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The curriculum for Basic Jewish Studies is divided into three primary components:

  • Introductory Bible courses focus on textual and analytic skills combined with traditional Jewish philosophy and values. Courses include Personality Development in the Book of Genesis and Birth of a Nation: Introduction to the Book of Exodus.
  • Introduction to Judaism and Jewish law courses allow students to gain an overview of basic Jewish law, customs and culture, as well as the values and philosophy they contain. Topics include Shabbat, Jewish holidays, Kashrut and lifecycles.
  • Introduction to Hebrew provides a primer on Hebrew language--conversational Hebrew as well as biblical and Rabbinic Hebrew--to deepen students' understanding of Jewish textual studies.

After the first two years on campus, students are integrated into the regular Jewish studies courses of Stern College for Women and Sy Syms School of Business. These offer all levels of study.