JEWS AND THE CITY
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
29566
Career
Undergraduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 4/23/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
Letter Grade
Description
Comedian Lenny Bruce riffed in 1963 that "If you live in New York or any other big city, you are Jewish. It doesn't matter even if you're Catholic; if you live in New York you're Jewish." In this course, we will discover why Lenny Bruce -- and so many other observers of Jewish life -- came to understand urbanity as a core component of the Jewish experience.
We will begin our study of the Jewish encounter with urban life in the 19th century, as millions of Eastern European Jews migrated from the small villages of their birth to cities across the globe. This course will trace this Eastern European Jewish diaspora to urban destinations around the world, before training its lens on the Jewish encounter with American cities. We will pay close attention to how patterns of Jewish urbanization changed regionally and over time; how urbanization affected Jews' home-life, leisure time, religious practices and occupational choices; how differences in gender and class affected Jews' experiences in urban spaces; and how Jews interacted with other ethnic groups in diverse, urban environments. Delving into the history, built environment, and archival sources pertaining to the Jewish experience in Pittsburgh will provide us with a dynamic case study for this crucial relationship between Jews and the city.
Class Attributes
DSAS Global Issues General Ed. Requirement
DSAS Historical Analysis General Ed. Requirement
SCI Polymathic Contexts: Global&Cross Cul GE. Req.
SCI Polymathic Contexts: Soc/Behav. GE. Req.
Class Notes
The planned operational mode for this class when meeting in-person is FULL COHORT. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-full-cohort-classroom/.

Class Details
Instructor(s)
Rachel Kranson
Meets
TuTh 4:30PM - 5:45PM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 04/23/2021
Room
2200 Sennott Square
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Lecture Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Closed
Seats Taken
21
Seats Open
0
Combined Section Capacity
19
Unrestricted Seats
0
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
3
Wait List Capacity
19
Combined Section
JEWS AND THE CITY
JS 1240 - 1010 (29566)
Status: Closed
Seats Taken: 5
Wait List Total: 0
JEWS AND THE CITY
RELGST 1240 - 1010 (29567)
Status: Closed
Seats Taken: 10
Wait List Total: 1
JEWS AND THE CITY
HIST 1780 - 1010 (29568)
Status: Closed
Seats Taken: 6
Wait List Total: 2