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Course Description

The Urban Jewish Experience (3 cr)
Sarah Ifft Decker
JSTU-J 204 Social & Historical Topics in Jewish Studies (32077)
TR 2:30-3:45 (BH 317)
GenEd S&H, CASE S&H

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For centuries, Jews have been associated with urban life. In the eleventh century, a Christian bishop considered a Jewish community essential to his goal of transforming a village into a city. Even in the twenty-first century United States, Jews remain linked to cities – and cities to Jewishness. This course will address this centuries-long connection, tracing Jewish urban settlement in late antiquity, medieval Europe, and the United States. We will also consider the economic and cultural role and experiences of Jews in cities, where they developed independent communities, while also remaining an essential part of the larger urban society.