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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 (7882)
  • Jewish Cooking, Holidays & Modern Life (7883)
  • Intro to Guitar through Jewish Music (7884)
  • Israel 101 through Film (7885)
  • Event Planning/Campus Superstar (7886)
  • Jews in the Media & Pop Culture (8W2; 7887)
  • Jewish Summer Camp: History & Mystery (8W2; 8485)

Descriptions of each section

Jewish Cooking (7882)
Wednesdays 2-3pm
In Jewish Cooking, students will explore that art of the deliciously crafted meals that your Jewish mother or grandmother once cooked for you. Students will go on a Jewish journey through their taste buds cooking different Jewish foods from Challah to Kugel to foods in the far off homeland of Israel.

Jewish Cooking, Holidays and Modern Life (7883)
Mondays 4-5pm
Experience the Jewish holidays (mock) through discussion and cooking.  Discuss questions of the importance of ritual?  Look at design thinking and its role in modern day Judaism and making Jewish practice and life more contemporary.

Intro to Guitar through Jewish Music (7884)
Tuesdays 2-3pm
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.

Israel 101 through Film (7885)
Thursdays 2-3pm
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.

Campus Superstar/Event Planning (7886)
Time/Day TBA
Be a part of a huge fundraiser for Hillel at IU! Campus Superstar is a state-wide singing competition for any student in Indiana. As part of this class, you will have the opportunity to plan, market, and implement this large venture, and in this 12th year of the competition it is sure to be bigger than ever!

2nd 8 weeks only:
Jews in the Media and Pop Culture (7887)
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.

2nd 8 weeks only:
Jewish Summer Camp; History and Mystery (8485)
Thursday at 3-5 pm

A survey of the history of Jewish summer camping in America.  Discussions regarding the essential elements of Jewish summer camp programming, administration and philosophy.  Discussion and comparison of Jewish camps in the Reform, Conservative, JCC and other communities.