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Teaching Jewish Studies

AJS is pleased to offer tools, resources, and guides for the teaching of Jewish Studies, including the following articles on pedagogy from AJS News and forums on teaching Jewish Studies from AJS Perspectives and essays from AJS Conference sessions compiled by the AJS Pedagogy Working Group.

AJS News Articles on Pedagogy

» "Pedagogy and Disruption," Lori Hope Lefkovitz (September 2016)

» "Teaching with Footprints: Integrating Digital Humanities Projects into Our Courses," Marjorie Lehman  (September 2016)

» "Using Social and Digital Media in the Classroom," Amy Weiss (September 2016)

» "MOOCs and Jewish Studies: A Match Made in Digital Heaven," Barry Scott Wimpfheimer  (September 2016)

» "Genre-Bending Writing Assignments," Shayna Sheinfeld

» "Teaching Beyond the Canon: New Approaches to Jewish Studies," Andrea Dara Cooper (February 2016)

» "Singing Yiddish: Teaching the Students, Training the Teachers," Rakhmiel Peltz (February 2016)

» "How to Use Wikipedia to Teach Jewish Studies," Shira Klein

AJS Perspectives Questionnaire & Forums

AJS Perspectives Questionnaire and Forums invite views of Jewish Studies colleagues across the field. Topics include:

» Forum on Pedagogy: Embracing Discomfort (Spring 2017)

» Directors' Forum: Administering Freedom (Fall 2016)

» » "Freedom and Collaboration," David M. Freidenreich

» » "The Freedom to Teach across Boundaries," Cecile E. Kuznitz

» » "Liberating the Conversation on Academic Freedom," Jeffrey Shoulson

» » "Jewish Studies and Academic Freedom," Todd Samuel Presner

» » "To Hillel and Back: One Jewish Studies Program’s Sojourn on the Borderline between Jewish Community Professionals and Academic Freedom," Benjamin Schreier

» What are ways that you find most useful to incorporate sound, images, or other nontextual media into your Jewish Studies classrooms? (Spring/Summer 2016)

» What is the role of language study in the undergraduate Jewish Studies curriculum? (Fall 2015)

» What film do you find most relevant to Jewish Studies? (Spring 2015)

» How should one teach "Introduction to Jewish Studies"? (Fall 2014)

» If you were to organize a graduate seminar around a single text what would it be? (Spring 2013)

» As a professor of Jewish Studies, how do you perceive your responsibility to the Jewish community? (Fall 2012)

» What is the most and least successful course you have taught? (Fall 2011)

» What are the three biggest challenges you face as director of a Jewish Studies program? (Spring 2011)

» What development in Jewish Studies over the last twenty years has most excited you? (Fall 2010)

» What are three books you love to teach to undergraduates? (Spring 2010)

Conference Papers on Pedagogy

The AJS is pleased to offer the following essays that emerged from pedagogy sessions at our annual conferences. They offer hands-on teaching advice to instructors of Jewish Studies. If you have presented a pedagogy-related paper which you would like to share with other instructors, please get in touch with Ari Ariel or Shira Klein.

From the 2014 annual conference:

» "The Use of the Self in the Classroom," Phillip I. Ackerman-Lieberman

» "Some Strategies for Teaching The Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln," Judith Baskin

» "Teaching with Social Media," Debra Caplan

» "Flipping a Jewish Studies Classroom," David Freidenreich | video

» "Teaching Jewish Studies in the Framework of Latin American Studies: Questions of Mediality," Naomi Lindstrom

From the 2013 annual conference:

» "Vision and Voices of Israel: The WM Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education Israel Program," Ofra Backenroth

» "Teaching Comics," Samantha Baskind | slides

» "Expanding the Jewish Studies Classroom: Citizenship, Vulnerability, and the Trinity," Elias Sacks

From the 2012 annual conference:

» "Jewish Immigration to Latin America at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century," Adriana Huberman

» "An Argentine-Jewish Novel in a Cross-Listed Course," Naomi Lindstrom

From the 2011 annual conference:

» "The House on Chelouche Street," Ari Ariel

» "Teaching the History of Jewish Politics and Jewish Power," Nancy Sinkoff

From the 2010 annual conference:

» "Teaching Modern Jewish Art," Samantha Baskind

From the 2009 annual conference:

» "Insiders and Outsiders in Jewish Studies," Hasia Diner

» "History and Memory in Jewish Studies," Bruce Rosenstock