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Undergraduate Director

Professor Karp

Office Hours: Weds 1-2:30pm, LT 1309

Chair

Professor Friedman

Office Hours: Weds 9am-noon, LT 1312

Summer 2018

New Online Courses

Jesus the Jewish Christ - 15098 - JUST 480E - 01 (Gen Ed: C, G)
From Jesus of Nazareth to Julian of Toledo: Jewish Identity amidst Chaos and Crisis - This class explores the question of what it meant to be Jewish in the Mediterranean World, from the time of Jesus (ad 1st century) to that of Julian of Toledo (ad 7th century) on the eve of the Middle Ages. We'll explore the lives, writings and histories of Jewish figures and communities across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, and critically analyze the complex issues of self-definition and external perceptions with which they struggled and projected onto other members of the faith.
General Education: C - Composition, G - Global Interdependencies

Jewish New York - 14571 - JUST 351 - 01 (Gen Eds C, H, P)
An exploration of why Eastern European Jews came to New York in the era of mass migration and what they made of city life once they arrived. Jewish New York is a study in both urban and immigrant history: examining how a newly arrived society responded to America's signature metropolis in an urban moment of extraordinary dynamism.
General Education: C - Composition, H - Humanities, P - Pluralism in the U S

Fall 2018

JUST 101
Title: Intro to Judaic Studies
Time: T/TR 10:05-11:30
Gen Ed: H
Instructor: Randy Friedman
Course Description: This survey course, appropriate for first and second year students, will examine the course of Jewish history, philosophy, culture and religion through over three millennia. The course will include key sections of the Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic writings, medieval and early modern philosophy, as well as 19th and 20th century political works, art, and literature. No background is required.

JUST 201/ RELG280A/ HIST285E
Title: Jewish History Ancient to 1500
Time: M/W 9:40-11:05
Gen Ed: G, N
Instructor: Jonathan Karp
Course Description: This survey course examines the history, culture, philosophy, religion, and political experiences of Jews from the Biblical period through the second temple period, to the medieval period. Themes include the relationship between Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jews under foreign political rule (Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans), and the social and economic history of Jews in Europe through the middle ages.

JUST 259/ HDEV 259
Title: Non-Profits
Time: T/TR 10:05-11:30
Gen Ed: J
Instructor: Barbara Goldman-Wartell
Course Description: The Jewish Non-Profit Organizations course will look at the organizations and systems that make up the Jewish community in the United States. The goal of the course is to deconstruct the concept of "community" and to understand how institutions fulfill the purposes of community. We will introduce the course by learning about the history of the Jewish community and Jewish communal institutions in the U.S. and how they came to create the landscape of organizations that exist today. We will also use different tools for analyzing organizations and how they function. The main part of the course will explore the rich, diverse and complex landscape of Jewish communal organizations that exist today. We will cover many types of organizations, some emerging organizations and how they fit into the landscape of the Jewish Non-Profit world.

JUST 351/ HIST 380B
Title: Jewish New York
Time: T/TR 4:25-5:50
Gen Ed: H, P, W
Instructor: Gina Glasman
Course Description: From Pogroms to the Promised City An exploration of why Eastern European Jews came to New York in the era of mass migration and what they made of city life once they arrived. Jewish New York is a study in both urban and immigrant history, examining how a newly arrived society responded to America's signature metropolis in an urban moment of extraordinary dynamism.

JUST 368/ ISRL 385Z/ HIST 385P
Title: German Jews
Time: T/TR 1:15-2:40
Gen Ed: (need to apply)
Instructor: Allan Arkush
Course Description: This course will examine the lives of representative German Jews from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the Nazi era. It will focus on these individuals' relationship to Judaism and Jewish life and the changing German world in which they lived. Among the figures studied will be philosophers (Moses Mendelssohn), politicians (Gabriel Riesser and Walter Rathenau), rabbis (Leo Baeck), and feminists (Bertha Pappenheim). Selected Topics: the fight for Jewish civil rights in the 19th century, the reception of Jews in the German public sphere, responses to anti-Semitism, new philosophies of Judaism.

JUST 371 / HIST 385M
Title: The Ghetto, the Jews and the City
Time: T/TR 11:40-1:05
Gen Eds: A, C
Instructor: Gina Glasman
Course Description: European Jewry has often been a quintessentially urban society and culture, both by way of reputation, and as a matter of fact. Our class will explore this urban personality across time and space, beginning with the mandated pre-modern ghettos of central and southern Europe and ending with the ethnically rooted neighbourhoods of Vienna and Paris, Berlin and London in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Along the way, we will consider related themes, including civic & minority identity, the nature of toleration, and the place of the city within broader society. When possible, we will ground our conversation in contemporary material culture, including urban landmarks, post-cards and various kinds of visual media.

JUST 380C/RELG 380A/HIST 385E
Title: Hist Conversion to and from Judaism
Time: W 5:50-8:50
Gen Ed: (provisional C, H, need to re-apply)
Instructor: Allan Arkush
Course Description: This course will concentrate on the history of conversion to and from Judaism. It will begin with an examination of Jewish and Christian missionary efforts in antiquity and conclude with a study of conversion from Judaism in modern Europe and conversion to Judaism in contemporary Israel. The readings will include the autobiographies of converts both to and from Judaism. Additional notes: H The personal narratives of converts constitute a window into the way in which thoughtful and troubled human beings deal with questions of fundamental importance. Selected Topics: Conversion to Judaism in the Hellenistic world, inauthentic conversions in the era of the Spanish Inquisition, waves of conversion from Judaism in 19th and early 20th century Europe, current controversies over conversion in the State of Israel

JUST 385A/COLI 380B/ENG 380
Title: Holocaust Literature
Time: M 4:40-7:40
Gen Ed: (provisional H, need to re-apply)
Instructor: Paul-William Burch
Course Description: Students in this course read literature of the Holocaust, the Churban, or the Shoah—including diaries, journals, memoirs, fiction, poetry, and works of popular culture, informed by the belief that literary responses to the Holocaust are, as the poet Paul Celan has written, in themselves "material evidence of that which-occurred." The course includes works by First Generation writers, victims and survivors of the Shoah who bear direct witness to the horror, as well as pieces by Second Generation writers—that is, children and "offspring" of Holocaust survivors who bear witness to the witnesses and to events that they did not live through but that shaped their lives.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with English and Comparative Literature. THIS COURSE IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS.

