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Black Power, Jewish Politics: A Book Release & Communal Dialogue in Partnership with the Skirball Cultural Center

Black Power, Jewish Politics; Premier Launch of Revised Edition and Book Talk; Wednesday, April 17th 2024;

Join Skirball and the Jews of Color Initiative for the premier launch of the revised edition of Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s. This event will include a presentation and moderated discussion followed by a Q&A with author Marc Dollinger, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, and Ilana Kaufman, author of the book’s afterword and CEO of the Jews of Color Initiative.


Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

Location will be shared with confirmed registrants





Ilana Kaufman (she/her) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jews of Color Initiative. Her work sits at the center of Jewish community, racial equity, and justice. It is anchored by the voices and experiences of Jews of Color, and is focused on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education. Ilana is passionate about all things at the intersection of Jewish community, racial justice, Jews of Color, education, and philanthropy. She has appeared as a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered and Code Switch, written pieces featured in eJewish Philanthropy and The Foundation Review, and delivered an Eli Talk titled “Who Counts, Race and the Jewish Future” with over 48,000 views. Ilana was previously the Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Director, East Bay for the San Francisco, Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council. A Senior Schusterman Fellow who is always searching Jewish text for discussion of equity and justice, Ilana received her BA in Sociology from California State University-Humboldt and her MA in Educational Pedagogy from Mills College.


Dr. Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He has served as a research fellow at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Religion as well as the Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College, where he coordinated the program in Jewish Studies. Professor Dollinger is author of four scholarly books in American Jewish history, including Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance in the 1960s. Dr. Dollinger is a past president of both the Jewish Community High School of the Bay and Brandeis Hillel Day School. Dr. Dollinger serves on the boards of the Jewish Community Federation and URJ Camp Newman. He sat on the California advisory committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, was named Volunteer of the Year by the SF Jewish Community Federation, and was awarded the San Francisco JCRC’s Courageous Leader award. Just for fun, Dr. Dollinger helped actress Helen Hunt learn about her Jewish roots on the prime-time NBC show Who Do You Think You Are?

Proudly supported by the Foundation: Jewish Community Foundation Los Angeles

This event is made possible by generous support from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

Date Posted

March 2024


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