ONLINERethinking Blackness in Israel

Top Pick February 16, 2021 Free
(Courtesy: National Library of Israel)

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites you to join us to examine the changing meanings of Blackness in Israel, Africa and the USA. Among the questions we will consider are:

  • What are the meanings of “Blackness” in Israel? How are they in conversation with the way the concept plays out in America, Africa and Europe?
  • What role has the idea of “Blackness” played in the formation of the identities of Israel’s different communities, including Mizrachim, Ashkenazim, Ethiopian and Palestinian? How has it been used in movements for social justice in Israel?
  • How does this help us have constructive conversations around questions of race, ethnicity, religion and nationality in Israel and in the USA?


  • Dr. Yuval Evri is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Kings College London. His research focuses on the cultural and political history of Palestine/Land of Israel, concentrating on Sephardi and Arab-Jewish thought. His recent book, “The Return to Al-Andalus: Disputes Over Sephardic Culture and Identity Between Arabic and Hebrew,” was published by Magnes Press in 2020.
  • Dr. Shula Mola is an educational content developer and workshop leader for courses in the Civics and Tolerance Department. Founding member of “Mothers on Guard,” an NGO dedicated to reducing police brutality against Ethiopian Israeli youth, Dr. Mola has been researching different aspects of inequality and multiculturalism. She is a former chairperson of the Association of Ethiopian Jews in Jerusalem.
  • Dr. Bryan K. Roby is assistant professor of Judaic and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. His expertise is on Middle Eastern and North African Jewish history in the modern era. His research interests include the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in Israel/Palestine; 19th- and 20th-century North African history; and the legacy of French colonialism on Arab and Jewish identity. His first book, “The Mizrahi Era of Rebellion: Israel’s Forgotten Civil Rights Struggle 1948-1966” (Syracuse University Press, 2015), provides an extensive history of social justice protests by Middle Eastern Jews in Israel.


  • Dr. Alexander Kaye is the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Chair of Israel Studies and assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. An expert in Israel studies, his research on the history of Israel focuses on the relationship between law, religion and politics, and in particular the history of religious Zionism.

Cosponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, School of Arts and Sciences Co-Curricular Fund and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

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