JH 1.1- Ancient Israel This course will survey the history of Israel from its inception through the destruction of the Second Temple. Focus will be placed on the city of Jerusalem: its geography and topography, key political events and conditions that led to its becoming the capital, and the Bet Hamikdash as a center of religion, culture and society. Students will be better able to study and teach Tanakh with a fuller understanding of the Land of Israel during this period.
JH 2.1- Medieval Jewish History This course will focus on the Jewish people in exile, beginning with the destruction of the Second Temple through the Middle Ages. Focus will be placed on centers of Torah learning that flourished in the Diaspora, the Amoraic period, the codification of Jewish Law, and the Gaonic period.
JH 3.1- Modern Israel The aim of this course is to examine the attachment of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel in modern times, commencing with the sixteenth century. Focus will be placed on the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, as well as aspects of contemporary Israeli society, including the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict.
JH 6.1- HolocaustThis course deals with Nazi Germany’s attempt to annihilate European Jewry during the years 1933-45. Topics covered include ghettos and killing centers, deportations and killings, Jewish physical and spiritual resistance, liberation, and postwar displaced persons camps.