ISRL 120/JUST 120/COLI 180P
Title: Intro to Israeli Literature
Time: T/TR 10:05-11:30
Gen Ed: H, G
Instructor: Lior Libman
Course Description: This survey course introduces students to texts (poems, short stories, novels) and themes (nation-building, conflict, gender constructions, ethnic and religious tensions) in Israeli literature from 1948 to the present. We will place literary works within their historical, cultural and political contexts and examine them to illustrate the main features of the time. Texts will be read in translation. No previous knowledge is required. The course is a Core Course for the Minor in Israel Studies, a Literature Course for the Major/Minor in Hebrew, and an Area Course in Israel Studies for the Major/Minor in Judaic Studies.

ISRL 150/ JUST 150 /HIST 150
Title: Modern Israel
Time: TR 11:40-1:05
Gen Ed: (need to apply)
Instructor: Shay Rabineau
Course Description: This course presents an overview of the history of Israel from its origins in the Zionist movement to the present. Key topics include: political relations and international diplomacy leading to the establishment of the state in 1948; Israel's wars with its neighbors; conflict with the Palestinians; religion and government; internal divisions between Ashkenazic and Sephardi/Mizrachi Jews; and Israeli cultural life. No previous knowledge is assumed or required. Students will not receive credit for the taking the course again with the new number.

ISRL 227/ JUST 227/ LING280E
Title: Cultures and Society in Israel
Time: M/W/F 9:40-10:40
Gen Ed: G, N, W
Instructor: Assaf Harel
Course Description: This course examines the complexity of contemporary Israeli culture and society. To gain an introductory understanding of Israeli experiences today, we will begin with the formation of political Zionism and move on to engage with the increasing diversity of Israeli society and culture. We will explore central themes in Israeli life such as religion and secularism, minority majority relations, military, gender, sexuality, pop culture and globalization. Throughout the course, we will critically discuss the readings, films and clips in order to develop a reflexive awareness of our own analytical and personal positions in relation to the subject matter. In addition, you will pursue individual research projects that will deepen your familiarity and understanding of a sociocultural question pertaining to Israel and thus gain training in research, writing and presentation skills. By the end of this course, you will possess basic knowledge and analytical tools that will enable you to critically examine Israeli culture and society.

ISRL 281A
Title: Video Art in Israel
Time: Second half of the semester // TBD
Gen Ed:
Instructor: Tamar Lazmar
Course Description: In the last two decades, Video Art has become one of the most dominant art fields in Israel, producing some of the most internationally successful Israeli artists. This workshop will examine Israeli Video Art as an important prism through which Israeli realities can be understood and experienced. These realities include, for example, Zionism, myth, memory, trauma and testimony. Through screenings, readings and discussion, we will locate Israeli Video Art in relation to its national and international context. In addition, participants will be given an opportunity to engage in a studio assignment. Participants will therefore gain a deeper familiarity with the contemporary Israeli art and the realities to which it reacts. Tamar Latzman is a working Israeli visual artist, whose work has been featured in New York, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Austria, and Lithuania. More information about Ms. Latzman may be found: http://www.tamarlatzman.com/About

ISRL 321/ JUST 321/ HIST 321
Title Walking the Land
Time: T/TR 1:15 - 2:40
Gen Ed: (need to apply)
Instructor: Shay Rabineau
Course Description: WALKING THE LAND: HIKING AND PILGRIMAGE IN MODERN ISRAEL/PALESTINE/THE HOLY LAND This course explores the religious traditions and political movements that have attached significance to the act of walking the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, beginning in the late Ottoman period and continuing to the present day. Students who had taken the course under the original number will not receive credit for re-taking the course with the new number.

ISRL 324 /JUST 380D
Title: The Kibbutz in Israeli Culture
Time: T/TR 1:15-2:40
Gen Ed: H
Instructor: Lior Libman
Course Description: The course focuses on representations of the kibbutz, a unique Israeli social formation which aimed at combining Zionism and Socialism, nation-building and the construction of a new, just society. Throughout the past hundred years, the kibbutz has been portrayed in countless literary texts and visual images. In this class, we will analyze and discuss selected literary and cinematic works from different genres and periods to examine the history of the kibbutz-image and the relationship between it and the kibbutz's history, while also asking, in a broader context, how social and political visions are shaped in, and are shaping, images. Texts will be read in translation. No previous knowledge is required, but for students who took Intro to Israeli Lit. this course will be a continuation of their studies. The course is an Area Course in Literature for the Minor in Israel Studies, a Literature Course for the Major/Minor in Hebrew, and an Area Course in Israel Studies for the Major/Minor in Judaic Studies.

