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Undergraduate Spring 2001 Courses


JS 190: Freshman Seminar: Irving v. Lipstadt: Denying the Holocaust: Perspectives from a British Courtroom
JS 190: Freshman Seminar : Jews in American Popular Media
JS 202: Intermediate Modern Hebrew II
JS 240: Modern Judaism
JS 252: Archeology of Jerusalem
JS 302: Advanced Modern Hebrew II
JS 370: Topics in Jewish Religion and Culture: Religion of Ancient Israel
JS 371: Topics in Jewish History: Arab-Israeli Negotiations, 1967-present
JS 371: Topics in Jewish History: Jews of the American South
JS 371: Topics in Jewish History: Ethnicity in American History
JS 375: Topics in Jewish Literature: One Hundred Years in the Promised Land: Explorations in Jewish-American Literature
JS 430R: Modern Hebrew Literature
JS 495R: Honors Thesis
JS 497R: Directed Reading in Jewish Studies



JS 190-00P: Freshman Seminar: Irving v. Lipstadt: Denying the Holocaust: Perspectives from a British Courtroom (same as REL 190-01P)
Lipstadt, Tues, 4:30-6:30, MAX: 7

Content: This seminar will examine the basic issues which emerged as part of David Irving's law suit against Emory Professor Deborah Lipstadt. The trial was described by the Daily Telegraph (London) as having "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." The Times (London) described it as "history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory." The judge found David Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an antisemite, and a liar. Lipstadt's legal battle with Irving lasted approximately five years. According to the New York Times, the trial "put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler." The seminar will explore Irving's charges, how the courtroom defense was constructed and the judge's verdict.

Texts: Deborah E. Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust; Penguin Books, The Irving Judgment.

Particulars : Freshmen only

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JS 190-01P: Freshman Seminar : Jews in American Popular Media
Goldstein, Mon 2:00-4:00, MAX: 12

Content: This course will examine representations of Jews in American popular media from the birth of the motion picture through the age of television. It will also examine the role Jews themselves played in the entertainment industry and how film and television provided them with an arena in which they could work out important questions of American Jewish identity. Specific topics will include antisemitism in early film shorts, the significance of the Hollywood "moguls," the connection between acculturation and Jewish humor, Jews and blackface minstrelsy, representations of Jewish women, ethnic imagery in the television sitcom, and the presentation of the Holocaust in film and on television.

Texts: Texts will include excerpts from Neil Gabler, An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood; Joyce Antler, ed., Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture, Michael Rogin, Blackface/White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot;Jeffrey Shandler, While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust.

There will be a course pack of additional readings. We will also be viewing a number of films and television clips, some of which will be scheduled during evening hours at a time convenient for class members.

Particulars: Students will write four or five short response essays, based on the materials we read and view in class, and a longer paper at the end. Regular attendance and participation are vital to success in the course. This course fulfills General Education Requirement IC (Freshman Seminar). Freshmen only.

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JS 202-000: Intermediate Modern Hebrew II (same as HEBR 202-000)
Getz, MWF 10:40-11:30, T 10:00-11:15

Content: Hebrew 202 is a continuation of Hebrew 102 on a more advanced level. At the beginning of the course there is an in-depth review of the verb system. The vocabulary and texts introduced in this course are more sophisticated than the material of the first year. Much emphasis is placed on speaking and creative writing. The course is a good preparation for students planning to study on a college level in Israel.


  • Naomi Mantzur and Rina Padan, Ivrit me'alef ad tav, bet & gimel.
  • Luva Uveeler and Norman Bronznick, Hayesod Shumuel Bolozky, 501 Verbs.
  • Kalman Alon, Emanuel Alon & Karni Alon, Kach Lamdim Ivrit
  • Shmuel Bolozky, 501 Hebrew Verbs (Barron's Educational Series, 1996)
  • Edna Lauden and Liora Weinback, Multi-Dictionary: Bilingual Learners Dictionary (paperback)

Particulars: Written assignments are made each session. A short written examination is given after the completion of each unit to determine student progress (approx. every two weeks), and a final grade is based on all exams, quizzes, written assignments, and class participation. The course can be used to satisfy requirements for the Minor in Hebrew and Major in Middle Eastern Studies.

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JS 240-000: Modern Judaism (same as REL 240-000)
Berger, TTh 10:00-11:15, MAX: 10

Content:   Judaism's encounter with modernity has had a profound impact on Jewish society, religion and thought. In this lecture course, we will chart the emergence and development of the four religious movements of modern Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist), as well as inspect the impact of Zionism and the Holocaust. The course will also inspect how some of these different traditions deal with such contemporary issues as intermarriage, feminism, and homosexuality.


  • P. Mendes-Flohr and J. Reinharz, The Jew in the Modern World
  • G. Rosenthal, Contemporary Judaism
  • M. Sklare, America's Jews: A Reader
  • Frequent handouts and reserve articles

Particulars: Journals are kept twice a week. Grades will be based on a midterm and take-home final.

