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

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 1999-2000 are listed in brackets.

Courses in Jewish Studies

ArtH 363 The Holocaust Visualized E. Grudin

[Classics/Religion 203 Introduction to Judaism Kraus]

[Classic/Religion 207 Biblical Interpretation in Classical Antiquity

[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

History 217/Religion 214 Jews and Christians in
Medieval Europe Klepper

History 337 Medieval European Mysticism Klepper

[Religion 201 The Hebrew Bible as Literature ]

[Religion 204 Judaism and the Political ]

Religion 206 Modern Judaism: Tradition and Abandon Kosky

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.)

[Classics/Religion 275 Identity and Cultural Difference in Greco-Roman Egypt Buell]
(Incorporates analysis of the Jewish community in Egypt.)

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

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

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

[Literary Studies 207 (formerly 213) The Poetry of Being/The Being of Poetry Stamelman]
(Incorporates some poets of the Holocaust.)

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

[Religion 231/History 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/Classics 275 Identity and Cultural
Difference in Greco-Roman Egypt Buell]

[Religion 281 Arab-Jews and the Experience of Freedom ]

Religion 286 Religion and Contemporary Continental Philosophy Kosky
(Includes the study of Jewish religious thought and its influence on contemporary continental philosophy.)

[Religion 288 Monastaries, 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. 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.


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.