Events / Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

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


Wednesday June 5, 7 pm – 9 pm
IKAR’s Event Space, 1729 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035


IKAR co-sponsors a book talk and conversation with Marc Dollinger (author, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s) and Ilana Kaufman (Director, Jews of Color Field Building Initiative).

In this book, Marc Dollinger charts the transformation of American Jewish political culture from the Cold War liberal consensus of the early postwar years to the rise and influence of Black Power-inspired ethnic nationalism. He shows how, in a period best known for the rise of black antisemitism and the breakdown of the black-Jewish alliance, 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.

Marc will be joined by Ilana Kaufman in a conversation on these overlooked historical trends and their urgent implications for contemporary social issues. Bringing together history and current events—identity politics and Peoplehood, and disrupting the entire notion that Blacks and Jewish are separate—Marc and Ilana will get into issues of race, power, and what’s really good for the Jews. An audience Q&A and book signing will follow the program.

Additional Co-Presenters include: Bend the Arc | Jewish Funders Network | Temple Beth Am

This program is free and open to the public. RSVP here.