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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Comprehensive Basic Jewish Practices (JST-333)


Varies (self-study; self-paced).

Various; distance learning format.

May 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: trace various Jewish practices to their sources; demonstrate the role of Jewish history in Jewish festivals and holy sites; articulate the organization of the Jewish calendar and the order of Jewish festivals and life-cycle events; identify the ritual practices of the Jewish festivals and life-cycle events; assert the role of holy places and objects in Jewish religious practice; deduce the kosher status of various foods based on its characteristics; correlate Jewish practices in regard to clothing and appearance with the meaning the meaning that they represent; infer a Torah philosophy towards interpersonal relationships based on halachic principles; and identify blessings and prayers with their appropriate occasions.


Comprehensive Basic Jewish Practices  assesses students’ knowledge of basic Jewish practices.  Students learn about the concept of the weekly Sabbath and all of the Jewish festivals and fasts and understand what they commemorate, and all of the main practices conducted on those days according to Torah tradition.  Additionally, all of major life-cycle events are covered in this course, including the rituals which Jews follow for these events.  Holy sites and objects and physical symbols are described, and their halachic ramifications are discussed. Additional topics include the laws of prayers, blessings and kosher food.  The discussion of halacha is not limited to the area of laws between man and G-d but includes laws of charity and interpersonal relationships.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Jewish Studies, Religion, Near Eastern Studies, or Sociology (5/23).