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Noam Pianko
SISJE 336
Seattle Campus

American Jewish History Since 1885

Political, social, economic, religious history of American Jewish community from great eastern European migration to present. Integration of immigrant community into general American community; rise of nativism; development of American socialism; World War I and II; and reactions of American Jews to these events. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 336.

Class description

From Wall Street to Hollywood, American Jews helped shape the history of the United States of America. But how did this immigrant group manage to move from the margins to the mainstream of American life? What does this group’s experience teach us about the evolution of religious, ethnic, and racial conceptions in this country? In what ways does American Jewish history shed light on ongoing questions about the role of immigration and the place of immigrants in defining what it means to be an American? This course addresses these questions through the careful examination of primary sources. In addition, students will have the opportunity to engage in service learning projects to consider the relationship between the historical immigration experience and contemporary realities. Students can receive “W”credit for this course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This course combines lecture, discussion, and service learning.

Recommended preparation

No background required

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on short essay assignments and a final paper


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Noam Pianko
Date: 01/27/2012