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This course surveys major trends and developments in American Jewish history from the community's beginnings in the colonial period through the early twenty-first century. Students will become familiar with the leading personalities, events, movements and institutions that shaped Jewish life in...

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Semester: Online Fall 2020 Semester B- October 28 to December 22, 2020

This course explores a difficult, complex and emotionally charged subject: the American response to the Holocaust. While most historians agree that the nation’s response was inadequate, and that a more forceful and effective rescue policy might have saved many lives, they disagree about what was...

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Semester: Online Spring 2021 Semester B- March 10 - May 4, 2021

This course focuses primarily on American Anti-Semitism since World War II, responses to it and  the impact of growing anti-Jewish violence both on Jewish identity and Judaism in the United States. Special consideration will be given to understanding Anti-Semitism in the wider history of...

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This course surveys art produced in extremis during the Holocaust, by individuals in exile or in the camps and ghettos. Together, we will explore how victims used artistic expression as both a means of documentation and as a form of “creative resistance” to communicate their protest, despair or...

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Semester: Online Spring 2021 Semester A- January 6 - March 2, 2021

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This is an introduction to the unique civilization that Jews built in the lands of Eastern Europe, a civilization from which nearly all American and European Jews and half of all Israeli Jews are descended, and which the Nazis devoted particular fury to destroying. The course will begin with the...

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Semester: Online Spring 2021 Semester B- March 10 - May 4, 2021

Biblical Hebrew provides an introductory experience in the language of the Bible for students who can decode (phonetically read) Hebrew. The course focuses on the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew's grammatical structures and constructs, including its elaborate root word system and its rich...

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The issue of business ethics has been prominent in the news recently because several large American corporations have been accused of serious fraud violations. Jewish law contains a great deal of discussion concerning business practices and business ethics, and the current climate is an...

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All children of Nazi-occupied Europe, from those raised to fulfill the Aryan ideal to those targeted for destruction, were deeply impacted by Nazi ideology, the horrors of war, and genocidal goals. For students seeking to broaden their knowledge of Holocaust history and educators seeking age-...

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This course focuses first on the history, structure, and meaning of the Sabbath liturgy in traditional Judaism, and then looks at the history, structure, and meaning of the Roman Catholic Mass in Christianity. Comparisons and contrasts will be studied between the two liturgies, as well as the...

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This course focuses on some of the major theological beliefs in both ancient Judaism and early Christianity. While the course will be based primarily on the Thirteen Principles of Faith of Maimonides as well as the Nicene Creed and basic dogmatic theology of early Christianity, a variety of...

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