Fall 2015 Community Education Courses

Community Education courses taken as noncredit are offered at the special rate of $500 per course if they are taken on a noncredit basis. No additional discount will be applied to these courses. All students are required to pay a registration fee in addition to tuition. If you are taking only Community Education courses, the registration fee will be $50 for the fall semester.

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How to Chant Haftarah and Esther CG CANTR 532-AU 
 Online | Noncredit only  Syllabus Schwartz

This course gives details and background for chanting the Trope of Haftarah and Megillat Esther. Topics will include a brief review of Hebrew grammar needed for accurate pronunciation and the punctuation of phrases, standard Ashkenazic motifs for chanting Haftarah and Esther Trope, pedagogy issues and teaching techniques and an overview of the development and functions of the Tiberian Trope.

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Text and Context: Biblical and Rabbinic Periods CG HIST 541-AU
Online | Noncredit only Syllabus | Mesch

In this course, we will encounter the Tanakh and rabbinic literature, and the cultures and civilizations in which they developed. We will read substantial portions of original texts (in translation) along with key secondary sources to provide students with a framework through which they can gain understanding of the key issues and concepts that underlie these texts and their history. We will also be attentive to the variety of ways that the Bible and rabbinic literature are read and interpreted. There are no prerequisites for this class; it will be taught as an introductory course for graduate students and as an introduction to graduate work in Jewish studies.

The Eastern European Era CG HIST 533-AU
Online | Noncredit only Liekis

The study of Eastern European Jewry has benefited from renewed interest and new capabilities following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reemergence of the independent states of East-Central Europe. Conditions of censorship and restricted access have given way to new scholarly initiatives and renewed support. This course will focus on the following themes: the specific character of the Jewry of East-Central Europe including religious, cultural, intellectual, political and economic history; relations between Jews and non-Jews from the later-18th century under a variety of ruling empires up to recent developments of independence and the revival of Jewish life; contemporary attempts to engage the Jewish past by both Jews and non-Jews, and attempts to come to terms with the difficult legacy of the Holocaust. The course will also explore the nature of the archival resources now available for genealogical research in the context of gaining a deeper understanding of the social and personal history of the Jewish community.

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Justice, Revenge, Repentance and Forgiveness in Jewish Literature and Thought CG JTHT 631 AU
TBA | Noncredit only|  Syllabus | Schimmel

this class is canceledJudaism has given much thought to these four concepts and values in interpersonal, interethnic and human-divine relationships, from biblical times to the present. The Bible attributes to God the command that one should not harbor a grudge against a fellow Israelite, as well as the command to annihilate the Amalekites because they attacked Israel when they were vulnerable after they had just left Egypt. The rabbis engage these issues and offer their own interpretations of the meanings of these biblical texts, often utilizing the concepts of "midat hadin" (the measure of justice) and "midat harahamim" (the measure of compassion/forgiveness). The issue continues to be central in medieval and modern times, where the events of Jewish history make the discussion continually relevant.

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