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Judaic Studies courses at the University of Manitoba – Fall 2021 and Winter 2022

June 8, 2021

Judaic Studies courses at the University of Manitoba will remain online this Fall (2021) and Winter (2022) terms. Anyone can take or audit any of the courses from the comfort of their own home, anywhere in the world. All courses are open to students and the public as long as they apply and are admitted to the university. For individuals over 65 years of age, there is no tuition since you can audit for only a very nominal registration fee. If you’re looking for something different to do this coming Fall and Winter, please consider taking or auditing any of our courses (below).

For those who have never been students at the University of Manitoba, they will need to apply to the University of Manitoba, General Studies to become a student to take a course either for credit or to audit (deadline August 1). We recommend that you apply by July 1st for admission if you are interested in taking (auditing or for credit) any of the courses below.

For information on how to apply, please contact Student Advisor, General Studies, Division of Extended Education - Karen Nickerson (Phone: 204.474.8330) or Michelle Kidd - by email ([email protected]) and one of them will respond. Email is preferable since most people are working from home. Rather than working your way through the process of registering to audit the course if you are not already a student, Karen and Michelle will take you through the registration process.

Any questions about particular courses can be answered by the Judaic Studies Program’s Administrative Assistant Linda Albanese ([email protected]), or the Program Coordinator, Prof. Haskel Greenfield ([email protected]).


Following are the courses offered this coming academic year (2021-2022). Courses are run on a two year cycle:

Yiddish Literature and Language - YDSH 2320 - Survey of Yiddish literature; review of Yiddish language skills. This course is intended for those with a basic knowledge of Yiddish, such as graduates of Yiddish day schools, those who have completed YDSH 1220 or equivalent, and students with other previous training in Yiddish. On-Line Study, 7:00-9:45 pm, Thursday, Sep 08, 2021-April 12, 2022.

Love, Death and Afterlives: Yiddish Culture in Pre-World War II Eastern Europe – JUD 3010 - The course is an introduction to pre-World War II Yiddish culture mostly focusing on Eastern Europe. The course content includes the study of Yiddish fiction, poetry, drama and film (in English translation). We will learn about historical developments, movements and personalities in Eastern European Yiddish culture up to the Holocaust. On-Line Study, 1-2:15 pm, Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 10-April 12, 2022.

Contemporary Israel – JUD 2340 - 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. Discussion will also include Israeli minorities, such as Moslems and Christians. On-Line Study, 1-2:15 pm, Tuesday and Thursday, Sep 08-Dec. 10, 2021.

Hebrew 1 - HEB 1250 (Introduction to Hebrew). For students with a minimal experience with the language yet with a basic ability to read it. Following current methods in the teaching of a second/ foreign language, the listening-comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills are developed. Organized conversation is part of the course. Intended for students with a strictly elementary standing. On-Line Study, 10:00-11:15 am, Tuesday and Thursday, Sep 08, 2021-April 12, 2022


If you can contribute to the teaching costs for Yiddish and Judaic studies at the University of Manitoba, please use the links below:

Judaic Studies Endowment Fund created by MaryAnn Kanee:

Yiddish Language and Culture Endowment Fund:

To create your own fund, please contact:

Brooke Karlaftis [email protected]


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