ISRL 386K / JUST386B / RELG 380G
Title: Religion and Faith in Israel
Time: M/W/F 1:10-2:10
Gen Ed: N
Instructor: Assaf Harel;
Course Description: This course examines religion in Israel from an ethnographic perspective. That is, it centers on knowledge that emerges from real-life encounters and experiences. Accordingly, we will engage with ethnographic works as a way of gaining a deeper understanding of the diversity of Israeli religious realities. The course will cover topics such as Religious Zionism, Ultra Orthodoxy, fundamentalism, Christian pilgrimage, Islamic and Jewish revival, New Age and more.

RELG 101/ JUST 280N / AFST180E
Title: Religions of the World
Time: T/TR 11:40-1:05
Gen Ed: G, H
Instructor: Doug Jones
Course Description: What does it mean to study various religions from an academic perspective? How do we, as outsiders at a public university, discuss different traditions responsibly? Answering questions like these and developing our skills as scholars of religion is of no small importance in an increasingly global society. This class will take a thematic approach to a number of traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Prominent themes include the history of Religious Studies as a discipline, religion and popular culture, religion and violence, the history of utopian thought, and the status of new and controversial movements across the globe. ​

HEBR 101
Title: Hebrew I
Time: M/T/W/TR 8:30 – 9:30
Gen Ed: FL1
Instructor: Orly Shoer
Course Description: Hebrew 101 is the first semester of Modern Hebrew. The course is designed only for students with very little or no previous experience in the language. It offers a communicative introduction to Modern Hebrew language and its culture. It emphasizes all facets of the language – comprehension, speech, reading, grammar and writing. The focus of instruction is on enabling students to develop basic vocabulary and communicative skills in Modern Hebrew centering on the students' immediate surroundings and simple daily activities.
By the end of the course students will be able to read and write short stories, voice their opinion, converse and use basic grammar.
Prerequisites: None

HEBR 203
Title: Hebrew III
Time: M/W/F 9:40 – 10:40
Gen Ed: FL3
Instructor: Orly Shoer
Course Description: Hebrew 203 is the third course in the Modern Hebrew program sequence, and the last course needed to fulfill the Binghamton University's foreign language requirement. It focuses on increasing students' confidence in using the language in different social settings. This course is designed to advance the Hebrew learner to the intermediate-high level by introducing complex grammatical structure forms and sentences. Grammar teaching covers three of the main verb structures. The course concentrates on improving speaking, writing, as well as, working on text analysis and comprehension skills.
Prerequisites: HEBR 102 with a grade of C- or better, a placement exam, or permission of the instructor.

HEBR 311
Title: Texts and Conversations I
Time: M/W/F/ 10:50 – 11:50
Gen Ed: FL3
Instructor: Orly Shoer
Course Description: Hebrew 311 is an advanced-intermediate Hebrew language and culture course that is intended for students who wish to further develop their vocabulary building and practice all four language skills, with an emphasis on reading comprehension, grammar, syntax, composition, vocabulary building and conversation. Students will advance their Hebrew language skills through reading, discussing and writing about a variety of texts, with some emphasis placed on short articles.
Prerequisites: HEBR 204 with a grade of C- or better, a placement exam, or permission of the instructor.

YIDD 100 / JUST 182B
Title: A Fast Track to Basic Yiddish
Gen Ed:
Time: Second half of the semester // TBD
Instructor: Gina Glasman
Course Description: A mini ‐course that provides a rapid‐fire immersion in the basics of conversational Yiddish through "shmoozing" and song.

YIDD 101
Title: Yiddish I
Time: M/W/F 10:50 – 11:50
Gen Ed: FL1
Instructor: Gina Glasman
Course Description: Yiddish 101 is the first semester of the Yiddish language course sequence and is intended for beginners. It introduces students to the Yiddish language and its culture. It emphasizes all facets of the language – comprehension, speech, reading, grammar and writing. The focus of instruction is on enabling students to develop basic skills.

 

Spring 2018

Mini Courses (2-Credits)
First half of semester
Sephardi Memoirs - 31194 - JUST 482A - 01
This course will study personal narratives of authors of Sephardi and Mizrahi descent. Students will learn in an in-depth manner about the history of each author's area of origin and how the local context informs their writings. Among the historical themes that the course will address through these autobiographies and memoirs are westernization, conflicting nationalisms in the Middle East, cultural belonging, and marginality. In addition to gaining exposure to the history of the Jewish communities of places such as modern day Iraq, Algeria, and Egypt among others, students will engage in important methodological issues as they dissect the many ways in which autobiography and memoir can both illuminate and obfuscate history. Students will immerse themselves in the methodological concerns specific to historical analysis, as they reflect upon questions of genre, voice, documentation, and representation.
​Monday/Weds ​2:20 pm - 3:45 pm​ ​Student Services Wing 324​


Second half of the semester
A Fast Track to Basic Yiddish - 31212 - JUST 182B - 01
A mini ‐course that provides a rapid‐fire immersion in the basics of conversational Yiddish through "shmoozing" and song.
​Weds/Friday ​1:10 pm - 2:40 pm​ ​Student Services Wing 330

Course Highlight: JUST 375 At Home in the Diaspora [Gen Ed G and H]

This course will trace the emergence of positive attitudes toward the worldwide dispersion of the Jews from the 19th century to the present. It will examine the rejection of the idea that Jews living outside of Palestine are by definition in Exile, the diverse ideologies of the proponents of diaspora nationalism, the diasporists' critique of Zionism and their involvement in the establishment of alternative Jewish homelands – both in fact and in fiction

 

JUST 120/ISRL 120/COLI 180P:                                                    

Title: Intro to Israeli Literature; MWF 9:40-10:40 “G, H”

Instructor: Lior Libman, Room SL 206                                                                               

This survey course introduces students to the many forms (poetry, short-stories, novels) of and themes (ethnic and religious tension, conflict, love, identity) in Israeli literature. We will place literary works within their historical, cultural and political contexts and examine texts to illustrate the main features of the time. Texts will be read in translation.

