Centre for Continuing Education

Jewish Denominations Course: Addressing the Challenges of Modernity

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Learn about Jewish culture the smart way with Jewish Culture courses at the University of Sydney.

In partnership with the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies
Course materials developed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For specific enquiries regarding the program, please contact Hinda Young on 0432 567 917 or email.

Examination of identity and religious expression against the backdrop of dramatic political and social change of the past 300 years. Gain extensive insights into the historical and ideological developments of the major movements, and explore the impact of gender, assimilation, Israel, and post-denominationalism on the movements and the people.


  • Emergence of a Denominational Perspective in Response to Modernity
  • The Rise of Reform Judaism
  • Traditionalist Reactions to Reform Judaism and Modernity
  • Evolution of Reform Judaism
  • Conservative Judaism and Reconstructionism in America
  • Ideology and the Synagogue Centre
  • Orthodoxy: Revisions and Re-alignment
  • Denominationalism through the Lens of Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Peoplehood and Denominations
  • Beyond Denominationalism

A discount applies for couples enrolling. In order to receive this discount, please contact Jillian Fine for details prior to enrolment.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion