Oct 31, 2013
Center for Jewish Studies 2014 Winter Intersession & Spring Courses!!
Winter Intersession January 6-16, 2014
Reading Classical Jewish Sources
Rutie Adler, UC Berkeley
Course ID: BSHR 3440 Monday-Friday, 10:00AM - 2:30PM Location: Hedco at GTU
This course is designed for intermediate Hebrew students to improve their ability to read post-biblical Hebrew texts from the Mishna through the Middle Ages, to modern Hebrew journalistic and literary texts. Students are expected to have at least one year of college Hebrew. Please note, if we do not have more than 5 students, the course will be cancelled. To register: GTU students need to register on WebAdvisor by December 15, 2013.
Community auditors are welcome. $150 fee payable to CJS
Ancient-Medieval Jewish Civilization
Deena Aranoff, Graduate Theological Union
Course ID: HSST-2022 Mondays, 9:40AM-12:30PM Location: Hedco at GTU
This course will examine Jewish civilization from its beginnings in ancient Israel through its development in medieval times. We will examine features of Jewish communal life, as well as the intellectual and religious currents among Jews in the ancient and medieval periods. This course will provide an understanding of the continuities and discontinuities in Jewish history and the overall process of cultural change in Judaism. This course is required for all M.A. and Certificate students at CJS. Weekly response papers/Final Exam.
Gender and Talmud
Charlotte Fonrobert, Stanford University, Visiting Professor of Rabbinics at CJS
Course ID: HRBS-4351 Wednesdays, 9:40AM-12:30PM Location: CDSP-113
This course will explore the construction of gender in the Talmud through close readings of significant legal passages in the treatment of women, marriage & gender. We will supplement this analysis of primary sources by reading in gender theory, both within & outside the field of rabbinics. Hebrew/Aramaic reading ability required
Hellenism, Judaism, and Empire
Ashley Bacchi, Graduate Theological Union
Course ID: HS-3735 Thursdays, 2:10PM-5:00PM Location: CDSP-116
This course will explore questions of Jewish identity before and after the Maccabean Revolt.
Students will be introduced to primary sources and recent scholarship concerning the interaction between Judaism and Hellenism in order to evaluate how both acceptance and rejection fostered transformation. Seminar: class presentation; final research paper. Basic knowledge of Hebrew Bible required in order to appreciate what is being imitated as well as created. This course is taught by PhD student Ashley Bacchi with a Newhall Award, under the supervision of Dr. Deena Aranoff.
Love & Sex in Modern Jewish Literature
Naomi Seidman, Koret Professor of Jewish Culture, Graduate Theological Union
Course ID: RA-2217 Thursdays, 9:40AM-12:30PM Location: MUDD-204
The emergence of modern Jewish literature in the nineteenth century was accompanied by the secularization and Westernization of traditional Jewish marital structures, erotic practices, and gender roles. Modern Jewish literature both reflected and shaped these transformations, serving as a site for the negotiation of traditional and modern values around love and sex. We will trace this journey from the Haskalah to contemporary Jewish American and Israeli narrative prose; readings include Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, S.Y. Agnon, and Grace Paley. All literature will be provided in the original and English translation. Seminar/final paper required, no prerequisites
Politics of Biblical Translation
Naomi Seidman, Koret Professor of Jewish Culture, Graduate Theological Union
Course ID: BSHR-4530 Mondays, 2:10PM-5:00PM Location: Hedco at GTU
This course will follow the career of Bible translation from the composition of the Septuagint to contemporary missionary translations. We will study translations narratives using post-colonialist theories to analyze the politics of cross-cultural transmission. Jewish, Christian and Islamic approaches to translation will be contrasted. All texts will be available in English translation. Seminar/ final paper.
The Power of Narrative and Metaphor as a Platform for Teaching, Writing, and Personal Development
Dr. Stephen S. Pearce, Visiting Professor at CJS
Course ID: TBD Tuesdays, 9:40AM-12:30PM Location: TBD
This course focuses on the transformative and redemptive capacity of narrative and metaphor: charter myths, folk traditions, religious legends and sacred texts, mythology, drama, poetry, saga, paradox and humor. When properly understood, narrative in all its forms enriches cultural and religious understanding and the transfer of knowledge from one context to another, while circumventing resistance to old and new ideas. Drawing on Jewish, non-Jewish and secular sources, students will employ a close reading of texts for an expansive understanding of the life cycle, ritual and holiday occasions, worship and the ever-changing landscape of American religious life, and will thus learn to incorporate the oldest, deeply-embedded ways of understanding human consciousness and motives into academic, congregational and personal work.
