Professor Bemporad
Class #: 39340 – We – 1:40-4:25pm – PH 231m – 4 hr., 4 cr.
This course explores the different reactions and responses of individual Jews, as well
as Jewish communities, to the “Final Solution” to the Jewish question, or the plan to
exterminate the Jews of Europe implemented by the Germans during World War II. The
course will study in particular diverse manifestations of spiritual, cultural, and
armed resistance in the midst of persecution and destruction. By shifting the main focus away
from the perpetrators and bringing back the voices of the victims, this course will
investigate the response to the Holocaust based on gender and generational differences.
Memoirs, diaries, autobiographies, and other witness accounts will be the primary
readings for this course.
HEBREW - BASIC LANGUAGE COURSES
7. Hebrew 102 Elementary Hebrew II – Professor Sandalon
Class #: 42378 – Tu,Th – 12: 10-2:00pm – KY 317 – 4 hr., 4 cr.
Prereq: Hebrew 101 or equivalent. A continuation of Hebrew 101.
8. Hebrew 204 – Intermediate Hebrew II – Professor Sandalon
Class #: 42388 – Tu, Th – 10:45am-12:00pm – KY 319 - 3 hr. – 3 cr.
Prereq.: Hebrew 203 or equivalent. A continuation of Hebrew 203.
(Satisfies language requirement.)
HEBREW - COURSES IN ENGLISH
9. Hebrew 150: Modern Hebrew Lit. in Translation – Professor Gruber
Class #: 42390 – Mo, We – 1:40-2:55 pm – RA 112– 3 hr., 3 cr.
Readings in modern Hebrew literature in translation.
HEBREW – ADVANCED LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE COURSES
10. Hebrew 356: Modern Hebrew Literature: 1948 to Present – Professor Gruber
Class #: 42384 – Mo, We – 10:45am-12:00pm – KY 321 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
Prereq.: Hebrew 305 or equivalent. Study of a theme, genre, or a significant group
of authors writing in Israel since 1948.
11. English 153W: Intro to the Bible – Professor Shippee
Class #: 38289– Mo – 6 :30-9:20 pm – KY 173 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
Selected books of the Old and New Testament in English translation. Cannot
be taken for credit if student has taken English 381. (CV, WC, PI)
12. Music 008 : Jewish Music – Professor Orenstein
Class # : 42077 – Mo, We – 10 :45am-12 :00pm – Music Bldg. 351 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
The course will focus on the development of Jewish music over the past three millennia.
Topics will include Biblical cantillation, the liturgy of the synagogue, the choral music of
Salomone Rossi, Cantorial music, the influence of Jewish music on 20th century composers
(Bloch, Bernstein, etc.), Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino folk music and musical trends in the
State of Israel. Recorded performances will be heard regularly from Jewish communities
around the world. (No pre-requisites.)
13. Philosophy 116 – Intro to Philosophy of Religion – Professor Doukhan
Class #: 33150– Mo, We – 3:10-4:25 pm – KY 312 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
A philosophical examination of basic concepts in religion such as God,
religious meaning, faith, and religious experience. Readings will be selected from
classical and contemporary sources.
14. Philosophy 116 – Intro to Philosophy of Religion – Professor O’Connor
Class #: 33152– Tu, Th – 10:45am-12:00 pm – KY 281 - 3 hr., 3 cr.
See above description.
15. Philosophy 116 – Intro to Philosophy of Religion – Professor Malagon
Class #: 33154– We – 6:30-9:20 pm – PH 152 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
See above description.
16. Philosophy 252: Existentialism and Modern Jewish Philosophy – Professor Doukhan
Class #: 33492 – Tu, Th – 1:40-2:55pm – PH 304 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
Contact Philosophy Dept. for course description.
17. Political Science 260: The Middle East in World Politics – Professor Flamhaft
Class #: 37314– Tu, Th – 10:45-12:00pm – PH 211- 3 hr., 3 cr.
The expansion of the European State system into the Middle East and the regional
adjustments. The changing patterns of regional and international politics in the
Middle East, contrasting the League of Nations and the United Nations systems.
18. History 147: The Modern Middle East :1789-1923 – Professor Frangakis-Syrett
Class #: 39219 – Tu, Th – 10:45am-12:00pm – PH 156 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
Check with History Dept. for course description.
19. History 213: An Intellectual History of the Renaissance – Professor Pine
Class #: 39280 – Mo, We – 1:40-2:55pm – PH 156 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
Check History Dept. for course description.
20. History 285: History of the City of New York – Professor Davis-Kram
Class #: 39309 – Tu – 12:15-2:55pm – PH 108 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
From frontier settlement to world metropolis. Special attention to original materials,
Letters, diaries, official records, and other primary sources.
21. Political Science 102: Current Political Controversies: Religion & Politics – Professor
Class #: 37082 – Mo, We – 10:45-12:00pm – RA 210 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
This course introduces students to the basic analytical and evaluative tools of political
science through an examination of particular controversies. Each section will focus on a
current controversy such as life and death (abortion, the death penalty, etc.), minority rights
(affirmative action, homosexual marriage, etc.), and religion and politics, and then explore
the wider and more general issues it entails.
22. Political Science 102: Current Pol Controversies; Islam and Democracy in the Middle East –
Class #: 37422 – Tu – 6:30-9:20pm – PH 211 – 3 hr., 3 cr
23. Sociology 211: Ethnic and Racial Relations – Professor Lewis
Class #: 37176 – TBA - TBA – 3 hr., 3 cr.
Major ethnic and racial groups, ethnic contact, and ethic relations in
American society and in other cultures. Prereq.: Sociology 101 (SS, US)
24. Sociology 221: Sociology of Religion – Professor Cho
Class #: 37424– Tu, Th – 3:10-4:25 pm – QH 260 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
The nature of religion, its relationship to other institutions, and its changing role
and function in modern society.
25. Sociology 289: Sociology of Death and Dying – Professor Heilman
Class #: 39384 – Tu, Th – 10:45am-12:00pm – PH 113 – 3 hr., 3 cr.
This course focuses on attitudes toward death, funeral practices in various cultures.
The cultural components of mourning, and the social organization of death and dying
in bureaucratic settings such as the hospital and nursing home. The course will include
practices and customs associated with Jewish death and dying.
Sociology prerequisites may be waived after a consultation with Prof. Heilman.
26 . Anthropology 212: Peoples of the Middle East – Professor Limbert
Class #: 40813 – Tu, Th – 9:15-10:30am – PH 114
This course examines anthropological approaches to the Middle East and North Africa.
We will investigate who inhabits this vast geographical area, as well as the region’s diverse
traditions, beliefs, histories and practice. We will discuss the cultural changes that
have emerged in the wake of social, political and economic transformations from the
Colonial period to the present. Previous knowledge of Middle Eastern history, geography
or anthropology is not required.
Prerequisite: 6 credits in social science or sophomore standing.