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Judaic Studies courses 2019-20

Aug 29, 2019

[Editor's note: We received an email from Dr. Haskel J. Greenfield, Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba indicating that below is a list of courses  being offered within the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Manitoba for this upcoming academic year. There are other courses hosted in other departments as well that can be used toward the Minor in Judaic Studies.]

Fall 2019-Winter 2020 terms

HEB 2210 Modern Hebrew Literature, CRN 19300 - A01
This is a class on Hebrew and Israeli literature, history, and culture. The course will introduce students to a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, from different places and time periods. It is designed to introduce them to the breadth of Hebrew and Israeli creativity. The course will examine selections from the Bible, medieval  poetry, the European Enlightenment, Zionism, and Israeli literature. Israeli films and TV shows will add an audio visual dimension to this survey of Hebrew and Israeli history and culture.
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm T/TH

Hebrew 1 - HEB 1250 - – CRN 19299 - A01
The course is intended for students with no experience or minimal experience with the Hebrew language. It aims to enable students to acquire knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet as well as the fundamental structure of the Modern Hebrew language. Following current methods in the teaching of a second/ foreign language, all language skills (reading, writing, listening-comprehension, and speaking) are developed. Students are engaged in conversations, reading and writing texts, and practicing grammatical patterns. Language lab is also part of the course.
Lecture 10:00 am - 11:15 am T/TH

Fall 2019

JUD 2340 - Contemporary Israel – CRN 19298 - A01

A study of the history and development of modern Israel. Topics discussed include the economic, social, cultural and religious structures of the contemporary Jewish state. Attention will also be focused on the status of Israeli minorities such as Moslems and Christians.
Since its formation in 1948 the state of Israel has become a source of pride and inspiration as well as criticism and content. This course will tell the complicated story of Israel beginning with the inception of the Zionist movement in Europe, the War of Independence, the waves of Jewish immigration, and the current social, political, and cultural issues that form Israeli society today. The course will examine such topics as war and peace, Arabs and Jews, secular and religious Israelis, and Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews. In this course students will read and discuss contemporary Israeli fiction, poetry, and film that reveal major tensions, conflicts, and debates in contemporary Israeli society. 
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm T/Th

Winter 2020

Love, Death and Afterlives: Yiddish Culture in Pre-World War II Eastern Europe - 59165 - JUD 3010 - T03

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm T/TH
Yiddish has been the language of Ashkenazi Jews for nearly a millennium. By 1939 it was the language of approximately 11 million Jews, comprising more than two-thirds of world Jewry. Since the early Middle Ages, Yiddish has been intimately interwoven into Jewish life and closely involved in the evolution of Jewish religious practices, customs and folkways. In more recent times Yiddish served as the vehicle for the proliferation of an array of movements such as Hasidism, nationalism, and socialism. Secular Yiddish cultural activists created Yiddish educational institutions, literature, theater, press and cinema that achieved a high level of creativity and ingenuity.

Haskel also wrote that he believes  that seniors do not have to pay to audit courses, but they have to be registered. They should contact Linda Albanese (Office administrator for the program - [email protected]a; Tel: +1 (204) 474-6691) for help in registering for any courses.

Haskel checked with Extended Ed. about the fees for courses. If individuals are 65 and older, they can register for courses for free. They only need to pay for the application and administrative fees to get a student number. They will need to register through Extended Ed.

1) If you are not a University of Manitoba student, please contact Karen Nickerson at 204-474-8330 [email protected] or Michelle Kidd at 204-474-7154 [email protected] in Extended Education, General Studies for help with the admission and registration process. Michelle Kidd, at 204-474-7154, is the Academic Advisor at Extended Ed. Another person to contact is Karen Nickerson .They can also go down to the Extended Ed faculty and register in person.

2) If you are already a U of M student, please register on-line (go to go to Current Students and click on Aurora Student)
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