Jewish Studies | American Jewish History
J204 | 29054 | Imhoff, S


American Jewish History (3 cr.)
S. Imhoff
JSTU-J 204 Social and Historical Topics in Jewish Studies #29054
(for Jewish Studies students) / HIST-H 259 American Jewish History
#28985
TR 4:00-5:15

20 seats available for Jewish Studies students in #29054 . Contact
clipsonw@indiana.edu for authorization

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.


Fulfills: GEN S&H, CASE S&H, Jewish Studies History & Society course