San Francisco

San Francisco State University Department of Jewish Studies

HUM 415, 1600 Holloway Ave. San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 338-6075 Fax: (415) 338-6080 [email protected] jewish.sfsu.edu
Chair Professor Kitty Millet (415) 338-3154 [email protected]

Offers both B.A. and a minor in Modern Jewish Studies. Some 40-plus courses focus on Holocaust studies, American Jewish studies with emphases on social justice and Jewish material cultures, Israel studies, Judaism as religion and philosophy, and comparative Jewish literatures. Serving a diverse student body, the department’s courses are also available through the CSU Online and ElderCollege, so that courses are available to communities throughout the state of California. The strengths of the department’s foci translate to exciting public lectures and events on and off campus.

Professors are Kitty Millet, Marc Dollinger (Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility), Fred Astren (emeritus), Eran Kaplan (Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Israel Studies), and Rachel B. Gross (John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies).

Each semester, courses may include Hebrew language instruction; Judaism: An Introduction; Jewish Social Responsibility; American Jewish History; Anti-Semitism and Social Justice; Arab-Israeli Conflict; Ancient Jewish History; Modern Jewish History; Israeli Democracy: Politics, Institutions and Society; Israeli Cinema; Jerusalem: Portrait of a City; Holocaust and Literature; Holocaust and Genocide; Holocaust and Law; Jewish Literature of the Americas; 20th century American Jewish Women Writers; European Jewish Writers; Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Hebrew Bible; Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism and Literature; Film and the Holocaust; Judaism: Religion and Text; Repairing the World, the Jewish Call for Social Justice; and Christmas and Hanukkah in United States; as well as numerous electives in Jewish cultural studies.