Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Academic Programs

Fall 2019: We are offering thirteen different courses featuring international Jewish culture, history, and society. Many of these courses fulfill General Education requirements and electives in diverse majors.

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

  •     K. Wilsey
  •     1 + 2 units
  •     Th 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  •     JS Course #14347 + RTM Course #19004
  •     5 class meetings and a required 3-day weekend field trip
  •     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 | Jewish Religion and Culture

  •    M. Paskow
  •    3 units
  •    Online course
  •    Course #14697
  •    Core course for the Jewish Studies Minor and MJS Major
  •    GE Arts and Humanities

This class explores Jewish religious concepts and practices, as well as Jewish culture in international contexts from the ancient period to the present.  

 

JS/HIST 210 | History of the Jewish People

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  •     Jerome Richfield 214
  •     JS Course 14204 + HIST Course #13239
  •     GE Comparatie Cultures

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

 

JS 300 | Ancient & Medieval Jewish Arts & Literature

  •     M. Paskow
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  •     Jerome Richfield117
  •     Course #14135
  •     Core course for the Jewish Studies Minor; Religious Traditions course for the Religious Studies Major and Minor
  •    GE Arts and Humanities

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 course
  •     Course #14812
  •     GE Social Sciences

Learn Jewish ethical teachings and apply them to contemporary social problems with the help of social scientific methods and theory.

 

JS 330 | Women in the Jewish Experience

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Jerome Richfield 117
  •     Course #14221
  •     Fulfills the Ethnic Studies and Diversity elective in the GWS major
  •    GE Comparatie Cultures
This course examines the social, cultural, and religious lives of women in Jewish communities from antiquity to present. The course perspective is international, with significant focus on Mediterranean, West Asian, and American Jewish societies.

JS 390cs | Nonprofit Internship in the Jewish Community

  •     T. Hatkoff
  •     3 units
  •     We 3:30 PM - 6:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 312
  •     Course #14756
  •     GE 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.

RS 356 | Contemporary Religious Thought

  •     J. Myers
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 390
  •     Course #14178
  •     GE Arts and Humanities 

This course examines recent personal writings and memoirs by people who reflect upon the changes they have made in their religious lives - specifically, how they became religious or spiritual, adopted religious practices, or lost faith.

 

RS 101 | The Bible

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #14161

  •     E. Goodfriend
  •     3 units
  •     MoWe 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #14728
  •     GE Arts and Humanities

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

 

RS 378 | American Jewish Experience

  •     J. Thompson
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 12:30 PM- 1:45 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 314
  •     Course #14179
  •     GE Comparatie Cultures

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 | Sociology of Jewish Families and Communities

  •     J. Thompson
  •     3 units
  •     TuTh 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  •     Jerome Richfield 243
  •     Course #20720 or 20721
  •     GE Comparative Studies.

This course uses the perspectives and tools of sociology to explore how different cultural and social structures affect Jewish families and communities throughout the Jewish diaspora.

HEB 101 | Elementary Hebrew and Conversation 1

  •     M. Rosenthal
  •     4 units
  •     TuTh 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM
  •     Sierra Hall 221
  •     Course #14070
  •     GE Comparatie Cultures

Learn the fundamentals of Hebrew, including grammatical structure, reading, and practice in the spoken language.

Spring 2019: We are offering eleven different courses featuring international Jewish culture, history, and society. Many of these courses fulfill General Education requirements and electives in diverse majors.

Natural Environment and Judaism & Survival | JS 151 & RTM 151F

  • K. Wilsey
  • Must enroll in both JS 151 (Class #14395, 1 unit) and RTM 151F (Class #18716, 2 units)
  • Tu 7:00-9:30 p.m.
  • Redwood Hall 151

Learn Jewish teachings about natural life and environmental conservation. 5 class meetings and required 3-day weekend field trip - this class is completed by the eighth week of the semester. 

Jewish Religion & Culture | JS 200

  • M. Paskow
  • 3 units
  • Class #14703
  • Online
  • GE Arts & Humanities. Core course, JS Major & Minor

This class explores Jewish religious concepts and practices, as well as Jewish culture in international contexts from the ancient period to the present.

History of the Jewish People | JS/HIST 210

  • E. Goodfriend
  • JS Class #14434 or HIST class #13134
  • M/W 12:30-1:45
  • Sierra Hall 186
  • GE Comparative Cultural Studies

Learn about the Jewish people from their beginnings in the ancient Near East to the establishment of the modern State of Israel. 

Ancient & Medieval Jewish Arts and Literature | JS 300

  • M. Paskow
  • 3 units
  • Class #14213
  • T/Th 11:00-12:15
  • Jerome Richfield 218
  • GE Arts & Humanities. Fulfills Information Competence requirement. Core course for JS Major & Minor. Tradition course for RS Major & Minor.

Learn about ancient & medieval Jewish culture: literature, art, architecture, law, music, philosophy, and science. 

Applied Jewish Ethics | JS 318 

  • J. Thompson
  • 3 units
  • Two sections: Class #14892 or #15165
  • Online
  • GE Social Sciences. Liberal Studies major ethics course.

Learn Jewish ethical teachings and apply them to contemporary social problems with the help of social scientific methods and theory.

Nonprofit Internship in the Jewish Community | JS 390CS

  • T. Hatkoff
  • 3 units
  • Class #14435
  • W 3:30-6:15
  • Jerome Richfield 247
  • GE Lifelong Learning

Intern in Jewish nonprofit agencies for education; social services for elderly, at-risk children, or people with special needs; conflict or legal issues; marketing and development. Good preparation for careers in education, social work/welfare, business, law, counseling, gerontology, or journalism. Instructor permission required. Contact or 818-677-3007.

Israel’s History and Peoples | JS/HIST 427

  • J. Myers
  • 3 units
  • JS Class #14894, HIST Class #13076
  • M/W 9:30-10:45
  • Sierra Hall 268

A history of the modern State of Israel, from the emergence of modern Jewish nationalism to the present time. The class focuses on the conflicts between Jews, Palestinians, and regional powers, and it examines the diverse peoples that constitute Israel’s multi-cultural and multi-national society.

The Bible | RS 101

  • E. Goodfriend
  • 3 units
  • Class #14219 (Sierra Hall 192) or #15174 (Sierra Hall 314)
  • T/Th 9:30-10:45 or T/Th 11-12:15
  • GE Arts & Humanities

Learn basic content and themes of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Apocryphal writings.

Jewish Communal and Family Structure | SOC 306 

  • J. Thompson
  • 3 units
  • Class #12344
  • T/Th 9:30-10:45
  • Sierra Hall 209
  • GE Comparative Cultural Studies

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

 Elementary Hebrew II | HEBR 102

  • M. Rosenthal
  • 4 units
  • Class #14383
  • T/Th 2:00-3:40
  • Jerome Richfield 301
  • GE Comparative Cultural Studies

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

Issues in Jewish-American Writing | ENGL 371 

  • A. Thacker
  • 3 units
  • M/W 2:00-3:15
  • Class #14230
  • Extended University Commons 131
  • GE, Comparative Cultural Studies.

Explores the relationship between Jewish issues and literary themes, and American culture. The course focus is the American Jewish perception, post-Holocaust, of the Holocaust—especially in terms of the iconic Holocaust figure Anne Frank—and how that affects American Jewish identity. Critical writing required.