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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. X170 is graded pass/fail and does not count toward the Jewish Studies major, certificate, or minor. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 3 credit hours. A student may only take one X170 per semester.


  • Jewish Cooking (5101)
  • Jews in Politics & Pop Culture (5102)
  • Talking about Israel: How do we bridge Jewish disagreements about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict? (36605)

Descriptions of each section

Jewish Cooking (5101)
Every other Thursday 4-6 pm (Class meets on Jan 13 & 27; Feb 10 & 24; Mar 10 & 24; Apr 7 & 21 at Hillel
In Jewish Cooking, students will explore that art of the deliciously crafted meals that your Jewish parents or grandparents 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 Israel.

Jews in the Media and Pop Culture (5102)
Mondays 4-5 pm at Hillel
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.

Talking about Israel: How do we bridge Jewish disagreements about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict?    (36605)
Instructor Professor Aziza Khazzoom
2nd 8 Weeks on Mondays 12:40-2:40 in Lindley Hall 120

What is the range of stances on the conflict that influence Jewish thought? How can these differences of opinion be bridged, to reduce intra-Jewish strife around Israel, or at least make it productive? In this class we will hear a range of presentations on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, including right-of-center stances that are less well represented in the academy, and we will hear from community leaders who have experience trying to knit the disparate stances together. After each presentation we will analyze ask what the speakerís underlying assertions were about who Jews are, what Israel is, and what holds Jews together, as well as how the speakers conceptualize the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia. We will look for sources of agreement as well as disagreement. While the course is oriented toward students who intend to become communal leaders, it will be useful for anyone who has an interest in hearing different perspectives on the conflict.