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City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement with Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn

Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Join us for a virtual discussion on the book, City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement, with author Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn. We will meet twice for one hour, and each time, the author will join for the first half of the conversation, and then depart, while we digest and discuss. A copy of the book is included in the ticket price and can be picked up at our Owings Mills location. No shipping is available for this book.

About the Book
Since 1967, more than 60,000 Jewish-Americans have settled in the territories captured by the State of Israel during the Six Day War. Comprising 15 percent of the settler population today, these immigrants have established major communities, transformed domestic politics and international relations, and committed shocking acts of terrorism. In this deeply researched, engaging work, Sara Yael Hirschhorn unsettles stereotypes, showing that the 1960s generation of settlers were not messianic zealots or right-wing extremists, but progressive idealists engaged in what they saw as a historic opportunity to serve as a beacon ― a “city on a hilltop” ― to Jews across the globe. On the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 war, Hirschhorn illuminates the changing face of the settlements and the clash between liberal values and political realities at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

About the Author
Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor in Israel Studies at the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University. Her expertise focuses on Diaspora-Israel relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Israeli ultra-nationalist movement. Her first book, City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement (Harvard, 2017), hailed as a landmark contribution to the field, was the winner of the 2018 Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature Choice Award, a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award, and a nominee for the 2021 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.  She is currently working on a new manuscript on American Zionism, New Day in Babylon and Jerusalem: Zionism, Jewish Power, and Identity Politics Since 1967. Dr. Hirschhorn is also a prominent voice bringing scholarship into the public square as a frequent public speaker, writer, media commentator, and foreign policy consultant on Israel/Jewish Affairs.