JUST 140/ENG 283N/COLI 180R:

Title: Survey of American Jewish Lit; W 4:40-7:40 “C, H”

Instructor: Connie Beth Burch, Room SW 313

Through the Golden Door: Survey of American Jewish Literature: This course traces through literature the realities and challenges of being Jewish in America from after the Civil War to the present. We will read in all genres, exploring topics such as the immigrant experience, acculturation and assimilation, anti-Semitism, generational conflicts and differences, gender issues, and continuing themes in the body of work. Quizzes, short pieces of writing, mid-term examination, and final examination. 

JUST 180A/YIDD 102:

Title:  Yiddish II; MWF 10:50-11:50 “FL2”

Instructor:  Gina Glasman, Room OOG062

Description:

Follows on from Yiddish 101 as students sharpen their linguistic skills with more complex sentence structure, a deeper knowledge of tenses and cases, and a broader vocabulary. In addition, we explore Yiddish culture through film, stories, folk sayings and the occasional joke! As always lyrics from Yiddish popular song provide the backbone of the class, and individual attention is a feature of the instruction. Fulfills Harpur language requirement. Note: interested students can join 102 directly without having taken 101. (Instructor permission needed.)

JUST 202/HIST 285E:

Title:  Jewish History 1500 to Modern; MWF 1:10 - 2:10 in SW 331 “G”

Instructor:  Dina Danon, Room SL 206

The second half of the survey course on Jewish history can be taken independently and requires no previous background. It covers the tumultuous period from the 1492 expulsion of the Jews from Spain to the creation of the modern State of Israel. Topics covered include Jewish messianic movements, emancipation, the rise of American Jewry, and the Holocaust. 

JUST 227/ISRL 227/ANTH 280U:

Title: Cultures and Society in Israel; TR 9:25-10:50, “G, N”

Instructor: Assaf Harel, Room DC 120A

This course is a study of the many religious, ethnic, political, and linguistic dimensions of modern Israeli culture and society. It examines the forces that affect them, the divides between them, their interactions with each other, and their manifestations in music, film, art, and literature.

JUST 251/YIDD 280A/GERM 241H:

Title: Modern Yiddish Culture; TR 11:40-1:05 “H, J”

Instructor: Gina Glasman, Room FA 244                                                               

In the half century before the Second World War, a Yiddish ­speaking "Jewish Street" stretched from Buenos Aires to Boston, from London to Lodz, with many cities in between. What characterized the culture of this mostly urban and modernizing society is the subject of this class. Cinema and short stories, poetry and politics provide our vehicle to explore the world of Eastern European Jewry in a time of radical transformation and approaching catastrophe (all material is in English).

JUST 287A/CLAS 281J:

Title:  Jewish Resistance in Antiquity; Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm

Instructor:  Michael Kelly, SW 315

The ancient world was full of passive and violent resistance. In this class, we will examine the diverse range of rioting and rebellion that occurred in antiquity (c. 200 bc – ad 600), with an emphasis on those events, discourses, texts and representations pertaining to Jewish struggles, both personal and communal. We will also, when possible, compare ancient representations of resistance to readings from today, in order to reflect on changing attitudes - about protest, violence, equality and justice - and how those shape our understanding of Jewish history. 

JUST 311/PHIL 311:

Title:  Faith and Reason; TR 10:05-11:30 “C, H”

Instructor:  Randy Friedman, Room LN 2403

This reading-intensive seminar will explore the philosophical and religious tensions in and between the categories of faith and philosophy. What are the consequences of distinguishing faith from reason? How are we to understand the nature and demands of faith? What is the relationship between religious belief and rationality? Topics will include the nature of religious subjectivity, divinity, metaphysics, the supernatural, creation, revelation, and religious experience. We will work through three sets of thinkers to compare their respective approaches. Section one includes Maimonides and Spinoza; Section two includes Kant, Hermann Cohen, and Martin Buber; Section three pairs Emmanuel Levinas and Franz Rosenzweig

JUST 340/COLI 480B/ENG 380B:

Title:  American Jewish Women Writers; M 4:40-7:40 “H, O”

Instructor:  Connie Beth Burch, Room SW 313

This course will survey texts written in English by American Jewish women from the Civil War to the present as they move out of the kitchens and sweatshops and onto their own pages. Exploring the historical context surrounding their work, we will address chiefly the writers’ contributions in fiction and non-fiction, focusing on key issues of immigration, acculturation, assimilation, family, sexuality, religious practice, and the experience of being or becoming American. Requirements: frequent oral reading and active class participation; two formal presentations related to the background reading; written critiques of others' presentations; quizzes, final examination, and full-on class participation. 

JUST 343/COLI 331F/ENG 380E:

Title: Post Holocaust Literature; T 4:25-7:25

Instructor:  Paul Burch, Room SW 307

This course addresses primarily fiction and memoir written after the Holocaust by second- and third-generation descendants of survivors of the Shoah. Central to our reading will be issues of representation, authenticity, the role of memory, the problems and limits of language, questions of trauma, the phenomenon of post-memory, and the development of post-Holocaust Jewish identities. Note: Not appropriate for first-year students. 

