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2009-2010 Jewish Studies COURSE ARCHIVE

Fall 2009

  • JUD 100y Elementary Modern Hebrew

A year-long introduction to modern Hebrew, with a focus on equal development of the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Study of Israeli song, film and short texts amplifies acquisitions of vocabulary and grammar. By the end of the year, students will be able to comprehend short and adapted literary and journalistic texts, describe themselves and their environment, express their thoughts and opinions, and participate in classroom discussions. No previous knowledge of Hebrew language is necessary. Enrollment limited to 18. {F} 8 credits. Completion of this course (or its equivalent) is REQUIRED by Smith College for any student planning to study abroad in Israel.
Ilona Ben–Moshe
Full–year course M W F 9 a.m.–10:20 a.m.

  • JUD 200 Intermediate Modern Hebrew

Continuation of JUD 100y. Emphasizes skills necessary for proficiency in reading, writing and conversational Hebrew. Transitions from simple Hebrew to more colloquial and literary forms of language. Elaborates and presents new grammatical concepts and vocabulary, through texts about Israeli popular culture and everyday life, newspapers, films, music and readings from Hebrew short stories and poetry. Prerequisite: one year of college Hebrew or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 18. Offered at Smith in alternate years. {F} 4 credits.
Ilona Ben–Moshe
M W F 11 a.m.–12:10 p.m.

  • JUD 257C Jewish Writers in Modernist Berlin

The upheavals of World War I and the Russian Revolution drew Eastern European Jewish intellectuals to Berlin, leading to its emergence as a multilingual center of European Jewish modernism and avant-garde experimentation. Explores the influence of movements such as Expressionism, Dada, and the Neue Sachlichkeit, with a focus on how exile, cosmopolitanism, revolution, folklore, and nationalism spawned creative innovation. Readings (with some film, visual art, and theory) from Benjamin, Döblin, Kafka, and Lasker-Schüler in dialogue with Hebrew and Yiddish writers such as Agnon and "Der Nister" (the Hidden One), all in translation. Enrollment limited to 19. {L} 4 credits.
Jonathan Skolnik
W 7–9:30 p.m.

  • REL 216 Topics in Biblical Studies: Archaeology and the Bible: From Ancient Israel to Early Judaism and Christianity

Gregg Gardner, MW 1:10-2:20

  • REL 221 Jewish Spirituality: Philosophers and Mystics

Lois Dubin, TTh 3:00-4:20

  • SPN 246 Life Stories by Latin American Jewish Writers

Silvia Berger, TTh 9:00-10:20

Interterm 2009

  • JUD 110j Elementary Yiddish

An introduction to Yiddish language in its cultural context. Fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary designed to facilitate reading and independent work with Yiddish texts. The course is divided into three parts: intensive language study every morning; a colloquium on aspects of Yiddish cultural history; and an afternoon service internship with the collection of the National Yiddish Book Center, the largest depository of Yiddish books in the world. Smith enrollment limited to 9; admission by permission of the instructor. Taught on site at the National Yiddish Book Center. In order to receive foreign language Latin Honors credit, students must complete an additional semester of Yiddish through Special Studies, within the Five Colleges, or through approved coursework elsewhere. {H/F} 4 credits
Course Coodinators: Justin Cammy (Smith College), Rachel Rubinstein (Hampshire College), and staff of the National Yiddish Book Center.
M T W R F 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Application REQUIRED: Deadline November 11
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Spring 2010

  • JUD 100y Elementary Modern Hebrew

Continued from fall semester. Completion of this course (or its equivalent) is REQUIRED by Smith College for any student planning to study abroad in Israel.
Ilona Ben–Moshe
M W F 9–10:20 a.m.

  • JUD 225 Jewish Civilization

A grand sweep of core narratives and beliefs that have animated Jews and Judaism from antiquity to the present. Readings from the classical library of Jewish culture (Bible, Talmud, midrash, Passover Haggadah, mystical and philosophical works, Hasidic tales) and from modern Jewish literature, thought, and popular culture. Focuses on dynamics of religious, cultural, and national reinvention at specific moments and places in Jewish history {L/H} 4 credits
Justin Cammy
M W 2:40–4 p.m.

  • JUD 230 Reading the Bible Through Rabbinic Eyes

Explores the way early Jewish interpreters refashioned biblical narratives and laws to derive and discover new meanings. Close reading in English translation of texts known as Midrash, focusing on the imaginative genius of this body of religious literature. No previous study of the Bible is required.
Larry Lyke
T Th 1:00-2:20

  • JUD 260 Colloquium: Yiddish Literature and Culture

Why did Yiddish, the language of Eastern European Jews and millions of immigrants to America, so often find itself at the bloody crossroads of art and politics? Charts the rise of secular Jewish culture in Yiddish in the differing contexts of tsarist and revolutionary Russia, interwar Poland, Weimar Berlin, and immigrant America. Topics include creative betrayals of folklore (demons, dybbuks, golems, shlemiels); Yiddish as imagined homeland; the Yiddish roots of Jewish comedy; the politics of language; gender stereotypes; ethnic performance on the Yiddish stage and screen; the art of translation; and the Yiddish trace in contemporary American fiction. How did the surviving remnant of post-Holocaust Yiddish writers memorialize not only this lost civilization but also this murdered language? Includes several classes and a project at the National Yiddish Book Center, the largest repository of Yiddish books in the world. All texts in translation. Enrollment limited to 19. {L} 4 credits
Justin Cammy
W 7:30–9:30 p.m.

  • GOV 248 The Arab-Israeli Dispute

Donna Robinson Divine

Five College Courses

Below is a sampling of courses in Jewish Studies offered within the Five-Colleges. Please check the Five College Course Guide for a current list of courses and times. The list is subject to change. Students wishing to count a course offered within the Five-Colleges towards the major or minor in Jewish Studies at Smith should consult an advise

Spring 2010

Hampshire College

HACU 190 Rise of Secular Jewish Culture (Rubinstein/Wald), TTh 10:30-11:50
IA 118 Elementray Yiddish (Ildi Kovacs), 9:15-10:45 MWF, National Yiddish Book Center

University of Massachusetts

German 697J Jews & German Culture Jonathan Skolnik W 6:00-8:30 pm
History 387 History of the Holocaust MW 9:05-9:55
Judaic 345 Makng of Modern Jewry Jay Berkovitz  TTh 1:00-2:15
Judaic 354 Jewish Theatre and Film Olga Gershenson TTh 2:30-3:45
Judaic 373 Jewish Travelers & Travel Liars Aviva Ben-Ur TTh 9:30-10:45
Judaic 385 Jews Of Eastern Europe Olga Gershenson TTh 11:15-12:30
Judaic 392N S-Hist/Jewish Graphic Novel N. Couch Th 4:00-6:30
Hebrew 240 Intermediated Hebrew II Noemi Schwarz MWF 11:15-12:05
Hebrew 302 Advanced Modern Hebrew II Shmuel Bolozky TTh 1:00-2:15
Hebrew 396H Hnr Indstu In Hebrew Shmuel Bolozky

Mount Holyoke College

HIST 323 Germans,Slavs, Jews: 1900-1950 Jeremy King 1:15-4:05
JWST 235 Introduction to Jewish Mysticism Lawrence Fine 2:40-3:55 TTh
JWST 255 Contemporary Judaism in America Lawrence Fine 11:00-12:15, TTh
RELIG 203 Intro Scriptures/Old Testament Larry Lyke 11:00-12:15, MW