Innocent Until Proven Guilty: Jewish Responses to Accusations of Jewish Criminality in Early Twentieth-Century America


Mon, 10/31/2016 - 16:00

Dr. Ribak's talk will focus on the ways Jewish leaders in New York City responded to accusations about alleged Jewish proclivity to criminality in the early twentieth. The Jewish reactions reflected attitudes and judgments on how Jews are different from non-Jews at the same time when xenophobia and nativism were on the rise in America.

Gil Ribak 

Dr. Gil Ribak was the Schusterman Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies for 2010-2012. Dr. Ribak earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (August 2007). He is a former Fulbright dissertator and the former Lewin Postdoctoral Fellow in American Jewish History at Washington University in St. Louis (2007-2008). Dr. Ribak was recently elected as a member of the American Jewish Historical Society’s Academic Council.

In the spring of 2011 Dr. Ribak organized a series of Yiddish films and lectures on campus. In the Fall 2011 semester he teaches two sections of “Modern Jewish History”: one is a survey of American Jewish History, while the second is titled “The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics, 1848-1948”, which looks at the appearance of Jewish politics in Eastern Europe, the U.S., and the Land of Israel. Dr. Ribak’s interests are Jewish History, Yiddish Culture, American immigration history, and inter-ethnic relations.

This lecture will take place at Hillel on the University of Arizona campus located at 1245 East 2nd street. The lecture will begin at 4 P.M. 

Parking will be available at 2nd street garage. 



University of Arizona Hillel Foundation
1225 E. Second St.
85721 Tucson , AZ