The Jewish Family: Institution in Transition (JST 504)

3 credits

This seminar is designed to give a sociological overview of the contemporary Jewish family in the context of Jewish history and tradition. The traditional Jewish family, the "Non-traditional" Jewish family, the role of both single and dual career families, the impact of divorce, and devising a policy to support Jewish family life within the institutional structures of American Jewry will be considered. (Modern)

Semester Information: 
Spring A: January 2- February 26

Current faculty


Required Reading:
Instructor suggests purchasing used on Amazon or Kindle Version. (Prices listed are from
- Sylvia Barack Fishman, Love, Marriage and Jewish Families, Brandeis University Press, ISBN-13, 9781611688603  (Paperback: New $40, Used $30, Kindle $34.99) 
- Jennifer A. Thompson, Jewish on their own Terms: How Intermarried Couples are Changing American Judaism, Rutgers University Press,  ISBN-13, 9780813562810 (Paperback: New $80, Used, $26.95, Kindle $25.60)
- Naomi Zeveloff, Transgender and Jewish. The Forward Association, Inc. ISBN-13, 2940149257065 (Paperback, $9.00, Kindle $2.51)