At Bonai Shalom's April First Friday service, Liora Halperin will discuss the ongoing connection between language and politics in Israel in light of her forthcoming book "Babel in Zion."

April First Friday: “Babel in Zion” Author

Friday, April 4th, Bonai Shalom’s First Friday: Liora Halperin, “Babel in Zion: The Complexity of Language in Israel.”

Liora Halperin will discuss the ongoing connection between language and politics in Israel, in light of her forthcoming book “Babel in Zion” which is about language diversity in Mandate Palestine. From the recent decision of the Technion to offer business degrees in English or the Hebrew University’s choice to break from longstanding policy and formally allow dissertations to be submitted in English, to the politics of Arabic as a minority language and the growth of the Russian speaking population in Israel, concerns about language diversity in Israel persist today. Talking about those concerns is a way of talking about political divisions and cultural concerns in present-day Israel.

Please RSVP early so you can secure a seat at office@bonaishalom.org or 303-442-6605. $18 per adult, $15 per child, price will not exceed $54 per family. All First Fridays begin with services at 6:00 pm and followed with dinner at 7:00 pm and panel discussion at 8:00 pm. Wine is BYOB (Kosher only). Please label your wine if you do not wish to share.

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