Scholar In Residence

Broadening Our Horizons

Each year, the Rosalyne S. and Sumner T. Bernstein Memorial Scholar-In-Residence program makes it possible for us to bring a leading figure in the Jewish world to our synagogue for a weekend of study and celebration. This year, we are pleased to welcome Professor Marc Dollinger, author of Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance In the 1960s. He will help us engage with our focus on racial justice.

Dr. Dollinger will visit us on April 3, 4, and 5, 2020. Our community friends are invited to join us for some or all five discussions on Jews, racial justice, civil rights, and U. S. history. Young children are welcome at all events except Friday Shabbat Worship.

Shabbat Worship, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Jews and Racial Justice: What We Didn’t Learn in Religious School
In this brief introduction to a weekend of challenging assumptions and offering new ways of understanding Jews and the struggle for racial justice, Prof. Dollinger will explore what scholars call history, historiography, and historical memory, and how they challenge so much of what we may have learned about the black-Jewish alliance when we were younger. 

Torah Study, April 4 at 9:00 a.m.
Hamans and Torquemadas: Southern Rabbis and Civil Rights
Join Prof. Dollinger to explore complex questions around Jews and racial justice. We’ll read actual historical texts that animate the challenges for Jews in both the North and the South. We will get to offer our own answers to tough questions…and then learn what the rabbis did.

Shabbat Morning Worship, April 4 at 10:30 a.m.
History, Historians and Racial Justice: Who Gets To Tell The Story?
In his d’var Torah, Prof. Dollinger will explore how a middle-aged white man approaches the academic study, and teaching, of racial justice. It will get you ready for a deep dive into how white Jews engaged Black Power in the 1960s.

Shabbat Lunch and Learn, April 4, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance In The 1960s
Prof. Dollinger’s most recent book takes a new and different look at Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement, showing how US Jews leveraged the Black Power movement to increase Jewish ethnic and religious identity in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We will explore never-before-seen historical documents that reveal a story that’s been hidden from view for over a half-century. With so much contemporary interest in Black Lives Matter and larger questions of race and justice, we’ll explore a fascinating and surprising Jewish past.

Religious School Presentation, April 5, t.b.d.
Tikkun Olam: How Can We Change the World?
Prof. Dollinger will join us to talk about the Jewish mandate to change the world. Sitting with our families, we’ll learn about actual historical events and the difficult choices our rabbis and our leaders faced. We will get to talk with our parents, or our children, wrestling with ways that we, as Jews, can help in the fight for racial justice.

Marc DollingerDr. Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He has served as research fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College, where he coordinated the program in Jewish Studies.

Professor Dollinger is author of four scholarly books in American Jewish history. His next project traces his own experience fighting campus anti-Semitism at both right-wing and left-wing universities.

If you buy Black Power, Jewish Politics on Amazon, please choose Bet Ha’am’s Smile account. We will have copies of the book available for purchase from Prof. Dollinger the weekend of his visit.

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