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Can Jewish Customs Be Crowd-Sourced?

By Shelley S. Hebert. Just over 100 years ago when the Russian activist and writer known as S. An-sky set out to undertake a Jewish ethnographic study in the Pale of Settlement, he used the best available technology of the era—including some of the earliest audio recording equipment developed by American inventor Thomas Edison. Now the tools […]

James Loeffler

Diller Lecture to feature talk on the history of Jews, human rights, and global democracy

By Scott Rappaport. Guest author and scholar James Loeffler will deliver the 2019 Helen Diller Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studieson Wednesday, February 20, at the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn on the UC Santa Cruz campus. He will speak on the topic: The Right to Be Heard–Jews, Human Rights, and Global Democracy. Admission is free and open to the […]

The Right to be Heard

February 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm // James Loeffler: “The Right to Be Heard – Jews, Human Rights, and Global Democracy”

In this talk, James Loeffler draws on his new book, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, to revisit the 1948 moment in which modern human rights was born. This talk will also address the challenges and opportunities for minorities and stateless peoples by focusing on Jewish human rights pioneers who saw the Jewish state as an expression of global democracy. Join THI to ask where Human Rights come from, how Jews are part of the story, and if Zionism is in conflict with the modern Human Rights movement?


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