ONLINE“Foundations of American Jewish Liberalism” With Author Kenneth Wald

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(Photo: Nikada/iStock)
(Photo: Nikada/iStock)

With the election having just come to a close, this compelling conversation will reflect on the polit­i­cal behav­ior of America’s Jews in the past, and currently. In con­trast to oth­er eth­nic groups that have moved to the right polit­i­cal­ly as they have ascend­ed the eco­nom­ic and social lad­ders, Jews have large­ly remained wed­ded to the left-of-cen­ter pol­i­tics of their par­ents and grand­par­ents.

Ken­neth D. Wald’s provoca­tive book, “The Foundations of American Jewish Liberalism,” seeks to answer this conun­drum — why Jews, one of America’s most afflu­ent and upward­ly eth­nic groups, have con­tin­ued to vote against what would appear to be their class interest. Wald will also comment on the recent election and the impact American Jews had on the results. Wald is a pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus in polit­i­cal sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da, and the stronger parts of his book are derived from the find­ings of oth­er social sci­en­tists rather than his own for­ays into Amer­i­can Jewish history.

After decades of study­ing reli­gion in pol­i­tics, Wald turned his atten­tion to the polit­i­cal behav­ior of Amer­i­can Jews. He asks why Amer­i­can Jews are so much more polit­i­cal­ly pro­gres­sive than non-Jews in the U.S. who share sim­i­lar traits with Jews and Jews in oth­er coun­tries. His book won the 2019 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award.

In partnership with Worcester JCC, Falmouth Jewish Congregation and Jewish Book Council.

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