Brooklyn College, Fall 2016

JUST 3014- Introduction to the Talmud
Professor David Brodsky, Tuesday/Thursday 2:15 – 3:30 PM
A survey and analysis of select passages from the Talmud, the major repository of Jewish legal and ethical teaching. The readings reflect some of the major concerns of Judaism in Antiquity, such as the obligation to study Torah, to care for the needy, and to promote justice.

JUST 3050- History of the Holocaust
Professor Robert Shapiro, Monday/Wednesday 3:40 – 4:55 PM
This course examines the Holocaust from a variety of perspectives, particularly through primary sources created by the Nazi German perpetrators and their henchmen, by Jews and other victims of the Nazi regime and its allies, and by bystanders who witnessed the events that encompassed the calculated murder of millions of Europe’s Jews, including more than 1.5 million Jewish children, the elderly, the sick, women, and men, as well as hundreds of thousands of the disabled.

JUST 3206- Making a Living: Jews, Business and Professions from Antiquity up to the Modern Period
Professor Sara Reguer, Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
This course will provide an overview of the Jewish experience in business from the biblical period to contemporary times. We will analyze historically and culturally varied Jewish communities around the globe and how their surroundings influenced their choices of earning a living.

JUST 3465- The Jews in Poland and Russia
Professor Robert Shapiro, Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 – 10:45 AM
This course will provide an overview of Polish and Russian Jewish history during the modern era, with emphasis on the range of Jewish responses to the challenges of modernity, including political, economic, cultural, and social change. Those responses were embodied and activated by a broad spectrum of modern Jewish political movements whose programs sought to address the cultural, economic, and political challenges confronting Polish and Russian Jewry.

JUST 3485- The Jews of New York
Professor Allan Amanik, Tuesday/Thursday, 3:40 – 4:55 PM
This course will explore the history of New York City and its Jews, extending back to the middle of the seventeenth century and moving forward into the late twentieth century. We will look at the ways in which New York became America’s city and, at the same time, how it became the premier city in the United States for the Jews – in terms of numbers, percentages, and national and international dissemination. Specifically as we go, we will ask how that status not only changed the cultural practices of the millions of Jews who lived there, but how it positioned their actions to leave and impress on the many other New Yorkers around them across a wide range of ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds.

JUST 4054- The Holocaust and Halakhah
Professor Robert Shapiro, Monday/Wednesday, 6:30 – 7:45 PM
This course will explore rabbinic reponse dealing with legal and religious questions that arose as a result of the Nazi persecution.