History | American Jewish History
H259 | 28985 | Imhoff


Above class carries Culture Studies credit
Above class meets with JSTU-J204

From 1654 when the first Jewish settlers landed, American Jews have
negotiated what it means to be both Jewish and American. What became
of Jewish communities in a land where Jews rarely lived in all-
Jewish villages or neighborhoods? How did they interact with their
non-Jewish neighbors? How did Judaism fare in a nation where
religious and governmental structures remained separate, and
religion increasingly became a matter of choice? How would secular
Jews define themselves in a landscape of diversity? This class will
explore American Jewish history from its beginnings to the present
through primary source readings, documentary films, and historical
readings.