JUST 345A/HIST 345A/GERM 380G:

Title: The Holocaust; TR 4:25-5:50

Instructor: Gina Glasman, Room SL 206

A History of the Resistance from Anti-Fascist Brigades to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. This class explores the history of Jewish resistance to the existential threat posed by Nazism, both before and during the Second World War. All kinds of responses to that threat – political and cultural, collective and individual – will form part of our inquiry into this terrible historical moment. History, memoir literature and popular song will act as our guides. All sources will be in English translation. 

JUST 363/HIST 381N:

Title: Jews & Christians in Conflict; W 4:25-7:25

Instructor: Jonathan Karp, Room LN 1404

For Centuries, Christians and Jews have argued over which group possesses the one true faith. This course surveys the shifting grounds of the debate from Antiquity to the present. Topics include: the emergence of early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism; the image of the Jew in medieval Christian literature and of the Gentile in Jewish law and Kabbalah; the decimation of Jewish communities during the Crusades; and the formal disputations between Jewish and Christian scholars. We conclude with a discussion of efforts in the wake of the Holocaust to achieve a degree of rapprochement between the faiths. 4 credits. Pre-requisite: The course does not require specific background knowledge, but does demand the necessary intellectual maturity to read difficult historical primary texts (in English), often of a complex philosophical and theological nature. 

Israeli Palestinian Conf in Lit - 30757 - ISRL 327 - 01

Instructor:Libman
The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been represented in a wide body of Israeli and Palestinian literary works of varied genres. In this course, we will read, analyze and discuss, side by side, poems, short stories and novels by both Israeli and Palestinian writers exploring questions of homeland, exile and return, longing and belonging, Self and Other. We will examine the relationships between historical, political and literary narratives, and the ways in which images and metaphors both reflect and shape national affinities. We will also juxtapose the geo-political conflict with other core issues such as religion, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

JUST 375/RELG 380F:

Title: At Home in the Diaspora; TR 1:15-2:40 “G, H”

Instructor: Allan Arkush, Room SW 115

This course will trace the emergence of positive attitudes toward the worldwide dispersion of the Jews from the 19th century to the present. It will examine the rejection of the idea that Jews living outside of Palestine are by definition in Exile, the diverse ideologies of the proponents of diaspora nationalism, the diasporists’ critique of Zionism and their involvement in the establishment of alternative Jewish homelands – both in fact and in fiction 

JUST 380C/RELG 380B:

Title: Hist Conversion to from Judaism; W 5:50-8:50

Instructor: Allan Arkush, Room SW 311

Description:

This course will concentrate on the history of conversion to and from Judaism. It will examine the rituals for conversion to Judaism and the motives for converting from Judaism in medieval as well as modern times. The readings will include the autobiographies of converts both to and from Judaism. Additional notes: The personal narratives of converts constitute a window into the way in which thoughtful and troubled human beings deal with questions of fundamental importance. Selected Topics: Conversion to Judaism in the Hellenistic world, inauthentic conversions in the age of the Spanish Inquisition, waves of conversion from Judaism in 19th and early 20th century Europe, current controversies over conversion in the State of Israel.

JUST 380G

Title: Relig Harmony in Islamic Spain; TR 10:05-11:30 “G, H, W”

Instructor: Moulay Ali Bouanani, Room LH 003

This course acquaints students with the contribution of Muslims, Christians and Jews to Al-Andalus (Islamic Spain & Portugal), from the eighth century to the 1400's. In the Islamic far west, Andalusian society was different from what existed in the Arabic-Islamic East and far more developed and sophisticated than any civilization Europe had known. During this time period, Al-Andalus was the most materially advanced area of Europe. Ethnic (Arabs, Iberians, North Africans) and religious minorities such as Christian Muwallads and Mozarabs enjoyed a high degree of tolerance and, like the Jews, formed prosperous and erudite communities. Women were, with the exception of those of Baghdad, the envy of even other Arabic-Muslim women. Cordoba was the most splendid city on the European continent with magnificent buildings, gardens, libraries, baths. There was a stable political system that facilitated opulence, education, beautiful homes, well-designed cities and towns, art and scholarship. This course will examine the civilization and culture of Islamic Spain and the contribution of each of the religious groups to its greatness. 

JUST 380P

Title: ISRL-PALS Conflict; TR 1:15-2:40 “N, W”

Instructor: Kent Schull, Room S2 144

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israel-Palestine comprises the territory that lies between the Mediterranean Sea (on the west), Lebanon (in the north), the Gulf of Aqaba and the Sinai Peninsula (on the south) and the Jordan River (on the east). Although it covers a small geographic area and includes a relatively small population (compare present-day Israel's 8 million citizens with Egypt's 90 million), the dispute between the two rival sets of nationalisms which claim the sole right to control this territory has remained at the forefront of international attention for more than half a century. This course will examine the origins of the Arab-Israeli dispute from the mid-nineteenth century through the founding of the state of Israel and expulsion/flight of three quarters of a million Palestinians from their homes till the present day. Among the topics to be examined: the social history of Palestine up to Zionist colonization, the origins of Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, varieties of Zionism, Zionism and colonialism, seminal events and their consequent symbolic connotations (the 1936 "Great Revolt," the 1948 "Nakba" [disaster]) and creation of the state of Israel, the construction of a national consensus in Israel, 1967 and its aftermath, the intifada, and the redefinition of the conflict as a result of Oslo, the second intifada, the security fence, HAMAS, Hizbollah and the Lebanon War. 

JUST 384E:

Title: Blacks & Jews in US Pop Culture; TR 10:05-11:30 “N, W”

Instructor: Jonathan Karp, Room UU 102

Blacks & Jews in US Pop Culture Spring 2018 Blacks and Jews have together helped reshape popular culture in twentieth-century America in such areas as popular music, theater, literature, film, and television. But what was the nature of their relationship? Was it collaborative or exploitative -- or both? How did the creative aspects function in conjunction with the business side of things? Was this interaction similar to or fundamentally different from other relationships between ethnic and racial minorities in American life (e.g., Blacks and Italians)? These are among of the key questions to be addressed in this course. 

