Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Academic Programs

Spring 2015 Course Offerings

JS 151 | Natural Environment and Judaism with RTM 151F | Wilderness Survival

  •     K. Wilsey
  •     1 + 2 units
  •     5 Tuesday meetings from 7:00 - 8:40 PM, and a 3-day weekend field trip
  •     JS Course #13696 + RTM Course #17476
  •     Redwood Hall 151

An examination of teachings on the natural environment found in Jewish literature and oral teachings, with an emphasis on values and practices related to respect for natural life and environmental conservation. Students who take this course must also take the RTM 151F section linked to it. Arranged wilderness trips are required.

JS 200 | Introduction to Judaism

  •    M. Paskow
  •    3 units
  •    TuTh 9:30 - 10:45 AM
  •    Course #14017
  •    Sierra Hall 207

An examination of the historical development of Judaism’s fundamental religious concepts and practices in their cultural and international setting.

JS/HIST 210 | History of the Jewish People

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Manzanita Hall 124
  •     JS Course #13738
  •     HIST Course #18555
  •     General Education Comparative Cultural Studies

Study of the Jewish people from their beginnings in the ancient Near East to the establishment of the modern state of Israel.

JS 300 | Humanities in Jewish Society: Ancient and Medieval

  •     M. Paskow
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 12:30 - 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 305
  •     Course #13501
  •     General Education Arts & Humanities - fulfills upper-division Information Competence requirement
  •     CORE COURSE FOR THE JEWISH STUDIES MINOR; RELIGIOUS TRADITION FOR THE RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR

A study of ancient and medieval Jewish culture examining literature, art and architecture, law, music, philosophy and science.

JS 390cs | Service Learning in the Jewish Community

  •     T. Hatkoff
  •     3 units
  •     We 3:30 - 6:15 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 247
  •     Course #13739
  •     General Education: Lifelong Learning

Internship in Jewish schools, synagogues, social welfare, or political organizations. Faculty supervisor will assist students with placements. Fieldwork will be completed by academic study and written assignments. Instructor permission required - for more information, contact terry.hatkoff@csun.edu or call (818) 677-3007.

JS/HIST 427 | Israel's History and Peoples

  •     J. Myers
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 9:30 - 10:45 AM
  •     Sierra Hall 268
  •     JS Course #14227
  •     HIST Course #12699

Do you want to understand what all the news is about regarding Israel in the Middle East? These are some of the questions we will be answering: Why is there a Jewish state in the Middle East? Why don’t Palestinians have their own state? Who are the people who live in Israel: their stories, their lives, their challenges? This course uses an innovative approach to learning. Students read on-line newspapers, watch YouTube videos, and assemble their own blogs.

JS/HIST 546 The Holocaust and Genocide for Educators 

  •     B. Cohen
  •     3 units
  •     Th 4:00 - 6:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 268
  •     JS Course #13740
  •     HIST Course #12707

An overview of the Holocaust and the concept of genocide, with a focus on the analysis and evaluation of varied resources for educators, including film, photographs, literature, art, music, documents, and other primary source materials.

ENG 371 | Issues in Jewish-American Writing

  •     A. Thacker
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 304
  •     Course #13521
  •     General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies

Study of Jewish writing in America as it affects the relationship between Jewish issues and themes and American culture.  This semester's theme is on "Second Generation" literature, that is, the writings by the offspring of survivors of the Holocaust. Critical writing required.

HIST 406 | Jews in the Ancient World

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 9:30 - 10:45 AM
  •     Sierra Hall 186
  •     Course #18556

This course examines the history of Ancient Israel from the Bronze Age until the Hellenistic Period.  The use of the Hebrew Bible, inscriptions from the Ancient Near East and the archeology of the land of Israel will be used to illuminate the story of ancient Israel and the emergence of the Jewish people.

HEB 102 | Elementary Hebrew and Conversation

  •     M. Rosenthal
  •     4 units
  •     TuTh 2:00 - 3:40 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 212
  •     Course #13521
  •     General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies

Second semester of a beginning level Hebrew course focusing on basic vocabulary, grammar, reading and practice in the spoken language.

RS 101 | The Bible

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     MoWe 8:00 - 9:15 AM
  •     Sierra Hall 384
  •     Course #13505
  •     General Education: Arts & Humanities
  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     MoWe 12:30 - 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 192
  •     Course #13508
  •     General Education: Arts & Humanities
  •     R. Talbott
  •     TuTh 9:30 - 10:45 AM
  •     Sierra Hall 390
  •     Course #13771
  •     General Education: Arts & Humanities

This course provides a survey of the content and major themes of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), New Testament, and Apocryphal writings.

RS 320| The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 2:00 - 3:15 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 352
  •     Course #19208

This course is a survey of the Hebrew Bible, with a focus on the major characters and institutions of ancient Israel, interesting aspects of biblical law and their ancient Near Eastern context, the Israelite cult, and the historicity of the Hebrew Bible.  The class will also contrast the ways the Hebrew Bible are understood by traditional faith communities with those offered by modern scholarship.

FULFILLS RELIGIOUS TEXT REQUIREMENT IN THE RS MAJOR

RS 356| Contemporary Religious Thought

  •     S. Soomekh
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 12:30 - 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #14343
  •     General Education: Arts and Humanities - Fulfills Information Competence requirement

This course examines contemporary literary reflections of Jewish and Muslim women living in Iran and Egypt, and writings by those who migrate from those lands.  The class focuses on their perception of Judaism and Islam, and the change in their religious practices over time.  Other topics include women’s role in society, the politics of gender in nationalist movements, and the divisions between the public and private spheres. 

RS 378 | American Jewish Experience

  •     B. Cohen
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 182
  •     Course #13514
  •     General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies - Fulfills Information Competence requirement

This course describes the experience of the Jewish religio-ethnic community in America with reference to its own historical background and development, and the relationship of the community to the general American culture and to other particular subcultures or ethnic groups.

SOC 306 | Jewish Communal and Family Structure

  •     H. Dosik
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 225
  •     Course #12002
  •     General Education: Comparative Cultural Studies

The study of Jewish communal and family structure in an international context as a function of religious requirements and social circumstances.