Creating Israel's National & Cultural Identity

Creating Israel’s National & Cultural Identity

April 9, 2018
7:30 - 9:00 PM

From the Ottoman Empire to the Modern State


The Foundation for Jewish Studies presents “Creating Israel’s National & Cultural Identity: From the Ottoman Empire to the Modern State,” with Professor Arieh Saposnik, Associate Professor,  Ben-Gurion University in the Negev​

Co-sponsored by the American Associates, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

“If the Jews wish to become a nation of ‘Jewish Culture,” Eliezer Ben-Yehuda wrote in 1904, ”they must first become truly a nation.”  Throughout the subsequent decade, Ben-Yehuda and other Zionist activists in Palestine attempted to transform a small, divided, economically depressed, and demographically declining Yishuv into the foundation of a modern nation. The new “Hebrew” culture they sought to create encompassed everything from the way Yishuv Zionists dressed, the art they created and the literature they read, to the holidays they celebrated, the language they spoke and the accent with which they spoke it. Politics, economics and even medicine were mobilized to become dynamic parts of a new Jewish identity.

Join us as Professor Saposnik sheds new light on this transformation… the origins of Israel and Israeli culture.  Light dessert reception to follow.

Note: While the program is free, online pre-registration is recommended