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一道本不卡免费高清

HRHS-4348 Hasidic Mysticism
Instructor: Sam Berrin Shonkoff | Wednesday, 6:00pm-9:00pm
PSR 6, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley CA 94709

一道本不卡免费高清Hasidism emerged among a small circle of Jewish mystics in eighteenth-century Poland, spread like wildfire, and today the image of the Hasid is at once an emblem of Jewish authenticity and Jewish fundamentalism. In this course, we will examine the mystical thought of this movement, focusing especially on its psychological and hermeneutical dynamics. Topics to be explored will include joy and depression, speech and silence, human-divine relations, gender and modernity, and the relationship between corporeality and spirituality. 

BSHS-3320 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature
Instructor: Deena Aranoff | Thursday, 9:40am-12:30pm
PSR 5, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley CA 94709

一道本不卡免费高清This class will serve as an introduction to rabbinic literature and history. We will consider the development of rabbinic Judaism in its late-antique context and gain familiarity with the primary collections of rabbinic literature: the Talmud and Midrash. Some themes that we will explore include rabbinic Biblical hermeneutics, the origins of rabbinic law, the rise of rabbinic authority and rabbinic constructions of gender.

HRHS-3800 Modern Judaisms: Religion, Culture, or Nationality?
Instructor: Sam Berrin Shonkoff | Thursday, 2:10pm–5:00pm
一道本不卡免费高清 PSR Holbrooke 133, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley CA 94709

The intellectual and political conditions of modernity have triggered fiery debates about the essence of Judaism. As Jews (and non-Jews) have sought to redefine Judaism as a religion, a culture, or a nationality—or sought to reject the very idea of redefining Judaism—new forms of Jewish identity, thought, and practice have emerged that illuminate why the Jewish world looks the way it does today, from Berkeley to Brooklyn and Tunis to Tel Aviv. This course will survey the diverse landscapes of Jewish modernity, with special attention to dynamics between secularism and traditionalism, individualism and nationalism, exile and homeland, and Judaism and Christianity. 

Spring 2020

HRPH-5200 Martin Buber: Philosopher, Theologian, Activist
Instructor: Sam Berrin Shonkoff | Monday 2:10pm–5:00pm
一道本不卡免费高清 PSR Holbrooke 133, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley CA 94709

Martin Buber was one of the most influential and intriguing Jewish intellectuals of the twentieth century. Through deep dives into his written works, this course will introduce students to Buber’s life, thought, and legacy. We will explore his own personal shift “from mysticism to dialogue,” his interpretations of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Hasidism, his political and religious anarchisms, and his enormous appeal to Christian audiences.

HRHS-2000 A Genealogy of Jewish Culture
Instructor: Deena Aranoff | Tuesday, 9:40am-12:30pm
GTU Hedco Room, 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley CA 94709

The seminar will examine the factors and processes at work in the development of Jewish culture over time. we will employ historical, literary, cultural, and feminist analysis as part of an exploration of Jewish civilization from its beginnings in ancient Israel through the medieval period. This course satisfies the ancient-medieval survey course required for the M.A. and certificate in Jewish Studies.

HRPH-2500 Introduction to Jewish Theology
Instructor: Sam Berrin Shonkoff | Tuesday 2:10pm–5:00pm
一道本不卡免费高清 PSR Holbrooke 133, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley CA 94709

Many have contended that the phrase “Jewish theology” is oxymoronic, or at least somewhere between problematic and inconsequential. In this course we will consider those arguments, yet we will also expand and refine our definitions of theology in ways that might encompass Jewish perspectives on God. In so doing, we will explore the midrashic theologies, embodied theologies, philosophical theologies, and mystical theologies of Judaism. As we investigate these major streams in Jewish religious thought, we will also consider how they correlate with, and differ from, theologies of other traditions in the world.