Additional Jewish Studies Courses at the GTU
Jewish Art and Politics
Rene'e Powell, Center for Arts and Religion
Course ID: RA- 1145 Thursdays, 2:40PM-5:00PM Location: MUDD 102
How many ways has art been used to shape our perceptions? This course will examine how visual images have been used as a vehicle to influence our views of social and political ideology. We will analyze both visual and literary interpretations of the art work with the intention of finding new insights about the rich cultural history of Judaism. The course will also examine how the fascist regime systematically used modern art to build Hitler's political campaign which attacked race and culture.
Jews, Christians and Muslims: Conflicts & Interactions 1400-1600
Dr. Christopher Ocker, Professor of Church History, San Francisco Theological Seminary
Course ID: HSHR-4801/HSHR-5801 Tuesdays, 2:10PM – 5PM Location: GTU (Room TBD)
The seminar will examine interactions across the frontiers (both cultural and geographical) that
distinguished Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the early modern period. This will include
interactions within Europe, including Iberia, and between Europe and the Ottoman Empire during the
"Renaissance" and "Reformation." Particular attention to travel literature, polemical literature, and implicit intellectual exchanges. Sources in English translation. Term paper. Students taking the seminar at the 5000 level will be expected to do some work on primary sources in original languages. [PIN code required; 10 max enrollment]
Courses can also be viewed online: http://www.gtu.edu/centersandaffiliates/jewishstudies/courses
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I share here a small glimpse into who Simone and Martin z"l were. May their memories be a blessing!
- rabbi menachem creditor
Simone was born in France in the Alsatian village of Ringendorf. After graduating high school, she entered a program in early childhood education. Her studies were cut short by the start of World War II. Simone became a resident worker at a French internment camp where her efforts focused on the children. Ultimately, she helped to rescue 350 children and place them with French families, in orphanages, in convents and in summer camps. All of her immediate family survived the war. Simone moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1946 on a scholarship awarded by the National Council of Jewish Women to resume her education. Simone had a long career in social work in Cleveland and Syracuse helping children and their families.
Martin was born in Stolzenau, Germany. He lost his father at the age of four and as a child grew up victimized as a Jew in Nazi Germany. He escaped to an English boarding school in 1938. When the war started, he was interned for a year as an enemy alien on the Isle of Man. After his internment, he joined the war effort by working in a factory. His mother and grandmother died in the Holocaust. In 1945, he moved to Cleveland to join his brother and sister. He worked his way through Case Institute of Technology and was then hired by Carrier Corporation. His installations of low temperature industrial refrigeration can be found in Europe, South Africa, China and Japan.
Simone & Martin met in Cleveland in 1946, were wed in Paris in 1949 and soon began a family. In 1963, the family moved to Syracuse, NY where they helped to establish Beth Shalom synagogue. In 1986 they retired to Chapel Hill. As part of their efforts to create Jewish communities, Martin and Simone joined others in founding the Kehillah Synagogue, and they tirelessly devoted themselves to ensuring its success. Simone became actively involved in the Jewish community and was instrumental in establishing Jewish Family Services. Martin was a tinkerer; he soon became known as the man who could fix anything. He made use of his skills volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Jewish Family Services, Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation, Beth El Synagogue, Hillel and Kehillah Synagogue. He served on the boards of Hillel and the Jewish Federation. The Lipmans were blessed with a loving marriage of 59 years, two sons (Peter and Robert) and several grandchildren. May their memories be for a blessing.
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(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Forgiveness is so powerful. When someone asks from their heart that you forgive them, that act of forgiveness feels like lifting an anvil off of your own heart, an anvil you couldn't lift alone, a weight that required two lifters. What a holy feeling, and what bravery it requires. Blessed are You, God, Who gives us the strength to forgive and be forgiven.
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To the Left and to the Right: Two Truths for Jews © Rabbi Menachem Creditor blogs.timesofisrael.com/to-the-left-and-to-the-right-two-truth...
Rabbi David Wolpe in WashingtonPost.com: "Divorce is a death" Rabbi David Wolpe http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/...
I wrote this song for my daughter, born right after 9/11. This world will be built by love: ours and God's. In the best and worst of m...
Something Must Be Done (c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor As she stands before me, speechless, I realize why it's all in place, this trad...