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Israel Center: Civil Rights in the United States and Israel

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The community joins together for the second Israel Center @ the J community conversation. We welcome Bryan K. Roby, Ph.D., faculty at the University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, who will present, “Civil Rights in the United States and Israel.” Explore the complex history of civil rights and social justice, and explore the similarities between the familiar Civil Rights Movement here in the United States with a dark chapter in Israel’s early years when Mizrahi Jews had their own civil rights and social justice struggle, looking at how Middle Eastern Jews became associated with Blackness.

Dr. Roby’s focus is on Middle Eastern and North African Jewish history in the modern era. After earning his PhD at the University of Manchester (UK), he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies. 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.

Listen to a podcast on this topic here.

This six month conversation series will explore our personal, communal, and broader relationships with Israel through questions about the similarities and differences between the North American and Israeli communities. What challenges do we share? What legacies?

This event and all following conversations are an opportunity for individuals to engage thoughtfully and respectfully together as a community.

This event is free. Please register by clicking here.



December 10
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Ann Arbor JCC
(734) 971-0990


The J
2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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