The goals of a Jewish History curriculum should include developing student understanding of the history of the Jewish people within the context of other civilizations and therefore must involve a study of Jewish events within the framework of those other cultures as well as an examination of the ideas that were unique to Jews. These ideas enabled Jews to survive both as a national and a religious entity while many other civilizations disappeared. The study of Jewish History should also include outstanding Jewish personalities, critical Jewish texts and works, and the challenges Jews faced against great empires and against competing and often hostile world religions.
401 Israel Advocacy Seminar
This course focuses on Israel advocacy tools and strategies. In light of the current climate of Anti-Zionism in the world at large and especially on college campuses throughout the USA, this course is essential because it provides our students with the historical, sociological, ideological, and political information they will need to make the case for Israel. Our double-pronged approach couples theoretical data with practical strategies for successful advocacy. The two minor sub-components, Israeli Literature and Cinematography on the Israeli-Arab conflict, expand and enrich the understanding of our topic by presenting additional and often opposing points of view. The main goal of this course is for the student to acquire the tools she or he needs to set the agenda in the contemporary debate about the State of Israel, and to advocate effectively on its behalf.