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In Memoriam: Janice Rothschild Blumberg (1924-2024)

The TIJS community mourns the loss of Janice Rothschild Blumberg, a long-time friend and supporter of the Institute, who passed away at her home in Atlanta on Feb. 21, 2024, having recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Nationally-known as an author, Jewish communal leader, and cultural influencer, Janice was especially beloved in her home city, where she is remembered as a key participant in—and interpreter of—Atlanta’s Jewish and Civil Rights past.
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Q & A with Dr. Tamar Menashe

In the fall of 2023, Emory’s Tam Institute and the Department of History welcomed Dr. Tamar Menashe as a Jay and Leslie Cohen Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies. Dr. Menashe completed her doctoral studies at Columbia University in 2021, followed by a fellowship at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines minority-state relations and the legal cultures that minorities develop in the course of empire and state-building processes. A native of Haifa, she studied in Spain and Israel before coming to the US. 
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When 'nice Jewish boys and girls' First Took Up the Cause of Palestinian Rights

In his new book, Our Palestine Question: Israel and American Jewish Dissent, 1948-1978, TIJS core faculty member Geoffrey Levin writes about an early, formative era when American Jewish leaders disagreed with the Israeli government over the fate of the 750,000 Palestinians displaced by Israel’s war for independence.

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Using South African Archives to Study Post–World War Two Antisemitism and White Supremacist Networks

Robert Billups, an Emory sixth-year PhD candidate, utilized a TIJS grant to support archival research connections between antisemitic networks in South Africa and civil rights opponents in the US South. Billups spent three weeks researching in two South African archives: the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and the University of the Free State’s Archive for Contemporary Affairs. Records from those archives helped him understand links between some US civil rights opponents and far-right groups overseas.  
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