Courses 2019-2020

Fall 2019 Undergraduate Courses

Jewish Studies 120 “Jewish Folklore”

Instructor: Sarah Levin
TTH 11-12:30pm location Cory 237
Units: 3

Through reading a “sampler platter” of Jewish folktales, proverbs, and jokes, we will explore diverse Jewish cultures throughout the world and across time. Our approach will be interdisciplinary, combining methodologies of history, literature, and anthropology. We’ll situate contemporary folklore in a long history of interplay between written texts and oral narratives, and between Jewish and non-Jewish traditions. Central issues include creativity and artistic expression, gender, individual and group identity and values, stereotypes, and ethics. Students will acquire theoretical tools with which to analyze folklore (Jewish or otherwise). Movies and guests supplement lecture and discussion. Interested students from all majors and backgrounds are welcome. Conducted in English with readings in English.

Jewish Studies 121A* “Tel Aviv: A City from the Sands”

Instructor: Stephanie Rotem
TTH 2-3:30 in Cheit C110
CN# 26200
Units: 4

This course will follow the history of Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city, from its birth in 1909 as “a city from the sands”, to its present position as a global metropolis. Tel Aviv, planned as a Garden City, quickly became the center of political and cultural activity in Eretz Israel. We will study various aspects of the city’s life: architecture, urban planning, culture, politics and the arts. This examination will include the study of photography, art works and exhibitions, poetry and popular songs, performance, theatre, and film.

Jewish Studies 122* “Introduction to Jewish Mysticism”

Instructor: Tomer Persico
Location: MW 12:30-2 in Barrows 252
CN# 26392
Units: 4
*JS 122 satisfies the Philosophy & Values, L&S Breadth requirement

Beyond the esoteric names of the divine and the meditative practices used to draw Its graces lies the inner pulse of Jewish Mysticism. In this course we shall explore the Jewish mystical tradition, from the Bible, through the Second Temple literature, Kabbalah, Hasidism, and up to contemporary developments. Emphasizing mystical techniques, we will examine the practices through which Jews in different times sought direct connection with the divine.

Jewish Studies 122A “Literature and History in the Hebrew Bible”

Instructor: Ronald S Hendel, Robert B Alter
Location: TuTh 11am-12:30pm in Moffitt Library 103
CN# 33789
Units: 4

Our understanding of the Hebrew Bible has been transformed in recent years due to insights from literary criticism, anthropology, archaeology, and historiography. This course explores the impact of these innovations and provides a multilayered introduction to the writings of the Hebrew Bible, focused on the mingling of memory, religion, and the literary imagination.

Hebrew 1A: “Elementary Hebrew”

Instructor: Rutie Adler
Location: M, Tu, W, Th, F 10am-11am in Barrows 252
CN#: 22109
Units: 5

Hebrew 1A: “Elementary Hebrew”

Instructor: Rutie Adler
Location: M, Tu, W, Th, F 10am-11am in Barrows 252
CN#: 22109
Units: 5

Hebrew 20A: “Intermediate Hebrew”

Instructor: Rutie Adler
Location: Tu, W, Th 11am-12pm in Barrows 275
CN#: 21982
Units: 5

Hebrew 100A: “Advanced Hebrew”

Instructor: Rutie Adler
Location: Tu, Th 12:30pm-2pm in Barrows 275
CN#: 22020
Units: 3

Advanced Hebrew, especially designed for those going on to the study of modern Hebrew literature. Vocabulary building, grammar review, and literary analysis of a sampling of modern texts.

Hebrew 104A: “Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture: The Legacy of the Song of Songs in Modern Hebrew Literature”

Instructor: Chana Kronfeld
Location: M 2pm-5pm in Barrows 252
CN#: 21983
Units: 3

A close reading of selected works of modern Hebrew fiction, poetry, and drama in their cultural and historical contexts. Topics vary from year to year and include literature and politics, eros and gender, memory and nationalism, Middle-Eastern and European aspects of Israeli literature and culture.

Hebrew 202A: “Advanced Late Antique Hebrew Texts”

Instructor: Daniel Boyarin
Location: Tu 2pm-5pm in Barrows 8B
CN#: 26404
Units: 3

Historical and literary study of Hebrew and Aramaic Judaic texts (e.g., Talmud and Midrash).

