Rethinking the Bad Boys, Scoundrels and Villains of Jewish Literature

Zoom course with Dr. Shana Rosenblatt Mauer. Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Israel time) -- Starting Oct 29th, 2023.

Dates: (mm/dd/yyyy)
Sunday, 29/10/2023 | 10:30 - 12:00
Sunday, 05/11/2023 | 10:30 - 12:00
Sunday, 12/11/2023 | 10:30 - 12:00
Sunday, 19/11/2023 | 10:30 - 12:00
Sunday, 26/11/2023 | 10:30 - 12:00
Sunday, 03/12/2023 | 10:30 - 12:00
Sunday, 17/12/2023 | 10:30 - 12:00
Sunday, 24/12/2023 | 10:30 - 12:00
Sunday, 31/12/2023 | 10:30 - 12:00
Sunday, 07/01/2024 | 10:30 - 12:00
Online via Zoom

Provoking outcry and predictions of anti-Semitic backlash, some of the most successful Jewish writers produced memorable characters whose actions, choices and motivations were, at best, dubious. These protagonists were usually “on the make,” eager to accumulate wealth, power and prestige. Some of them were still committed and supportive of their families and Jewish roots. Others were not. On occasion, their misdeeds and cruelties are understandable. At other times, they seem clearly on the wrong side of moral decency. In this course, we will look at some of the most notorious “villains” of modern Jewish literature and consider whether they deserve reconsideration in the 21st century.

Authors include: Shalom Aleichem, I.J. Singer, Abraham Cahan, Budd Schulberg, Mordecai Richler and Philip Roth. Sources will be provided, though students will be responsible for acquiring a copy of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (which is in print and available on Kindle).


ILS 650 ($180*) for 10 classes

*dollar price dependent upon exchange rate on date of payment

10% discount price for simultaneous registration for 2 series or more

15% discount price for simultaneous registration for 3 series or more.

Cancellation Policy:

Prior to start of course – 100% refund or 100% credit for another course.

Following one class – 90% refund or 100% credit for another course (except for fieldtrip courses where only a 75% refund will be given after one meeting).

No cancellation after 2 classes (in special cases, e.g. illness, a credit will be given for another course).


The weekly zoom link will be sent via email to all registered students one week before the start of classes.


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