“Fresh Mizrachi Voices in Israel: A Possible Bridge to Understanding between Israelis and Palestinians”
Dr. Zilla Goodman, of the CU Center of Jewish Studies, is speaking at Congregation Bonai Shalom on Friday, May 4th, 2012. Dr. Goodman will explore what is often neglected in discussions about the relationships between Arabs/Palestinians and Jews in Israel — the common cultural ground that may provide some opening for contacts between these two groups. While early Zionist thinkers suggested some ways to think about this, today, especially in the person of Israeli poet/author/activist Almog Behar, these ideas are finding a fresh new voice. This talk will address the historical attempts at cultural unity, focus on Behar’s contemporary thinking, and then open for a community discussion about the viability and usefulness of this novel approach to fostering contact between the two groups.
Dr. Goodman was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and grew up there and in Ramat Gan, Israel. She received her doctorate in modern Hebrew literature from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has published articles on Hebrew and Jewish literature and culture and has taught Hebrew and Jewish studies at a number of universities in the United States and abroad. At present, she teaches at the University of Colorado where she is a member of the Executive Committee in the Center for Jewish Studies.
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