Hebrew 206: “Ancient and Modern Hebrew Literary Texts”

Instructor: Chana Kronfeld
Location: W 2pm-5pm in Barrows 271
CN#: 31450
Units: 3

Focus on biblical texts seen from a literary point of view, attempting to establish connections with later Hebrew literature.

History 178-001 “History of the Holocaust”

Instructor: John Efron
TuTh 9:30-11:00am in Valley Life Sciences 2040
CN# 31626
Units: 4

This class counts toward the Jewish Studies minor
Meets Historical Studies, L&S, Social & Behavorial Sciences Breadth

This course will survey the historical events and intellectual developments leading up to and surrounding the destruction of European Jewry during World War II. By reading a mixture of primary and secondary sources we will examine the Shoah (the Hebrew word for the Holocaust) against the backdrop of modern Jewish and modern German history. The course is divided into three main parts: (1) the historical background up to 1933; (2) the persecution of the Jews and the beginnings of mass murder, 1933-1941; and (3) the industrialized murder of the Jews, 1942-1945.

Legal Studies 190 “Minority Rights: the Israeli Balance”

Instructor: Roy Peled
Tu, Th 2-3:30pm in Hearst Mining 310
CN# 31375
Units: 4

This class counts toward the Jewish Studies minor

In its’ declaration of independence, Israel declared itself as the fulfillment of the national aspirations of the Jewish people, and at the same time committed to maintaining full equality among all its citizens’ regardless of nationality. These potentially contradicting commitments have been at the center of Israeli political and legal discourse ever since. The course will present some of the choices

Music 180 “Contemporary Music in Israel”

Instructor: Ben Brinner
Tu 12:30-3:30 in Morrison 243
CN# 24336
Units: 3

This class counts toward the Jewish Studies minor

Different kinds of musical expression have long existed in Israel, augmented in recent decades by many new importations and local creations. Particularly intriguing are the many types of mixtures of differing musical resources from different places, social groups, and musical styles and the crossing of borders — social, cultural, and political — that play out in and through music.

Working with music videos, audio recordings, reviews, and publicity materials we will give our attention to several areas within this musical variety, learning about musical features, communities of performers and their audiences, messages and meanings conveyed, and histories in relation to Middle Eastern (Arab, Turkish, Greek, etc.), Euro-American, African, and Asian connections.

The course will be run as a seminar, with extensive discussion as well as collaborative and individual research projects. No prior knowledge of Israeli music or Hebrew is required, though such knowledge will be welcome. You are likely to find that music you have already heard/played is related to the kinds of music being made in Israel today.

Yiddish 101: “Elementary Yiddish”

Location: M, Tu, W, Th, F 11am-12pm in Barrows 186
CN#: 24097
Units: 5

Introduction to Yiddish language and literature. Attention to reading, writing, and speaking in the context of the historic Yiddish cultural environment.

Yiddish 103: “Readings in Yiddish”

Instructor: Yael Chaver
Location: Tu, Th 11am-12:30pm in Mulford 106
CN#: 24093
Units: 3

Study of selected Yiddish texts including prose, poetry, and drama, from various periods and geographic areas, in the context of time and place. Review of relevant grammatical topics. Increased attention to the Hebrew/Aramaic component. Selections may vary from semester to semester.

Fall 2019 Graduate Courses

JS 290 “German Jewry”

Wed 9-11

Instructor: John Efron

CN: 33195, Units: 4

Room: Dwinelle 2231

Fulfills a requirement of the Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies

This seminar is designed to introduce students to an intensive examination of the major themes and issues concerning the history of the Jews in Germany from the eighteenth century through the Weimar Republic. German Jews made defining innovations in Jewish life while at the same time, they also contributed to general western culture to a degree disproportionate to their numbers. No other Jewish community has had such a profound effect on both Jewish and European civilizations concurrently. Among the topics to be explored are the debates over Jewish emancipation, the German-Jewish struggle with Jewishness, Wissenschaft des Judentums, integration into and separation from the mainstream, German antisemitism and Jewish responses, economic and family life, and Jewish culture in the Kaiserreich and Weimar Republic.