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Black Power, Jewish Politics: Marc Dollinger and Ilana Kaufman in Conversation

This course was offered in Fall, 2018.

Dollinger-BlackPowerJewishIn his recent book Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s, Marc Dollinger charts the transformation of American Jewish political culture from the Cold War liberal consensus of the early postwar years to the rise and influence of Black Power–inspired ethnic nationalism.

Undermining widely held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance, Dollinger describes a new political consensus, based on identity politics, that drew blacks and Jews together and altered the course of American liberalism. Dollinger work explores how, in a period best known for the rise of black antisemitism and the breakdown of the black-Jewish alliance, Black nationalists inspired Jewish activists to devise a new Jewish-centered political agenda. This new activism included the emancipation of Soviet Jews, the rise of Jewish day schools, the revitalization of worship services with gender-inclusive liturgy, and the birth of a new form of American Zionism.

Dollinger will be joined by Ilana Kaufman in a conversation on these overlooked historical trends and their urgent implications for contemporary social issues. Bringing together history and current events—identity politics and Peoplehood, and disrupting the entire notion that Blacks and Jewish are separate, Marc and Ilana will get into issues of race, power, and what’s really good for the Jews.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursday, October 4
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 04 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu Temple Sinai Ilana Kaufman Marc Dollinger


Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609



Marc Dollinger

Marc Dollinger Marc Dollinger is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. His books include Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America, and California Jews (co-edited with Ava F. Kahn). He serves on the California advisory committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, the board of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, and is academic vice president of Lehrhaus Judaica.

Ilana Kaufman

Ilana KaufmanIlana is the Director of the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, a national project housed at the Leichtag Foundation. The initiative, inspired by a team of racially diverse Jewish community leaders and motivated funders, informed by racial equity and justice, and anchored by the voices and experience of Jews of Color is focused on grant making, research and field building, and community education.

As a guest on NPR’s Code Switch, with pieces featured in eJewish Philanthropy and The Foundation Review, and an Eli Talk titled Who Counts, Race and the Jewish Future with 16,000 views, Ilana is passionate about all things at the intersection of Jewish Community/Racial Justice/Jews of Color/Education/Philanthropy.

Prior to joining the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative Ilana was the Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay for the San Francisco, Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council.

Ilana, a Schusterman Fellow who is always searching Jewish Text for discussion of equity and justice received her B.A. in Sociology from California State University-Humboldt, and her M.A. in Educational Pedagogy from Mills College.