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Fall 2020
Oct 21, 2020
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JCIV 195 - Jewish Orthodox Women N Amer.
According to the Jewish data bank, 42% of the world’s Jewish population lives in North America. What does the term “Jewish Population” mean? To whom exactly are we referring? The liberal Jews who publicly support LGBTQ rights and refugees? The anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta that attended a conference in Iran organized by Ahmadinejad in 2006? The controversial Jared Kushner and his supporters who define themselves as Modern Orthodox and Chabad-Lubavitch? This course surveys Jewish life in North America (Canada and the United States) by looking at a variety of religious denominations (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox, Sephardi, Renewal, Non-Affiliated, etc.). In doing so, we discover how these religious affiliations are often aligned with ethnic, cultural, racial, and political differences that constitute North American Jewry. Students will meet members and leaders of diverse Jewish communities and institutions, both in class and during field visits. Issues such as intermarriage, modernity, feminism, secularism, technology, new reproductive technology, and sexuality will be covered. Based on an experiential approach, students will undertake their own fieldwork project of Jewish life in Washington DC, and will present their findings in writing or in a photo/video-based mini- exhibit. Sources will include anthropological and sociological materials as well as film, music, and newspapers. More broadly, the course will attempt to respond to the anthropological question of how Jewishness, in its various forms, takes on meaning in North American society when it comes to the preservation or the rejection of tradition. Course also listed as INAF 195
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Jewish Civilization Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/CULP Core


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