Winter 2023

GBL*2400*IS Holocaust Journey (4 credits)

This course will allow participants to learn about the Holocaust through tours of concentration/extermination camps, ghettos, and discussions with Holocaust scholars and survivors. The course originates in Amsterdam, continues to Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, and Prague and concludes in Nuremberg, Germany, all extremely significant locations for Jews during the Holocaust. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Jewish museums and archives, synagogues, and Jewish cemeteries, as well as more traditional tourist attractions such as cathedrals, castles, and art museums. Preparation for the course will include reading the novels Treblinka (Jean-Francoise Steiner) and Night (Elie Wiesel). Students will also keep a journal and research their project throughout the journey and will prepare their final project after they return to the States. Class discussions will occur throughout the term. Free time will be available in every city for individual research and exploration. Cross-listed with ENG 240 IS. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Civilization or Expression (Literature) requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement. The course may also count as an English elective, and toward the Jewish Studies and German Studies minors. Prerequisite: GBL 1400. Crosslisted as: ENG 2400.


HEB*2740*A Not Your Bubbe’s Yiddish Class (4 credits)

Yiddish has been described as a language without a country. But it’s deeply woven into the fabric of the United States.”In the last century, Yiddish has become a huge part of the American vernacular – and comedy. Vaudeville, Mel Brooks, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and other forms of entertainment have thrust the language into the spotlight.” (1A, NPR) This course will take the student on a journey of exploration into the vast and rich world of the Yiddish language and Eastern European Jewish culture. Students will be introduced to the history of Yiddish and its influence on American pop culture. The vocabulary taught in the course will include basic words, phrases, and expressions in the language. Students will also learn about Yiddish culture through music, film, and literature. The course will include hands on Jewish culinary workshops introducing students to Eastern European cuisine. *Grandmother in Yiddish. Counts toward the Jewish Studies minor and Civilization. Does not count toward the World Language Proficiency requirement. Additional fee: $30.


PHL*3750 Films & Philosophy (4 Credits)

This course introduces students to philosophical issues raised by the phenomena of films and examines the uniqueness of films as an art form. Looking at the work of Woody Allen, members of the course will unpack both in his intentions and issues raised by his films, ranging from the nature of love, intimacy, artistic creativity, psychoanalysis and personal identity to the fear and denial of death, war, revolution, narcissism, intellectualism, communal relations, racism, religion and the existence of God, among others.


Spring 2023


HEB*1020*A Modern Elementary Hebrew II (4 credits)

This course builds on the skills learned in HEB 1010 and continues the study of basic Modern Hebrew grammar and syntax and provides further development of culture, communication and comprehension skills. Prerequisite: HEB 1010 or permission by chair of the department. If you have prior knowledge of Hebrew either in a traditional academic setting or a religious setting contact the instructor to determine your Hebrew level. A paper and pencil placement exam is available.


HEB*3010*A Falafel Nation (4 credits)

Focusing on the period between the 1905 immigration wave and the present, the course will explore the cultural, social, and economic practices relating to the production and consumption of food in Palestine and later Israel. The course will also analyze how the change in relationship between Israelis and their food mirrors the search for a definition of modern Jewish nationalism. We will examine the role of women (focusing on the struggle of pioneer women to be recognized as equal partners in the building of the country), ethnic groups, and different generations in the food narrative of the country and we will also highlight some of the issues associated with this narrative. In addition, the course will also examine trends in food globalization and food glocalization.  We will also examine how political differences (Israeli Palestinian Conflict and Israel’s neighbors) are translated into food wars and on the other hand we will also examine the ways in which efforts are made to use food as a bridge to create an understanding between nations (gastro diplomacy). Does not count toward the World Language Proficiency Requirement. Additional fee: $45.


HST*3704 Germany After 1945 (4 Credits)

Germany’s post-1945 history has been a history of dramatic change from post-war reconstruction to the transitions following the fall of the Berlin wall. This course explores the history of the two republics that emerged from the defeated Nazi Reich, the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic, and the challenges faced by the two countries, comparing their responses directly whenever possible. Topics include the questions of re-building, re-education, and restitution; the efforts of denazification and democratization; the development of diverging societies and independent policies during the Cold War; Jewish life in postwar Germany; migration, immigration, and guest worker programs; popular culture and “Americanization”; as well as the virtual explosion of memory since 1978, the unification in 1989/90, and the emergence of a new and independent national identity to the present.


REL*3750*A Buddhist/Jewish Spiritualities and Encounters (4 credits)

What does it mean to take on a dual identity? How have mindfulness and other Buddhist practices shaped experiences of being Jewish? How have Jews and Jewish traditions shaped American Buddhism? How do some people incorporate aspects of both Judaism and Buddhism into their everyday lives? This co-taught course will critically examine the Bu/Jew Jew/Bu phenomenon that has emerged in America. The course counts towards the Advanced Studies requirement and towards programs in Jewish Studies, Asian Studies, Religious Studies, and Interreligious Studies.