Jewish Studies Program
Courses of Study
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. Emanuel
JS144s Introduction to the New Testament Listed as Religious Studies 144. Four credit hours. L. Emanuel
[JS152] Israeli Popular Music Listed as Religious Studies 152. Three credit hours. A.
JS181f Conceptions of Jews and Judaism Listed as Religious Studies 181. Four credit hours. H, I. Freidenreich
JS182s Jews, Judaism, and the Modern World Listed as Religious Studies 182. Four credit hours. H, I. Freidenreich
[JS219] Violence and Religion through the Centuries Listed as Religious Studies 219. Four credit hours.
[JS221] The Jews of Maine Listed as Religious Studies 221. Four credit hours. H.
JS223f Religion in the Modern State of Israel Listed as Religious Studies 223. Two credit hours. Freidenreich
[JS224] Jewish Theology An introduction to 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. Four credit hours.
JS226j Community Organizing and Social Justice For decades, ordinary citizens have exercised their power on a local and state level using the principles of congregation-based community organizing (CBCO). In this hands-on introduction to the principles of CBCO, students will learn how to organize to build power and create political change. With special attention to the Jewish texts that underlie this work, we will focus on the history of Jewish involvement in social justice movements as a case study for making change. Guest speakers from across the country will share their experiences. Three credit hours. Instructor
JS251s Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Accommodation Listed as Government 251. Four credit hours. S. Denoeux
JS252f Introduction to Politics of the Middle East Listed as Government 252. Four credit hours. Denoeux
[JS283] Golden Diaspora: Modern American Jewish History Listed as History 283. Four credit hours. H, U.
JS298s Public Speaking for Social Change Designed as an introduction to the art of public speaking. Its goals are twofold: 1) to analyze the stylistic and structural elements of great religious sermons and speeches 2) to develop the skills required to write effective speeches and deliver them in a professional context. The course will include two sessions a week dedicated to examining text, and a weekly lab to focus writing and delivering speeches. The final project for the course will include the delivery of a public address on a social justice topic at a local community organization in the Waterville area. Four credit hours. Isaacs
JS298As The Jewish Jesus Listed as Religious Studies 298A. Four credit hours. H. Emanuel
JS322s Food and Religious Identity Listed as Religious Studies 322. Four credit hours. S. Freidenreich
[JS323] Holocaust in French Cinema Listed as French 323. Four credit hours.
[JS384] Religious Responses to Ethical Dilemmas Listed as Religious Studies 384. Four credit hours.
[JS387] Anti-Judaism and Islamophobia in Christian/Western Thought Listed as Religious Studies 387. Four credit hours. I.
[JS421] Research Seminar: Debating the Nazi Past Listed as History 421. Four credit hours. H, W3, I.
JS491f, 492s Independent Study One to four credit hours. Faculty