Coming to Arizona: The Jewish Presence in the Southwest

Project: Research project

Project Details


1. SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL The Center for Jewish Studies requests $5,000 to help finance two presentations of Coming to Arizona: The Jewish Presence in the Southwest, a lecture by Hasia Diner. Dr. Diner is a prominent scholar of American History, and Professor of American Jewish History at New York University. Because we expect a combined audience in excess of 300 people, from a wide variety of backgrounds, the lecture will be presented in two different locations to allow for maximum accessibility and exposure. The first lecture presentation will be given on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. The second will be held in central Phoenix at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, a historic former synagogue and church that now serves as a museum, cultural center and public event venue. Migration is a subject that affects 95% of Arizonans and their families, and is a theme central to the study of Humanities. The lecture will examine the shared experiences of the Jews with other Arizonans, in addition to the unique challenges Jews faced due to their religious beliefs and culture. Coming to Arizona: The Jewish Presence in the Southwest will explore the relationship of Jews to Native Americans, and to groups of people who migrated to Arizona, and will also assess the contribution of the Jewish migrants who settled in Arizona.
Effective start/end date10/18/132/28/14


  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): $5,000.00


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