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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 Jewish Woman in Medieval Society (SOC 304)


Version 1 and 2: Varies; self study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: March 2016 - August 2021. Version 2: September 2021 - Present. 

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

Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate a broad and in-depth knowledge of the role of Jewish women in medieval society in both Ashkenazic and Sephardic countries; describe the typical woman’s social and economic status, as well as religious activity, and explain differences based on place of residence; explain the approach of various scholars in the field and the social causes they suggest to explain some of the practices and decrees which were made during this time period; and draw conclusions about how Jewish women in the Middle Ages viewed themselves and how others saw them.


Version 1: The final exam assesses students' knowledge of the role of the Jewish woman in Jewish society in the Middle Ages. Instructional topics focus on: economic standing and typical level of education, involvement in the community and religious practice, and reasons for various rabbinical ordinances decreed during this time period and their effects on women. The course covers major life events such as choosing a spouse, marriage, child rearing, and divorce as a way to understand how the status of women was affected by the way these things were handled in this time period and how social conditions, in turn, effected aspects of such events. The course provides an overall broad picture of how Jewish women viewed themselves in the Middle Ages and how they were viewed by others. Version 2: Same as Version 1, and additional topics including: the Jewish woman’s role in modern and post-modern society; the changes that have come about as ripple effects from the feminism movement and the impact it's had on women in the Jewish world; how Jewish law has been applied in relationship to women due to modern advances in technology and apparel, understanding the new role of Jewish women in the workplace and attitudes that have shifted over time toward women in this arena.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Judaic Studies, Women's Studies, or Social History (3/16). Version 2: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Sociology, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Judaic Studies, Women's Studies, or Social History (8/21 revalidation).