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Gil Ribak

About Gil Ribak


The book Gentile New York: The Images of Non-Jews among Jewish Immigrants:

Courses Taught at  The Univeristy of Arizona

JUS 370a Modern Jewish History: The Jewish People in America

JUS 370a Modern Jewish History: The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics (1848-1948)

Courses Taught in the Past

  • Introduction to American Jewish History
  • The Emergence of Modern Jewish Politics, 1848-1948
  • Introduction to Jewish Civilization
  • Jewish-Gentile Relations in Urban America
  • Neighbors and Strangers: Jewish-Blacks Relations in the United States
  • U.S. History From the Civil War to the Present

Dr. Gil Ribak is an Assistant Professor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. In the past he taught at Oberlin College (2014-2016), and served as the Director of the Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles (2012-2014). Beforehand Dr. 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 is also a member of the American Jewish Historical Society’s Academic Council.


Selected publications:


Refereed Journal Articles:


“’Negroes Must Not Be Likened to Jews’: The Attitudes of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants toward African Americans in a Transnational Perspective”, Modern Judaism (Fall 2017, forthcoming).


“’For Peace, Not Socialism’: The 1917 Mayoralty Campaign in New York City and Immigrant Jews in a Global Perspective”, American Jewish History 101 (Fall 2017, forthcoming).


“Between Germany and Russia: Images of Poles and the Ensuing Cultural Trajectories among Yiddish and Hebrew Writers between 1863 and World War I”, Polin: A Journal of Polish-Jewish Studies 28 (December 2015): 225-248.


“’The Jew Usually Left Those Crimes to Esau’: The Jewish Responses to Accusations about Jewish Criminality in New York, 1908-1913”, AJS Review 38 (April 2014): 1-28.


“’Beaten to Death by Irish Murderers’: The Death of Sadie Dellon (1918) and Jewish Images of the Irish”, Journal of American Ethnic History 32 (Summer 2013): 41-74.


“A Jew for All Seasons: Henry Kissinger, Jewish Expectations, and the Yom Kippur War”, Israel Studies Forum 25 (Fall 2010): 1-25.


“’They Are Slitting the Throats of Jewish Children’: The 1906 New York School Riot and Contending Images of Gentiles”, American Jewish History 94 (Sep. 2008): 175-196.


Book Chapters:


“’The Shkotsim Were Even Worse than the Dogs’: Yiddish Memoirists and the Reimagining of the Eastern European Jewish Experience in Postwar America”, in Sheila Elana Jelen and Eliyana Adler (eds.), Absorbing Encounters: Constructing American Jewry in the Post-Holocaust Decades (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, forthcoming, 2017).


“’You Can’t Recognize America’: American Jewish Perceptions of Antisemitism as a Transnational Phenomenon after World War I”, in Christian Wiese and Cornelia Wilhelm (eds.), American Jewry: Transcending the European Experience? (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017), 281-304.


“’There Was No Uncor­rupt Israel’: The Role of Israelis in Delegitimizing Jewish Collective Existence”, in Alvin H. Rosenfeld (ed.), Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, and the Dynamics of Delegitimization (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2017).


“Getting Drunk, Dancing, and Beating Each Other Up: The Images of the Gentile Poor and Narratives of Jewish Difference among the Yiddish Intelligentsia, 1881-1914”, in Leonard J. Greenspoon (ed.), Wealth and Poverty in Jewish Tradition: Studies in Jewish Civilization, Volume 26 (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2015), 203-224.


“’A Victory of the Slavs Means a Deathblow to Democracy’: The Onset of World War I and the Images of the Warring Sides among Jewish Immigrants in New York, 1914-1916”, in Yigal Levin and Amnon Shapira (eds.), War and Peace in Jewish Tradition: From the Ancient World to the Present (Oxford, UK: Routledge, 2012), 203-217.


“German-Jewish Migration to the United States” (with Adi Gordon), in Thomas Adam (ed.), Germany and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History (Santa Barbara, CA and Oxford, UK: ABC-Clio, 2005), 13-22. I also wrote two biographical entries about Jacob Schiff and Isaac Leeser in that volume.



Other Publications:


The entry “Gentiles in Modern Judaism”, in Dale C. Allison Jr. (ed. et al), Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2015), 10: 36-38.


“Toldot ha-mechaber” (biography), in Pinchas Giller (ed.), Moshe Ha-Cohen Reicherson, Be’er Moshe (Los Angeles: Fryd, 2015, Hebrew), 9-13.


I had a blog in the Times of Israel


“Never Say Never” was published in the Israeli daily newspaper Ma’ariv, March 25, 2012 (Hebrew).


“’Earning Like Episcopalians, Voting Like Puerto-Ricans’: Why American Jews Voted for Obama” (with Arnon Gutfeld), Kivunim Chadashim 20 (July-August 2009, Hebrew): 28-49.


“’New’ Historians, the Holocaust, and the Critique of Israeli Society”, Midstream 49 (April 2003): 29-32.


“’Inside Babylon’: The Character of the American New Left”, Zemanim 64 (Fall 1998, Hebrew): 44-54.


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.

Ma'ariv published an article (in Hebrew) by Gil Ribak.


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Contact Information

Gil Ribak
PhD, Assistant Professor, Judaic Studies
Telephone: Main Office (520) 626-5758
Fax: (520) 626-5767

Courses Taught

322 "Modern Jewish Thought"
325 "Jewish Philosophy"
370A "History of the Jews: Modern Jewish History"
377 "Modern Israel"