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Jewish History in the United States

This course uses questions about communities as the basis for a survey of U.S. Jewish history from the colonial period through the present. We
will move between studies of specific Jewish communities and conceptions of national U.S. Jewish communities, asking questions about communities that be applied to other groups in and beyond the U.S., including those in which class members participate. How should we define community? How do communities function and how are they maintained? How have gender norms and expectations shaped communities? Who and what has held power in U.S. Jewish communities? Are U.S. Jews one community or many communities?


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Rachel B. Gross

San Francisco State University

Public College or University
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Undergraduate Course
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Religious Studies, American Studies, History

Religous Tradition

Class/Power, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Immigration/Refugees, Race/Ethnicity

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