Judaic Studies

Judaic Studies and Hebrew Studies Minors

About Judaic Studies

The Judaic Studies Program at the University at Albany promotes literacy and scholarly knowledge about Judaism and Jewish history in their diverse cultural expressions from antiquity to the present. We are scholars, teachers, and students aimed at exploring the fundamentals of Judaic studies as an interdisciplinary academic field with a variety of methodologies. The Judaic Studies Program is affiliated with the Department of History.

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Judaic Studies offers undergraduate courses at elementary and advanced levels, many of which are cross-listed with other departments. Practicum credit may be earned by assisting with course instruction and Internship credit through community service. Many students take advantage of the SUNY-wide Israel study program for a semester or year overseen by Judaic Studies. Students may apply for sponsored scholarships.

Avenues often pursued by Judaic Studies graduates

  • Graduate Training in Social Welfare
  • Jewish Communal Administration or Education
  • The Rabbinate or Cantorate
  • PhD Programs 
  • Diplomacy


Degree Requirements for the Minors

Judaic Studies Minor

A minimum of 18 graduation credits (9 or more of which must be in course work at or above the 300 level) from course work in the Department of Judaic Studies or other relevant departments. No more than 4 credits from among A HEB 450 or A JST 450 or 490 may be applied to the minor.

View frequently offered Judaic Studies courses in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Hebrew Studies Minor

A minimum of 18 graduation credits in course work with an A HEB prefix above the 102 level. Students who begin with A HEB 101 and/or 102 must complete 15 graduation credits above the 102 level. No more than 4 credits of A HEB 450 may be applied to the minor.

View frequently offered Hebrew courses in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

 

For more information about minors, go to the University's Undergraduate Bulletin.

Upcoming Events

TBD

SUNY has arrangements with Haifa University, the Hebrew University, Ben-Gurion University, and Tel Aviv University for students who desire to spend a semester or an academic year studying in Israel. Students can earn credits toward the Judaic Studies or Hebrew Studies minors for suitable courses. Learn more on the Study Abroad page.

 

 

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Judaic Studies and Hebrew Undergraduate Course Offerings
Summer 2022 Course

 

JST 250 (2151) (3 crs)   

 Holocaust in History   

Veeder, Stacy ([email protected]  
FULLY ONLINE COURSE – ASYNCHRONOUS   
*Cross-listed with HIS 250 (2152)    
4W1 COURSE (May 23rd – June 17th)  

This course begins with an overview of European Jewish life on the eve of the attempt at its destruction, examines the cultural, social, and intellectual roots of Nazism, and discusses the efforts to isolate and marginalize those marked as “a-socials” in German society. Explores the radicalization of the Nazi program and investigates the variety of ways targeted groups responded to the crisis. Covers several survivor accounts and the memorialization and politicization of the Nazi Holocaust in the United States and Israel.

 

Fall 2022 Courses

Come visit us in SS119 or contact the director of the program, Dr. Federica Francesconi.
 

JST 150 (9137) (3 crs)  Jewish Civilization: From the Birth of the Israelites until the Present
Francesconi, Federica ([email protected]    
Tue, Thu 3:00pm-4:20pm   
CK 130     
 *Cross-listed with HST 150 (9136)  

An orientation to the field of Jewish studies from the ancient period to the present via a thematic approach, such as through Jewish languages, cities, migrations, or religious denominations. Recommended preparation for other JST courses.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


 

JST 225 (7722) (3 crs)    Modern Jewish Experience in Film       
Francesconi, Federica ([email protected]    
Tue, Thu 4:30pm-5:50pm   
CK 130   
*Cross-listed with HIS 225 (7721) & AARH 225  

With a specific eye on films, this course examines the transformations of world Jewry as well as important historical themes that crossed geographical areas beginning with the early modern period and continuing throughout nowadays. It is intended to provide an opportunity for students to engage some of the main themes in modern Jewish history by analyzing, watching, and discussing American, European, and Israeli feature and documentary movies and videos that document or fictionalize Jewish life in the modern era.

 


 

JST 250 (9153) (3 crs) The Holocaust in History
Matkowska, Justyna ([email protected])  
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - ASYNCHRONOUS   
*Cross-listed with HIS 250 (9152)  

Begins with an overview of European Jewish life on the eve of the attempt at its destruction, examines the cultural, social, and intellectual roots of Nazism, and discusses the efforts to isolate and marginalize those marked as “a-socials” in German society. Explores the radicalization of the Nazi program and investigates the variety of ways targeted groups responded to the crisis. Covers several survivor accounts and the memorialization and politicization of the Nazi Holocaust in the United States and Israel.

 


 

JST 251 (8101) (3 crs) Early Israel & Biblical Civilizations
Cradic, Melissa ([email protected]  
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - ASYNCHRONOUS   
*Cross-listed with HIS 252 (8100)    

The history and culture of ancient Israel from its beginnings to the Persian Empire. A survey of the Hebrew Bible (in English) as the major source for the study of early Judaic religious and social forms in the context of the Near East.

