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Zionism, Americanism, and the Modern State of Israel

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Rick Richman, Michael Berenbaum

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On the day before Israel celebrates its 75th anniversary, discover the Zionist trailblazers who made their dream of a Jewish homeland become a reality.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (Pacific Time)
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Organized by the American Jewish University's Maven program and co-sponsored by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.

About the Book & Talk

On the day before Israel celebrates its 75th anniversary, join AJU Scholar in Residence Rick Richman and AJU Distinguished Professor of Jewish History Michael Berenbaum for a discussion of Richman’s new book, And None Shall Make Them Afraid: Eight Stories of the Modern State of Israel. Dive into the history of how Zionism, supported by Americanism, created a modern miracle—told through the little-known stories of eight individuals who collectively changed Jewish history. These individuals, whose stories span from 1895 to 2015, include Chaim Weizmann, Louis Brandeis, Vladimir Jabotinsky, Ben Hecht, and Golda Meir. Richman's book can be purchased here.


 About the Speakers


Rick Richman is a resident scholar at American Jewish University and the author of Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler. He graduated with honors from Harvard College and New York University Law School. He has written for Commentary, The Jewish Journal, The Jewish Review of Books, Mosaic Magazine, The New York Post, The New York Sun and other publications, and is the author of the chapter on American Zionism in What America Owes the Jews, What Jews Owe America.


Michael Berenbaum is a Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University. He is a writer, a scholar, and a creator of Museums. His work has been recognized by the Emmys and the Academy Awards.




DISCLAIMER: The views or opinions of our guest speakers and the content of their presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Hosting speakers does not constitute an endorsement of the speaker's views or opinions.


Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, American Jewish University