Neve Shalom, 250 Grove Ave., Metuchen, will hold a special memorial service for Israel’s Memorial Day at 7 p.m. on May 10. Prof. Jonathan Gribetz of Princeton University will speak about “Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter.”
Jonathan Marc Gribetz is an assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies and in the Program of Judaic Studies at Princeton. He teaches about the history of Zionism, Palestine, Israel, Jerusalem, and the Arab-Jewish encounter. His first book, “Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist-Arab Encounter” (Princeton University Press, 2014), investigated the mutual perceptions of Zionists and Arabs in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, showing the prominent place of religious and racial categories in the ways in which these communities imagined and related to one another. Defining Neighbors was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2015. Gribetz’s current research focuses on post-1967 Palestinian nationalist interpretations of Judaism and Zionism.
Before joining the Princeton faculty, Gribetz was an assistant professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University, a Starr Fellow in Judaica at Harvard University, a Wolfe Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, and an Amado Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gribetz earned a PhD in History from Columbia University, a Masters in Modern Jewish Studies from Oxford University, and an AB in Social Studies from Harvard University.
There is no admission fee for this service and program. Refreshments will be served after the speaker.