Public lecture by Bernard Susser "Non-Jewish Jews: How Ex-Soviet Jews Were Sociologically Converted" (January 23, 2019)




NaUKMA Department of History and MA in Jewish Studies Program, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies, and Israeli Cultural Center in Kyiv at the Embassy of Israel to Ukraine invite to a public lecture by Bernard Susser "Non-Jewish Jews: How ex-Soviet Jews were sociologically converted".

The lecture deals with what can be described as “non-Jewish Jews”: the hundreds of thousand immigrants from the ex-Soviet Union who are not Jewish according to Jewish law (Halacha) but who receive automatic citizenship because their family includes halachical Jews. The difficulty in defining and identifying these immigrants presents a striking case study of the difficulties in setting the limits of Jewish identity. Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has lurched and faltered over the past three decades in its attempts to categorize this demographic cohort. 

Bernard (Baruch) Susser was The Senator Paterson Professor of Politics at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He is currently Professor Emeritus. After receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University he immigrated to Israel (1969). His main fields of interest are political philosophy and comparative politics (especially Israeli politics). He has served as Chairman of the Israel Political Science Association. Professor Susser has held visiting positions at the universities in the USA, Germany, the Republic of South Africa, and China. He has authored and edited 18 books relating to political thought, modern ideologies, and Israeli politics.

The public lecture will take place on
January 23, 2019

All guests are requested to be seated by 18:00.

Venue: Office of the NaUKMA Jewish Studies programs (Kyiv, Voloska Street 8/5, building 5, basement).

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