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51: Black Power and Jewish Politics with Marc Dollinger

Jewish History Matters

Join our community on Facebook | Join our mailing list Welcome back to Jewish History Matters. In this episode, Marc Dollinger joins us for an important conversation about the history of Black-Jewish relations in the 1960s, and its ramifications and relevance for the continued struggle for civil rights and racial justice today. Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He’s the author of Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America, and Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s, which we discuss in this episode. Purchase Black Power, Jewish Politics on Amazon Black Power, Jewish Politics reframes the place of Jews in the civil rights movement and the rise of black power in the 1960s. As Marc argues, American Jews tend to have a filiopietistic and self-congratulatory historical memory of these events emphasizing Jews’ place in a cold war liberal consensus, and as allies in the fight for civil rights, prior to a breakdown of this black-Jewish alliance with the rise of the Black Power movement. Marc doesn’t deny that this alliance existed, but he offers a new way of thinking about it and its legacy: He argues that Jewish leaders recognized the limits of white allyship early on, and later supported Black power—both in itself and also as an example of how to pursue Jewish empowerment. As Marc argues, the emergence of Jewish ethnic identity in the 1970s — Jewish day schools, the Jewish catalogue, Jewish studies courses, just to name a few — actually paralleled the broader context of American life in which various ethnic groups drew from the example of Black power to chart their own course within the framework of identity politics. However, the struggle for civil rights and racial justice is not concluded in this country, so this book is about the past but it’s not entirely history. As a result it offers one starting point for rethinking the relationship between Jews and civil rights both historically speaking and today, the question of whether Jews are white, or are perceived as white, and the ramifications of all this within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement. As we’ll get into today, this book and its argument offers a pathway towards rethinking this history, our place within it, and what it might mean to be an ally in the fight for social and racial justice today.

54mins

30 Aug 2020

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Marc Dollinger - Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s

Valley Beit Midrash

Professor Marc Dollinger, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair, Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, presents his lecture "Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s" before an audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ.ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Professor Dollinger’s most recent book, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance In The 1960s, takes a new and different look at Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement, showing how American Jews leveraged the Black Power movement to increase Jewish ethnic and religious identity in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Join us as we explore never-before-seen historical documents that reveal a story that’s been hidden from view for over half a century. With so much contemporary interest in Black Lives Matter and larger questions of race and justice, we’ll explore a fascinating and surprising Jewish past.DONATE: bit.ly/1NmpbsPFor more info, please visit:
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1hr 26mins

5 Dec 2019

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Marc Dollinger - Jews and Whiteness

Valley Beit Midrash

Professor Marc Dollinger, chard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, presents his lecture "Jews and Whiteness" before an audience at Congregation Beth Israel (www.cbiaz.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ.ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Are American Jews white? The question, answered differently by different generations of American Jews, gets at the heart of American Jewish identity. Have Jews remained separate and distinct from the rest of middle-class America or have they assimilated so much that they have become white? Come explore the contentious history and sociology of Jews and racial definition. We’ll journey back to the 1960s and discover some (surprising) insights into the debate over Jewish whiteness.DONATE: bit.ly/1NmpbsPFor more info, please visit: www.facebook.com/valleybeitmidrash/ www.facebook.com/cbiaz twitter.com/VBMTorah www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz/Music: "They Say" by WowaMusik, a public domain track from the YouTube Audio Library.

1hr 6mins

4 Dec 2019

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Marc Dollinger, "Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s" (Brandeis UP, 2018)

New Books in History

In Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s (Brandeis University Press, 2018), Professor Marc Dollinger who holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, challenges widely held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance in American politics. Dollinger shows how black nationalists enabled Jewish activists to devise a new Judeo-centered political agenda - including the emancipation of Soviet Jews, the rise of Jewish day schools, the revitalization of worship services with gender-inclusive liturgy, and the birth of a new form of American Zionism. This book breaks new ground and charts new directions for understanding the relationship between black and Jewish politics in the twentieth century and beyond.Dr Max Kaiser teaches at the University of Melbourne. He can be reached at kaiserm@unimelb.edu.au Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

29mins

25 Oct 2019

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Marc Dollinger, "Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s" (Brandeis UP, 2018)

New Books in African American Studies

In Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s (Brandeis University Press, 2018), Professor Marc Dollinger who holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, challenges widely held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance in American politics. Dollinger shows how black nationalists enabled Jewish activists to devise a new Judeo-centered political agenda - including the emancipation of Soviet Jews, the rise of Jewish day schools, the revitalization of worship services with gender-inclusive liturgy, and the birth of a new form of American Zionism. This book breaks new ground and charts new directions for understanding the relationship between black and Jewish politics in the twentieth century and beyond.Dr Max Kaiser teaches at the University of Melbourne. He can be reached at kaiserm@unimelb.edu.au Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/african-american-studies

29mins

25 Oct 2019

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Marc Dollinger, "Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s" (Brandeis UP, 2018)

New Books in Jewish Studies

In Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s (Brandeis University Press, 2018), Professor Marc Dollinger who holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, challenges widely held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance in American politics. Dollinger shows how black nationalists enabled Jewish activists to devise a new Judeo-centered political agenda - including the emancipation of Soviet Jews, the rise of Jewish day schools, the revitalization of worship services with gender-inclusive liturgy, and the birth of a new form of American Zionism. This book breaks new ground and charts new directions for understanding the relationship between black and Jewish politics in the twentieth century and beyond.Dr Max Kaiser teaches at the University of Melbourne. He can be reached at kaiserm@unimelb.edu.au Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/jewish-studies

29mins

25 Oct 2019

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Black Power, Jewish Politics: Book Talk with Marc Dollinger & Ilana Kaufman

IKAR Los Angeles

1hr 46mins

14 Jun 2019