Before and After the Gaza War: American Jews’ New Relationship to Israel


Tue, 01/27/2015 - 16:30

Dr. Ted Sasson will discuss the renewed speculation about American Jews’ relationship to Israel after the latest Gaza War. Did Hamas rocket fire galvanize the world’s largest diaspora community and strengthen its connection to the Jewish state? Or did Israel’s tough military response divide American Jewish opinion and alienate the younger generation? In this lecture, Prof. Sasson will present new evidence concerning American Jews’ responses to the Gaza war, and discuss broader trends in their relationship to Israel. Dr. Sasson is the Senior Reseach Scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Brandeis University. He is also Professor of International Studies at Middlebury College, Visiting Research Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University, and consultant to the Mandel Foundation

When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 4:30 pm

Location: UA Hillel Center, 1245 E. 2nd St., in Mountain A and B room

Suggested Parking: Second Street Garage, on the Southeast corner of Mountain and 2nd.

In 2013, Betsy and Ken Plevan graciously and generously endowed the Jeffrey Plevan Memorial Lecture in Israel Studies to honor the memory of their son Jeffrey Plevan.  Jeff graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in History and Minor in Judaic Studies and is fondly remembered by those who knew him as an infectious and upbeat person with an endless supply of curiosity, enthusiasm, passion for learning, and a profound love for Judaism, Israel, and the University of Arizona.  To remember Jeff and his contributions to Judaic Studies and the University of Arizona, the Jeffrey Plevan Memorial Lecture seeks to shed new light on topics that interested Jeff and to promote the key values that Jeff cherished.