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Noam Pianko
SISJE 110
Seattle Campus

Justice, Service, and Activism in the Jewish Tradition

Focuses on thinking critically about justice and social activism by integrating classroom and community learning. Uses the rich textual tradition of Judaism and the experiences of American Jewish social activists as a prism for considering the possibilities and challenges of pursing social justice around the globe.

Class description

This service learning course provides the opportunity to think critically about justice and social activism by integrating classroom and community learning. In this course, students will takes advantage of a sophisticated resource for considering how to work effectively and mindfully toward the ideals of justice: the rich textual tradition of Judaism and the experiences of American Jewish social activists. The Jewish tradition and the history of Jewish activism provide a prism for students to consider the possibilities and challenges of the pursuit for justice in our communities and around the world.

Student learning goals

By the end of this course, students will: • Understand the basic principles underlying conceptions of Justice in the Jewish tradition

Appreciate the complex dilemmas and tensions that the pursuit of justice raises

• Reflect emotionally and cognitively on the ways in which Judaism’s engagement with justice are relevant (or less relevant) to contemporary issues and realities

General method of instruction

We will meet twice a week for one hour and fifty minutes. This course will be taught in conjunction with UW’s Carleson Center as a required service-learning course. In addition to regularly class-meetings, each student will be required to spend 20-40 hours during the quarter working in the community. This experience is designed to contribute to the course by providing students with opportunities to see various programs and organizations committed to justice in action

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for the course.

Class assignments and grading


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 Loryn Hazan Paxton
Date: 04/25/2011