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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

The American Jewish Experience (JHis 310)

Formerly The American Jewish Experience (Jewish History 310)

Varies; self-study format.  

Various; distance learning format.

December 2011 -  Present.

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

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the origins of the Jewish American communities; describe Jewish life in the colonial days; discuss the roles of the Jewish community in the early American culture and government; identify the effects of the American Revolution on the American Jewish community; distinguish between the culture of the American Jews and that of the European Jews who immigrated in the 1800s; distinguish between the cultures of the religious and non-religious Jews in American society; identify the political roles assumed by both the religious and non-religious Jewish communities in the United States; describe the disunity that has occurred between the religious and non-religious Jewish communities in the United States; identify and describe the different levels of religious observances of Jews in the United States; and discuss the cultural impact of the Jewish communities on contemporary American society.


This course covers the experience of Jews of all levels of faith and observance through American history. The course starts in colonial times when only some Jews in the colonies lived side-by-side with the religious refugees from Europe and then continues with a discussion of the early American Jews. The course then traces the development of American Jewry and the incalculable impacts of the waves of Jewish immigration from Europe in the 1800s. The course deals with the burgeoning communities in many American cities and the disunity that arose from the growth of the community and influx of outsiders. The course also looks at the dichotomy between religious and non-religious American Jews and the divisions within the religious community. The course concludes with an examination of the roles of Jewish communities in and after World War II and their continuing roles to this day.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in History (3/12) (3/17 revalidation) (7/22 revalidation).