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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Jewish Studies - Theological Research Institute

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Location:

Various; distance learning format

Length:

45 hours (10 weeks).

Dates:

December 2011 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the concepts and application of traditional Jewish teachings and mystical practices within the context of modern society; learn the general structure and order of the Torah belief system and how this defines the essential character of the "Jewish perspective”; analyze and assess what happens when the Jewish perspective is at odds with modern opinions and bias; evaluate a wide range of topics, including: the cyclical nature of time; core concepts in Jewish philosophy; ritual practice as related to prayer and the festivals; stringencies in dietary law and animal slaughter, sexual limitations, and freedoms; an explanation of the Torah's written and oral transmissions; and define the concept of "Chosen People," and anti-Semitism.

Instruction:

This course is delivered in a distance learning format with a proctored proficiency exam. It includes a study of faith versus knowledge, Monotheism, the Jewish calendar as a tool for growth, the Jewish view of love, relationships, and prayer, Kosher Laws, Understanding the Shabbat, and History of Oral Law.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Philosophy (6/15).

Location:
Theological Research Institute Ltd., 50 Madison Avenue, New York, NY
Length:

124.5 hours (12 weeks).

Dates:
May 2011 - Present.
Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to discuss the elements of the chapters of the Book of Joshua concerning the entering of the Jewish people into the holy land; explore the Divine explanations of the Book of Joshua and Judges found in the Oral Torah; and examine and analyze the text using a variety of classical Jewish commentaries.

Instruction:

This course is delivered in a distance learning format with a proctored proficiency exam. It includes a study of the Book of Joshua and Judges with a compendium of Prophets, Writings, Babylonian Talmud, Jerusalem Talmud, Malbim, Maharal, Nachmanides, Radak and others, focusing on understanding the major religious and historical elements. Students conduct a close reading of the text to uncover the meaning and understand the message of the narrative.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Classics, and Bible Studies (8/11) (3/17 revalidation). 

Location:

Various; distance learning format

Length:

124.5 hours (12 weeks).

Dates:

June 2015 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate a mastery of the Hebrew alphabet, and basic pronunciations of letters and words; gain a deeper insight into the structure of the Hebrew letters and how they relate to mathematics, science, and philosophy; and clearly articulate how the Hebrew words are essentially defined based on the nature of the letters they are composed of.

Instruction:

This course is delivered in a distance learning format with a proctored proficiency exam. It includes a study of the Hebrew Alphabet and Language including speech and pronounciations and the meaning behind the letters. Methods of instruction include: required readings, essays, quizzes, required interaction with the course instructor, and final exam.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Hebrew Language or Jewish Thought (6/15).

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

Self-study, self paced. 

Dates:

July 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze and discuss the elements of the significant scriptural and secondary sources concerning Jewish History; explore the historical and sociological elements of relevant historical events leading up to the medieval ages; examine and analyze the text using a variety of classical commentaries and pertinent academic studies done by experts; and develop and apply historical research skills and techniques

Instruction:

This course provides a comprehensive review of the Jewish existence from Biblical times, through the Second Temple period and the Middle Ages and covers major historical events and turning points, exposing students to primary sources including archeological artifacts, ancient texts, relevant architecture and art, as well as the leading research in the topics discussed, both classic and contemporary. Historical events are reviewed through the prism of three themes unique to the Jewish people during this period: the Biblical Revolution, the Exile and connection to the land, and the Jewish solidarity among dispersed communities.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish History or Judaic Studies or Religion (7/18).

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

Self-study, self-paced.

Dates:

July 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze and discuss the elements of major historical works covering modern Jewish History; examine the various locations of the Jewish exile and how they affected elements of historical events leading up to the modern times; examine and analyze the impact the Jewish people had on historical records of modern Kingdoms and Empires and on modern academic works; and develop and apply historical research skills and techniques.

Instruction:

This course is a comprehensive review of the Jewish existence from the Middle Ages to modern times and covers major historical events and turning points. The course exposes students to primary sources including a variety of Jewish texts and literature, architecture and art, as well as the leading research in the topics discussed, both classic and contemporary. Major historical events, including the Jewish Question, the Holocaust, and the Zionist movement are reviewed with a focus on their global impact.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish History or Judaic Studies or Religion (7/18).