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JS 252-000: Archeology of Jerusalem (same as REL 370-000, MES 252-000)
Borowski, TTh 10:11:15, MAX: 5

Content: Jerusalem, the holy city for the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, was first occupied 5,000 years ago and has been an important site for 4,000 years. The Canaanites and the Jebusites lived in Jerusalem before it was taken over by the Israelites who, under David and Solomon, turned it into their capital city. The course will deal with what is known about Jerusalem from ancient literary sources (Mari, Amarna, Bible, Josephus, etc.) and will compare this evidence with the archaeological record. Some of the topics to be covered are: Jerusalem in the First Temple period; the Return to Zion under Ezra and Nehemiah; Herod's Jerusalem and its magnificent temple; Jerusalem under the Roman and Byzantine rule.


  • Hershel Shanks, Jerusalem: An Archaeological Biography (New York: Random House, 1995).
  • The Bible
  • Course Packet     

Particulars: Midterm (30%), final (40%), paper (30%). A Hebrew component (MES 252D) is available for an additional one credit.

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JS 302-000: Advanced Modern Hebrew II (same as Hebrew 302-000)
Borowski, TTh 1:00-2:15

Content: This course is the last in the Hebrew language instruction sequence. The course continues to develop the skills of speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension. Advanced study of grammar, vocabulary and stylistics. Introduction to the language of the media and Israeli literature. Prepares students for advanced courses in Hebrew, e.g. Hebrew 375, 450, 497R and MES 252D.


  • Tamar Weil and Hava Farstei, Hapo'al leLomdei Ivrit 
  • Naomi Mansur and Rina Padan, Hebrew from Aleph to Tav, Vol. 3
  • Shmuel Bolozky, 501 Hebrew Verbs (Barron's Educational Series, 1996)
  • Edna Lauden and Liora Weinback, Multi-Dictionary: Bilingual Learners Dictionary (paperback)

Particulars: Prerequisites - Hebrew 301 or consent of instructor. This course can satisfy part of the requirements for the Minor in Hebrew and Major in MES.

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JS 370-000: Topics in Jewish Religion and Culture: Religion of Ancient Israel (same as REL 373-000)
Gilders, MWF 2:00-2:50, MAX: 10

Content: What did ancient Israelites believe about the supernatural? Who was their national god, and how did they worship him? Did some Israelites believe that their god had a consort (a wife)? Did some Israelites worship more than one god, and why did they do this? How was the religion of ancient Israel like, and how was it unlike, Judaism and Christianity? In this course, we will explore the answers to these and other questions, and will examine the textual and archaeological data that can be used to construct a picture of the religion of ancient Israel prior to the destruction of Solomon's temple and the Babylonian exile (before 587 BCE). Considerable attention will be given theoretical and methodological questions arising out of our attempts to envisage and understand the religious life of an ancient people.

Topics treated in the course will include: the identity of Israel's national deity; the divine feminine in Israelite religion; the identification and construction of sacred space; ritual activity (especially animal sacrifice); the role of cultic specialists (priests); human sacrifice; ancestor cults and beliefs about the dead; womens religious activity. Although directed primarily to students who are interested in the Hebrew Bible and the culture of ancient Israel, this course also will be of interest to students who desire a greater understanding of the ancient Israelite roots of Judasim and Christianity.

Texts: Susan Niditch, Ancient Israelite Religion Stories from Ancient Canaan, ed. and trans. Michael E. Coogan, Saul M. Olyan, Asherah and the Cult of Yahweh in Israel, Nancy Jay, Throughout Your Generations Forever: Sacrifice, Religion, and Paternity; A course anthology of scholarly articles, book chapters, and primary texts in translation.

Particulars: Three writing assignments: 1) a short response paper submitted early in the term; 2) a bibliographical essay in preparation for the term paper; 3) a term paper (approx. 15 pages), submitted in two drafts. Regular attendance, careful preparation, and active and informed participation are essential. LearnLink conferences will supplement class discussions.

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JS 371-00P: Topics in Jewish History: Arab-Israeli Negotiations, 1967-present (Cross Listed with HIST 489S-00P)
Stein, Tues 2:30-4:30, MAX: 5

Content:   The objectives of this course are threefold: it is designed to acquaint students with an in-depth understanding of the origins, development, and negotiating successes and failures associate with the Arab-Israeli conflict; to become familiar with the major political leaders, statesmen, and diplomats who were associated with conflict's evolution, its wars, and its secret and public diplomacy, and third, to write research papers that require use of primary source materials.

Texts: Ian Bickerton and Carla L. Klausner, A Concise History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Third Edition, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1998; Stein, Kenneth W. Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, New York: Routledge, 1999.

