Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

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Study one of the pillars of Western culture

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In the Western world, Jewish thought has been foundational to our common culture. The experience of the Jewish people, however, has both reflected that of the majority culture and diverged profoundly from it.

The study of Judaism and of the varieties of Jewish experience can be both a complement, and a corrective, to any course of study examining the history and culture of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas.

From its origins to the present day, the Judaic Studies minor at Franklin & Marshall provides a comprehensive introduction to the religious, cultural and political traditions of Jewish life.

The program incorporates the history and literature of the Jewish people and their interactions with the other peoples among whom they have lived. Students will also gain familiarity with the Hebrew language.

F&M's international emphasis enables Judaic Studies students to pursue specialized studies abroad. Our students have pursued advanced studies at Hebrew University, in Jerusalem, Israel, at Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel, in Bath, England and in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

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  • Join Jonathan Druker November 20, 2014 at 4:30 in the Multipurpose Room of the Klehr Center.

     “Traumatic Memory and Irreversible History in Primo Levi’s If Not Now, When?

    Primo Levi’s If Not Now, When? is a work of historical fiction describing the sufferings and small triumphs of a band of Jewish partisans, mostly Russian, who fight against the Nazis.  Professor Druker will argue that the novel sets up a complex tension between action and paralysis, between the forward march of history and traumatic memory.  The partisans do not simply live in the present time, the “now” of the novel’s title, but also in versions of the Eastern European Jewish past, both troubled and idealized. 

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  • Visit the Klehr Center for Jewish Life here.