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.
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