Courses

Spring 2021

English

  • ENGL 5559 Contemporary Jewish American FIction: History, Memory, Rewriting the Past | Caroline Rody | TTh 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm | Online
    • A seminar for grad students and advanced undergrads on Post WWII American Jewish fiction, a vibrant secular literature with roots in formidable textual, cultural, and religious traditions.
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German

  • GETR 3695 The Holocaust and the Law | Gabriel Finder | TTh 11:00 am- 12:15 pm TTh 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm | Online
    • An examination of post-Holocaust trials and postwar justice
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  • GETR 3693 Holocaust Testimony | Gabriel Finder | Tu 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm | Online
    • An exploration of audiotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors and of the history of interviewing Holocaust survivors
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Hebrew

  • HEBR 1020 | Beginning Modern Hebrew II | Zvi Gilboa | MTWThF 10:00 am - 10:50pm | Online
    • In this course we will continue to immerse ourselves in Hebrew-speaking cultures, thereby expanding our vocabulary and improving our command of grammar and verb conjugation. We will read advanced children's books and study the lyrics of several popular songs. In doing so, we will be describing music videos from both a third-person, present-tense (real-time) perspective and a first-person, past-tense (evocative) perspective, and celebrate our progress, together with all other students of the program, on the [online] karaoke midterm.
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  • HEBR 2020 | Intermediate Modern Hebrew II | Zvi Gilboa | MTWThF 11:00 am - 11:50pm | Online
    • This is the final course in the sequence of core Modern Hebrew course, and can be used for fulfillment of the College's Foreign Language Requirement. We will read, visually represent in comics, perform, and interpret contemporary songs that are characterized by challenging lyric and themes that juxtapose a “foreign” target culture with a “familiar” local one. Through partner- and group-based activiies, We will continue to improve our storytelling, as well as conversational skills. For the final project, each student will pursue one cultural, historical, or political theme of choice by reading a couple of authentic texts on the topic. In conclusion, each student will deliver an unscripted presentation in class, and record and explain the above text(s).
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  • HEBR 2420 | Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II | Gregory Goering | MW 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | Gibson 142
    • Reading biblical poetry. Prerequisite: HEBR/RELJ 2410.
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History

  • HIST 4501 | Antisemitism in Historical Perspective | James Loeffler | Tu 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Online
    • Can hate be transhistorical? Can we speak of anti-Jewish hatred as a unique phenomenon that transcends the limits of time and space? This seminar explores the peculiar history of antisemitism and the puzzle of antisemitism as a historical problem. Through readings and research, students will examine the challenges and opportunities that the study of antisemitism presents for contemporary historical reasoning.
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Music

  • MUEN 3640 | Klezmer Ensemble | Joel Rubin | MW 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Online
    • Under the direction of acclaimed clarinetist and ethnomusicologist Joel Rubin, the performance ensemble is dedicated to exploring klezmer and other Jewish and Eastern European musical traditions from the 18th to the 21st century.

Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Culture

  • MEST 2450 | Languages of Nationhood: Sociolinguistics in Israel | Daniel Lefkowitz | MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am | Online
    • Covers ideas about language and nation, the language in nationalist movements, language revitalization (Hebrew), multilingualism in current Israel, the politics of language and the language of politics in Israel today.
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Religious Studies

  • RELJ 1420 | Elementary Biblical Hebrew II | Gregory Goering | MWF 10:00 am - 10:50 am 
    • Learn biblical Hebrew naturally. Prerequisite: HEBR/RELJ 1410.
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  • RELJ 2024 | Jewish-Muslim Relations | Jessica Andruss | TTh 9:30 am - 10:45 am | Online
    • In this course we will explore the complex history of interaction between Jews and Muslims from seventh-century Arabia to the present day. Our study will be based on the careful examination of primary sources, both documentary and literary. There are no pre-requisites for this course, and lectures will cover the historical, textual, and religious background necessary to appreciate the primary source readings.
    • This course is also listed under RELI 2024
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  • RELJ 2030 | Judaism, Roots, and Rebellion | Elizabeth Alexander | MW 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm | Maury Hall 209
    • What does it mean to construct one's identity in dialogue with ancient texts and traditions? Can the gap between the ancient and contemporary be bridged? Or must texts and traditions born of a remote time and place remain hopelessly irrelevant to contemporary life? This course explores these questions by examining the myriad ways that contemporary Jews balance the complexities of modern life with the demands of an ancient heritage.
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  • RELJ 2420 | Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II | Gregory Goering | MW 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | Gibson Hall 142
    • Reading biblical poetry. Prerequisite: HEBR/RELJ 2410.
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  • RELJ 3100 | Medieval Jewish Thought | Jessica Andruss | Th 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Online
    • The seminar in Medieval Jewish Thought introduces students to the gems of the medieval Jewish intellectual tradition (9th-13th centuries). Students will explore the development of foundational religious ideas and innovative literary forms, and observe the ways that Jewish thinkers actively participated in the cultural discourse of the Islamic and Christian worlds.
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  • RELJ 3170 | Modern Jewish Thought | Asher Biemann | TTh 11:00 am - 12:15 am | Gibson Hall 211
    • Survey of Jewish philosophy in the modern period
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  • RELJ 3490 | Jewish Weddings | Vanessa Ochs | W 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Learning everything about Jewish weddings from antiquity to present
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  • RELJ 3708 | Enduring Questions in Modern Judaism | Asher Biemann
  • RELJ 8717 | Graduate Tutorial on the Book of Job | Martien Halvorson-Taylor | T 10:00 am - 10:50 am | Online
    • An advanced graduate research tutorial on the book of Job and its interpretation. Interested students should email the instructor to enroll: maht@virginia.edu
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  • RELJ 8750 | Jewish Feminism (Abaramic Context) | Vanessa Ochs | TBA | Online
    • Advanced study of Jewish Feminism with comparisons to Islamic and Christian feminism
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  • RELJ 8751 | Tutorial in Second Temple Judaism | Gregory Goering | TBA | Online
    • This interdisciplinary research collaboration explores the variegated expressions of Judaism between the construction of the second Jerusalem temple in the 6th century BCE, through the Hellenistic and Roman periods, down to the temple¿s destruction by the Romans in the 1st century CE. Given the chronological and geographical vastness and complexity of the subject, this course will of necessity consider a selection of problems, issues, and topics.
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Politics

  • PLCP 3500 | Politics of the Holocaust | Gerard Alexander
    • Competing explanations for the Holocaust and comparative genocide
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