JUST 384G/ISRL 386K/RELG 380G/LING 380R:

Title: Religions and Faith in Israel; TR 11:40-1:05

Instructor: Assaf Harel, Room SW 315

This course examines religion in Israel from an ethnographic perspective. That is, it centers on knowledge that emerges from real-life encounters and experiences. Accordingly, we will engage with ethnographic works as a way of gaining a deeper understanding of the diversity of Israeli religious realities. The course will cover topics such as Religious Zionism, Ultra Orthodoxy, fundamentalism, Christian pilgrimage, Islamic and Jewish revival, New Age and more. 

JUST 441/ENG 450B/COLI 480T:

Title: Holocaust Fiction; W 4:40-7:40

Instructor: Paul Burch, Room SW 307

HEBR 102:

Title: Hebrew II; MTWR 8:30 – 9:30 “FL2”

Instructor: Orly Shoer, Room FA 241

Second semester of the communicative introduction to the language and its culture. Provides a thorough grounding in reading, writing, grammar, oral comprehension, and speaking. Prerequisites: HEBR 101 with a grade of C- or equivalent or permission of instructor.                         

HEBR 204:

Title: Intermediate Hebrew MWF 9:40 – 10:40 “FL3”

Instructor: Orly Shoer, Room FA 241

Intermediate-level language and culture course with emphasis on the reading of literary and non-literary texts, grammar and writing. Prerequisite: HEBR 103 with a grade of C- or equivalent or permission of instructor. 

HEBR 312:

Title: Texts and Conversations II; MWF 10:50 – 11:50 “FL3”

Instructor:  Orly Shoer, Room FA 241

In this course students will advance their Hebrew language skills through reading, discussing and writing about a variety of short fiction and nonfiction texts and visual material. Writing practice and reviewing of grammar will be incorporated through the presented materials. Taught in Hebrew. Prerequisites: HEBR 204 with a grade of C- or equivalent or permission of instructor.

YIDD 102/JUST 180A:

Title: Yiddish II; MWF 10:50 – 11:50 “FL2”

Instructor: Gina Glasman, Room OO G062

Follows on from Yiddish 101 as students sharpen their linguistic skills with more complex sentence structure, a deeper knowledge of tenses and cases, and a broader vocabulary. In addition, we explore Yiddish culture through film, stories, folk sayings and the occasional joke! As always lyrics from Yiddish popular song provide the backbone of the class, and individual attention is a feature of the instruction. Fulfills Harpur language requirement. Note: interested students can join 102 directly without having taken 101. (Instructor permission needed.)

Rev. 2017.10.23

 

Winter 2018

jnyJUST 351 Jewish New York
Professor Glasmans's popular Jewish New York Course will be offered online this Summer. The course carries P, C, and H Gen Eds. Registration is open now.

Fall 2017

BUonline has the most up to date details on Gen Eds and meeting times. Please contact Prof. Karp or Prof. Friedman with any questions.

JUST 101, crn 28281

Title: Intro to Judaic Studies; T/TR 2:50-4:15
Instructor: Allan M Arkush,   
Description: 

Commencing with key sections of the Bible and continuing with selections from the Talmud and medieval Jewish philosophical and mystical writings, this course will conclude with 20th century political tracts and short stories. Through these diverse sources, we will investigate the development over three millennia of central facets of what Mordecai Kaplan has called “Jewish civilization. Grades will be based on two exams during the semester (40%), class participation (10%), and a final (50%).

JUST 140, crn 29332/COLI 180R, crn 29430

Title: Survey of American Jewish Literature; M 4:40-7:40 "C,H"
Instructor: C. Beth Burch,  
Description:

Through the Golden Door traces through literature the realities and challenges of being Jewish in America from after the Civil War to the present. We will read in all genres, exploring topics such as the immigrant experience, acculturation and assimilation, anti-Semitism, generational conflicts and differences, gender issues, and continuing themes in the body of work. Offered regularly. 4 credits.

JUST 201, crn 28421/HIST 242, crn 28817

Title:  Jewish History Ancient to 1500; MWF 9:40-10:40
Instructor:  Jonathan Karp,  
Description:

This survey course examines the history, culture, philosophy, religion, and political experiences of Jews from the Biblical period through the second temple period, to the medieval period. Themes include the relationship between Jews, Christians and Muslims, Jews under foreign political rule (Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans), and the social and economic history of Jews in Europe through the middle ages. 

ISRL 227, crn 29441/ JUST 227, crn 29443

Title: Cultures and Society in Israel,  MWF 1:10-2:10
Instructor: Staff
Description:

This course is a study of the many religious, ethnic, political, and linguistic dimensions of modern Israeli culture and society. It examines the forces that affect them, the divides between them, their interactions with each other, and their manifestations in music, film, art, and literature.

JUST 331, crn 29691/HIST 384P, crn 29696sarajevo

Title:  Jews and Muslims; TR 11:40-1:05
Instructor:  Dina Danon;   
Description:

This course offers a survey of Jewish-Muslim relations from the emergence of Islam through the modern period. Beginning with the medieval period, topics covered include the relationship between Islam and peoples of the Book, Jewish communal life and self-government, participation in Mediterranean trade, the world of the Cairo Geniza, and intellectual and cultural achievements of the “Golden Age of Spain.” Moving to the early modern and modern periods, topics covered will include Jewish life in the Ottoman lands, the rise of European imperialism, the dissolution of empire and the emergence of nationalism. 4 credits. IF YOU HAVE TAKEN JUST 257 YOU CANNOT RECEIVE CREDIT FOR JUST 331.

