Bethamie Horowitz, Research Assistant Professor, New York University
Thursday, April 18
UW Hillel (611 Langdon Street, Madison)
This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies, through the generosity of family and friends of the Weinstein and Minkoff families.
This talk discusses Israel education directed at American Jews, and the resulting debates about the extent to which political questions in Israel and regarding Israel should become the main content of Israel education. The State of Israel has long served to mobilize American Jews (e.g. in 1948 and in 1967), but in the past decades and especially since 2000 the subject of Israel has proven to be more complicated on the American Jewish scene. Reactions to Israel have changed in light of differences of opinion within the US Jewish community about Israeli policies and because of the often-negative world reactions to some of Israel’s actions. As a result there has been an upsurge in organizational activity on the American Jewish scene regarding Israel. In this talk, Professor Horowitz discusses her ongoing research in the field and the current state of Israel education.
About the Speaker
Bethamie Horowitz is a socio-psychologist on the faculty of NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development where she teaches the core doctoral seminar in the Education and Jewish Studies.
Horowitz came to NYU in 2007 after two decades of directing research in a variety of applied contexts in the USA and in Israel. She served as Research Director at UJA-Federation of NY in the 1990s where she designed and conducted the 1991 NY Jewish Population Study, and subsequently developed the groundbreaking Connections and Journeys Study documenting patterns of Jewish engagement among baby boomer and younger American Jews. From 2000-2007 she directed research at the Mandel Foundation Israel, where she studied the careers of graduates of the school.
From 2004-2007 she wrote the monthly “Trend Spotting” column in The Forward about emerging sociological developments relevant to the Jewish community. She began her research career more than 30 years ago focusing on conflict resolution and images of war and peace in the Middle East, and in 1988 she was conducted nightly polling of the Israeli electorate as part of the Labour Party’s research team.
She received her A.B. from Harvard University in anthropology and her Ph.D. from The CUNY Graduate Center in socio-psychology.