Jewish and Holocaust Studies

Samantha Baskind
Wednesdays, August 01-August 15|10-11:30 a.m.

One of the greatest painters of the 20th century, Rothko immigrated to the United States from Russia as a child. His difficult integration, fraught with experiences of marginalization, led to his development as a major player in the social struggle of American artists.

Anthony Wexler
Wednesdays, August 22-September 05|10-11:30 a.m.

Primo Levi was an Italian scientist and Holocaust survivor, but is best known as a writer and innovative thinker. His work combines a scientist's attentiveness to structure and detail, and a powerful and passionate moral imagination.

Alanna Cooper
Thursdays, September 6-27|6:30-8 p.m.

The news cycle changes quickly these days.

Reva Leizman
Thursdays, September 20-October 25|1-3 p.m.

Join Reva Leizman as she explores the writings of two nationally acclaimed contemporary female writers: Eternal Life by Dara Horn, who has been a two-time National Jewish Book Award winner for fiction, and The Family Markowitz by Allegra Goodman, selected by The New Yorker as one of the 20 best current writers under 40

Ezra Blaustein
Wednesdays, September 26-October 17|6:30-8:30 p.m.

The works of Maimonides (1138-1204), one of Judaism's most significant scholars, continue to be studied by Jews and non-Jews alike to this day.

Dahna Baskin
Mondays, October 8-29|1-2:30 p.m.

Ever try to wrap your head around the Torah's description of Creation? The Creation narrative asks us to imagine what existed before there was existence! What sort of frameworks can we use to penetrate this conundrum? The text tells us that God created humans and desires to have a relationship with them. But what is God? Who is God?

Donna Rumenik
Tuesdays, October 9-November 13|1–3 p.m.

The collapse of communism led to the opening up of archives, as well as collections of testimonies of those who witnessed and experienced the Holocaust as children and young adults. This course draws on these sources to examine how the Holocaust is remembered and forgotten.

Matt Goldish
Mondays, October 15-November 5|6:30–8:30 p.m.

The concept of a messiah coalesced during the period of the Second Temple in Jerusalem (about 500 BCE to 70 CE). We will look at what this concept was at that time and meet some messianic figures who appeared then, including Jesus of Nazareth.

Brian Amkraut
Tuesdays, October 30-November 20|7-9 p.m.

Not only has the history of Israel showed much change over many decades, but the state’s founding ideology, namely Zionism, has also seen significant development since its earliest incarnations.