Kelly Feinstein-Johnson, Ph.D.
This 9-week course examines major turning points in Jewish history from the early modern period through the tewntieth century: Expulsion from Spain and the formation of the modern Diaspora, the development of Jewish mystical and messianic movements, the challenge of modernization, the rise of political anti-Semitism, the flowering of Yiddish literature and culture, the Jewish enlightenment and the revival of Hebrew, the migration of European Jews to America, the nearly total destruction of European Jewry in the twentieth century, the advent of Zionism and the creation of modern Israel. We will ground these larger movements by focusing on important cities in Jewish history -- Seville, Venice, Constantinople, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, and New York. It will emphasize the diversity of Jewish cultures and their creative responses to the challenges (and catastrophies) they have encountered during the five centuries that extend from 1492 to the present.
For those who have taken Basic Judaism, this course is a more in-depth look at the history introduced in that class.
This class will combine lecture and discussion with occasional short readings for "homework". The accompanying text is Scattered Amongst the Peoples, by Allan Levine, and is available at amazon.com for $14.
NOTE: This is a repeat of the course offered in Spring 2014. If any students from the previous course "missed" a 3-week set of sessions, they can enroll in that section this fall.
Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Session I: October 15, 22, 29
Session II: November 5, 12, 19
Session III: December 3, 10, 17
Registration Fees Per Session: $45 for members; $60 for non-members
Read more: Fall 5775/2014: Modern Jewish History