Iranian Jews Between Iran, Zion, and America

Iranian Jews Between Iran, Zion, and America

Talk with Leah Mirakhor (Yale University) and Lior Sternfeld (Penn State University). Moderator: Atina Grossman (Cooper Union).

Co-sponsored with the American Sephardi Federation, the Center for Jewish History, and HIAS: The Hebrew Immigration Aid Society.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7:00 pm

$10 general ● $5 students/AJHS members/seniors ● 12$ at the door

This talk celebrates the new groundbreaking work of two social historians on Iranian Jewish life and community in the 20th century between immigrations and diasporas in Iran, Israel, and the US, and paying tribute to the work of HIAS in helping Jews immigrate and resettle in the US in the years post the 1979 revolution in Iran.

Leah Mirakhor is Lecturer in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration (ER&M) and in American Studies at Yale University. Mirakhor’s writing has appeared in The Yale Review, BookforumThe Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, African American Review, The James Baldwin Review, and Studies in American Jewish Literature. Mirakhor’s essays  “After the Revolution to the War on Terror: Iranian Jewish American Literature in the United States,” and A Problem Shared: Feeling Jewish examine Jewish American & diasporic literature and identities.

Lior Sternfeld is a social historian of the modern Middle East with particular interests in Jewish (and other minorities’) histories of the region. Sternfeld teaches at the Jewish Studies Program at Penn State University. Sternfeld’s new book, Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth Century Iran, examines the integration of the Jewish communities in Iran into the nation-building projects of the twentieth century. This book examines the development of the Iranian Jewish communities vis-à-vis ideologies and institutions such as Iranian nationalism, Zionism, and constitutionalism, among others.

The AJHS has recently finished procesing the records of the organization HIAS – The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the organization that helped families Iran, both Jewish and non-Jewish, immigrate and resettle in the US since the 1970s.