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Babel in Zion - a presentation by author Liora Halperin

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco

The promotion of Hebrew, traditionally the language of liturgy and religious study, as the spoken language of the Jews in pre-State Israel was one of the central accomplishments of the Zionist movement in Palestine. In the years following World War I, however, Jews remained connected to other languages—including Yiddish, Ladino, Arabic, and English—even as the movement actively promoted the use of Hebrew. Drawing from her book, Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948, Halperin will explore the shifting power relationships of language in an interconnected world.

Liora R. Halperin is assistant professor of history and Jewish studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Babel in Zion is the winner of the 2015 Shapiro Award for Best Book in Israel Studies published in 2014.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, the Israel Education Initiative (IEI) of Jewish LearningWorks, and the Academic Consortium of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

The Jewish Community Library is located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.