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From the early days of the new Israeli state under David Ben-Gurion to the present-day leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu, the United States has been involved in the development of Israel.

David Ellenson, a distinguished scholar of Judaism, will discuss the history of the relationship between these two states during a talk at UT at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 22.

He will deliver the annual Karen and Pace Robinson Lecture Series on Modern Israel. The presentation, “From Brandeis and BG to Bibi: A History of US-Israel Relations,” will be held in the auditorium of the McClung Museum.

Ellenson is chancellor emeritus of Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion where he served as president from 2001 to 2013. He is currently the director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. He is author or editor of seven books and more than 300 articles and reviews in a variety of academic and popular journals and newspapers. His newest book, Jewish Meaning in a World of Choice, appeared in September 2014 in the University of Nebraska Jewish Publication Society’s Scholar of Distinction series.

The lecture is made possible through the Karen and Pace Robinson Endowment for Modern Israel and sponsored by the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies at UT, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Middle East Studies program.

For more information, visit the Judaic Studies program website.


Helene Sinnreich (865-974-6988,