New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish Communities in an Era of Globalization

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

In the last century, the tragic events of the Holocaust and the subsequent founding of the state of Israel brought about tremendous changes for Jewish communities all over the world. This lecture will explore what may be the next watershed moment for the Jews: the inclusion of millions of people from developing nations who self-define as Jewish but who have no historical ties with established centers of Jewish life. These emerging groups are expanding notions of what it means to be Jewish.

Nathan P. Devir is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Utah, where he also serves as Director of the Middle East Center and Religious Studies Program. His published work includes a monograph, New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish Communities in an Era of Globalization (University of Utah Press, 2017), as well as essays on Jewish Studies in numerous journals and edited collections. He has received numerous honors for his research on worldwide Judaizing movements, including awards from the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the Earhart Foundation, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Posen Foundation, the Reed Foundation, and the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry.