Advisory Faculty: Professor: DARROW. Associate Professors: CHRISTENSEN, JUST. Assistant Professor: KRAUS, Coordinator, LEVENE.

Williams offers a variety of courses specifically directed to students interested in Jewish Studies. In addition, many other courses incorporate topics relevant to the study of Judaism. Students are encouraged to integrate courses from diverse disciplines with a focus in Jewish history, religion, literature, language, and thought. Thus, rather than emphasizing a particular method of inquiry, Jewish Studies courses bring together students from different departments who share interest in a common topic. As a result, Jewish subjects become analyzed from a multitude of perspectives (religious, philosophical, political, historical, psychological, literary, etc.). Williams offers two types of courses related to Jewish Studies: Courses directly focusing on Jewish topics and courses partially devoted to some aspect of Judaism.

[ ] Courses not offered in 2000-2001 are listed in brackets.

Courses in Jewish Studies

[ArtH 363 The Holocaust Visualized] E. Grudin

Classics/Religion 201/Literary Studies 219 Reading the Hebrew Bible Kraus

Classic/Religion 207 Biblical Interpretation in Classical Antiquity Kraus

[Classics/Religion 208 The Hellenistic World and the Emergence of Rabbinic Judaism] Kraus

CRHE 201-202 Hebrew (offered if tutor available)

[English 344 Imagining American Jews] L. Graver

Religion/Classics 203 Introduction to Judaism Levene

Religion 206 Judaism and the Critique of Modernity Levene

Religion 284 Imitating God: Wisdom and Virtue in Jewish Thought Levene

Courses Partially Related to Jewish Studies

[Classics/Religion 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World] Buell
(Deals extensively with Jewish women in antiquity.)

German 302 Growing Up Under the Nazis: Remembering as Revision Druxes

History 228 (formerly 209) Europe in the Twentieth Century Waters
(One of the topics is World War II and the Holocaust.)

History 238 Germany in the Twentieth Century Kohut

History 425/Religion 215 East Meets West in the Middle Ages: The First Crusade Goldberg

[History 438 (formerly 353) Nazi Germany] Kohut
(Discusses the Holocaust.)

History 487T (formerly 374T) The Second World War:
Origins, Course, Outcomes, and Meaning Wood
(Discusses the Holocaust.)

[Political Science 244 Middle East Politics: State Formation and Nationalism] M. Lynch

Religion/Classics 209 The Religious Landscape of the Roman Mediterranean Kraemer

Religion 231/History 209 (formerly 275) The Origins of Islam:
God, Empire and Apocalypse Darrow
(Discusses the Jewish context in which Islam arose.)

[Religion/Classics 274 Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean] Buell

Religion 281 Theism, Atheism, and Existentialism Levene

[Religion 288 Monasteries, Yeshivas, and other Universities:
Religion and the Nature of Education] Dreyfus

Croghan Professorship

Each year, in addition to the regular course offerings listed above, Williams sponsors the Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor in Religion who offers one course in Judaism and/or Christianity. This year's Croghan Professor is Ross Kraemer, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Past Croghan Professors have taught courses on the Mishnah (Shaye Cohen) and the historical Jesus (John Dominic Crossan).

Overseas Studies

Studying in Israel is highly recommended for students interested in Jewish Studies. Many students have spent a semester or year at Hebrew University. In Winter Study 2001, there will be a travel course to the Middle East, Classics/Religion 025 Israel and Jordan: Intercultural Interchange, Ancient and Modern.


The Bronfman Fund for Judaic Studies was established in 1980 by Edgar M. Bronfman '50, Samuel Bronfman II '75, and Matthew Bronfman '80. The Bronfman Fund provides opportunities for the Williams community to learn about Jewish history and culture, both within the College's formal curriculum and through the planning of major events on Jewish themes.

The Morris Wiener and Stephen R. Wiener '56 Fund for Jewish Studies was established in 1997 through the estate of Stephen R. Wiener '56. The Wiener gifts have provided an endowment to support a faculty position in modern Jewish thought, and are used to underwrite an annual lecture, forum or event relevant to contemporary Jewish life.