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Amplifying Voices: Black Power, Jewish Politics

Date: October 18, 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Contact: Katie Glazier

Amplifying Voices is a six-part virtual series designed to help us explore the intersectional relationship between Black and Jewish identity and community. Offered in partnership with the Tucson JCC, the program is designed to create space for Jews of Color to share their experiences as both Jews and Black people and is available to anyone who would like to learn from an incredible panel of Black Jewish leaders and allies.

Join us for session 1: Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance of the 1960s

Marc Dollinger will speak about his book, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance of the 1960s, followed by a Q+A with by Dr. Gil Ribak


Each session of Amplifying Voices is offered at no cost to members of the J community, but registration is required. Zoom links will be emailed 24 hours in advance of each event.

Marc L. Dollinger is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He believes it’s a scholar’s obligation (and privilege) to “complicate the narrative and deepen learning.” In his recent book, Black Power, Jewish Politics, Marc Dollinger charts the transformation of American Jewish political culture from the Cold War liberal consensus of the early postwar years to the rise and influence of Black Power–inspired ethnic nationalism. Undermining widely held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance, Dollinger describes a new political consensus, based on identity politics that drew blacks and Jews together and altered the course of American liberalism.

Gil Ribak is an Associate Professor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. Born and raised in Israel, Professor Ribak came to the U.S. on a Fulbright Fellowship, and held several academic positions, such as the director of the Institute on Israeli-American Jewish Relations at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. His book, Gentile New York: The Images of Non-Jews among Jewish Immigrants, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2012. His current book project examines the representations of Black people in Yiddish culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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