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 Winter & Spring 2022 Courses
Spring 2022 Courses

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


Judaic Studies Courses
 

JST 150 (8486) (3 crs) Jewish Civilization: From the Birth of the Israelites until the Present                              Francesconi, Federica ([email protected])                                                                                                        Tue, Thu 3:00pm-4:20pm                                                                                                                                              HU 109

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 A JST courses.

 


 

JST 155 (9982) (3 crs) Judaism: Traditions & PracticesZilberberg, Keren ([email protected])            Tue, Thu 12:00pm-1:20pm                                                                                                                                  *Cross-listed with REL 155 (9983)

This course examines the development of Jewish traditions and practices from the Rabbinic period to the present. Addresses Jewish law and custom related to the cycle of Jewish holidays throughout the year, and life cycle events from cradle to grave. Differentiates among beliefs and practices of various Jewish denominations.

 


 

JST 244 (9681) (3 crs) Zionism, Palestine, & Israel in Historical Perspective | TBD                                            FULLY ONLINE COURSE – ASYNCHRONOUS                                                                                                *Cross-listed with HEB 244 (9683) & HIS 244 (9682)

A study of 19th century Jewish and European history resulting in the formation of Jewish nationalism. Covers the development of various Zionist ideologies and organizations as well as their challengers within and outside the Jewish community. Examines the history of settlement in Palestine, the founding of the state of Israel, and the country’s subsequent development.

 


 

JST 250 (9685) (3 crs) The Holocaust in History | Fogarty, Richard ([email protected])                                      Mon, Wed 11:40am-1:00pm                                                                                                                                        FA 126                                                                                                                                                                *Cross-listed with HIS 250 (9684)

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 252 (9184) (3 crs) Jews, Hellenism, & Early Christianity | Taylor, Michael ([email protected])              Tue, Thu 12:00pm-1:20pm                                                                                                                                          AS 14                                                                                                                                                                    *Cross-listed with HST 252 (9186) & REL 252 (9185)                                                                                            *Also meets with HIS 358 (9955) & JST 342 (9954)

History of the Jewish people from Alexander the Great to the decline of the ancient world. Topics include examination of cultural conflict in Judaea and the diaspora, confrontation with Greco-Roman Hellenism and early Christianity, sectarianism, and the beginnings of Rabbinic institutions.

 


 

JST 254 (8735) (3 crs) The Jews in the Modern World | Francesconi, Federica ([email protected])            Tue, Thu 4:30pm-5:50pm                                                                                                                                          HU 109                                                                                                                                                               *Cross-listed with HIS 254 (8734) & REL 254 (8736)                                                                                            *Also meets with JST 344 (9691)

Beginning with the end of the late Middle Ages and the emergence of the Enlightenment, this class explores how Jewish communities responded to the demands of an ever-expanding modern world. Examines the ways in which Jews and Jewish communities sought to create modern expressions of Judaism and the response of rabbinic Judaism to these challenges. Explores the rise of Hasidism, the aims of Enlightened Jewry, nationalism, the creation of secular Jewish cultures, the World Wars, modern antisemitism and the Nazi Holocaust, and the emergence of new Jewish centers in the United States and Israel.

 


 

JST 342 (9954) (3 crs) Issues in Hellenistic-Rabbinic Judaism | Taylor, Michael ([email protected])              Tue, Thu 12:00pm-1:20pm                                                                                                                                            AS 14                                                                                                                                                                            *Cross-listed with JST 358 (9955)                                                                                                                          *Also meets with HST 252 (9186), JST 252 (9184), & REL 252 (9185)

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 344 (9691) (3 crs) The Jews in the Modern World | Francesconi, Federica ([email protected])            Tue, Thu 4:30pm-5:50pm                                                                                                                                          HU 109                                                                                                                                                                   *Also meets with HIS 254 (8734), JST 254 (8735) & REL 254 (8736)

Beginning with the end of the late Middle Ages and the emergence of the Enlightenment, this class explores how Jewish communities responded to the demands of an ever-expanding modern world. Examines the ways in which Jews and Jewish communities sought to create modern expressions of Judaism and the response of rabbinic Judaism to these challenges. Explores the rise of Hasidism, the aims of Enlightened Jewry, nationalism, the creation of secular Jewish cultures, the World Wars, modern antisemitism and the Nazi Holocaust, and the emergence of new Jewish centers in the United States and Israel.

 


 

JST 450 (8789) (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 (6373) (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 102 (1643) (4 crs) Elementary Hebrew II | Zilberberg, Keren ([email protected])                                Mon, Wed 11:40am-12:35pm                                                                                                                                  Tue, Thu 1:30pm-2:25pm                                                                                                                                        SLG 24

Continuation of HEB 101. This course designed to achieve a basic proficiency in Modern Hebrew. 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 different genres, writing, listening, and speaking in Hebrew. In addition, you will learn about the distinctive culture of Israel.

At the end of the course, you should know the fundamental speech patterns and your listening comprehension and oral ability should be enhanced using audiovisual methods and the sequentially progressive exercises.

For students who know the Hebrew letters and vowels.

 


 

HEB 244 (9683) (3 crs) Zionism, Palestine, & Israel in Historical Perspective | TBD                                              FULLY ONLINE COURSE – ASYNCHRONOUS                                                                                                *Cross-listed with HIS 244 (9682) & JST 244 (9681)

A study of 19th century Jewish and European history resulting in the formation of Jewish nationalism. Covers the development of various Zionist ideologies and organizations as well as their challengers within and outside the Jewish community. Examines the history of settlement in Palestine, the founding of the state of Israel, and the country’s subsequent development.

 


 

HEB 497 (1644) (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.

Winter 2022 Course

Judaic Studies Course 

JST 151 (1291) (3 crs) Judaism & Its Foundational Texts | Stein Kokin, Daniel                                                      FULLY ONLINE COURSE – ASYNCHRONOUS                                                                                                    *Cross-listed with REL 151 (1292)

Serves as a broad introduction to Judaism and examines Jewish traditions, practices, and variety of Jewishness through classic, traditional, unorthodox, and even heretical Jewish texts from antiquity until the present. No knowledge of Hebrew or background in Jewish culture or history is required.

Faculty and Staff
Faculty

Judaic Studies Faculty

Federica Francesconi, PhD, Director of the Program and Assistant Professor of History
Office: SS 119C


Arthur Brenner, PhD, Lecturer
Office: SS 138B


Melissa Cradic, PhD, Lecturer
Office: SS 145D


Rabbi Nomi Manon, Lecturer
Office: SS 138B
 

Stacy Veeder, PhD, Lecturer
Office: SS 053
 

Keren Zilberberg, MA
Office: SS 119A

 

Affiliated Faculty 

Richard Fogarty, PhD, Associate Professor of History
Professor Bob Gluck, Associate Professor of Music
Patrick Nold, PhD, Associate Professor of History
Edward Schwarzschild, PhD, Associate Professor of English
Michael Taylor, PhD, Assistant 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

Daniella Hen - Undergraduate Student Representative
Rebecca Theadore - Research Graduate Fellow
Jamie Winn - Administrative Manager of the Department of History and the Judaic Studies Program

Erika Dockey - Office Assistant of the Department of History and 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.