Launched in the Spring of 2023, the Center for Jewish History’s new Jewish Public History Forum seeks to bring new and diverse audiences to the Center by sponsoring major public symposia on historical topics of contemporary relevance.
The Forum seeks to be a “big tent” that brings scholars from different social, political, and cultural backgrounds into conversation about the past’s relationship to the present. The Forum is committed to sustaining the Center for Jewish History’s reputation for academic excellence and integrity while bringing scholarly insights to the broader public.
The Forum brings the Center’s five partners – the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research – together in conceptualizing, developing, and coordinating projects of collective interest. By fostering intra-organizational work, the Forum helps the Center for Jewish History realize its original vision to be a collaborative institution for Jewish historical research and education.
The first symposium sponsored by the Forum was “Zionism and American Jews: Bringing Us Together and Pulling Us Apart,” held on April 30, 2023 to mark Israel’s 75th anniversary in partnership with the National Library of Israel. Click on the image below for the full program and session recordings.
This symposium is generously supported by Leonard Milberg and the Achelis & Bodman Foundation.
This symposium is co-sponsored by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
This symposium is presented in partnership with Indiana University's Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and has received generous support from the Achelis & Bodman Foundation, the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), the American Jewish Committee's Edward M. Chase Educational Fund, and Robert S. Rifkind.
This symposium is generously supported by the Selz Foundation.
This symposium is generously supported by the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation.