Jewish Studies | Professional Dvlpmnt & the Jewish Cmty
J304 | 25088 | A. Jackson

JSTU-J 304 Social and Historical Topics in Jewish Studies (3 cr.)
Topic:  Professional Development and the Jewish Community
T 7:00-9:00 PM; W 1:25-2:15 p.m. ,   A. Jackson
(class # 25088)

Jewish Studies students: A seat can be reserved by e-mailing

Have you ever wondered what you can do professionally with your
degree or area certificate in Jewish Studies?  Would you like to get
a head start on designing a career path, as a Jewish communal
leader, that is right for you?   If you’re curious about the myriad
professional opportunities that exist in the Jewish community, and
about how you can make a difference in the world of professional
Jewish leadership, than this is an essential course for you.  You
will learn about the demography, sociology, and structure of
contemporary American Jewry, and will be introduced to the wide
range of agencies serving the community, as well as the most
effective steps to begin a career within them.  You will explore the
challenges faced by today’s Jewish professional leaders, and will
address the strategic questions that define and shape the future
direction of the Jewish world.

Whether you’re contemplating professional positions, summer
internships, graduate programs, or year-long service opportunities,
you will acquire the tools needed to connect your Jewish learning to
a practical game-plan for taking your first steps into professional
life.  Through guest presentations made by respected professional
and lay leaders in the field, along with a practicum experience, you
will develop your own vision of an engaging and rewarding
professional life while gaining leadership skills that you will be
able to immediately apply to your job search and early days as a
professional in the field.

The course will consist of two weekly gatherings – the first will be
a 2-hour evening session on Tuesdays, with regularly scheduled guest
presentations; the second will be a 50 minute afternoon session on
Wednesdays that will incorporate a dialogue based upon the previous
evening’s presentation and the assigned reading materials.  Students
will submit two brief individually written assignments during the
course of the semester, as well as a team practicum report, and will
take midterm and final short-answer essay exams.  Students will be
expected to participate in all classroom discussions, as well as
during the interactive guest presentations.

Fulfills: Jewish Studies History and Society course; S&H Topics