Topic: Culture, History
Duration: 8-10 sessions

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Our version of a Jewish-American “Stuff You Missed in History Class”! In 10 engaging sessions, learners will discuss seminal developments in American life, such as the Jewish contributions to American culture, American literature, and the Civil Rights Movement, through the lens of Jews straddling their status as both insiders and outsiders. The course will also examine antisemitism and the Holocaust, and the changing place of Zionism in the shaping of Jewish American identity. Sharing tales from immigrants, their children, and grandchildren, learners will debate the meaning of this ongoing saga.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 - Timeline of American Judaism

Lesson 2 - The Three-Generation Hypothesis: Immigrants, Their Children, and Grandchildren

Lesson 3 - Jewish Commitments Enriched and Weakened

Lesson 4 - General Education, Jewish Education, and Jewish Americanization

Lesson 5 - Jews as Creators of American Culture

Lesson 6 - Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and American-Jewish Self-Understanding

Lesson 7 - Zionism and the State of Israel Through the Eyes of American Jewry

Lesson 8 - More American Than Americans

Lesson 9 - American Jewish Fiction

Lesson 10 - Is the American Jewish Cup Half-Empty or Half-Full?

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