Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program

Spring 2019 Course Offerings

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 course 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.

Contemporary Religious Thought | RS 356

  • J. Myers
  • 3 units
  • Class #14994
  • M/W 12:30-1:45
  • Sierra Hall 192
  • GE Arts & Humanities

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

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.