 


 

JST 341 (8505) (3 crs) Issues in Biblical Civilizations
Cradic, Melissa ([email protected])    
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - ASYNCHRONOUS       
*Cross-listed with HIS 341 (8506)  

Covers same period as JST 252, but on an advanced level. Students attend class meetings for JST 252, but have a separate, more sophisticated reading list, a research paper, and a separate recitation session.              Prerequisite(s): JST 150 or permission of instructor.

 


 

JST 450 (7446) (3 crs) Judaic Studies Practicum
Francesconi, Federica ([email protected]  
ARR  

Advanced Judaic Studies students receive undergraduate credit for assisting with 100 or 200 level Judaic Studies courses under the close supervision of the instructor. Students at this level lead small group discussions several times in the semester; offer one class presentation, which will also be written up as a paper and submitted to the instructor; and may assist in grading quizzes and examinations. Students meet regularly with the instructor, who helps students improve their knowledge of the topic and discusses pedagogical techniques. Course may be repeated once for credit with approval of department chair.                                                                        Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor and department chair.

 


 

JST 497 (5214) (1-6 crs) Independent Study in Judaic Studies
Francesconi, Federica ([email protected])     
ARR  

Directed reading and conferences on selected topics in Judaic studies. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Prerequisite(s): permission of program director.

 


Hebrew Studies Courses
 

HEB 101 (6583) (4 crs) Elementary Hebrew I
Zilberberg, Keren ([email protected])     
Mon, Wed 11:40am-12:35pm     
Tue, Thu 1:30pm-2:25pm       
SLG 24  

Ivrit min HaHatchala (Hebrew from Scratch) is a program developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to teach others to communicate in Hebrew. It includes vocabulary and syntax in a gradual sequence, enabling learners to build and expand on their acquired knowledge. Students learn to read and communicate in different contexts. The program is interactive and uses a variety of methods for teaching and learning. This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of modern spoken and written Hebrew. Learn the 4 skills of language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking in Hebrew.  Study of fundamental speech patterns. Listening comprehension and oral ability, using audiovisual method. Progressively greater emphasis placed on reading and writing skills.

For students with no previous knowledge of Hebrew.

 


 

HEB 201 (7357) (3 crs) Intermediate Hebrew I
Zilberberg, Keren ([email protected]  
Tue, Thu 12:00pm-1:20pm  
SLG 24  

Hebrew from Scratch, Part 2 continues right where the first volume leaves off.

Upon completion of both volumes of Hebrew from Scratch, the student should be able to recognize and understand the basic elements of the language and should have attained a good command of and familiarity for the language in terms of writing, speaking, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension. Students will apply and extend their knowledge of Hebrew grammar and continue to build their vocabulary with the goal of enhancing their ability to independently read and understand ancient through modern Jewish texts in Hebrew. In this course, the student is exposed to a variety of reading selections on various subjects, including Jewish, Israeli, and general topics. The student is exposed to conversation from various levels of language. Alongside the texts and conversations, you will find systematic and staged exercises in grammar, structure, composition, and use of the dictionary.

 


 

HEB 497 (6510) (1-6 crs) Independent Study in Hebrew
Francesconi, Federica ([email protected]  
ARR  

Directed readings and conferences on selected topics in Hebrew language and literature.                          Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor and department chair.

Faculty and Staff
Faculty

Judaic Studies Faculty

Federica Francesconi, PhD is Director of the Judaic Studies Program & Associate Professor in the Department of History.


Maham Ayaz, ABD is Lecturer in History and Judaic Studies.


Melissa Cradic, PhD is Lecturer in History and Judaic Studies.


Richard Fogarty, PhD is Associate Professor of History.

 

Justyna Matkowska, PhD is Lecturer in History and Judaic Studies.

 

Michael Taylor, PhD is Assistant Professor of History.

 

Keren Zilberberg, MA is Language Instructor and teaches classes in Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Hebrew.

 

Affiliated Faculty 

Victor Asal, PhD is Director of the Center for Policy Research and Professor of Political Science.
Professor Bob Gluck is Associate Professor of Music.
Patrick Nold, PhD is Associate Professor of History.
 

 

Emeriti Faculty

Judith R. Baskin
Toby W. Clyman, [email protected]
Jerome Eckstein
Daniel Grossberg, [email protected]
Stanley J. Isser

 

Staff

Judaic Studies Staff


Jamie Winn - Administrative Manager of The Department of History & The Judaic Studies Program                                    Erika Dockey - Office Assistant of The Department of History & The Judaic Studies Program


Affiliated Staff

Sharona Wachs, Libraries, Cataloging Services, [email protected]

Resources
Jewish Life at UAlbany

UAlbany offers a wide variety of organizations and resources for students interested in participating in Jewish life on and off campus.

UAlbany Hillel is made up of a number of different student run groups that plan activities throughout the year. These groups are formed by students and new ones can be started at any time. Current student groups include: Jewish Student Coalition/Hillel; RUACH!; Kol Echad; L’Chaim; Jewish Women’s Connection; JenV, AEPi. Visit www.ualbanyhillel.org.

Shabbos House Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center Serving UAlbany since 1976, directed by Rabbi Mendel and Raizy Rubin, it offers Shabbat and Holiday meals and services, weekly Torah study, and an array of student programming and events in a "Home Away From Home" welcoming atmosphere. Visit www.shabboshouse.com.

Dutch Quad Dining Room offers an extensive variety of kosher dining options.