Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Academic Programs

Spring 2017: We are offering twelve different courses featuring international Jewish culture, history, and society. Many of these courses fulfill General Education requirements and electives in diverse majors.

RS 101 | The Bible

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 9:30am - 10:45am
  •     Sierra Hall 384
  •     Class #13850

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

 

HEB 102 | Elementary Hebrew and Conversation

  •     M. Rosenthal
  •     4 units
  •     TuTh 2:00pm - 3:40pm
  •     Sierra Hall 221
  •     Class #14018

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

 

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

  •     K. Wilsey
  •     1 + 2 units
  •     5 Tuesday meetings from 7:00pm - 9:30 PM, and a 3-day weekend field trip
  •     JS Course #14030 + RTM Course # 18085
  •     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 trip is required.

 

JS 200 | Introduction to Judaism

  •     M. Paskow
  •     3 units
  •     Online Class #14343
  •     CORE COURSE FOR THE JEWISH STUDIES MINOR AND MAJOR

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

 

JS/HIST 210 | History of the Jewish People

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 12:30pm - 1:45pm
  •     Sierra Hall 102
  •     JS Class #14071 + HIST Class #13110

A 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 11:00am - 12:15pm
  •     Jerome Richfield 201
  •     Class #13843
  •     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 318 | Applied Jewish Ethics

  •     J. Thompson
  •     3 units
  •     Online Class #14542 + Online Class #14831
  •     ETHICS COURSE FOR THE LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR

This class applies Jewish teachings to contemporary social problems. Students examine case studies involving violence, the environment, whistle-blowing, social media, and other topics, and engage in related hands-on experience in the community. Students learn to use social scientific methods to analyze and evaluate problems in social relations and human behavior.

 

JS 390CS | Service Learning in the Jewish Community

  •     T. Hatkoff
  •     3 units
  •     Wed 3:30pm - 6:15pm
  •     Jerome Richfield 247
  •     Class #14072

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

 

JS/HIST 427 | Israel's History and Peoples

  •     J. Myers
  •     3 units
  •     Tu 4:00pm - 6:45pm
  •     Sierra Hall 184
  •     JS Class #14544 + HIST Class #13030
  •     CORE COURSE FOR THE JEWISH STUDIES MINOR; MIDDLE EASTERN COURSE FOR THE HISTORY MAJOR

A history of the modern State of Israel, from the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism to the present time. The Conflicts between Jews, Palestinians, and imperial and regional powers, as well as the relationship between the diverse peoples that constitute Israel's multi-cultural and multi-national society, will be explored.

 

SOC 306 | Jewish Communal and Family Structure

  •     H. Dosik
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 12:30pm - 1:45pm
  •     Sierra Hall 209
  •     Class #12228

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

 

RS 310 | Religion and Literature (Jewish)

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 12:30pm - 1:45pm
  •     Sierra Hall 192
  •     Class #14681

This course examines the major themes and narrative styles in the biblical book of Genesis, followed by an exploration of the writings of ancient and modern writers who wrote their interpretations o these biblical stories.

 

ENGL 371 | Issues in Jewish-American Writing

  •     A. Thacker
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 9:30am - 10:45pm
  •     Sierra Hall 279
  •     Class #13861

Study of Jewish writing in America, with a focus on the writings of children of Holocaust survivors. Critical writing required.