Our primary goal in teaching Jewish History is to help students develop a strong Jewish identity and an appreciation of the rich texture of their Jewish heritage. A secondary goal is to contextualize and supplement the textual studies of other Judaic classes as a way of helping students understand the development of Jewish ideas across generations.
Tracking: Jewish History classes are not tracked.
As of September, 2016, students will be offered a variety of Jewish History electives in grades 9 - 11, and will be required to take Modern Jewish History and Zionism in the senior year.
Possible elective offerings include:
-American Jewish History
-Jewish-Christian Relations in History
-Jewish Literature Through Historical Lens
-Medieval Jewish History
-Modern Jewish History and Zionism
Students in the ninth grade study Medieval Jewish History, focusing on the Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewish experiences during that period. This course begins by looking at the Jews under Islam, turns comparatively to the Jews under Christian rule, and culminates with the early modern Jewish communities that emerged in the wake of the Spanish Expulsion.