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Jewish Studies offers language courses in modern conversational Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, and Yiddish, and a separate course in English, Languages of the Jews (JWSH 338 [JWSH 339 Honors]).

Hebrew Placement

Students who have had some modern conversational Israeli Hebrew and wish to take further courses must take a Hebrew Placement exam.

Students who have never had any modern conversational Israeli Hebrew may enroll in HEBR 110, offered each Fall, without taking the Hebrew Placement exam.


Hebrew (modern and Biblical)

HEBR 110 Elementary Israeli Hebrew I
A beginning course in modern Israeli Hebrew. Essentials of grammar, syntax and conversational practice; elementary reading and writing. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rissien, Shelley
MTWRF 10:00-10:50 AM SMI 206 - LAWRENCE
5 12014
HEBR 120 Elementary Israeli Hebrew II
A continuation of HEBR 110. Note Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam. Prerequisite: HEBR 110. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HEBR 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Hebrew. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HEBR 210 Intermediate Israeli Hebrew I
Further development of language skills: listening comprehension, oral efficiency, intermediate grammar and syntax, reading and writing. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam. Prerequisite: HEBR 120. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rissien, Shelley
MWF 09:00-09:50 AM SMI 206 - LAWRENCE
3 16582
HEBR 220 Intermediate Israeli Hebrew II
A continuation of HEBR 210. Note: Students with other previous experience in Hebrew must take a placement exam. Prerequisite: HEBR 210. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HEBR 230 Biblical Hebrew
This course introduces students to the grammatical structure and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew. It includes basic biblical passages for students to translate into English and analyze. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HEBR 240 Biblical Hebrew II
This is a continuation of Hebrew 230. It continues the study of the grammatical structure and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew, and includes biblical texts for students to translate and analyze. Prerequisite: HEBR 230 or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HEBR 340 Advanced Israeli Hebrew I
Advanced study of Modern Hebrew. This course is designed to strengthen linguistic skills, enrich vocabulary, and further the study of grammar and syntax. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 220 or permission of the instructor. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rissien, Shelley
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM SMI 206 - LAWRENCE
3 17917
HEBR 350 Advanced Israeli Hebrew II
Continued advanced study of modern Hebrew. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 340 or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HEBR 395 Study Abroad Topics in Hebrew: _____
This course is designed for the study abroad of special topics in Hebrew at the junior/senior level. Coursework must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HEBR 410 Studies in Modern Hebrew Literature
An introduction to Hebrew literature from the nineteenth century to the present day. The course emphasizes the development of basic interpretive skills and the understanding of basic literary movements, genres, and concepts. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 220 or equivalent. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Rissien, Shelley
TR 11:00-12:15 PM SMI 206 - LAWRENCE
3 24788
HEBR 420 Studies in Modern Hebrew
This course is designed to help students achieve fluency in speaking, listening, and writing Modern Hebrew. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 220 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

HEBR 490 Independent Study
Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision. Not open to native speakers of Hebrew. Prerequisite: HEBR 220 or equivalent. IND.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Rissien, Shelley
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 20443

Yiddish

YDSH 104 Elementary Yiddish I
Essentials of grammar, practice in speaking, reading, and writing Yiddish. Not open to native speakers of Yiddish. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

YDSH 108 Elementary Yiddish II
Continuation of grammar, practice in conversation, composition, and reading. Not open to native speakers of Yiddish. Prerequisite: YDSH 104 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

YDSH 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Yiddish. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

YDSH 212 Intermediate Yiddish I
Structured grammar review, composition, conversation, with readings of literary and cultural texts. Not open to native speakers of Yiddish. Prerequisite: YDSH 108 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

YDSH 216 Intermediate Yiddish II
A continuation of YDSH 212. Structured grammar review, composition, conversation, with readings of literary and cultural texts. Not open to native speakers of Yiddish. Prerequisite: YDSH 212 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

YDSH 300 Studies in Yiddish: ______
Examination of special topics in Yiddish. May be repeated if topic varies. LEC.
Fall 2017
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Perelmutter, Renee
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 21360
YDSH 395 Study Abroad Topics in Yiddish: _____
This course is designed for the study abroad of special topics in Yiddish at the junior/senior level. Coursework must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

YDSH 410 Studies in Modern Yiddish Literature
An introduction to Yiddish literature from the nineteenth century to the present day. The course emphasizes the development of basic interpretive skills and the understanding of basic literary movements, genres, and concepts. Prerequisite: YDSH 216 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.

YDSH 490 Independent Study
Intensive reading or research under faculty supervision IND.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2017 semester.


Upcoming Program Events
Kudos to our faculty!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies, writes fantasy fiction and poetry under the name Rose Lemberg. Her book Marginalia to Stone Bird is the first book of poetry to be shortlisted for a Crawford Award, and is also up for an Elgin Award. Marginalia has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and Strange Horizons. Available at Aqueduct Press and Amazon.

Kudos to our students!

March 16, 2017: JS students Mackenzie Haun, Sarah Herman and Ariel Silverman were elected to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic academy. Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

More Kudos!

Dr. Gal Levy, former Visiting Israeli Professor at KU, has won first prize for best article in Hebrew from the Israeli Political Science Association. The article looks at the post-protest protest in Israel and Dr. Levy gives acknowledgments to the KU Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Levy currently teaches at the Open University in Israel. He will be a guest speaker at KU on August 23, his lecture is titled, "Citizenship in Crisis in Contemporary Israel".

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