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Jewishness: A Cultural History

This course was offered in Fall, 2016.

Jewish cultures span thousands of years and at least as many villages and urban centers, political ideologies, theologies, rituals, and literatures. Indeed, it is impossible to point to a singular entity called “Jewish Culture.” If we contend that Jewish cultures are so varied, what about these cultures makes them “Jewish”?

In this session, we will take a look at the variety of Jewish cultures from Jewish societies in antiquity through the contemporary Jewish-American scene. We will focus on the theme of “the Other”: how Jewish cultures create themselves by constructing boundaries between themselves and their neighbors, as well as themselves and their historical predecessors.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday, September 25
9:30 - 11:00 am

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Sep 25 9:30 AM–11:00 AM Sun Temple Sinai Shaina Hammerman


Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609



Shaina Hammerman

Shaina HammermanShaina Hammerman holds a Ph.D. in Jewish History and Culture from the Graduate Theological Union. She teaches courses on Jewish film, literature, religion, and cultural history at universities, libraries, and synagogues across the Bay Area. Her book, Black Hat, Silver Screen: The Hasid in Film will be published by Indiana University Press in 2017. Learn more about Dr. Shaina Hammerman at shainahammerman.com.