American Jewish Life (JS 2400)
Catalog Description: Diversity, individualism, and change in Jewish life. Food and culture, memory and identity, gender and assimilation, Reform-Conservative-Orthodox culture wars
From the Syllabus: This class explores key trends, innovations, dilemmas and flashpoints in contemporary American Jewish life. We ask how American Jews wrestle with key dilemmas of the modern condition, including tensions between continuity and change, individualism and group belonging, and unity and diversity.
Treating these questions will open a window onto diverse aspects of the American Jewish experience such as
- food and culture,
- memory and identity,
- gender and family,
- religion and politics,
- Israel and diaspora, and more.
This course is intended to enrich students’ understanding of the American Jewish experience and to help them develop their ability to think sociologically about religion, ethnicity, and social groups more generally.
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