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Germans, Jews and the Power of Art

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2017.

This class will examine how art has been used to influence social and political ideology, focusing on Weimar Germany beginning 1918 and culminating in the present post-holocaust era. We will analyze both visual and literary interpretations of artwork with the intention of finding new insights about the rich cultural history of Judaism. We'll also examine how the fascist regime launched a vigorous campaign against modern art as part of Hitler's agenda to systematically attack Jews and Jewish culture.

This course will be available to registered students via Adobe Connect distance learning software at no extra charge, both live and via full video recording. Students may attend live in the classroom, live online, or anytime via recording.


# Sessions
Date & time

Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16
7:00 - 8:30 pm

$50 for the public
$40 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
May 02 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Rene'e Powell
May 09 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Rene'e Powell
May 16 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Tue JCCEB Rene'e Powell


JCC East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709



Rene'e Powell

Rene'e Powell Rene'e Powell completed her master's degree in Jewish studies in 2010. As part of her thesis project she had a solo exhibition entitled Echoes and Fragments, which expressed her personal reflection on the Holocaust. She teaches Jewish art at the Center for Art, Religion and Education in Berkeley.