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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Davar Academy, LLC | Evaluated Learning Experience

History of the Early Ashkenazi Jews (HIS 210)


Varies – self study.

Various; distance learning format.

May 2022 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: illustrate and discuss what Jewish society and culture was like during the early medieval period in Europe; describe the major historical events in early Medieval Europe that affected the Jewish population and explain the impact these events had on Ashkenazi Jewish life; identify the major historical personalities in Medieval Europe whose actions affected the Jewish population and explain how they impacted the Jewish population; describe the contributions of Jewish historical figures and explain the impact they had on Jewish life; describe and assess how the interactions between Jewish and Christian cultures influenced Christian attitudes towards Jews and in turn influenced Jewish life and society.


This course explores historical events and personalities involving or affecting the Jewish people in medieval Europe through the eleventh century.  The course will also focus on how historical figures made an impact on Jewish life through their major works and communal interaction. Significant figures include the Kalonymus family, R’ Gershom Me’or HaGolah, the Chasidei Ashkanaz, and R Yaakov b. Yakar.  Students will also demonstrate an understanding of how the Jews living in Medieval Europe interacted with their host countries and how major political and cultural events such as the crusades had an impact on the Jewish communities.  Major topics that will be covered include Jewish emigration to France and Germany, Jewish economic life in France and Germany, the importance of customs, rabbinical decrees, the origins aftermath and outcomes of the first crusades and “The People’s Crusade”.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in History, Jewish History, Judaic Studies or Sociology (3/22).