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Sociology of the Ba'al Teshuva Movement (SOC-303)
Version 1: This course assesses students' knowledge of the Ba'al Teshuva movement. Major topics include: entry points to the movement, such as synagogues and Ba'al Teshuva institutions of study, challenges of recruitment, how the Ba'al Teshuva tends to adapt to Orthodox culture and which aspects pose special challenges, cultural stigmas that the Ba'al Teshuva carries in the Orthodox community and how such stigma can be dealt with, and the impact that the Ba'al Teshuva movement has had on the general Orthodox community. The proficiency examination also evaluates students' knowledge of the history, meaning, and social nuances of the Ba'al Teshuva movement, as well as the sociological terminologies that explain it. Version 2: The Sociology of the Ba’al Teshuva Movement (SOC-303) examination assesses students' knowledge of the Ba’al Teshuvah Movement which began in the second half of the 20th century as Jews returned to Orthodox and includes the perceived socio-historic challenges which the movement overcame, as well as those socio-historic factors which supported its development. Entry points to the movement are examined, such as synagogues and ba’al teshuvah institutions of study, along with the challenges of recruitment. Discussion focuses on how the ba’al teshuvah tends to adapt to Orthodox culture, and which aspects pose special challenges. Special attention is focused on understanding what cultural capital ba’alei teshuvah carry in the Orthodox community and how they achieve it. Students also discuss the impact the ba’al teshuvah movement may have on the general Orthodox community and recent trends in the field of kiruv.