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September 3

Hatikvah: A Sacred Reading of a Secular Text

The Ruth and Alvin Rockoff Annual ProgramHatikvah

The status of Hatikvah as the anthem of the Zionist movement and, ultimately, the State of Israel has been contentious from its earliest days and even into the present. On September 13, renowned ethnomusicologist Dr. Edwin Seroussi will explore the history of this embattled song, focusing on unexpected and lesser-known interpretations of the text.

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SeroussiDr. Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


For a general overview of the song and its history, read How 'Hatikvah' (The Hope) Became Israel’s National Anthem by James Loeffler, Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History, University of Virginia.

For an in-depth synthesis of scholarship and resources, read Hatikvah: Conceptions, Receptions and Reflections by Dr. Edwin Seroussi.

Top image: Hatikvah in a collection of Moroccan piyutim, ca. 1920, National Library of Israel

BlacKkKlansman Film Discussion

Event recording now available of the BlacKkKlansman film discussion featuring Ron Stallworth, screenwriters David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel, and Dr. Enobong (Anna) Branch, Rutgers Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement.

Presented by the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

Learn more about the film's relationship to Judaism and Spike Lee's "struggle between love and hate."


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