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Prof. Harvey E. Goldberg: “Dynamic Belonging: The Variety of Ways of Being Jewish in Israel”

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7:30 pm
Wayne State University—Oakland Campus
33737 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan

The standard view of religion in Israeli society has been that one is either "secular" or "religious," while an undefined number of Israeli Jews vaguely identify themselves as "traditional." Social research, however, has begun to document some new trends and identities in the realm of religion. These new religious expressions have implications for other aspects of Israeli life, while also opening the possibility of greater dialogue between Israel and Diaspora communities.

Dr. Harvey Goldberg is Sarah Allen Shaine Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, and is currently a Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard and has held academic positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociale, Paris, the University of Iowa, the University of Texas, and Cambridge University. Dr. Goldberg is a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the New York Academy of Sciences. His primary areas of research are the study of Jewish communities in North Africa through ethnographic reconstruction, and ethnic identity and cultural diversity in Israeli society. He is the author of numerous mongraphs and articles. His books include: Jewish Life in Muslim Libya: Rivals and Relatives (Chicago, 1990) and Jewish Passages: Cycles of Jewish Life (Berkeley, 2003). His edited volumes include Sephardi and Modern Middle Eastern Jewries (Bloomington, Indiana, 1996) and The Life of Judaism (Berkeley, 2001). Most recently he has co-edited two collections: Perspectives on Israeli Anthropology, with Esther Hertzog, Orit Abuhav and Emanuel Marx (Detroit, 2010), and Dynamic Belonging: Contemporary Jewish Collective Identities, with Steven M. Cohen and Ezra Kopelowitz (New York and Oxford, 2012).

There is no charge for this event but, as seating is limited, reservations are required.
RSVP to Ruth Stern at 313-577-2679 or at cohnhaddowcenter@wayne.edu

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