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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

History of the Jewish Community in the Land of Israel (HIS337)


Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies. 

Traditional classroom-based offered at Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations. Distance learning and hybrid options available.

September 2009 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss decisive events and personalities in Jewish history from 1000-2000 CE and their historical and philosophical context as part of wider global historical events; evaluate the influence of military, political and religious events on the Jewish communities in the Land of Israel including contemporary issues; analyze the sequence of events that led to the development of Jewish communities throughout the Land of Israel; and compare and contrast the developments of different communities.


Major topics include: Exile and diaspora; Jewish community in the Dark Ages; Islamic-Catholic conflict; effects of the Inquisition; Old Yishuv; returning to Zion; Mamluk rule; semichah controversy; kabbalah; Tzfat’s Golden Age; Suleiman; Ottoman rule; false messiahs; aliyot; effects of European Emancipation on Jews in Israel; Rothschild; Montefiore; Reform and Haskalah; types of Zionism; expanding Jewish settlement; Dreyfus affair; revival of Hebrew as a spoken language; religious-secular cooperation; Mizrachi and Agudah; “new Jews”; aftermath of WWI and WWII; British Mandate; Partition Agreement; Status Quo; recreating the lost glory of Europe; establishment of the Jewish State; wars and borders; conflicts between religion and state. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Prerequisite: Introduction to Jewish History. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in History, or Sociology (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).