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Jewish Studies Fall 2022

Jewish Studies Fall 2022

Fall 2022 Synchronous Online Courses

Learn together in real time with Spertus Institute faculty members and your fellow students as you move forward in your program

These courses fulfill requirements for students enrolled in Spertus Institute's Jewish Studies MA and Doctoral programs. 

Contact Spertus Institute Registrar Victoria Blum at if you have questions relating to your registration.

Fall Quarter 2022 Webconferencing Courses
Each course meets online for two-hour sessions held weekly.

Worker's Family

Taught by Dr. Natalie Belsky

Course 3132 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS Elective, DSJS Elective, DSJS Text, and DHL Text

Meets weekly via Zoom | Mondays 6 to 8 pm CT
October 24 to December 12, 2022 (8 Sessions)

Explore the Jewish experience in Russia and the Soviet Union over the sweep of the twentieth century, from the start of the Bolshevik Revolution, through World Wars, the Russian Revolution, and the Cold War, up until the end of the Soviet era. During this time, Russian Jewish communities underwent monumental transformations, including mass migration, assimilation, discrimination, and genocide. Examine the complexities and particularities of the Soviet Jewish experience as we untangle the meaning of Soviet Jewish identity and consider how it has affected Jewish identity today.

Image above: Detail from Worker's Family (A Gift to Birobidzhan), woodcut, 1937 by Michael Siporon. Spertus Institute Collection. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Iker.

Image below: Holocaust Memorial, Berlin.

Holocaust Memorial Berlin

Taught by Dr. Joshua Shanes

Course 3133 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS 2nd-Level Core, MAJS Elective, and DSJS Elective

Meets weekly via Zoom | Tuesdays 6 to 8 pm CT
October 25 to December 13, 2022 (8 Sessions)

Learn about the major manifestations of modern antisemitism, a distinctly modern phenomenon with deep roots in pre-modern texts and traditions. In this course, we will briefly review the pre-modern hatred of Jews, then consider the impact of modernity. We will look at race, secularization, urbanization, mass politics, and more, to understand antisemitism’s central myths and how/why they manifest when/where they do. We will explore the intersection of antisemitism with other forms of racism and bigotry, then analyze the relationship of antisemitism to Zionism and Anti-Zionism, a relationship that sits at the heart of debates today.