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Modern Judaism and Israel

Courses in Modern Jewish and Israel Studies

Jewish Civilizations
also available online
Women in Judaism
also available online
JUS 322
Modern Jewish Thought
JUS 329
Jewish-Christian Relations
Jewish Response to the Holocaust
also available online
Israeli Fiction & Poetry
also available online
History of the Jews: Modern Period
also available online
JUS 374
The Holocaust
Modern Israel
also available online
The History of Anti-Semitism
also available online
Israeli Human Rights
God and the Problem of Evil
The Annals of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
JUS 440
Images of Jews & Judaism in German Culture



The study of Modern Israel, focusses on the history and politics of Israel, beginning with the origins of Jewish nationalism  in Europe, as expressed in the Zionist movement in the late 19th century.  It charts the evolution of the Jewish community in Paelstine under the British Mandate and the beginnings of the conflict with the Arabs of Palestine, the outbreak of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, and its consequences.  It then moves on to discuss the development of the independent state of Israel and the process of nation and state building in Israel, including the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973 and their respective impacts on Israeli politics and society.  Studying modern Israel also means discussing the evolution of Hebrew culture in Israel, the development of the Israeli economy and the place of the Arab minority in the Israeli state.  It similarly includes discussions of Israeli foreign policy, Israel's relations with its Arab neighbors and with the great powers, and on Israel's status among the nations, as all these have evolved since the establishment of the State in 1948 and until the present time.

Meet the Experts


Asher Susser, Ph.D.                    Leonard Hammer, Ph.D.
Professor                                    Visiting Professor
Judaic Studies                             Judaic Studies
Modern Israel                             Modern Israel
                                                  International Human Rights
Thomas Kovach, Ph.D.                Bryan Davis
Professor                                    Non-Tenured Instructor
German Studies                          Director
Jewish participation in                The Holocaust Education and
Austrian and German                 Commemoration Project

Modern Hebrew Language Program

Special Projects

Study Abroad in Israel:                        Modern Israel Symposium:



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