March 23, 2011

Advance Notice

Jewish social activism in the '60s is Rothschild seminar topic

The second annual Rothschild Memorial Seminar features Marc Dollinger, Goldman Professor in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University.

Dollinger will speak on "Is it Good for the Jews? Power, Politics, and the 1960s" on Wednesday, March 30, at 4 p.m. in the Center for Ethics, Room 102.

This seminar will trace the American Jewish community's social justice activism in the years after the civil rights movement. 

The focus will be on how American Jews forged a new consensus with African American activists during this period in history.

Dollinger will discuss how  the rediscovery by many Jews of their own spirituality in neo-Orthodoxy or their embrace of American Zionism or the Soviet Jewry movement coincided with the rise of Black Power.

In these cases, Jews borrowed from political and cultural innovations championed by the African American community and extended their historic dedication to social justice ideals.

The Rothschild Memorial Seminar honors the late Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild (1911–1973), the spiritual leader of Atlanta's Hebrew Benevolent Congregation (The Temple). Each year a guest scholar presents a seminar on topics relevant to Rothschild's life and work, such as Jewish ethics, Jewish social movements, modern Judaism, and southern Jewish history.

RSVP by Thursday, March 24, to Tobi Ames, 404.727.0896.

The seminar is part of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies seminar series.

Support for the seminar comes from the Center for Ethics, the Department of Religion, the Department of African American Studies and the Department of History, the Jacob M. Rothschild Memorial Endowment Fund, the James T. Laney Graduate School's New Thinkers/New Leaders Fund, the LaBelle Birnbaum Tenebaum Enrichment Fund and the Jack Boozer Fund.

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