Jewish Values & American Democracy: Race & the American Jewish Experience

Long before the civil rights protests of the summer of 2020, the American Jewish community has been overdue for a deep evaluation of our history as it intersects with the American construction of race and the history of American racial injustice.

This intersection is embedded in the lives of Black Jews, but it implicates the broader Jewish community as well, including the creation and growth of particular kinds of American Jewish institutions, Jewish migration patterns, and Jewish economic growth and political preferences. We must also reckon with the various and even contradictory ways in which the fight for racial justice in America has impacted Jewish identity and self-understanding.

This seminar will explore historical texts and personal narratives that inhabit the intersection of Jewish history and American racial injustice.

Seminar coordinated by Rivka Press Schwartz