American Jews and the Future of US Support for Israel

For the Public
Monday, November 9, 2020
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST

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Dajana Denes Walters
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The year 2020 has been a transformative one for American society, but what is it becoming?

Even as the country struggles with a pandemic and massive unemployment, many Americans have at the same time been newly awakened to racial injustice and economic inequality. Much of the change now underway has been tragic; some of it is hopeful; and the combination may yet produce a very different America.

The aim of this online series is to draw on the insights of scholarship to explore the implications of all these changes for American Jews—their role in the changes underway, and/or the stake they have in them as a community. Through presentations by experts from the fields of Jewish Studies, Religious Studies and Political Theory, the series will address the implications for Jews of the #Metoo movement, the continuing struggle against racism, the prospects for freedom of speech, the fight against economic injustice, and the future of America's relationship with Israel.

No one can be certain about what the future brings, but in certain ways, the future is already here. The aim of this series is to encourage reflection about the America to come, and what Jews can do to help shape it.

The United States has long been Israel’s closest ally, partly due to the tireless advocacy of American Jews. But the American Jewish relationship with Israel is changing, and U.S. policy toward Israel is becoming more controversial domestically. Dr. Dov Waxman discusses what these trends mean for the future of American support for Israel. 


Dov Waxman

Dov Waxman

Dov Waxman holds the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies at UCLA. He is also the director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. He is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and four books: The Pursuit of Peace and The Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave, 2006), Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016), and most recently, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2019). 

Waxman completed his PhD at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.


Presented in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.