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L.I.F.E. Lecture – From The 1948 Unwritten Constitution To The 2018 Nation-State Law: An Historical Tour

L.I.F.E. Lecture – From The 1948 Unwritten Constitution To The 2018 Nation-State Law: An Historical Tour

Date: Sunday, January 12, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • Type: Social Event, Speaker
  • Audience: Adults
  • Membership: Not Required
  • Registration: Not Required
  • Topic: Arts & Culture, Holocaust, Jewish Heritage, Just for Fun, Speaker

with Arie M. Dubnov, Ph.D.

In summer 2018, the Knesset passed a widely debated Basic Law defining Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The legislation stirred a series of controversies. Less attention was paid to the historical roots and the creation of a unique legal and political framework within which basic laws came into being. Approaching the controversial subject from a historian’s point of view, this presentation offers a historical tour beginning in the failed attempts to create an Israeli Constitution in 1948 to the controversy that emerged seven decades later.

ARIE M. DUBNOV is the Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies at the George Washington University. Trained in Israel and the U.S., he is a historian of twentieth century Jewish and Israeli history. Prior to his arrival at GW, Dubnov taught at Stanford University and the University of Haifa. His publications include Isaiah Berlin: The Journey of a Jewish Liberal, Zionism – A View from the Outside, and Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-century Territorial Separatism. His current research project, tentatively entitled Dreamers of the Third Empire/Temple, examines ties between Zionist and British imperial thinkers in interwar years and to uncover alternative, neglected federalist political schemes for the future of the region that were circulating at the time.


Organized by: Rachel Levine-Hyman

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