Dr. David Graizbord, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
According to a much discussed Pew study from 2013, American Jews are overwhelmingly "proud" to be Jewish. But what does it mean to them to "be Jewish"and to be "proud" of it? What has "being Jewish" meant to them historically, and how has this changed? Why and how have American Jews formed the specific concept(s) of themselves as individuals and as members of a community (or communities) of Jews that they have held and hold?
The mini-course approaches these questions by looking at the peculiar history and challenges of Jewish cultural formation, evolution, loss, and survival in the United States. Through an examination of short historical documents, including interviews of American Jews of "Generation Y" (18-30 year-olds), participants will discuss the successes and failures of American Jewish life as it contends with long-term assimilatory pressures and trends.
Registration Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members
Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
March 31; April 7, 14