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[JS115J]    English Composition: Holocaust Lessons      Listed as English 115J, Section C.     Three credit hours.  
JS121j    Entartete (Degenerate) Musik      Listed as Music 121.     Three credit hours.  A, I.    SILVER
JS125f    Hebrew I      The first of three consecutive courses designed to develop fluency and accuracy in Modern Hebrew. Through an interactive approach to language learning, students gain communicative proficiency and a greater understanding of Israeli society. Videos, audio, and Web materials introduce students to the nuanced and rich connections between Hebrew and Jewish culture in Israel and around the world.     Three credit hours.    ISAACS
JS126s    Hebrew II      The second of three consecutive courses designed to develop fluency and accuracy in Modern Hebrew. Students will deepen their knowledge of Hebrew grammar and further develop the facilities for written and oral communication in Hebrew. Delves more deeply into Israeli culture through media and literature. Prerequisite:  Jewish Studies 125 or equivalent.     Three credit hours.    ISAACS
JS127f    Hebrew III      The third of three consecutive courses designed to develop fluency and accuracy in Modern Hebrew. Students will deepen their knowledge of Hebrew grammar and further develop the facilities for written and oral communication in Hebrew. Delves more deeply into Israeli culture through media and literature. Prerequisite:  Jewish Studies 126 or equivalent.     Three credit hours.    ISAACS
JS143f    Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament      Listed as Religious Studies 143.     Four credit hours.  L.    MANDOLFO
JS181f    Conceptions of Jews and Judaism      Listed as Religious Studies 181.     Four credit hours.  H, I.    FREIDENREICH
JS182s    Jews and Judaism in the Modern World      Listed as Religious Studies 182.     Four credit hours.  H, I.    FREIDENREICH
JS221j    Topics in Maine's Jewish History      Listed as Religious Studies 221.     Three credit hours.  H, U.    FREIDENREICH
JS224s    Jewish Theology      An introduction to the multiple Jewish answers to life's big questions. We will explore how to live the good life, the role of God in determining our fate, the meaning of suffering in our lives, and the relationship between politics and faith. We will interrogate ideas found in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish liturgy, rabbinic texts, and the works of modern thinkers such as Hermann Cohen, Mordecai Kaplan, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Abraham Isaac Kook.     Three credit hours.    ISAACS
JS251s    Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Accommodation      Listed as Government 251.     Four credit hours.  S, I.    DENOEUX
JS252f    Politics of the Middle East      Listed as Government 252.     Four credit hours.  I.    DENOEUX
JS297Jj    Schtick and Sympathy: Jewish Humor from Bible to Present      A survey of the history of Jewish humor from the biblical era until the present. We will explore the cultural and historical factors that have shaped Jewish humor and how Jewish humor has contributed uniquely to the wider world of comedy. From the Book of Esther to Curb Your Enthusiasm, the ways that Jewish theology, linguistics, geography, ethnicity, trauma, and wit have been refracted through the lens of humor. Includes explorations of critical theory, classical texts, short stories, movie screenings, and performances.     Three credit hours.  A.    ISAACS
JS322s    Food and Religious Identity      Listed as Religious Studies 322.     Four credit hours.  S.    FREIDENREICH
[JS376]    Shadows of the Past: Remembering Vichy France and the Holocaust      Listed as French 376.     Four credit hours.  L, I.  
JS384f    Jewish Responses to Ethical Dilemmas      Listed as Religious Studies 384.     Four credit hours.    FREIDENREICH
[JS386]    Medieval Judaism, Real and Imagined      Listed as Religious Studies 386.     Four credit hours.  H, I.  
JS397f    Reading and Researching in Biblical Hebrew I      Listed as Religious Studies 397.     Four credit hours.    MANDOLFO
JS398s    Reading and Researching in Biblical Hebrew II      Listed as Religious Studies 398.     Four credit hours.    MANDOLFO
JS421s    Research Seminar: Debating the Nazi Past      Listed as History 421.     Four credit hours.  H, I.    SCHECK
JS491f, 492s    Independent Study          One to four credit hours.    FACULTY