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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 History of Orthodox Jewry in the United States (1880-1945) (JHis 300)

Formerly The History of Orthodox Jewry in the United States (1880-1945) (Jewish History 300)

Varies; self-study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: December 2011 - February 2017. Version 2: March 2017 - Present.

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

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: articulate the challenges that Jewish immigrants faced from American culture and society; identify the obstacles that caused Jews to weaken in religious commitment and explain the various visions, methods and institutions involved in preserving tradition; discuss the accomplishments of Orthodox Jews in various aspects of American society; identify the cause and manifestations of anti-Semitism during this period; explain relations between Jews and Gentiles and Orthodox Jewish immigrant relations with previously established Jewish groups; and predict the behavior of typical immigrants under various circumstances; and draw parallels from leaders, methods, and ideas of the time period to apply them to similar circumstances.


Version 1 and 2: The final exam assesses students' knowledge of the history of the Orthodox Jewry in the United States and the challenges they faced, primarily from 1880-1945. Topics include: influx of Russian immigrants, material abundance and threats to religious life, preservation of Torah traditions by the Orthodox community, other types of anti-Semitic movements, Jewish social and policlinic leaders, legislation related to the Jews, American Jewish responses to the holocaust and refugee crisis.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in History (3/12). Version 2:  In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in History (3/17 revalidation) (7/22 revalidation).