Particulars: Each student will write two papers and give two oral presentations; the oral presentations will reflect the content of the written papers. The first paper will be no longer than 15 pages and the second no longer than 30 pages, including endnotes. Grading: The 15 page paper (25%), the 30 page paper (50%), and class participation (25%). Students may fulfill the history and/or college writing requirement for the old systems. PERMISSION FROM INSTRUCTOR TO TAKE THE COURSE IS REQUIRED. Previous course work in the modern Middle East is essential. This course fulfills General Education Requirement IC (Post-Freshman Seminar). Permission from instructor is required.

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JS 371-000: Topics in Jewish History: Jews of the American South
Goldstein, Thurs. 2:30-4:30, MAX: 6

Content: This course will explore the history and culture of Jews in the American South from the colonial period to the present. It will track Jewish settlement in the region from its beginnings in the eighteenth century, examine the distinctive Southern Jewish subculture that emerged during the antebellum period, examine how Jewish communities were sustained by the distinctive regional economy, and how the decline of small town Jewish life and the arrival of Jews from other parts of the country during the twentieth century contributed to the breakdown of regional distinctiveness. While studying all of these phases of Southern Jewish life, we will try to understand how Jewishness was shaped by the region's approach to social relations and "respectability," its emphasis on evangelical religion, and its struggle with the issue of race.

Texts: Readings will include Eli Evans, The Provincials: A Personal History of Southern Jews; Helen J. Apte, Heart of a Wife: The Diary of a Southern Jewish Woman; Leonard Dinnerstein, The Leo Frank Case; Melissa Faye Green, The Temple Bombing; Alfred Uhry, The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Stella Suberman, The Jew Store: A Family Memoir; Course pack of articles.

Particulars : Students will be asked to complete a few short response papers on the assigned readings. In addition, they will complete an original research paper (15-20 pages) using relevant primary sources available in local libraries and archives. Students will also be asked to make an oral presentation of their findings toward the end of the term. Regular attendance and participation are vital to success in the course. This course fulfills General Education Requirement I.C. (Freshman Seminar).

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JS 371-001: Topics in Jewish History: Ethnicity in American History (same as HIST 348-000, AAS 270-000)
Prude, TTh, 11:30-12:45, MAX: 5

Content: This course will explore the developing experience of ethnic groups and the overall historical meaning of ethnicity in America from colonial times to the present. Moving between particular case studies (including consideration of Jews, African American, Native Americans, Irish, Italians, Hispanics, and Asians) and broad themes (including immigration, assimilation, prejudice, and racism), the course aims to provide a context for understanding both the variety and unfolding structures of ethnicity in American society.

Texts: Readings include fiction (The Breadgivers), autobiography (Coming of Age in Mississippi) and historical studies including (The Strange Career of Jim Crow, World of Our Fathers, and Boston's Immigrants).

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JS 375-000: Topics in Jewish Literature: One Hundred Years in the Promised Land: Explorations in Jewish-American Literature (same as ENG 387R-000)
Rabin, TTh 1:00-2:15, MAX: TBA

Content: This course will explore some of the major themes, topics, and dilemmas in Jewish-American literature. In particular, we will seek to conceptualize how writers of fiction, poetry, and drama have used their art to grapple with issues of heritage and history. We will also look at how religious affiliation, generational interactions, and gender differences impact on the type of work being written. Taking the terms under consideration individually and together, we will probe the sometimes uneasy relationship between Jewishness and American identity that these writers portray. Our approach to the material will be broad, as we employ a range of cultural studies techniques to get a sense of the Jewish-American literature of the past one hundred years and where it might be going in the new millennium.

Texts: Readings may include the following: Abraham Cahan, Yekl (1896); Bernard Malamud, selected stories (1950); Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl (1983); Grace Paley, Faith stories (1956-85); Adrienne Rich, "Split at the Root" (1982) and "Sources" (1986); Henry Roth, Call it Sleep (1934); Philip Roth, Goodbye, Columbus (1959); Steven Rubin (ed.), Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry (1997); Wendy Wasserstein, The Sisters Rosensweig (1993); Elie Wiesel, Night (1960); Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers (1925).

Particulars: Attendance, participation, 5 short papers (3-5 pgs), 1 research paper (10-12 pgs).

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JS 430R-000: Modern Hebrew Literature (same as HEBR 430R-000)
Getz, MW 2:00-3:15, MAX: TBA

Content: Reading in a variety of Modern Hebrew prose and poetry in the original. The significant expressions of these Israeli texts raise both literary and social issues.


  • S. Brunshaw, T. Carmi, The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself
  • Ora Band, Modern Hebrew Prose and Poetry
  • Ora Mayrose, A Taste of Hebrew Literature 

Particulars: All readings are in Hebrew. Prerequisites - HEBR 311 or consent of instructor. This course may be used to satisfy requirements for a major in MES and general college distribution requirements (area studies V).

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JS 495R-000: Honors Thesis
, Time: TBA

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JS 497R-000: Directed Reading in Jewish Studies
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Undergraduates may also take graduate courses.

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