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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

Sociology of the Return to Orthodox Judaism (SOC 313)


Varies; self-study format.

Various; distance learning format

March 2021 - Present

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: display a clear understanding of the phenomenon which began in the 20th century and has continued into the present day in which Jews who were completely unaffiliated with their religion have begun to return to Orthodox Judaism; identify factors that led to this phenomenon; when it began; the social impact it has had on the Jewish nation as a whole; identify which demographics have been most affected and which less so; identify which organizations have been involved with outreach in order to spur on this movement and their agenda; and describe the sociological role the land of Israel has played in impacting this movement, and the establishment of Israel as an independent state in 1948. 


This course is taught in various formats. The online format consists of a module based format (with a required textbook) consisting of on-going and cumulative competency based assessments (quizzes and final exam), open-ended essays, student activity and observations/reflections. The final grade is  based on the final exam outcomes. Study materials are provided for the student in the form of both a comprehensive study guide which generally follows the textbook closely, and other study aids such as PowerPoint presentations and other digital media to aid in conveying the material. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religion, Sociology, Jewish History, or as a General Elective (8/21).