Roz and Ralph Halbert Fund in Jewish Studies
Nathaniel Deutsch (University of California, Santa Cruz)
"Borough Park was a Red State: The Rise of Trump and the Emergence of a Haredi Right"
Haredi Jews are by far the fastest growing segment of the global Jewish community and they already constitute around 25% of the British Jewish population, as well as 8%, 12%, and 17% of the Canadian, American, and Israeli Jewish populations, respectively. As their communities continue to grow, Haredi attitudes towards politics will dramatically transform the global Jewish landscape—and impact the wider societies in which Jews live—in ways that are only now beginning to come into focus. This talk will explore the rightward shift of a large majority of Haredi Jews in the United States, including their striking support for Donald Trump in the last two presidential elections.
Nathaniel Deutsch is professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he holds the Baumgarten Chair in Jewish Studies. He is the author of numerous books, including—among others—The Maiden of Ludmir: A Jewish Holy Woman and Her World, Inventing America's "Worst" Family: Eugenics, Islam, and the Fall and Rise of the Tribe of Ishmael, The Jewish Dark Continent: Life and Death in the Russian Pale of Settlement, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and which one a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association for Jewish Studies, and, with Michael Casper, A Fortress in Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate, and the Making of Hasidic Brooklyn, which won a National Jewish Book Award.
This lecture will be delivered in-person at JHB100 and virtually via Zoom. To attend virtually, please click THIS LINK on Monday, November 21 at 4 PM.