Faculty Profile

Nitsa Kann

(she/her/hers)Associate Professor of Judaic Studies (2005)

Contact Information


East College Room 209


Her teaching interests include Hebrew language, Hebrew Literature, Kabbalah, and Middle Eastern Cinema. She is the author of two Hebrew books of poems, 'Black Soul Singer' (1989), and 'A Woman With Child' (1992), and the author of two Hebrew novels, 'Gazelle of Love' (1995), and 'Herotica' (1998).


  • B.A., Hebrew University, 1982
  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1984
  • Ph.D., 2005

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

HEBR 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew
Introduction to the modern Hebrew language. Alphabet, phonics and grammatical structures. Emphasizes development of reading comprehension, composition and conversational skills.

MEST 200 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts
Cross-listed with JDST 234-01, RELG 234-01 and WGSS 201-02.This course is a comprehensive study of masterpieces of Hebrew literature in translation, especially about love from different periods, origins, and genres. The literary survey includes Biblical love stories and love poetry, love and sexuality in Jewish mysticism, love and desire poems of the Middle Ages, and various fiction and poetry of modern Hebrew literature from the early 20th century to the present. The students will read translated short novels, short stories, poetry, academic books and articles, and other research materials about Hebrew literature. Students will watch some Israeli films about primary Hebrew authors and their cultural world. Sessions will be divided into discussions of assigned readings, and presentations on the historical background of each period, and literary and biographical background of the various authors.

HEBR 201 Intermediate Modern Hebrew
Formal study of Hebrew language with emphasis on oral practice and writing skills. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

WGSS 201 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts
Cross-listed with JDST 234-01, MEST 200-01 and RELG 234-01.

JDST 234 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts
Cross-listed with MEST 200-01, RELG 234-01 and WGSS 201-02.

RELG 234 Love, Sex & Hebrew Texts
Cross-listed with JDST 234-01, MEST 200-01 and WGSS 201-02.