Mini-Course: Rethinking the American History of Zionism

For the Public
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

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Dajana Denes Walters
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May 4, May 11, and May 18

7:30–8:30pm ET

Support for the state of Israel is a defining component of American Jewish identity today, but it was not always that way. Indeed, for much of American Jewish history, communal leaders grappled with the challenges presented by Jewish nationalism and imagined their relationship with Jewish sovereignty in ways that would likely be decried as unacceptable by Jewish leaders today. This course offers an overview of the history of American Zionism in the twentieth century with a special emphasis on appreciating the historical diversity of American Jewish views on Zionism and what factors shaped current parameters for the relationship.

This program will take place in Zoom’s webinar format, where only the presenters appear on camera.


Noam Pianko

University of Washington

Noam Pianko is the Samuel N. Stroum Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His research interests include modern Jewish history, Zionism, and American Judaism. He is currently examining Zionism in the context of the Cold War.

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