Fall 2012 Jewish Studies Courses

Interested in exploring Judaism through an academic lens? Want to develop a background in Jewish literature, history, languages, or cultures? You don’t need to be a Jewish Studies major to enrich your Jewish knowledge. Check out the courses the Jewish Studies program is offering Fall quarter!

EBR 1AIntensive Elementary HebrewHEBR 4Second-Year Hebrew with Doron FriedmanHIS 74Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures with Bruce ThompsonHIS 162Canaan, Israel, and Palestine from Polytheism to Monotheism with Gildas HamelHIS 172A German History with Mark Cioc

HIS 175B Modern Russian History with Peter Kenez

LTMO 144H Jewish Writers and the European City: Venice with Murray Baumgarten

LTMO 190Y Topics in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture: Jewish Comedy with Bruce Thompson

MUSC 80T Mizrach: Jewish Music in the Lands of Islam with Avi Tchamni


 Published on page 8 of the Spring 2012 issue of Leviathan.

Thank You Jewish Studies

Thank You

Jewish Studies!

The Leviathan Jewish Journal staff wishes to extend 

our heartfelt thanks to UCSC’s Jewish Studies Program. 

Without the Program’s generous support, we would have been unable to publish this issue. We are grateful for the 

Program’s help and hope to continue working 

together in the future!

Published on page 8 of the Spring 2012 issue of Leviathan.

Letter From the Editor

After a hectic and controversial year, the Leviathan Staff thought it would be beneficial to revisit the subject of what it means to be Jewish in today’s world. This is in no way a simple question, as the diversity of the Jewish people speaks to the fluidity of our identity. Are we the culmination of our history, inheriting monotheism through our holy lineage? Or are we just fingerprints, products of our ever-changing environment, blips on the cosmic stage? Are we grounded in our past, or is it our obligation to live in the present and look towards the future?

We did not decide on our cover image this quarter without much deliberation. We hope the message is clear: while we may feel overwhelmed as little individuals within our greater communities, as Jews, as Americans, even as Santa Cruz students, we must remember we are greater than the sum of our parts. Some groups overlap, some clash, but if we allow ourselves to learn from a different perspective, what we find is so much more meaningful and surprising than if we choose to remain in uniform ignorance. Our steadfast refusal to admit fault and listen to those who disagree will only result in the division of our collective identity; we must remain conscious of our assumptions. Even when we disagree, there is still room for all of us within the Jewish community. If we maintain these basic humanist standards, we can become empowered by our differences, and the solidarity of our community will not waver. Through active listening and mutual acceptance, not only can we cultivate something beautiful, we can begin to truly know one another.

Our hope is to inspire you not only to accept Jewishness in all its forms, but to actively push your own boundaries. Grapple with ideas that make you uncomfortable. Play the devil’s advocate. Don’t allow yourself to fall victim to your own assumptions, and don’t just hear, but listen. If you disagree with the ideas in this journal, good! And if they make you question, or even make you think, we will have done our job. Enjoy!


Aaron Giannini

Editor in Cheif



Aaron Giannini —-Year: Three — Major: History

Karina Garcia—-Year: Three —– Major: Literature and Jewish Studies

Shani Chabansky —- Year: Four —– Major: Anthropology and Jewish Studies

Savyonne Steindler —– Year: Four —– Major: Anthropology and Jewish Studies

Karin Gold —– Year: Three ——- Major: Psychology

David Lee —— Year: Three —– Major: Literature

Antaeus Edelsohn —– Year: Four —– Major: Economics and Film Studies

Rebecca Pierce ——Year: Four —– Major: Film Studies

Oren Gotesman —– Year: Four —- Major: Politics

Published on page 64 of the Winter 2012 issue of Leviathan.

Thank you’s

Leviathan would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support:

College 9

College 10




Student Media Council

We also thank Community Printers for their continually high-quality services and extend our warmest appreciation to Susan Watrous and UCSC Student Media for building a strong community of passionate and dedicated young journalists.

Published on page 64 of the Winter 2012 issue of Leviathan.