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Jewish Studies Summer Seminar

Jewish Studies Summer Seminar

Sunday, June 12, 2022 to Thursday, June 16, 2022



Summer 2022 Seminar | In-Person Offerings 
Sunday, June 12—Thursday, June 16, 2022

Join faculty and fellow students in Chicago for the Summer 2022 Seminar. Learn together in real time, taught by outstanding faculty, as you fulfill course requirements. These courses are for students enrolled in Spertus Institute's Jewish Studies MA and Doctoral programs. 

SEMINAR HOTEL INFORMATION >

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


For the Summer Seminar, select no more than one morning course and one afternoon course. Register at the link below. (Then keep the learning going with a bonus weekly online course! See below.)

MORNING COURSE GROUP

These two courses meet:
Sunday, June 12, 2-5 PM
Monday-Wednesday, June 13-15, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Thursday, June 16, 8 AM-12 Noon*


MODERN JEWISH EXPERIENCES
Taught by Dr. Sunny Yudkoff

Course 3505 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS Core

In this discussion-based, reading-intensive course taught by Dr. Sunny Yudkoff, we will examine the modern Jewish experience by turning to historical documents and literary texts from the late-seventeenth to mid-twentieth century. We will pay particular attention to autobiographical texts, examining the role of the individual within a collective history of modernity.

LOVE IN JEWISH THOUGHT
Taught by Dr. Erik Dreff 

Course 3372 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fulfills MAJS Elective, DSJS/DHL Text, DSJS Elective

Love has long been a central concept—theologically, philosophically, even legally—in Jewish thought. In this course, led by scholar of Jewish philosophy Dr. Erik Dreff, we will survey its history, beginning with classical Greek and modern scholarly sources. We will explore love in the Hebrew bible and the Rabbinic corpus, the basis for future Jewish reflections on the topic, followed by the medieval era and modernity.


AFTERNOON COURSE GROUP

These two courses meet:
Sunday, June 12, 6-9 PM
Monday-Wednesday, June 13-15, 2-6 PM
Thursday, June 16, 1-5 PM*


APPLIED JEWISH ETHICS
Taught by Dr. Jennifer Thompson

Course 3132 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fullfills MAJS Elective, DSJS Elective, DSJL Text, DHL Ethics. 

What does it mean to be a good person? How do we know if we’re doing the right thing? With Dr. Jennifer Thompson, who wrote the book on Applied Jewish Ethics, explore ethics in Jewish sources, from ancient to contemporary. Then apply them to thorny issues of today, from climate change to #MeToo. Learn to recognize ethical assumptions in American culture, compare them to Jewish ethical concepts, and identify how different assumptions lead to divergent conclusions.

JEWISH THINKING
Taught by Dr. David Gottlieb

Course 5503 | 3 quarter-hour credits
Fullfills MAJS Elective, DSJS Core, DHL Jewish Thought

Led by Director of Jewish Studies Dr. David Gottlieb, learn to analyze major categories, qualities, and particularities of Jewish thinking. Explore what (if anything) characterizes Jewish thought in terms of methodology and content. Examine how modes of thinking develop through time and how they influence or counteract each other. Students will develop a comprehensive grasp of the dynamics from which Jewish thinking develops, what makes it distinctive, and what it may become.

*Seminar course times subject to change.  

Register by APRIL 25, 2022


BONUS ONLINE WEEKLY SUMMER COURSE

Course meets via Zoom:
Tuesdays 7-9 PM Central Time, July 12-August 30, 2022

ON GOD, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING:
AN INTRODUCTION TO KABBALAH AND JEWISH MYSTICISM
Taught by Dr. Ori Werdiger

Course 3131| 3 quarter-hour credits
Fullfills MAJS Elective, MAJS 2nd-Level Core, DSJS/DHL Text, DSJS Elective.

Join Dr. Ori Werdiger for an introduction to the Jewish kabbalistic tradition, its history, ritual, and thought. Meet central figures—such as Rabbi Hayim Vital of Safed, the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Nachman of Braslav, Rabbi A.I. Kook, and Léon Askenazi—and explore key texts from the early Second Temple Era to the present day. By the end of the course, you will be familiar with the questions and answers that are of central concern for kabbalists, relating to the meaning of Judaism and humanity, God, and the world. 

Register by May 9, 2022

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