Jewish Experience in Modernity

Teacher: David Bernstein

Level: Open to All


HOW DID WE GET HERE? How did Jews become equal citizens, develop denominations, and create a Jewish State? What were the ways in which Jews coped with modernization? How is it that Germany turned on its Jews? In what ways did Jews react? These are just some of the questions that we will deal with in trying to grapple with the major turning points in modern Jewish history, from the French Revolution through the late 20th century. Each class will usually revolve around a primary historical source.

We will also set aside a small amount of time for “Israel as Laboratory,” student reflections on “the good, the bad, and the ugly” aspects of life in Israel.