Jewish Studies

Our extensive Jewish Studies program covers courses in Jewish history, Bible, Rabbinics, Israel Advocacy, Jewish Culture, Jewish Cooking, Music, Diversity of World Religions, and many others. Every student takes two courses per term in Jewish Studies.

Jewish History

The study of Jewish history immerses students in the stories, personalities, and events that have shaped the Jewish people from its earliest beginnings in the shifting sands of ancient times, through Mediaeval and Modern Jewish history, and concluding with the birth of Israel some 65 year ago to present day. The guiding idea is to make studying Jewish history a personal journey of discovery; along the way, students uncover their own roots and find common connections with the history of the Jewish people.

Bible

Bible studies emphasize the study of text and parshanut (commentary) — post-biblical, medieval and modern. Each year focuses on a different section of the Bible, which commensurate with the students’ ability to comprehend the biblical narrative and law. Our goals are to develop intellectual curiosity and research abilities, to inspire an appreciation of Biblical literature, and to encourage students to add their own insights to the lessons learned.

Diploma with Distinction in Jewish Studies (optional)

For students seeking an academic program with focused concentration in Jewish Studies that will culminate in the awarding of a diploma with distinction in Jewish Studies, the Academy offers an optional program that includes a capstone project consisting of a multi-disciplinary Jewish Studies Portfolio during the senior year, which combines elements of research, commentary, art, and policy analysis.

Classes

• American Jewish Experience
• Analysis of Sacred Texts I
• Analysis of Sacred Texts II
• Bible Archeology
• Bible I: Genesis
• Bible I: Genesis (Advanced)
• Bible II: Exodus
• Bible II: Exodus (Advanced)
• Bible III: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
• Bible in Art
• Bible IV: Prophets and Writings
• Biblical Festival Writings
• Death, Dying & Afterlife
• Gender and Judaism
• Holocaust
• Holocaust Imagery
• Israel Advocacy

Classes

• Israeli Society
• Jewish History: High Middle Ages
• Jewish History: Modern Era
• Jewish Law
• Jewish Leadership
• Kaballah and Hasidism
• Kabbalah through Art
• Kashrut: Laws and Application
• Modern Jewish Thought
• Moot Beit Din
• Moot Beit Din II
• Perspectives on Judaism
• Synagogue Skills
• Talmud: Brachot (Blessings)
• Talmud: Ethics
• Talmud: Makkot (Testimonies)
• World Religions