All Yah's Children: A Story of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem

The Judaic Studies Program of Drexel University presents “All Yah’s Children:  A Story of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem”, a lecture & book-signing, with community discussants, by Dr. John L. Jackson, Jr., Richard Perry University Professor of Communication, Anthropology, and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania. The event will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at Drexel University, in 302 Hagerty Library.

The Judaic Studies Program, in its courses and projects on Israeli society and culture, underscores the centrality of Israel for the Jewish people during its history. It is with great pleasure that we help launch John Jackson’s book, Thin Description (Harvard University Press, 2013), that tells the story of a group of African Americans that emigrated from the United States in the 1960s and has been living in Israel ever since. In his talk, Dr. Jackson will describe how the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem spent the last 45 years building a life in Israel and creating a transnational spiritual community. The talk will help us reimagine the meaning of “race” and “religion.”

We also welcome the following Community Discussants:

Yaron Sideman, Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region

Members of the African Hebrew Israelite Community:

Sar Levi, Spiritual Leader of the Philadelphia Jurisdiction

Ahtur Yehoahdeen, Atlanta, Georgia Jurisdiction

Elgin Ford, Jr., Drexel ‘17

Co-sponsored by the Anthropology Program of the Department of Culture & Communication and the Africana Studies Program of Drexel University. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Books will be sold by the Penn Book Center. Support for this event comes from the Louis and Bessie Stein Foundation, The Milton and Miriam Handler Foundation, and the Friends of Judaic Studies. For information: judaicstudies@drexel.edu, 215-895-6388.

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