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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Center for Academic and Religious Excellence (C.A.R.E.) | Evaluated Learning Experience

HIS 401 Modern Jewish History I and II

Formerly HIS 401 Modern Jewish History


Proficiency examination administered at the Center for Academic and Religious Excellence (C.A.R.E.) testing center or authorized proctor sites.

June 2015 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the examination, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency as follows: identify the major events that took place in the history of the Jewish nation from 1648 to 1948 and discuss their impact on Jewish History; describe the various laws that were promulgated against the Jews during this period and their impact; differentiate between the various religious movements and groups within the Jewish nation, and their impact on Jewish History; discuss the oppression of the Jews in various countries in Europe; research the wars of this period culminating in the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust, and the cultural impact of these events on the Jewish people; and discuss the War of Independence and the formation of the State of Israel.


In order to prepare for this exam, students study the following topics: the pogroms of 1648-1649 (Tach v’Tat); Shabtai Tzvi and his impact on the Jewish community; the Enlightment; Moses Mendolsohn; the Reform movement and its effects; the French Revolution and its impact on the Jewish community; Napoleon - his reforms and their effects; the response to reform – Chassidim; Misnagdim - the Russian Pale of Settlement; anti-Semitism and the Czar; the Mussar movement; emigration to America; Zionism; World War I and its aftermath; the Holocaust; and the State of Israel.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Jewish History, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (6/15) (4/21 revalidation).