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Jewish Studies (JWST)

Jewish Studies (JWST)

Location

Location

  • 3438 McTavish Street, Room 202
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 1X9

About Jewish Studies

About Jewish Studies

The Department of Jewish Studies, established in 1968, offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Judaica. It includes:

  • a selection of courses that will enable students not taking a Concentration in Jewish Studies to broaden their knowledge of Jewish history and culture;
  • elementary, intermediate and advanced courses in Jewish languages – Hebrew, Yiddish, and Aramaic. In the case of the first two, this includes attention to both spoken idiom and written texts;
  • specialized courses in the various disciplines that comprise Jewish Studies for students who have specific academic interests;
  • a Minor Concentration for students who wish to add competence in Jewish Studies to their major field of study;
  • a comprehensive Major Concentration, and an Honours program culminating in advanced seminars and tutorials for students contemplating careers in the various fields of Judaica. The Honours Program in Jewish Studies will give students the necessary linguistic, textual and bibliographical knowledge to enable them to pursue graduate work in Jewish Studies.

Jewish Studies (JWST) Faculty

Jewish Studies (JWST) Faculty

Chair
Eric Caplan
Professors
David Aberbach; B.A.(Univ. Coll. Lond.), M.Litt., D.Phil.(Oxf.)
Gershon D. Hundert; B.A.(Col.), M.A.(Ohio St.), Ph.D.(Col.) (Leanor Segal Professor of Jewish Studies)
B. Barry Levy; B.A., M.A., B.R.E.(Yeshiva), Ph.D.(NYU)
Associate Professors
Eric Caplan; B.A.(McG.), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(McG.)
Carlos Fraenkel; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Free Univ., Berlin)
Yael Halevi-Wise; B.A.(Hebrew), M.A.(G'town), Ph.D.(Prin.)
Lawrence Kaplan; B.A.(Yeshiva), M.A., Ph.D.(Harv.)
Lecturers
Lea Fima; B.Ed.(Beit Berl College), M.A.(McG.)
Esther Frank; B.A., M.A.(McG.)
Anna Gonshor; B.A., M.L.S., M.A.(McG.)
Karen Slouch; B.Ed., M.A.(McG.)
Adjunct Professors
Magdalena Opalski; M.A.(Warsaw), Ph.D.(Ott.)
Ruth Wisse; M.A.(Col.), Ph.D.(McG.)

Program Advisers

Program Advisers

Minor Concentration in Jewish Law
Lawrence Kaplan, 514-398-5008
Minor Concentration in Jewish Studies
Eric Caplan, 514-398-6544
Major Concentration in Jewish Studies
Eric Caplan, 514-398-6544
Honours in Jewish Studies
Eric Caplan, 514-398-6544

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Jewish Law (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration Jewish Law is designed to provide students with a special interest in Law, and particularly students from the Faculty of Law who are now permitted a minor in the Faculty of Arts, a basic but comprehensive knowledge of the concepts and methods related to Jewish Law. This Minor concentration may be expanded to the Major Concentration ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration Jewish Law (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Jewish Studies (18 credits)

In order to permit students flexibility within their chosen area, all courses in the Jewish Studies Concentrations are placed into the category "Complementary Courses." There is no language requirement for this minor concentration. This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration Jewish Studies.

For more information, see Minor Concentration Jewish Studies (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Jewish Studies (36 credits)

In order to permit students flexibility within their chosen area, all courses in the Jewish Studies Concentrations are placed into the category "Complementary Courses."

For more information, see Major Concentration Jewish Studies (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Jewish Studies (60 credits)

Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 in their program courses and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

For more information, see Honours Jewish Studies (60 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Jewish Studies (36 credits)

Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours Program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs."  Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component Jewish Studies (36 credits).

Jewish Studies (JWST) Related Programs

Jewish Studies (JWST) Related Programs

Jewish Teacher Training Program

Jewish Teacher Training Program

Established in 1973 in the Faculty of Education in conjunction with the Department of Jewish Studies, this program prepares students to teach at the elementary and secondary school levels.

Students are encouraged to acquire a strong general background in Bible, Jewish liturgy, traditions and history prior to registering in the program. Students lacking the ability to teach in Hebrew should consider spending a term at an Israeli university.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Director, Dr. Eric Caplan, at 514-398-6544; by consulting Faculty of Education > Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Kindergarten and Elementary Jewish Studies (126 credits); and from the web: www.mcgill.ca/edu-jttp.

Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)