The Slow Path to Acceptance: The Mizrahi Experience in Israel

October 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Zoom event
Cheryl Livneh

Who are the Mizrahi Jews? What is and has been their place in Israeli Society?

It may be a truism, but every society struggles to determine the boundaries of its culture and its citizenry, not only its geographical boundaries. That struggle is rarely without ethical dimensions. How a society addresses those moral considerations shines a light on it, and Israel is no exception with its absorption of Jews from the Arab world.

This story is often unknown to American Jews. In our era of renewed civic discussion about racism, learning about seven central historical events which have shaped the Mizrahi experience in Israeli society can provide interesting parallels to our society.

Please join Dr. Henriette Dahan Kalev who will discuss these historical events along with the current environment in Israel. As a Moroccan Jew and a scholar, Dr. Kalev brings  both a personal and an academic eye to this struggle for ethnic justice.

Co-sponsored by: Neveh Shalom Israel360, The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, and PDXHillel

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