Teaching Undergraduates the History of Early Modern Sephardic and Eastern Jews
Publication Date: January 2005
Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Spring 2005, pp.12-13.
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Sephardic Jews; Mizrahi Jews; Higher Education; Judaic Studies
Coverage: United States United States
The author discusses three problems common to the teaching of Sephardic and Eastern Jewries to Western undergraduate students: (1) the definition of "Sephardic" and the fluidity of boundaries between different Jewish groups; (2) students' unfamiliarity with the regions ins question; and (3) the challenge of finding appropriate course readings. The author discusses his approaches to these problems, including some specific suggestions for course readings.