Spring 2019

一道本不卡免费高清Jewish Mysticism (D. Aranoff)

一道本不卡免费高清Aesthetics in Islam and Judaism (C. Bier and F. Spagnolo, Visiting Scholars)

Modern Jewish Ideas, Beliefs, and Practices (R. Brodie and B. Steinberg, Visiting Scholars)

Gender and Judaism (N. Seidman, Visiting Scholar)

Fall 2018

Ancient & Medieval Jewish Civilization (D. Aranoff)

一道本不卡免费高清Liberation or Occupation, Catastrophe or Triumph? Making Sense of the Difficult Past (M. Gross, Visiting Scholar)

Spring 2017

Jewish Mysticism (D. Aranoff)

Inventing Jewish Ritual (L.A. Hildebrand, Newhall Fellow)

一道本不卡免费高清Modern/Contemporary Jewish Thought (B. Steinberg, Visiting Scholar)

The Culture of the Synagogue (F. Spagnolo, Visiting Scholar)

Fall 2016

Ancient/Medieval Jewish Civilization (D. Aranoff) 

Texts/Contexts in Judaism and Islam (C. Fonrobert and N. Virani, Visiting Scholars)

一道本不卡免费高清Hasidism (S. Brownstein, Visiting Scholar)

The Jewish Atlantic (T. Whelan, Newhall Fellow)

Degree Programs

The GTU currently offers two degrees through the Center for Jewish Studies: a Master of Arts in Jewish studies and a Doctor of Philosophy featuring a wide range of concentrations within Jewish studies. The CJS also offers a certificate in Jewish studies for professional advancement in the field of Jewish education or Jewish communal life.

一道本不卡免费高清Scholars wishing to pursue a degree in Jewish Studies may choose to focus their studies in these departments and concentrations:

  • Sacred Texts and Their Interpretation
    • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
    • Rabbinic Literature
  • Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion
    • Anthropology of Religion
    • Art & Religion
    • Comparative Religion
    • Jewish Studies
    • New Religious Movements
    • Religion & Literature
    • Sociology of Religion
  • Theology & Ethics
    • Aesthetics
    • Comparative Ethics
    • Comparative Theology
    • Ethics
    • Philosophical Theology
    • Theology & Science
  • Religion & Practice
    • Liturgical Studies

Master of Arts Jewish Studies

The MA program is a two-year program of advanced graduate study and research. Students complete four semesters of courses as well as supervised thesis research. They work closely with CJS faculty and may specialize in late-antiquity and rabbinic literature, medieval Jewish history and culture, as well as modern Jewish cultural and literary studies. Students are required to take a two-semester survey on the foundations of Jewish history and culture and may take a variety of electives at the member schools of the Graduate Theological Union and at UC Berkeley. Students are also required to take two courses of Hebrew study.

Doctor of Philosophy Jewish History

一道本不卡免费高清The CJS doctoral program encourages interdisciplinary and comparative research. Students work closely with professors from the GTU in the field of late-antique, medieval, and modern Jewish history and culture. Dissertations may focus on themes such as language, Biblical hermeneutics, translation, secularization, sexuality, cultural exchange, and Jewish-Christian interaction. Students may work within the discipline of history, as well as literary, religious, or cultural studies. Students acquire a strong general competence, particularly for teaching, in the history of Judaism from late antiquity to the recent past, and will acquire strength both for teaching and scholarly research. The doctoral program requires four semesters of coursework, including departmental and interdisciplinary methods seminars.

Certificate in Jewish Studies

一道本不卡免费高清The CJS offers a certificate in Jewish Studies. The program is open to registered GTU students as well as to the broader Bay Area community. The certificate allows students to register for graduate level coursework and to receive a transcript and documentation of graduate work in Jewish studies.

Intersession and Summer Programs

CJS may offer courses for credit during the winter and summer intersessions, as well as during the summer. Auditors are also welcome.

Non-Degree Study at CJS

Auditors are welcome in CJS classes, pending permission from instructors. We also offer a Fellowship for Jewish community professionals to enroll in one CJS course. Find further information under the Jewish Community Fellowship section of our website.

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