CJH Mini-Courses

Throughout the year, CJH offers courses on an array of subjects. As part of its commitment to purveying the fruits of academic Jewish research to a broader public, these courses are intended for scholarly as well as lay audiences. Courses typically consist of three or four sessions, in which the professor explores a particular sub-topic in European or American Jewish history. The courses are lecture-oriented, but also include the reading of texts and seminar-styled learning. Our visiting scholars, senior fellows, and other affiliated faculty teach these courses in the spring and fall.

Upcoming this winter: NEH Senior Scholar Shaul Magid is teaching Radical Jewish Politics in Postwar America and Israel in February.

To register for one of our mini-courses, please visit donate.cjh.org/CJHCourses.

Radical Jewish Politics in Postwar America and Israel

Taught by: Shaul Magid (Indiana University), CJH NEH Senior Scholar
Time: 7-9 pm on February 6th, 13th, 21st, and 27th, 2018
Tuition: $250 general; $200 for seniors and CJH members; $50 for university students

In this four-part series we will explore four different visions of postwar Jewish radical politics.

As the multi-volume study The Jewish Political Tradition edited by Michael Walzer and others shows, Jews have had a political tradition in the Diaspora as long as they have lived there. After emancipation, Jews played prominent roles in almost every major political movement in Europe and America, from Marxism to socialism, liberalism, anarchism, and neoconservatism.

In many cases, Jews were especially attracted to radical political alternatives that challenged and contested the liberalism of the societies in which they lived. This course will examine the thinking of four post-war Jewish thinkers, who, different as they may seem on major social and political questions, were united in proposing radical visions of a post-liberal society.

  • February 6: Arthur Waskow and “Jews for Urban Justice”

  • February 13: Meir Kahane and the call for Radical Jewish Identity

  • February 21: Yoel Teitelbaum, The Traditional Jewish Battle against Zionism

  • February 27: Zvi Yehuda Kook, Fusing Religion and the State in Israel