JUST 351, 28430/ HIST 380B, crn 24548

Title:  Jewish New York; T/R 4:25-5:50 ‘J”
Instructor:  Gina Glasman;
Description: 

Our course travels from tenements to talking pictures, from the political clubhouse to the vaudeville stage in search of New York City’s Jewish immigrant past.  In exploring this encounter between Old World and New, we also trace the emergence of New York as America’s signature metropolis. History and literature, art and architecture provide our tools to examine this dynamic interplay between population and place in the early twentieth century.

JUST 352, crn 27101/COLI 380A, crn16900/ PHIL 380F, crn 18958

Title:  American Jewish Thought; TR10:05-11:30 “H, J, P”
Instructor:  Randy Friedman;  
Description:

This course will review some of the central works of modern American Judaic thought, mostly from 20th century American figures. We will concentrate on philosophical questions and theological issues that arise in the contexts of American Jewish thought. We will examine how specific Judaic thinkers transform aspects of the Judaic tradition to fit the challenges of religious life in the modern and democratic age, and the response(s) to this transformation. The course begins with historical and sociological study of the American Jewish community, includes reading American Jewish literature and philosophical texts, and concludes with an in-depth study of the question of homosexuality and same-sex marriage in various American Jewish traditions and movements.

Prerequisites:  None

JUST 357, crn 29405/HIST 385D, crn 29421

Title: Jews and Power; W 5:50-8:50
Instructor: Allan Arkush;  
Description:

This course will address the question of the relationship of Judaism and Jewish tradition to political and military power. It will explore the ways in which Jewish thought and literature reflect a distinctive approach to the responsibilities of leadership and statecraft. It will focus on the treatment of these issues in ancient and medieval texts as well as on the ways these texts have been adopted (or rejected) by Jews confronting the new conditions of the modern world, both in the Diaspora and in the State of Israel.

JUST 371, crn 27605/HIST 385M, crn 27743

Title: The Ghetto, Jews and the City”; T/R 11:40-1:05 ‘A,C”
Instructor:  Gina Glasman;
Description: 

European Jewry has always been, by and large, a quintessentially urban society.  Beginning with the pre-modern ghetto and ending with its 20th century counterpart, our class explores this famously urban phenomenon.  Spanning across the continent, from the cockney back alleys of London, to the seashore esplanades of Odessa, we consider key themes in the history of the European city, such as “ghetto” versus civic identity, the politics of toleration and of antisemitism, and the place of the city within society at large.  

JUST 384A, crn 23791 /HIST 381L, 22876

mapTitle: Sephardi Diasporas”; T/R 1:15-2:40
Instructor:  Dina Danon;  
Description: 

Charts emergence of the western and eastern Sephardi diasporas in the wake of the Expulsion of 1492. Topics covered include settlement in port cities, involvement in Mediterranean and Atlantic mercantile networks, the converso experience, mass migration to Ottoman lands, encounter with Islam, the rise of Ladino, the impact of westernization, the rise of nationalism and 21st century Sephardi communities.

JUST 385A, crn 23724/COLI 380B, crn 22183/ENG 380M, crn 19194

Title: Holocaust Literature; TR 4:25 – 7:25
Instructor:  Paul-William Burch; 
Description:

Students in this course read literature of the Holocaust—the Shoah—including diaries, journals, memoirs, fiction, poetry and works of popular culture, informed by the belief that literary responses to the Holocaust are, as the poet Carolyn Forché has written, in themselves "material evidence of that-which-occurred." The course includes works by First Generation writers, victims and survivors who bear direct witness to the horror, as well as pieces by Second Generation writers, children and “offspring” of Holocaust survivors who bear witness to the witnesses and to events that they did not live through but that shaped their lives. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.  Cross-listed with English, Comparative Literature and Education. THIS COURSE IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

JUST 420,

Title: Grammar for Writers; W 4:40-7:40
Instructor: C. Beth Burch, 
Description:

This course will renew your confidence in writing and speaking by giving you a new experience with grammar. The course provokes all writers to rethink English grammar from primarily a structural perspective. In a lecture/discussion format you will explore the formation of phrases, clauses, and sentences, rhetorical implications of grammatical choices, and modern English usage. You will also write many sentences to demonstrate a wide range of grammatical forms, structures, and rhetorical figures. This lively approach to grammar is especially useful not only for Judaic Studies students but for all students in writing-intensive disciplines.

ISRL 120/JUST 280Q/COLI 180P

Title:  Intro to Israeli Literature; TR 10:05-11:30
Instructor:  Lior Libman, 
Description:

This survey courses introduces students to the many forms of (poetry, short-stories, novels) and themes in (ethnic and religious tension, conflict, love, identity) Israeli literature. Texts will be read in translations. Texts in the original may be provided for students with relevant language skills.

ISRL 324, crn 29685 /JUST 380D, crn 25401
Title: The Kibbutz in Israeli Culture; TR 1:15-2:40
Instructor: Lior Libman
Description:

The course focuses on representations of the kibbutz, a unique Israeli social formation which aimed at combining Zionism and Socialism, nation-building and the construction of a new, just society. Throughout the past hundred years, the kibbutz has been portrayed in countless literary texts and visual images. In this class, we will analyze and discuss selected literary and cinematic works from different genres and periods to examine the history of the kibbutz-image and the relationship between it and the kibbutz’s history, while also asking, in a broader context, how social and political visions are shaped in images.

