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Course Description

Leadership in Jewish Studies (1 cr.)
JSTU-X 170

These sections are designed to be practical in nature allowing students from the College and other schools on campus to gain practical leadership experience in the community with a focus on Jewish Studies. Graded. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A student may only take one X170 per semester.

Each section meets once a week. Students will be graded on attendance, active participation, and a journal that the each student keeps throughout the semester and in which they reflect on their course experiences.


  • Jewish Cooking (7362)
  • Jewish Cooking, Holidays and Modern Life (7363)
  • Israel 101 through Film (8W1; 7364)
  • Jews in the Media and Pop Culture (8W2; 7365)
  • Intro to Guitar through Jewish Music (8W2; 7366)


Descriptions of each section

Jewish Cooking (7362)
Wednesdays 2-3pm

In Jewish Cooking, students will explore the art of the deliciously crafted meals that Jewish mothers or grandmothers once cooked. Students will go on a Jewish journey through their taste buds, cooking different Jewish foods from challah to kugel to Israeli food.

Jewish Cooking, Holidays and Modern Life (7363)
Wednesdays 4-5pm

Experience the Jewish holidays through discussion and cooking. We will discuss questions about Jewish rituals and practice. We will also look at design thinking and its role in modern day Judaism.

Israel 101 through Film (8W1; 7364)
Mondays 1-3pm

This course will explore Israeli history through the lens of various films. We will move through time periods starting with the creation of the Jewish State and continuing to present time. Students will watch and dissect films, discussing various themes and conflicts that have been present throughout Israel’s history. Themes such as Jewish identity, immigration and culture, wars, army life and family will be explored.

Jews in the Media and Pop Culture (8W2; 7365)
Tuesdays 3-5pm

Come watch, learn, and discuss about how Jews are portrayed in TV shows, movies, and the media. We will explore the image and stereotypes of Jews in the pop culture world and discuss the validity of these portrayals.

Intro to Guitar through Jewish Music (8W2; 7366)
Tuesdays 3-5pm

This course will focus on beginner guitar fundamentals and serve as an intro to progressive Jewish melodies, which will act as practice tunes as students’ guitar skills progress throughout the class. Students familiar with Jewish camp culture, as well as anyone with an interest in learning guitar through a Jewish lens are encouraged to sign up.