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 welcome Professor Marc Dollinger, author of Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance In the 1960s in October. Dr. Dollinger looks forward to helping us engage with our focus on racial justice.

Our community friends are invited to join us for either or both of the talks that Dr. Dollinger will lead on October 22 and October 29 at 7:00 PM. We will have more details in early fall.

Jews, Whiteness, Power, and Privilege
In this talk, which is focused more on sociology than history, Dr. Dollinger will define “whiteness,” give an overview of Jewishness and whiteness since the late 19th century, and help frame some of the larger questions of power and privilege in an American Jewish context. The talk will explore the vocabulary and assumptions of social justice movements today.

1619, 1654, 2020: Jews and Racism
We will explore the documents in a primary source reader that Dr. Dollinger co-edited with Gary Zola get to the heart of American Jewish support, complicity, and benefit from institutional racism. This talk will be a deep dive into the ways that Jews, as whites, have succeeded in the U.S. because of institutional racism. This is talk for people who want the most direct and honest assessment of the current national climate.

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.

We will have a limited number of signed copies of Dr. Dollinger’s Black Power, Jewish Politics for sale through the office; please contact Karen Hindall at karen @ If you choose to buy the book on Amazon, please choose Bet Ha’am’s Smile account.

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