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

Self study, self-paced.

Dates:

July 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze and discuss the multiple facets of U.S. - Israel relations from a historical and modern viewpoint; identify, discuss, and apply different Jewish concepts acquired in this course to contemporary lives; examine and analyze multiple perspectives of geopolitical scenarios; and compare and contrast current geopolitical perspectives of internationally respected experts with an understanding of modern-day geopolitical issues.

Instruction:

This course discusses the nature of Israel’s diverse population and presents analyses and commentaries on Israeli foreign policy, foreign policy-making in a multi-party (proportional representation) parliamentary system, the major actors in the foreign policy process, and Israel’s international relations vis a vis her security dilemma. The course focuses on the basic tenets of the Israeli political system as well as Israeli foreign and defense strategy, threats and opportunities facing Israel today, the structures and processes of Israeli decision making, including their strengths and weaknesses, and the role of the peace process in Israel’s political and national security strategic thinking. Topics include the U.S.-Israel relationship, unfolding Israeli relations with China and Russia, and Israel’s evolving future as a regional and global power and its place among the nations.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish History, Judaic Studies, or Religion (7/18).

Location:

Various; distance learning format

Length:

120 hours (10 weeks).

Dates:

June 2015 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to review the writings of Jewish codifiers throughout the ages (Maimonidies, Tur, Shulchan Aruch, Mishna Brura) to build their knowledge of pertinent Jewish laws and apply research skills to develop a thorough understanding of many day-to-day laws and traditions.

Instruction:

This course is delivered in a distance learning format with a proctored proficiency exam. It includes a study of Jewish Laws (Halacha) of some of the following topics: Mezuzah, Charity, Tefillin, Blessings, Sukkot, Signs of Kosher animals, Wayfarer's prayer, and immersing new utensils.

Credit recommendation:

In the associate degree/certificate degree category OR in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Law, Near Eastern Studies, Talmudic Law, or Religion (6/15).

Location:

Various; distance learning format

Length:

120 hours (10 weeks).

Dates:

June 2015 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze Jewish sources about leadership and character development and discuss traits such as responsibility, resilience, humility, genuineness, commitment to personal growth, positivity, and methods for overcoming anger and jealousy. The course places a strong focus on applying this knowledge to actual life situations. 

Instruction:

The course is taught through a variety of instructional sources: reading classic and contemporary texts, watching online videos, and writing essays. A strong emphasis is placed on applying the material to students' lives.

Credit recommendation:

In the associate degree/certificate category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Law, Jewish Thought, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (6/15).

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

Self study, self-paced.

Dates:

July 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: list the 39 forbidden activities tied to Shabbat; detail the sources and explanation for each of the forbidden activities; apply moral and life lessons taught by the laws of Shabbat; and detail the responsibility of the generation to safeguard the Shabbat and how that played out throughout the exile. 

Instruction:

This is an in-depth study of the Shulchan Aruch, with a focus on the source of each of the laws of Shabbat, and their modern-day application. Students apply lessons taught by various sources from classical and modern commentaries. Focus is on topics that include but are not limited to the following themes: the 39 forbidden activities on Shabbat; the nature of joy on Shabbat; Shabbat in Temple times and throughout the exile; and the concepts of the seven-year cycle leading up to the Sabbatical year. Prerequisite: Students need a basic understanding of the Hebrew Language.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish History or Judaic Studies or Religion (7/18).

Location:

Various; distance learning format.

Length:

Various; distance learning format.

Dates:

July 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: list the sources from the Torah for the dietary laws of the Israelites; detail the signs and categories different animals fall into; apply lessons from the course to understanding and living a Kosher lifestyle in the modern world; and detail different customs and traditions found throughout different schools of thought amongst various schools of Torah law.

Instruction:

This is an in-depth study of the Books of the Shulchan Aruch, with a focus on the laws of mixing meat and milk. Students apply lessons taught by various sources from classical and modern commentaries. Focus is on topics that include but are not limited to the following themes: proper preparation of an animal, different parts of an animal; disease and quality control amongst animals; wine, milk and bread derived from non-Torah observant individuals; and detailed rectifications for the mixing of kosher and non-kosher food items and utensils. Prerequisite: Students need a basic understanding of the Hebrew Language.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish History or Judaic Studies or Religion (7/18).

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