Israel Distinguished Speaker Jeffrey Herf

October 25, 2018, 7:30 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

Jeffrey HerfJeffrey Herf, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland, will be the first in the new year’s Distinguished Israel Speakers Series, sponsored by Beth El’s Am Yisrael Chai Committee. The title of his talk will be “Between Trump and BDS: Dilemmas of Defending Israel on Campus.” Professor Jeffrey Herf successfully led the faculty opposition to the boycott, divest, and sanctions (BDS) initiative at the University of Maryland in November 2017. His approach and advocacy has been cited as a textbook model for defeating BDS petitions on college campuses. This program should have special appeal to parents of middle and high school age children and their kids. Discussion followed by dessert reception.

Jeffrey Herf is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of History at the University of Maryland in College Park where he teaches and does research on modern European, especially modern German history. His recent publications include The Jewish Enemy:  Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust (Harvard U. Press, 2006); Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (Yale U. Press, 2009); Undeclared Wars with Israel:  East Germany and the West German Far Left, 1967-1989 (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and with Anthony McElligott, Antisemitism Before and Since the Holocaust (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017). He is currently at work on a history of European responses to Zionism and the establishment of the state of Israel in the first decades after the Holocaust. He has brought a historian’s perspective to bear on contemporary events in essays in The New Republic, The American Interest, Commentary, The National Interest and in his blog at The Times of Israel. In recent years he has taken a role in the successful defeat of BDS type initiatives both in the American Historical Association and at the University of Maryland.

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