ISRL 347, crn 28307/ JUST 347, crn 15076/HIST 347, crn 15633

Title:  Modern Israel; T/TR 10:05-11:30
Instructor:  Shay Rabineau;
Description:

This course will trace the political and cultural history of Israel from the formation of the Zionist movement at the end of the 19th century to the last years of the 20th century. It will examine Zionist ideologies and settlement projects, the Israel-Arab conflict, issues relating to religion and state in Israel, the development of Israeli culture and other subjects.  Grades based on midterm (30%), final exam (30%), seminar paper (30%), and class participation (10%).

ISRL 386, crn 29824/JUST 386B, crn 23755

Title: Ethnography of Religion in Israel

Instructor: Assaf Harel

Description:

This course examines religion in Israel from an ethnographic perspective. That is, it centers on knowledge that emerges from real-life encounters and experiences. Accordingly, we will engage with ethnographic works as a way of gaining a deeper understanding of the diversity of Israeli religious realities. The course will cover topics such as Religious Zionism, Ultra Orthodoxy, fundamentalism, Christian pilgrimage, Islamic and Jewish revival, New Age and more.

 ISRL 427, crn 29435 /JUST 427, crn 29433

Title:  Environmental History of Israel; M 1:40-4:40
Instructor:  Shay Rabineau; 
Description:

This course focuses the problems and possibilities associated with settling large numbers of people in the contested land of Israel-Palestine with its limited natural resources, and examines the dynamics between environmental issues, politics, technology, and military conflict in the modern Middle East.

Jewish Non-Profit Organization - 27656 - JUST 259 - 01

The Jewish Non-Profit Organizations course will look at the organizations and systems that make up the Jewish community in the United States. The goal of the course is to deconstruct the concept of “community” and to understand how institutions fulfill the purposes of community. We will introduce the course by learning about the history of the Jewish community and Jewish communal institutions in the U.S. and how they came to create the landscape of organizations that exist today. We will also use different tools for analyzing organizations and how they function. The main part of the course will explore the rich, diverse and complex landscape of Jewish communal organizations that exist today. We will cover many types of organizations, some emerging organizations and how they fit into the landscape of the Jewish Non-Profit world. 

RELG 101, crn 28423/ JUST 280N, crn 23475

Title:  Religions of the World;T/R 1:15-2:40   (“G” “H”) 
Instructor:  Doug Jones,
Description: 

This course examines the three major monotheistic religions, as well as other religions and religious traditions from across the globe. ​

RELG 361, crn 29260/JUST 363, crn 29261

Title: Bible & its Interpretations; TR 11:40-1:05 “H”
Instructor: Doug F. Jones,
Description:

This course takes a comparative approach to the history of biblical interpretation by looking at diverse communities within the Jewish and Christian traditions. How have these communities used the Bible to understand their place in history, address present tribulations, and even predict the future? Some topics include the theme of movement in the Torah and rabbinical tradition, 18th and 19th century biblical scholarship, the meaning of allegory in Catholic and Protestant interpretation, and the so-called literal sense of scripture. We will also close by considering the issue of biblical interpretation as it relates to new religious movements in America.

LANGUAGE COURSES


HEBREW

HEBR 101

Title:  Hebrew I; MTWR 8:30 – 9:30
Instructor:  Orly Shoer;  
Description:

Hebrew 101 is the first semester of Modern Hebrew. The course is designed only for students with very little or no previous experience in the language. It offers a communicative introduction to Modern Hebrew language and its culture. It emphasizes all facets of the language – comprehension, speech, reading, grammar and writing. The focus of instruction is on enabling students to develop basic vocabulary and communicative skills in Modern Hebrew centering on the students' immediate surroundings and simple daily activities.

By the end of the course students will be able to read and write short stories, voice their opinion, converse and use basic grammar.

Prerequisites: None

HEBR 203

Title:  “Hebrew III”; M/W/F 9:40 – 10:40
Instructor:  Orly Shoer;
Description:

Hebrew 203 is the third course in the Modern Hebrew program sequence, and the last course needed to fulfill the Binghamton University’s foreign language requirement. It focuses on increasing students' confidence in using the language in different social settings. This course is designed to advance the Hebrew learner to the intermediate-high level by introducing complex grammatical structure forms and sentences. Grammar teaching covers three of the main verb structures. The course concentrates on improving speaking, writing, as well as, working on text analysis and comprehension skills. 

Prerequisites: HEBR 102 with a grade of C- or better, a placement exam, or permission of the instructor.

HEBR 311

Title:  Texts and Readings; M/W/F/ 10:50 – 11:50
Instructor:  Orly Shoer;
Description:

Hebrew 311 is an advanced-intermediate Hebrew language and culture course that is intended for students who wish to further develop their vocabulary building and practice all four language skills, with an emphasis on reading comprehension, grammar, syntax, composition, vocabulary building and conversation. Students will advance their Hebrew language skills through reading, discussing and writing about a variety of texts, with some emphasis placed on short articles.

Prerequisites: HEBR 204 with a grade of C- or better, a placement exam, or permission of the instructor.

YIDDISH

YIDD 101

Title:  Yiddish 1; M/W/F 10:50 – 11:50
Instructor:  Gina Glasman;
Description:

Yiddish 101 is an introductory language class: students learn simple conversational Yiddish and how to read and write, beginning with the Yiddish alphabet.  By the end of the Fall semester students will have composed their own short stories, gained a repertoire of Yiddish song, put together a compendium of commonly used expressions from this famously expressive language and finally, will have learnt about aspects of Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazi culture, past and present. 

 

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