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Judaic Studies Courses at the University of Manitoba – Fall 2022 and Winter 2023

June 10, 2022

Judaic Studies Courses at the University of Manitoba – Fall 2022 and Winter 2023


The University of Manitoba Judaic Studies Program has announced the offerings for the upcoming school year.  Please look at the information below and consider enrolling in a course - either for a credit or as an auditor.  Please forward this information to anyone you think may be interested.


Judaic Studies courses at the University of Manitoba will be offering courses once again this coming academic year - Fall (2022) and Winter (2023) terms. Most of the courses will be in-class, but one course will be in a hybrid format (Yiddish 1220) where students can take or audit the course from the comfort of their own home, anywhere in the world. All courses are open to students and the public if 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 (Phone 204.474.7154) - 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]).


The following courses will be offered this coming academic year (2022-2023). Courses are run on a two-year cycle:


Fall 2022-Winter 2023 - Introduction to Yiddish (YID 1220), 6 credits.

The course is to introduce students to the beauty of the Yiddish language. Yiddish was the primary language of the majority of world Jewry, for almost two centuries. Learning Yiddish will help students access the history, culture, and life of generations of Eastern European Jews, many of whom perished in the Holocaust. Studying Yiddish is a wonderful, interesting, and exiting way of connecting with the world of Jews. In this yearlong class, students with learn the foundations of the Yiddish language in an interactive and stimulating environment.

Hybrid class format (both in-class and on-Line Study), Wednesday 6:00 pm-8:45 pm, Sep 07, 2022 - April 13, 2023. Instructor: Dr. Itay Zutra.


Fall 2020-Winter 2021 - Hebrew Level 2 (HEB 1260), 6 credits.

For students who have taken Introductory Hebrew (HEB 1250 or the equivalent). The course will include both spoken and written Hebrew - vocabulary and grammar, organized conversation and reading of selected texts.

In-class study, Tuesday/Thursday, 10:00 am-11:15 am, Sep 07, 2022-April 13, 2023. Instructor: Dr. Itay Zutra.


Fall 2022 - Selected Topics: Movies, Music and Laughter: Yiddish Culture in North America (JUD 3010), 3 credits

The is an introduction to modern Yiddish culture in North America (the United States and Canada), serving as a historical and cultural overview of the major developments, figures, and movements in modern Yiddish culture, especially from the late 19th century to the Holocaust and beyond. The course content includes the study of modern Yiddish fiction, poetry, drama, and film (in English translation). We shall learn about historical developments, movements, and personalities in modern Yiddish culture in the period from the late 19th century to the Holocaust and in the post-war era. The class will conclude with a discussion of the role of Yiddish culture in contemporary society.

In-class Study, Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00 pm-2:15 pm, Sep 07, 2022-Dec 12, 2023. Instructor: Dr. Itay Zutra.


Winter 2021 - Selected Topics: Jews and Destruction: from Pogroms

This course is a literary-historical introduction to Jewish responses to catastrophe that begins in Biblical times (the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem), proceeds to wars and pogroms, and ends in the Holocaust. How do Jews understand, analyze, shape, and express these traumatic experiences over the course of thousands of years? We will read and interpret texts written in various time periods, territories, languages (Hebrew, Yiddish, and other languages), and ideological affiliations. Both religious and secular, theological and psychological texts will be examined within the context of Jewish changing perceptions of victimhood, martyrdom, and resistance. This course is about Jewish collective and personal memory of violence, discrimination, persecution, and anti-Semitism.

In-class Study, Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00 pm-2:15 pm, January 09, 2022-April 13, 2023. Instructor: Dr. Itay Zutra.



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


To create your own fund at the University of Manitoba, please contact:


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